Bloody Gate

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Bloody Gate
Alyn Spiller The Bloody Gate.png
The Bloody Gate - by Alyn Spiller © Fantasy Flight Games
Location Westeros, Vale of Arryn
Government House Arryn
Founded Age of Heroes
The Vale and the location of the Bloody Gate
The Vale and the location of the Bloody Gate
Bloody Gate
The Vale and the location of the Bloody Gate[1]

The Bloody Gate is a series of battlements in the Vale of Arryn. It is located along the high road which leads into the Vale proper from the Mountains of the Moon.[2] It protects against mountain clansmen[3] and invading armies.[2]


The Bloody Gate is located southwest of the Eyrie and northwest of the Redfort.[1] There are two long parapets built into the stone of the Mountains of the Moon. The high road, narrow where it meets the gate, is watched over by twin watchtowers, which are joined by a covered bridge of grey stone that arches above the road. Defenders of the gate can fire through arrow slits in the towers, bridge, and battlements.[2] The Bloody Gate can provide respite for at least a few thousand men.[3]

The commander of the fortification, the Knight of the Gate, traditionally asks the question, "Who would pass the Bloody Gate?" to all who would pass through.[2]


Originally a rough-hewn unmortared wall built in the fashion of the ringforts of the First Men, the Bloody Gate was constructed anew during the rule of Osric V Arryn, King of Mountain and Vale.[4] Andals poured through the Bloody Gate into the riverlands after securing the Vale.[5]

During the Age of Heroes, a dozen armies smashed themselves to bits upon the Gate.[2] Halleck Hoare, King of the Isles and the Rivers, failed to conquer the Bloody Gate three times.[6]

During Aegon's Conquest, Visenya Targaryen was charged with subduing the Vale of Arryn for her brother, Aegon I Targaryen. Sharra Arryn, Queen Regent of the Vale, who ruled in her son's name, the boy-king Ronnel Arryn, amassed an army at the Bloody Gate. Visenya, however, simply bypassed the gate and flew on her dragon Vhagar straight up to the courtyard of the Eyrie to obtain the surrender of House Arryn.[7]

When Lady Jeyne Arryn died in 134 AC, her chosen heir was her cousin, Ser Joffrey Arryn, who had served as Knight of the Gate for a decade. Joffrey was opposed by Ser Arnold Arryn and Isembard Arryn, however, and a war of succession broke out. Ser Robert Rowan led a royal army of seven thousand or more in support of Joffrey, but they were weakened by clansmen attacks, cold, hunger while traveling through the Mountains of the Moon. By the time the royal army reached the safety of the Bloody Gate, they had lost a third of their strength, including Robert.[3]

When Lord Jon Arryn wed Lysa Tully at Riverrun during Robert's Rebellion, Ser Brynden Tully informed his brother, Lord Hoster Tully, that he was going to serve Jon and his niece, Lysa.[2] Lord Arryn named Brynden as Knight of the Gate when King Aerys II Targaryen dies and Robert I Baratheon becomes king.[8]

Tom of Sevenstreams, after being sent up the high road by Lysa, had his gold, horse, and clothing stolen by clansmen, leaving him only his harp. When he reached the Bloody Gate, the nude bard was forced by the garrison to sing "The Name Day Boy" and "The King Without Courage".[9]

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A Game of Thrones

Bloody Gate by Cris Urdiales ©

When Catelyn Stark brings Tyrion Lannister to the Vale of Arryn, Ser Brynden Tully meets her at the Gate after a sortie led by Ser Donnel Waynwood saves her party from the Vale mountain clans.[2] Brynden resigns his title of Knight of the Gate to return to Riverrun.[10]

Following Bronn's victory in Tyrion's trial by combat,[10] Ser Lyn Corbray escorts Tyrion and Bronn from the Eyrie to the Bloody Gate, where he commands them never to return to the Vale.[11]

A Clash of Kings

Donnel replaces Brynden as the Knight of the Gate.[12]

A Storm of Swords

Robb Stark, King in the North and King of the Trident, asks that his aunt, Lady Lysa Arryn, allow his army to pass the Bloody Gate and take ship from Gulltown for the north, but Lysa refuses.[13]


Many and more have broken themselves against my Bloody Gate, and the Eyrie is known to be impregnable.[14]

On the far side of the stoneworks, the mountains opened up suddenly upon a vista of green fields, blue sky, and snowcapped mountains that took her breath away. The Vale of Arryn bathed in the morning light.[2]

—thoughts of Catelyn Stark

Lady Lysa is too fearful to admit an army to the Vale. Any army. The Bloody Gate will remain closed.[13]

Chapters that take place at the Bloody Gate


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lands of Ice and Fire, Westeros.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn VI.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Arrival of the Andals.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Black Blood.
  7. Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  8. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Brynden Tully.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 42, Tyrion VI.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
  14. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.