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"House Arryn"[3] is the twenty-second short of the first season of Histories & Lore. It is the twenty-second short of the series overall. It was released on March 6, 2012 in Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season. It was narrated by Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark and written by Bryan Cogman.


The Arryns are descended from the Andal invaders, who crossed the Narrow Sea centuries before and took much of Westeros from the First Men. Their sigil is a falcon soaring over a moon. Their words are "As High As Honor." Here, Catelyn Stark tells the history of this old and distinguished family, its rule over the Vale, and the creation of the Eyrie.[3]


Catelyn Stark: In the snow-capped Mountains of the Moon, standing high above the rich lands of the Vale, stands the Eyrie, a storied and impregnable fortress said to have built by the legendary Mountain Kings in the Age of Heroes.

It is the stronghold of House Arryn, one of the oldest noble families in Westeros. Their sigil, a soaring white falcon over a crescent moon; their words, "As High As Honor."

The Arryns are direct descendants of Andal invaders, who sailed across the Narrow Sea and came ashore at the Fingers.

According to legend, Ser Artys Arryn, known as "the Winged Knight," soared through the skies atop a giant falcon, landing on the peak of the highest mountain, where he defeated the Griffin King in battle.

It was the Andals' first great victory over the First Men. And Ser Artys was duly rewarded. He was declared King of the Mountain and the Vale, and the region renamed "the Vale of Arryn."

Thousands of years later, Aegon the Conqueror arrived in Westeros. House Arryn bent the knee to Aegon and his dragons and were allowed to maintain their control of the region as Lords Paramount of the Vale and Wardens of the East.

Over the centuries, the House Arryn remained loyal to the Targaryen dynasty. Until Lord Jon Arryn joined with Houses Baratheon and Stark in rebellion against Mad King Aerys.

Upon winning the Iron Throne, Robert named Lord Jon Hand of the King, a position he held until his mysterious death.










  1. Jacob Klein (March 4, 2012). Game of Thrones DVD & Blu-Ray Available 3/6!. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 22: "House Arryn" (2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (2012).
  4. Dan Selcke (September 20, 2017). Bryan Cogman is developing a fifth Game of Thrones prequel series for HBO. Winter is Coming. Retrieved December 14, 2023.