Ser Jorah Mormont, 1st
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)|
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
Lynesse is very beautiful. She has golden hair, skin the color of cream, and soft hands. When Jorah first beheld her he thought she was a goddess come to earth, the Maid herself made flesh. She looks a bit like Daenerys Targaryen.
At the Tourney at Lannisport Lynesse met her future husband, Ser Jorah Mormont. He crowned her the Queen of Love and Beauty after winning the tourney and asked for her hand in marriage. They married shortly thereafter in Lannisport.
Although they had married for love, the marriage did not remain happy for long. Having grown up in a prosperous household in the mild, fertile and densely populated Reach, Lynesse was completely unprepared for the harsh and spartan nature of life in the North, and quickly became miserable. Jorah attempted to reproduce the luxurious lifestyle his wife was accustomed to by lavishing her with expensive gifts, but quickly drove himself into financial ruin. In desperation, he began looking to less savory ways of paying off his debts, attempting to raise money by selling some convicted poachers to a Tyroshi slaver.
Learning that one of his bannermen had engaged in the slave trade, Lord Eddard Stark declared Jorah's life forfeit. Jorah and Lynesse escaped to Lys, but with the relationship already severely strained by their exile and Jorah still unable to afford the lifestyle his wife desired, she finally left him.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
While traveling in the rain to the Twins, Lady Maege Mormont speaks of Lynesse to Catelyn Stark. She recalls that her nephew Jorah had brought home a proper lady he had won in a tourney. Dacey Mormont adds that she had hair like spun gold and skin like cream, but her soft hands were never made for axes.
Catelyn knows of whom they are speaking. She thinks to herself that Jorah Mormont had brought his second wife to Winterfell for feasts, and once they had guested for a fortnight. She remembers how young the Lady Lynesse had been, how fair, how unhappy. One night, after several cups of wine, she had confessed to Catelyn that the North was no place for a Hightower of Oldtown.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
After kidnapping Tyrion Lannister, Jorah takes him to Volantis. In the Merchant's House Tyrion remarks to Jorah that he seems to know the city well. Jorah explains to Tyrion that when Ned Stark drove him to exile, he fled to Lys with his second wife. Braavos would have suited him better but Lynesse wanted someplace warm. Instead of serving the Braavosi Jorah fought them on the Rhoyne, but for every silver he earned Lynesse spent ten.
By the time Jorah returned to Lys Lynesse had taken a lover, Tregar Ormollen, who told him cheerfully that he would be enslaved for debt unless he gave Lynesse up and left the city. Jorah ended up in Volantis for the best part of a year, one step ahead of slavery, owing nothing but his sword and the clothes upon his back.
Tell me the name of your ghost, Jorah. You know all of mine.
Her name was Lynesse.