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The riverlands and the location of the inn at the crossroads
The riverlands and the location of the inn at the crossroads
crossroads inn
The riverlands and the location of the inn at the crossroads;[1] the ruby ford is nearby.[2]

The ruby ford[3][4] or Ruby Ford[5] is a crossing of the Trident in the eastern riverlands.[2] It is so named for the rubies that were knocked from Prince Rhaegar Targaryen's breastplate during the Battle of the Trident.[6] The inn at the crossroads lies near the ford.[7][8] There is no crossing of the Green Fork north of it until the Twins.[9]

The ruby ford has not yet been depicted on maps of A Song of Ice and Fire. Semi-canon sources indicates it is downriver from Harroway[10] and near the junction of the kingsroad and the river road.[2] The non-canon map for HBO's Game of Thrones places the ruby ford north of the junction of the forks of the Trident and northwest of the crossroads inn.[11]


During Robert's Rebellion against the ruling Targaryen dynasty, Lord Robert Baratheon's rebel host was met at a ford crossing the Trident by a loyalist army commanded by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, resulting in the Battle of the Trident. When they came together at the ford they fought a personal battle, which Rhaegar lost when Robert drove his warhammer into the prince's chest, killing him. Adorning Rhaegar's breastplate was a three-headed dragon, the symbol of House Targaryen, done in rubies. The hammer blow knocked the rubies from Rhaegar's chest, spilling them into the ford and giving the ford its name.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Crossing the ruby ford © Fantasy Flight Games.

Arya Stark and Mycah leave the inn at the crossroads[8] to look for rubies remaining in the ford from the Battle of the Trident. Nearby, Prince Joffrey Baratheon is attacked by Arya's direwolf, Nymeria.[7]

A Clash of Kings

After Lord Tywin Lannister leaves the crossroads inn during the War of the Five Kings, Lord Roose Bolton reclaims the ruby ford from the Lannisters along with the crossroads.[12]

A Storm of Swords

Having escaped Riverrun, Ser Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth divert from the Trident because they do not know who hold the ruby ford.[13]

The hosts commanded by Ser Aenys Frey and Roose Bolton have difficulty crossing the ruby ford because the Trident is in flood.[14] Ser Gregor Clegane defeats the rearguard of Roose in the fighting at the fords of the Trident[4][15] and seizes the ruby ford.[16]

After fighting some of the Mountain's men at the crossroads inn, Arya Stark and Sandor Clegane head for Saltpans through brush to avoid the kingsroad and the ruby ford.[8]

A Feast for Crows

The Elder Brother tells Brienne that six rubies from Rhaegar Targaryen's breastplate have washed up in the vicinity of Saltpans and the Quiet Isle.[17]

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