Combat at the tower of joy
|Combat at the tower of joy|
|Place||The tower of joy, Red Mountains of Dorne|
Combat at the tower of joy occurred at the end of Robert's Rebellion, according to a fever dream of Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark. The encounter took place at the tower of joy in the Red Mountains of northern Dorne.
According to a semi-canon source, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen kept Lyanna Stark at the tower of joy after her abduction near Harrenhal. During Robert's Rebellion, King Aerys II Targaryen sent Gerold Hightower, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, to retrieve Rhaegar. The prince returned to the crownlands, but left Gerold, Ser Arthur Dayne, and Ser Oswell Whent to guard Lyanna at the tower.
After the Sack of King's Landing, Lord Eddard Stark rode south to lift the siege of Storm's End. Lords Mace Tyrell and Paxter Redwyne quickly dipped their banners. After Storm's End, Eddard rode south to the Red Mountains of Dorne.
According to his fever dream, Eddard traveled to the tower of joy with six northern companions: Howland Reed, Lord Willam Dustin, Ethan Glover, Martyn Cassel, Theo Wull, and Ser Mark Ryswell. They approached the tower to recover Eddard's sister, Lyanna, but found the tower protected by Gerold, Arthur, and Oswell of the Kingsguard. Eddard recalls that he and Howland were the only survivors of the ensuing conflict.
According to a semi-canon source, Eddard found Lyanna dying in the tower, in a room smelling of blood and roses. She claimed a promise from her brother before she died, and Howland removed Ned's hand from hers. Afterwards, Eddard pulled stones from the tower to make eight cairns for the dead combatants.
Eddard returned Arthur's sword, Dawn, to Starfall, the seat of House Dayne. Arthur's sister, Ashara Dayne, threw herself into the Summer Sea. While Ned had been upset with King Robert I Baratheon after the Sack of King's Landing, the death of Lyanna reconciled the old friends.
Eddard returned Lyanna's remains to the north so she could be buried with her brother, Brandon, and her father, Lord Rickard. While traditionally only lords or kings are honored with statues in the crypts of Winterfell, Ned commissioned statues for Brandon and Lyanna as exceptions.
A Game of Thrones
A Dance with Dragons
Ned's wraiths moved up beside him, with shadow swords in hand. They were seven against three.—dream of Eddard Stark
Arthur: And now it begins.
Eddard: No. Now it ends.
The finest knight I ever saw was Ser Arthur Dayne, who fought with a blade called Dawn, forged from the heart of a fallen star. They called him the Sword of the Morning, and he would have killed me but for Howland Reed.
- So Spake Martin: Concerning the Tower of Joy, January 02, 2002
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Lyanna Stark.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Rhaegar Targaryen.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 6, Catelyn II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 45, Eddard XII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 35, Eddard IX.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.