Valar morghulis

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Valar Morghulis - © Fantasy Flight Games
Valar Dohaeris - © Fantasy Flight Games

Valar morghulis translates to "all men must die" in High Valyrian.[1] It is a customary saying in Essos that is traditionally answered with "valar dohaeris," meaning "all men must serve."[2][3]

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Arya Stark slit the throat of the guard at Harrenhal's postern gate, she whispers valar morghulis as he dies - © Tim Tsang

A Clash of Kings

Jaqen H'ghar teaches Arya Stark these words when he departs and gives her a small coin.[4] Although he does not explain the meaning to her (nor does anybody else) she begins to use the words in her prayer of people she wants dead.[5][6][7][8][9]

Just before fleeing Harrenhal with Gendry and Hot Pie, Arya slits the throat of the guard at the postern gate; she whispers valar morghulis as he dies.

A Storm of Swords

Arya says the words to Ternesio Terys, the captain of the Titan's Daughter. He replies with valar dohaeris and offers her passage to Braavos.[10]

A Feast for Crows

In Braavos Arya goes to the temple of the Many-Faced God. Its closed doors open when she says the words.[11]


There were stone cups along the rim of the pool. Arya filled one and brought it to him, so he could drink. The young man stared at her for a long moment when she offered it to him. “Valar morghulis,” he said. “Valar dohaeris,” she replied.