Jeyne Arryn

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Jeyne Arryn
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Alias The Maiden of the Vale
Title Lady of the Eyrie
Defender of the Vale
Warden of the East
Lady Regent
Allegiance House Arryn
Culture Valemen
Born In 94 AC[1]
Died In 134 AC, at Gulltown[2]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Jeyne Arryn, also 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.[3]


Jeyne became Lady of the Eyrie around 97 AC when she was three years old, after her father and brothers were killed at the hands of the Stone Crows.[4]

Jeyne's inheritance was contested by her cousin, the mad Ser Arnold Arryn at some point. Consequently, he was imprisoned and he and his descendants were disinherited from the Arryn line of succession.[5]

During the Great Council of 101 AC, she did not attend. In her stead went Lord Yorbert Royce, who served as Lord Protector during this time.[6]

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.[7]

At the start of the civil war called 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. One of the places he went to was the Eyrie. There, he treated with Lady Jeyne and made a promise to her. Jeyne brought the Eyrie to the side of the blacks during the civil war. Though snows closed the passes through the Mountains of the Moon, Jeyne sent men by sea by way of Gulltown to join the queen's hosts. When Rhaenyra fled King's Landing following the riot of King's Landing and the storming of the Dragonpit, 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.[3]

Lady Jeyne served as one of the original seven regents to Rhaenyra's eldest surviving son, King Aegon III Targaryen, following the conclusion of the civil war. She died in 134 AC of an illness while at Gulltown[2] in the arms of her "dear companion," Jessamyn Redfort. Due to the phrasing of the term and the fact that Lady Jeyne never married, it is heavily implied that Jeyne had a lesbian relationship with Lady Jessamyn.[5].

Lady Jeyne named her distant cousin and the Knight of the Bloody Gate, Ser Joffrey Arryn, as her heir. However, a war of succession ensued upon her death, as Isembard Arryn, head of the Gulltown Arryns, and Eldric Arryn, the son of Arnold Arryn, tried to contest Lord Joffrey's inheritance.[5]


  1. See the Jeyne Arryn calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Princess and the Queen.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of the Regency.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: House Arryn.
  7. The Rogue Prince.