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House Arryn
House Arryn

"After my niece's wedding, I plan to fly to the Eyrie and petition Lady Jeyne myself."
―Daemon Targaryen[src]

Lady Jeyne Arryn, called the Maiden of the Vale,[3] is the head of House Arryn, Lady of the Eyrie, Defender of the Vale, and Wardeness of the East during the reign of Viserys I and the Dance of the Dragons.


House of the Dragon: Season 1[]

Following the suspicious death of Lady Rhea Royce, Daemon proclaims at the wedding of Rhaenyra and Laenor Velaryon that he will fly to the Eyrie at once and petition Lady Jeyne to instate him as Yorbert Royce's new heir, as Rhea died without heirs of her own.[1] This proves unsuccessful, as Daemon is later living in exile in Pentos.[4]

Because of their shared blood through Queen Aemma Arryn, Rhaenyra anticipates that Lady Jeyne will declare for her at the start of the Dance of the Dragons. She sends her son Jacaerys to treat with her.[5]

House of the Dragon: Season 2[]

Prince Jacaerys successfully treats with Lady Jeyne. She pledges the forces of the Vale to the cause of the Blacks, under the condition that a dragonrider must protect the Vale.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Jeyne Arryn's character description reads as follows:

"The cunning Maiden of the Vale, Lady of the Eyrie, and head of House Arryn."[3]

In the books[]

In Fire & Blood, Jeyne Arryn became Lady of the Eyrie as a child, during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. She unexpectedly inherited the seat after her father and older brothers were killed at the hands of the Stone Crows. During her minority, Lord Yorbert Royce ruled as her regent, who also went to the Great Council of 101 AC in her stead. Her regency eventually ended when she came of age and her rule over the Vale continued throughout the reign of Viserys I Targaryen. Throughout Jeyne's reign, her rule was contested many times by male relatives and cousins, who sought to claim the Eyrie for themselves. On three separate occasions she successfully put down open rebellions by them.

Rhaenyra's mother was Aemma Arryn, the only child of Lord Rodrik Arryn and his second wife Daella Targaryen (a younger sister of Viserys's parents). The exact relationship between Rodrik and Jeyne's unnamed father is unclear, but he was probably Rodrik's eldest son from his first marriage. If this was the case, then Jeyne's father was Aemma's half-brother, making Jeyne and Rhaenyra half first cousins.

Jeyne was three years older than Rhaenyra and the legal age of adulthood in Westeros is sixteen, thus her regency presumably ended around 110 AC. In 115 AC she was described as ruling in her own right, when she heard Prince Daemon's request to inherit Runestone after Lady Rhea died; Jeyne not only dismissed his claim, but also warned him that he was unwelcome in the Vale. This age difference might be different in the TV series, as some characters such as Rhaenyra were aged-up but others such as Alicent were not.




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 5: "We Light the Way" (2022).
  2. 2.0 2.1 House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 1: "A Son for a Son" (2024).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Unknown author (Unknown date). House of the Dragon S2 | Character Descriptions. Warner Bros. Discovery. Retrieved June 5, 2024.
  4. House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 6: "The Princess and the Queen" (2022).
  5. House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 10: "The Black Queen" (2022).
  6. Wake the Dragon (September 28, 2023). 🚨🐉 Rhaena Targaryen arrives at the Vale and meets Jeyne Arryn below the Eyrie in episode 7 (director Loni Peristere) of HotD season 2!. X. Retrieved December 12, 2023.

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