"Ah, a knight. They strut around like roosters down here. Even the ones who have never seen an arrow coming their way."
Eddard Stark on Hugh's lack of manners[src]

Hugh, called Ser Hugh of the Vale, was a freshly made knight. He was killed by a splintered lance while jousting with Ser Gregor Clegane.



Hugh served as Lord Jon Arryn's squire for four years before Jon Arryn's death. After Arryn's death, Hugh was knighted for his loyal service by King Robert Baratheon. When Lady Lysa Arryn returned to the Eyrie with her son, Ser Hugh elected to remain in King's Landing in the King's service.

Season 1

Lord Eddard Stark sends Jory Cassel to quiz Ser Hugh about Jon Arryn's death. Ser Hugh refuses to talk to Jory since he isn't a knight. Ser Hugh takes part in the tournament to celebrate Eddard's arrival and is killed by a splintered lance during a joust with Ser Gregor Clegane.[1]

Silent Sisters

Hugh's body is prepared for burial.

Lord Commander Barristan Selmy stands the knight's vigil for Ser Hugh overnight. Eddard ponders how Hugh could afford arms and armor so soon after being knighted, leading him to suspect that Hugh was involved in Jon Arryn's death. Varys later agrees that this is the most likely explanation, and that the Lannisters ordered him killed to prevent him talking (Ser Gregor is in the Lannister's service).[2]


Season One appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion *
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood

* Only appears as a corpse.


Petyr Baelish: "Do you know Ser Hugh of the Vale? Not surprising. Until recently he was only a squire – Jon Arryn's squire. He was knighted almost immediately after his master's untimely death."
Eddard Stark: "Knighted for what?"
— Eddard Stark's unanswered question.[src]

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Ser Hugh is a reasonably effective warrior but is newly-proud and slightly drunk on his achievement of becoming a knight. Littlefinger tells Ned about Ser Hugh and three other people, who belonged to Jon Arryn's household, and remained in King's Landing after his death. Ned assigns Jory to question all the four, and he does. The conversation between Jory and Hugh is about the same as in the show, but occurs off-screen, because they are not POV characters.

Following Ser Hugh's death, Barristan Selmy tells Ned that he apparently had a mother in the Vale. Ned orders that Ser Hugh's armor will be sent to his mother.

When Grand Maester Pycelle is being accused by Tyrion Lannister of fatally poisoning Jon Arryn, Pycelle denies it while accusing Ser Hugh of doing it and that Varys and Queen Cersei will concur with Pycelle about Ser Hugh's guilt.

Upon being knighted, Ser Hugh's sigil is a blue field bordered in crescent moons.

See also


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Lord: Robin Arryn Heir: Unknown
Seat: The Eyrie Lands: The Vale of Arryn
Title(s): Lord of the Eyrie · Lord Paramount of the Vale · Warden of the East
Ancestors:Artys Arryn · Sharra Arryn · Ronnel Arryn · Aemma Arryn
Deceased members:Jon Arryn · Lysa Arryn · Jasper Arryn · Alys Arryn · Ronnel Arryn · Ser Elbert Arryn
Household:{Ser Vardis Egen} · {Ser Hugh of the Vale} · Mord · {Petyr Baelish}
Overlord:King of the Andals and the First Men
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