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Goldenheart is a type of tree found on Jhala and Omboru in the Summer Isles.[1] Its wood is fabled to make the best bows,[2][3] with the exception of dragonbone.[1] Archers on swan ships wield goldenheart bows.[1]


The dragonlords of the Valyrian Freehold often traded for goldenheart from the Summer Isles.[1] The princes of the islands have forbidden export of the wood since the Slavers' Wars.[1]

According to Mushroom, Sandoq the Shadow played a stringed instrument of goldenheart and ebony for Larra Rogare.[4]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

During the Hand's tourney, Ser Jaime Lannister uses a lance made from the golden wood of the Summer Isles.[5]

A Storm of Swords

The Summer Islander Jalabhar Xho gifts King Joffrey I Baratheon with a golden wood great bow for his royal wedding.[6]

A Feast for Crows

Alleras uses arrows of golden wood with his goldenheart longbow.[2] Kojja Mo wields a double-curved goldenheart bow on the Cinnamon Wind.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

Led by Black Balaq, the fifty Summer Islanders of the Golden Company use goldenheart bows.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Summer Isles.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35, Samwell IV.