Ronnel Arryn (king)

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Ronnel Arryn
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Ronnel Arryn as depicted in Game of Thrones: Histories & Lore.
Personal Information
Alias The King Who Flew
Born 172 BC[1]
Died 37 AC or shortly after
the Eyrie
Dynasty House Arryn
Queen None
Spouse Daughter of Torrhen Stark
Mother Queen Regent Sharra Arryn

Ronnel Arryn was the last King of Mountain and Vale, reigning until Aegon's Conquest. Since Ronnel was a boy king, rule of the Vale of Arryn fell to his mother, Queen Regent Sharra Arryn, regarded as one of the most beautiful women of Westeros.[2]


King of Mountain and Vale

Ronnel, King of Mountain and Vale, was only a boy when Aegon Targaryen, Lord of Dragonstone, made his intentions of conquest known to the rulers of the seven independent kingdoms of Westeros. After Aegon's coronation at the Aegonfort, Sharra Arryn, Ronnel's mother and regent, offer to ally with Aegon against Harren Hoare, King of the Isles and the Rivers, in return for lands east of the Green Fork. Aegon refused, however, and continued the Conquest.[3]

The Vale scored a victory against the invaders in a battle in the waters off Gulltown, but the Arryn fleet was burned by Visenya Targaryen. King Ronnel then faced a new problem, as the Three Sisters rose up against the Eyrie in the Sistermen's Rebellion.[2]

As other regions of Westeros fell to Aegon, Sharra amassed the Vale's army at the Bloody Gate. She also sent a portrait of herself to Aegon and unsuccessfully offered her hand in marriage with the condition that Aegon, who was already wed to his sisters Visenya and Rhaenys, would make her son Ronnel his heir.[3][2]

Aegon sent Visenya to the Eyrie atop her dragon, Vhagar. When the queen regent returned to the Eyrie, Sharra found her son sitting on Visenya's lap asking if he could ride the dragon with Visenya. After Sharra bent the knee and surrendered the crowns of House Arryn, Ronnel flew three times abround the summit of the Giant's Lance.[3] Rather than kings, House Arryn henceforth ruled as Lords of the Eyrie and Wardens of the East.[4]

Lord of the Vale

Ronnel ruled the Vale of Arryn during the reign of Aegon I Targaryen, a position he held throughout the new king's thirty-seven year reign. He was nicknamed "the King Who Flew" for the ride he had on Vhagar as a boy.[2][4] Queen Rhaenys Targaryen arranged the marriage of Lord Ronnel to the daughter of Torrhen Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North.[5]

Upon the death of Aegon the Conqueror, however, and the ascension of his son Aenys to the Iron Throne, rebellions broke out in Westeros, including the Vale. Ronnel's own brother, Jonos Arryn, rose against him, with Ronnel imprisoned at the Eyrie and the title King of Mountain and Vale declared by the usurper.[4][6]

Allard Royce, Lord of Runestone, led an army which swept away the rebels, penning Jonos at the Eyrie. Rather than surrendering, however, Jonos executed Ronnel by flinging him through the Moon Door, making Jonos a kinslayer.[7][6]

Jonos and his men remained defiant until Prince Maegor Targaryen flew to the Eyrie upon Balerion to crush the rebellion. Jonos's followers, knowing they could not defeat the dragon, turned on their leader. Jonos shared the same fate he had shown to his brother Ronnel and was flung through the Moon Door. His men hoped that by surrendering, Maegor would show them mercy. The prince's mercy, however, was having all of them hanged instead of being burned alive. Even the highborn died by the noose as Maegor denied them the honor of beheading.[7]

Ronnel was succeeded by his cousin, Hubert Arryn, who was installed as the new Lord of the Vale.[7][6]


Daughter of
Torrhen Stark


Mother, can I go flying with the lady?[2]

—Ronnel to Sharra Arryn


  1. See the Ronnel Arryn calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: House Arryn.
  5. Fire & Blood, Three Heads Had the Dragon - Governance Under King Aegon I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
Last known title holder:
Oswin Arryn
King of Mountain and Vale
?–2/1 BC
Regent: Sharra Arryn
New title 1st
Lord of the Eyrie
Defender of the Vale
Warden of the East

2/1 BC – 37 AC
Succeeded by