Nymeria

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Nymeria
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Alias Nymeria of the Rhoyne
Title Princess
Queen
Allegiance House Martell
Race Rhoynar
Culture Rhoynar
Spouse 1st: Mors Martell
2nd: Lord Uller of Hellholt
3rd: Ser Davos Dayne
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Nymeria leads her army to Dorne.
Art by Roman Papsuev

Nymeria was a Princess of the Rhoynar. After the Rhoyne was conquered by Valyria, Nymeria led the Rhoynar to Dorne, where she took Lord Mors Martell as her husband. House Nymeros Martell has ruled Dorne since.

Character

Nymeria was said to have cunning, skill and wisdom.[1]

History

Nymeria ruled in Ny Sar, where she had a palace.[2] When the Valyrian Freehold conquered the Rhoyne with their dragons, Nymeria led the surviving Rhoynar into exile from Essos. For a time Nymeria and her refugees lived on Abulu, one of the Summer Islands now known as the Isle of Women.[3][4]

She then brought ten thousand ships across the narrow sea to the shores of Dorne in southern Westeros.[5][4] She struck an alliance with House Martell of Sunspear, taking Lord Mors Martell as her husband and burning the Rhoynar fleet.[6][7] The Martell-Rhoynar alliance conquered the rest of Dorne.[8] Nymeria sent six defeated Dornish kings to join the Night's Watch.[9][1]

Nymeria's life inspired the books Ten Thousand Ships and The Loves of Queen Nymeria.[10]

Though Nymeria is remembered as a "warrior queen", and in songs is said to have been a witch, neither statements are true. While she did not bore arms in battle, Nymeria commended her armies, leading them on the battlefield.[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Arya Stark names her direwolf "Nymeria" after the legendary queen.[5]

A Clash of Kings

When taken into the service of Lord Roose Bolton at Harrenhal, Arya Stark claims her name is "Nymeria", shortened to "Nan".[11]

A Feast for Crows

In the shadow city of Sunspear, Ser Arys Oakheart observes a picture of Nymeria and her ten thousand ships on a tapestry in the room where he meets Princess Arianne Martell.[12]

Looking into the night sky of Dorne, Princess Arianne Martell thinks of a bright white star as Nymeria's star and a milky band behind it as her ten thousand ships.[13]

When Arya Stark and the kindly man devise an origin for "Cat", Arya chooses the name Nymeria for the ship which brought her to Braavos.[14]

Quotes

That is Nymeria’s star, burning bright, and that milky band behind her, those are ten thousand ships. She burned as bright as any man, and so shall I.[13]

Arianne Martell's thoughts


Nymeria’s blood is in me, along with that of Mors Martell, the Dornish lord she married.[13]

Arianne Martell


We will build ten thousand ships as Nymeria once did and take sail with all our people to the land beyond the sunset.[15]

Gylbert Farwynd, at the kingsmoot

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: The Coming of the Rhoynar.
  2. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
  3. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Isle of Women.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 7, Arya I.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
  8. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell II.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  11. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
  12. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  14. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 22, Arya II.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.