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|Alias||Nymeria of the Rhoyne|
1st: Mors Martell|
2nd: Lord Uller of Hellholt
3rd: Ser Davos Dayne
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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.
Nymeria ruled in Ny Sar, where she had a palace. 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.
She then brought ten thousand ships across the narrow sea to the shores of Dorne in southern Westeros. She struck an alliance with House Martell of Sunspear, taking Lord Mors Martell as her husband and burning the Rhoynar fleet. The Martell-Rhoynar alliance conquered the rest of Dorne. Nymeria sent six defeated Dornish kings to join the Night's Watch.
Though Nymeria is remembered as a "warrior queen", this is somewhat of a generalization. Nymeria was not herself a warrior who engaged in personal combat, but a skilled general and commander (similar to how by the War of the Five Kings, Tywin Lannister was no longer a "warrior", but still one of the keenest military strategists in Westeros). That being said, many of the Rhoynar refugees in Nymeria's army were warrior-women.
A Game of Thrones
A Feast for Crows
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.
– Arianne Martell's thoughts
References and Notes
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Isle of Women.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 7, Arya I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell II.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: The Coming of the Rhoynar.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 22, Arya II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.