Jeyne Arryn

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Jeyne Arryn
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Alias(es) The Maiden of the Vale[1]
Title(s) Lady of the Eyrie[2]
Defender of the Vale[2]
Warden of the East[2]
Lady Regent[3]
Allegiance House Arryn
Predecessor Lord Arryn
Successor Joffrey Arryn
Culture(s) Valemen
Born In 94 AC[4]
Died In 134 AC[5], at the Motherhouse of Maris in Gulltown[6]
Lover(s) Jessamyn Redfort
Father Lord Arryn
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Jeyne Arryn, called the Maiden of the Vale, was Lady of the Eyrie and head of House Arryn. She ruled the Vale of Arryn during the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.[1]


According to The Testimony of Mushroom, Lady Jeyne had a voracious appetite for men. In his The Reign of King Viserys, however, Septon Eustace repeats the widespread rumor that Jeyne preferred other women, but goes on to say it was not true.[2] Jessamyn Redfort was a "dear companion" of Jeyne.[5]


Early Life

Jeyne became Lady of the Eyrie in 97 AC when she was three years old, after her father and older brothers were killed at the hands of the Stone Crows.[2] She did not attend the Great Council of 101 AC. In her stead went Lord Yorbert Royce, who served as Lord Protector and regent during this time.[7]

Jeyne's inheritance was twice contested by her cousin, Ser Arnold Arryn. Consequently, he was imprisoned in one of the sky cells,[5] while he and his descendants were disinherited from the Arryn line of succession by her last testament.[5]

On the death of Lady Rhea Royce in 115 AC, her husband Prince Daemon Targaryen appealed to Lady Jeyne in the hopes of claiming Runestone for himself. Jeyne not only rejected his claim, but also ordered him to leave the Vale of Arryn.[8]

Dance of the Dragons

At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon flew north on his dragon, Vermax, to foster allies for the cause of his mother, Rhaenyra Targaryen, herself the daughter of Aemma Arryn. According to Mushroom, Lady Jeyne offered Jacaerys the allegiance of the Vale of Arryn if he could bring her to climax using his tongue. Grand Maester Munkun's True Telling makes no such mention. He quotes Jeyne citing that, despite her contempt for Prince Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra was an Arryn on her mother's side and women should band together. Her only request was dragonriders to protect the Eyrie from the greens' own dragons. After Jacaerys agreed, Lady Jeyne and her warriors knelt before the prince.[2]

Jeyne brought the Eyrie to the side of the blacks during the civil war. Jeyne sent men by sea by way of Gulltown to join the queen's hosts at King's Landing.[9] Princess Rhaena Targaryen was Jeyne's ward during the war.[3]

Following the Storming of the Dragonpit, Rhaenyra fled the capital for Duskendale. If Rhaenyra were to send transport ships to Gulltown, Jeyne was willing to send her troops, but the queen lacked ships and gold. Ser Harrold Darke of the Queensguard urged her to seek refuge with Lady Jeyne in the Vale. Rhaenyra, however, was determined to return to Dragonstone and refused his council. The queen was eventually killed by Sunfyre.[10]

Lady Arryn assembled a host of eight thousand men-at-arms and fifteen hundred knights in opposition to King Aegon II Targaryen.[11]

Regency of Aegon III

Lady Jeyne served as one of the seven initial regents to Rhaenyra Targaryen's eldest surviving son, King Aegon III Targaryen, following the conclusion of the civil war. Jeyne returned to the Vale of Arryn in 132 AC to deal with raiding mountain clansmen.[3]

Jeyne died in 134 AC of a chest cold while at the Motherhouse of Maris in Gulltown.[6] The unmarried Maid of the Vale passed away in the arms of her "dear companion," Jessamyn Redfort.[5]

Lady Jeyne named her distant cousin and the Knight of the Bloody Gate, Ser Joffrey Arryn, as her heir in her last testament. However, a conflict over her succession ensued upon her death, as Ser Eldric Arryn, and Isembard Arryn, head of the Gulltown Arryns, tried to contest Lord Joffrey's inheritance. Ser Corwyn Corbray ruled that Jeyne's will must prevail.[5]


Thrice have mine own kin sought to replace me. My cousin Ser Arnold is wont to say that women are too soft to rule. I have him in one of my sky cells, if you would like to ask him.[2]

—Jeyne to Jacaerys Velaryon

In this world of men, we women must band together.[2]

—Jeyne to Jacaerys Velaryon


Lord Arryn
House Arryn
of Gulltown


  1. 1.0 1.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  4. See the Jeyne Arryn calculation.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: House Arryn.
  8. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  9. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenya Overthrown.
  11. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.