Jeyne Poole

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Jeyne Poole
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Alias Arya Stark
Allegiance House Poole
Spouse Ramsay Bolton
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)
The Winds of Winter (Appears)
Jeyne Poole in HBO's adaptation

Jeyne Poole is the daughter of the steward of Winterfell, Vayon Poole. She is the best friend of Sansa Stark.[1]


Jeyne is described as very pretty. She has brown eyes and dark hair.[2]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

During a needlework session with Princess Myrcella Baratheon, Jeyne claims that Sansa has caught the eye of Prince Joffrey Baratheon, which leads to a discussion that upsets Arya Stark.[1] Jeyne accompanies her father to King's Landing when Lord Eddard Stark is named Hand of the King.[3] During the Tourney of the Hand, Jeyne declares that she will marry Lord Beric Dondarrion when she first seeshim. Some time later, she watches a young knight die and has to be escorted away by Septa Mordane to regain her composure.[4]

Jeyne survives the massacre of Eddard's household following his arrest for treason, and she is confined by Ser Boros Blount of the Kingsguard in a room with Sansa Stark. Jeyne's father, Vayon Poole, died in the massacre and she is given over to Littlefinger, who says he will find a place for her.[5]

A Storm of Swords

When Jaime Lannister says farewell to Steelshanks Walton there is a northern girl present who claims to be Arya Stark, although Jaime does not recognize her. In case Brienne has the idea of rescuing the girl, Jaime tells Brienne that the girl is not Arya Stark but some northern girl his father Tywin Lannister found. They pin a wolf brooch on her and send her north to wed Roose Bolton's legitimized bastard, Ramsay Bolton, in order to cement their claim to Winterfell. Brienne is shocked, but Jaime explains that with all of Arya Stark's kin believed dead, besides her sister Sansa and half-brother on the Wall, no one will be able to dispute the girl's identity. According to Jaime, the Boltons are aware the girl is a fraud.[6]

A Feast for Crows

Queen Cersei claims that Lord Petyr Baelish dressed up a "steward's whelp" and claimed she was Arya Stark, sent to marry Ramsay.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

The Boltons call upon the northern bannerman to assemble in Barrowton to pledge loyalty to the Iron Throne and attend the wedding of "Arya" to Ramsay Bolton.[8] After hearing that Stannis Baratheon has taken Deepwood Motte, Roose decides to move the wedding to Winterfell to strengthen Ramsay's claim and to goad Stannis into fighting.[9] Jeyne is protected by Barbrey Dustin, the Lady of Barrowton, during the journey from Barrowton to Winterfell.[2]

Jeyne is forced to marry Ramsay and pleads with Theon Greyjoy several times before the wedding for him to help her and take her away. When stripped by Theon for the bedding, numerous scars cover Jeyne's back, suggesting she had been whipped. When Ramsay asks her if she knows how to please a man, she replies fearfully that she has had training.

Jeyne spends all her time confined to a tower and is deeply traumatized by the things Ramsay does to her. The maids who bath her notice the bruises on her body and the girl's sobbing is known throughout Winterfell. According to Lady Dustin, the crying of "Arya Stark" is more a danger than the army of Stannis Baratheon. The Freys may not care, but the other northern houses who had served House Stark for generations do, and morale is being damaged from hearing the cries of Eddard Stark's "daughter." [10]

A rescue attempt is launched by Mance Rayder, who was sent south to rescue "Arya Stark". Mance, under the alias Abel,[11] brings six spearwives with him who are disguised as maids.[12][13] They enlist or force the help of Theon Greyjoy.[14] Though Jeyne and Theon manage to escape Winterfell,[15] Mance and the spearwives do not. It is reported in a letter to Jon Snow that all six women were flayed, with Mance put in a cage in the winter elements with their skins to act as cloaks to keep him warm from the cold.[16]

After escaping from Winterfell Jeyne and Theon are discovered by Mors Umber and brought to the main camp of Stannis Baratheon.[17]

The Winds of Winter

Mors Umber brings Theon and Jeyne to Stannis. To confirm her identity, Mors asks the girl questions about Winterfell, such as the names of servants, including the cook and the smith. Having lived at Winterfell, Jeyne is able to answer these questions to Mors's satisfaction. Theon whispers to Jeyne on their trek to Stannis's camp that she must still pretend to be Arya, otherwise she will be nothing to them but a whore. The tip of her nose becomes black from frostbite en route and she will most likely lose a bit of her nose because of it.

When meeting with Stannis, the king sends "Arya" to the Wall to reunite her with her "brother" Jon Snow with an escort of six men, the banker Tycho Nestoris and Ser Justin Massey. [18]


first wife
"Fat" Walda
Miller's wife
"Arya Stark"

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 7, Arya I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
  3. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 22, Arya II.
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 51, Sansa IV.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 28, Jon VI.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
  10. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
  11. A reference to Bael the Bard.
  12. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell, 491.
  13. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak, 539.
  14. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell, 616-617.
  15. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I, 673-686.
  16. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69, Jon XIII, 907-908.
  17. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice, 826.
  18. The Winds of Winter, Sample Chapter.