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''For the conflict with that same name, see [[Battle of the Ruby Ford]].''
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The '''Ruby Ford''' is a crossing of the Green Fork of the [[Trident]] in the [[Riverlands]]. It is so named for the rubies that were knocked from Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]]'s breastplate during the [[Battle of the Trident]].{{Ref|aGoT|4}} A large, three-story inn with pale stone walls lies near the ford.{{Ref|aGoT|15}} There is no crossing of the Green Fork north of it until [[the Twins]].{{Ref|aGoT|55}}
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The '''ruby ford'''{{ref|ACOK|30}}{{ref|ASOS|49}} or '''Ruby Ford'''{{ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}} is a crossing of the [[Trident]] in the eastern [[riverlands]].{{ref|AWOIAF| Ruby Ford}} It is so named for the rubies that were knocked from Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]]'s breastplate during the [[Battle of the Trident]].{{Ref|aGoT|4}} The [[inn at the crossroads]] lies near the ford.{{Ref|aGoT|15}}{{ref|ASOS|74}} There is no crossing of the [[Green Fork]] north of it until the [[Twins]].{{Ref|aGoT|55}}
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==Location==
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The ruby ford has not yet been depicted on maps of ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'', though it does appear on the "Westeros" map of ''[[A World of Ice and Fire]]''.{{Ref|AWOIAF| Westeros}} According to [[George R.R. Martin]], the ford is downriver from [[Lord Harroway's Town]].<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/The_Rootes_and_Harroway The Rootes and Harroway (June 16, 2000)]</ref> A semi-canon source places the ford near the junction of the [[kingsroad]] and the [[river road]].{{ref|AWOIAF| Ruby Ford}} When sailing down the [[Red Fork]] to [[Maidenpool]], one passes the ruby ford.{{Ref|ASOS|11}} [[Darry]] is located about half a day's ride to the south.{{Ref|AGOT|16}}
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The non-canon map for HBO's ''[[Game of Thrones]]'' places the ruby ford north of the junction of the forks of the Trident and northwest of the crossroads inn.<ref>''Game of Thrones'' [http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season-1/episode-1/map Viewer's Guide]</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
[[Robert Baratheon]], who had raised a rebellion against the ruling [[House Targaryen]] dynasty led an army south and was met at a ford crossing the Green Fork by an army commanded by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. Prince Rhaegar had kidnapped [[Lyanna Stark]], who was promised to Robert and had made Robert a bitter enemy. When they came together at the ford they fought an personal battle, a battle that Rhaegar lost when Robert drove his warhammer into Rhaegar's chest, killing him. Adorning Rhaegar's breastplate was a three-headed dragon, the symbol of his house, done in rubies. The hammer blow knocked the rubies from his chest, spilling them into the ford, giving the ford its name.{{Ref|aGoT|4}}
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[[File:Right of ConquestSidharth Chaturvedi.png|thumb|left|[[Robert I Baratheon|Robert Baratheon]] stands over [[Rhaegar Targaryen]]'s body by Sidharth Chaturvedi © Fantasy Flight Games]]
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During [[Robert's Rebellion]] against the ruling [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] dynasty, Lord [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert Baratheon]]'s rebel host was met at a ford crossing the [[Trident]] by a loyalist army commanded by Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]], resulting in the [[Battle of the Trident]]. When they came together at the ford they fought a personal battle, which Rhaegar lost when Robert drove his warhammer into the prince's chest, killing him. Adorning Rhaegar's breastplate was a three-headed [[dragon]], the symbol of House Targaryen, done in rubies. The hammer blow knocked the rubies from Rhaegar's chest, spilling them into the water and giving the ford its name.{{Ref|aGoT|4}}
  
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
===A Clash of Kings===
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===''A Game of Thrones''===
During the [[War of the Five Kings]], the Ruby Ford changed hands several times. After his defeat at the [[Battle of the Green Fork]], Lord [[Roose Bolton]] reclaimed the Ruby Ford from the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]] along with the [[Crossroads Inn]].{{Ref|aCoK|39}}
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[[Arya Stark]] and [[Mycah]] leave the [[inn at the crossroads]]{{ref|ASOS|74}} to look for rubies remaining in the ford from the [[Battle of the Trident]]. Nearby, Prince [[Joffrey Baratheon]] is attacked by Arya's [[direwolf]], [[Nymeria (direwolf)|Nymeria]].{{ref|AGOT|15}}
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===''A Clash of Kings''===
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After Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] leaves the crossroads inn during the [[War of the Five Kings]], Lord [[Roose Bolton]] reclaims the ruby ford from the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]] along with the crossroads.{{Ref|aCoK|39}}
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===''A Storm of Swords''===
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[[File:Crossing the Ruby Ford FFG.JPG|thumb|400px|Crossing the ruby ford © Fantasy Flight Games]]
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Having escaped [[Riverrun]], Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] and [[Brienne of Tarth]] divert from the [[Trident]] because they do not know who holds the ruby ford.{{ref|ASOS|11}}
  
===A Storm of Swords===
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The hosts commanded by Ser [[Aenys Frey]] and Roose Bolton have difficulty crossing the ruby ford because the Trident is in flood.{{ref|ASOS|44}} Ser [[Gregor Clegane]] defeats the rearguard of Roose in the [[fighting at the fords of the Trident]]{{Ref|aSoS|49}}{{ref|AFFC|27}} and seizes the ruby ford.{{ref|ASOS|60}}
A significant conflict between Northern and Lannister forces happened at the Green Fork and came to be known as the [[Battle of the Ruby Ford]].{{Ref|aSoS|49}}
 
  
==References and Notes==
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After fighting some of the [[Mountain's men]] at the crossroads inn, [[Arya Stark]] and [[Sandor Clegane]] head for [[Saltpans]] through brush to avoid the kingsroad and the ruby ford.{{ref|ASOS|74}}
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===''A Feast for Crows''===
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The [[Elder Brother (Quiet Isle)|Elder Brother]] tells Brienne that six rubies from [[Rhaegar Targaryen]]'s breastplate have washed up in the vicinity of Saltpans and the [[Quiet Isle]].{{ref|AFFC|31}}
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==References==
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Latest revision as of 20:30, 20 February 2018

The riverlands and the location of the inn at the crossroads
The riverlands and the location of the inn at the crossroads
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The riverlands and the location of the inn at the crossroads;[1] the ruby ford is nearby.[2]

The ruby ford[3][4] or Ruby Ford[5] is a crossing of the Trident in the eastern riverlands.[2] It is so named for the rubies that were knocked from Prince Rhaegar Targaryen's breastplate during the Battle of the Trident.[6] The inn at the crossroads lies near the ford.[7][8] There is no crossing of the Green Fork north of it until the Twins.[9]

Location

The ruby ford has not yet been depicted on maps of A Song of Ice and Fire, though it does appear on the "Westeros" map of A World of Ice and Fire.[10] According to George R.R. Martin, the ford is downriver from Lord Harroway's Town.[11] A semi-canon source places the ford near the junction of the kingsroad and the river road.[2] When sailing down the Red Fork to Maidenpool, one passes the ruby ford.[12] Darry is located about half a day's ride to the south.[13]

The non-canon map for HBO's Game of Thrones places the ruby ford north of the junction of the forks of the Trident and northwest of the crossroads inn.[14]

History

Robert Baratheon stands over Rhaegar Targaryen's body by Sidharth Chaturvedi © Fantasy Flight Games

During Robert's Rebellion against the ruling Targaryen dynasty, Lord Robert Baratheon's rebel host was met at a ford crossing the Trident by a loyalist army commanded by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, resulting in the Battle of the Trident. When they came together at the ford they fought a personal battle, which Rhaegar lost when Robert drove his warhammer into the prince's chest, killing him. Adorning Rhaegar's breastplate was a three-headed dragon, the symbol of House Targaryen, done in rubies. The hammer blow knocked the rubies from Rhaegar's chest, spilling them into the water and giving the ford its name.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Arya Stark and Mycah leave the inn at the crossroads[8] to look for rubies remaining in the ford from the Battle of the Trident. Nearby, Prince Joffrey Baratheon is attacked by Arya's direwolf, Nymeria.[7]

A Clash of Kings

After Lord Tywin Lannister leaves the crossroads inn during the War of the Five Kings, Lord Roose Bolton reclaims the ruby ford from the Lannisters along with the crossroads.[15]

A Storm of Swords

Crossing the ruby ford © Fantasy Flight Games

Having escaped Riverrun, Ser Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth divert from the Trident because they do not know who holds the ruby ford.[12]

The hosts commanded by Ser Aenys Frey and Roose Bolton have difficulty crossing the ruby ford because the Trident is in flood.[16] Ser Gregor Clegane defeats the rearguard of Roose in the fighting at the fords of the Trident[4][17] and seizes the ruby ford.[18]

After fighting some of the Mountain's men at the crossroads inn, Arya Stark and Sandor Clegane head for Saltpans through brush to avoid the kingsroad and the ruby ford.[8]

A Feast for Crows

The Elder Brother tells Brienne that six rubies from Rhaegar Targaryen's breastplate have washed up in the vicinity of Saltpans and the Quiet Isle.[19]

References