Jeyne Poole

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Jeyne Poole
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Art by GibiLynx

Alias Arya Stark
Allegiance House Poole
Culture Northmen
Born At Winterfell[1]
Spouse Ramsay Bolton
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
The Winds of Winter (appears)

Jeyne Poole is the daughter of the steward of Winterfell, Vayon Poole. She is the best friend of Sansa Stark.[2]


See also: Images of Jeyne Poole

Jeyne is described as very pretty. She has brown eyes and dark hair.[3]

Recent Events

Jeyne Poole in HBO's adaptation, with Sansa Stark

A Game of Thrones

During a needlework session with Princess Myrcella Baratheon, Jeyne claims that Sansa has caught the eye of Prince Joffrey Baratheon, which leads to a discussion that upsets Arya Stark.[2] Jeyne accompanies her father to King's Landing when Lord Eddard Stark is named Hand of the King.[4] During the Hand's tourney, Jeyne declares that she will marry Lord Beric Dondarrion when she first sees him. Some time later, she watches the young Ser Hugh die and has to be escorted away by Septa Mordane to regain her composure.[5]

Jeyne survives the massacre of Eddard's household following his arrest for treason, and she is confined by Ser Boros Blount of the Kingsguard in a room with Sansa Stark. Jeyne's father, Vayon Poole, died in the massacre and she is given over to Littlefinger, who says he will find a place for her.[6]

A Storm of Swords

When Jaime Lannister says farewell to Steelshanks Walton there is a northern girl present who claims to be Arya Stark, although Jaime does not recognize her. In case Brienne has the idea of rescuing the girl, Jaime tells Brienne that the girl is not Arya Stark but some northern girl his father Tywin Lannister found. They pin a wolf brooch on her and send her north to wed Roose Bolton's legitimized bastard, Ramsay Bolton, in order to cement their claim to Winterfell. Brienne is shocked, but Jaime explains that with all of Arya Stark's kin believed dead, besides her sister Sansa and half-brother Jon Snow on the Wall, no one will be able to dispute the girl's identity. According to Jaime, the Boltons are aware the girl is a fraud.[7]

A Feast for Crows

Queen Cersei claims that Lord Petyr Baelish dressed up a "steward's whelp" and claimed she was Arya Stark, sent to marry Ramsay.[8]

A Dance with Dragons

Theon giving away "Arya" in marriage. © Thrumugnyr

The Boltons call upon the northern bannermen to assemble in Barrowton to pledge loyalty to the Iron Throne and attend the wedding of "Arya" to Ramsay Bolton.[9] After hearing that Stannis Baratheon has taken Deepwood Motte, Roose decides to move the wedding to Winterfell to strengthen Ramsay's claim and to goad Stannis into fighting.[10] Jeyne is protected by Barbrey Dustin, the Lady of Barrowton, during the journey from Barrowton to Winterfell.[3]

Jeyne is forced to marry Ramsay, and pleads with Theon Greyjoy several times before the wedding for him to help her and take her away. When stripped by Theon for the bedding, numerous scars cover Jeyne's back, suggesting she had been whipped. When Ramsay asks her if she knows how to please a man, she replies fearfully that she has had training, implying that she had been kept in one of Baelish's brothels. Ramsay then forces Theon to prepare her sexually for him before he rapes her.[3]

Jeyne spends all her time confined to a tower, and is deeply traumatized by the things Ramsay does to her. The maids who bathe her notice the bruises on her body, and the girl's sobbing is known throughout Winterfell. According to Lady Dustin, the crying of "Arya Stark" is more a danger than the army of Stannis Baratheon. The Freys may not care, but the other northern houses who had served House Stark for generations do, and morale is being damaged from hearing the cries of Eddard Stark's "daughter".[11]

"We flew" - Jeyne and Theon escape Winterfell by leaping from the battlements.
Art by Juliana Pinho

A rescue attempt is launched by Mance Rayder, who was sent south by Jon Snow to rescue "Arya Stark". Mance, under the alias Abel, brings six spearwives with him who are disguised as maids.[3][11] They convince Theon Greyjoy to help them.[12] As they are escaping, Jeyne's scream when one of the Bolton men is killed by Frenya alerts the guards. Jeyne and Theon reach the top of the walls to realize that the rope has been left with one of the spearwives down below. Under attack by guards shooting arrows, Theon grabs Jeyne and jumps from the battlements.[13]

Theon lands on top of Jeyne and breaks some of her ribs.[14] Jeyne and Theon are discovered by Mors Umber, and brought to the main camp of Stannis Baratheon.[15]

The Winds of Winter

After discovering Theon and Jeyne, Mors Umber asks her questions about Winterfell to confirm her identity, such as the names of servants, including the cook and the smith. Having lived at Winterfell, Jeyne is able to answer these questions to Mors's satisfaction. Theon whispers to Jeyne on their trek to Stannis's camp that she must still pretend to be Arya, otherwise she will be nothing to them but a whore. The tip of her nose becomes black from frostbite en route, and she will most likely lose a bit of her nose because of it.

Stannis decides to send "Arya" to the Wall to reunite her with her "brother" Jon Snow, with an escort of six men, the banker Tycho Nestoris and Ser Justin Massey.[14]


I was never beautiful like Sansa, but they all said I was pretty.[3]

- Jeyne Poole to Theon Greyjoy

Jeyne, Jeyne, it rhymes with pain.[3]

- Thoughts of Theon Greyjoy

What was it the girl had said, before the godswood? They all said that I was pretty. She was not pretty now. He could see a spiderweb of faint thin lines across her back where someone had whipped her.[3]

- Thoughts of Theon Greyjoy


Bethany Ryswell
"Fat" Walda Frey
Ramsay Snow
"Arya Stark"

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