- "..."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. "
- ―Catelyn Stark
According to legend, the Winged Knight flew atop a giant falcon, landing on the Giant's Lance in the Vale during the Andal Invasion, and slaying the Griffin King, the last of the First Men Mountain Kings. He then became the ruler of the Vale.
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the Winged Knight is a legendary figure who is often conflated with the Andal knight Artys Arryn, who defeated the First Men at the Battle of the Seven Stars and founded House Arryn. Singers and storytellers present him as a knight, knighthood being an Andal tradition. He is also said to have commanded armies of eagles and held a good relationship with giants and merlings. His wife was one of the Children of the Forest, and died giving birth to a son. Maester Yandel believes that singers intentionally conflated the Winged Knight with Ser Artys in order to curry favor with the latter's descendants. This would have given rise to the stories of Artys claiming the Eyrie, even though it was only constructed by his descendants.
Robert Arryn (Robin Arryn in the show) has a fondness for tales about the Winged Knight, and Sansa Stark comes up with the idea of making him comfortable by establishing a bodyguard of Winged Knights. Petyr Baelish likes the idea and sets about forming the Brotherhood of Winged Knights, with its first eight members being the winners of the upcoming tournament at the Gates of the Moon.
Garth Greenhand · First King · Florian & Jonquil · The Grey King · The Griffin King · Harlon the Hunter · Herndon of the Horn · Hugor of the Hill · Joramun · Lann the Clever
The Night King · The Night's King & the Night's Queen · The Rat Cook · God-on-Earth · The Prince That Was Promised · The Winged Knight