Who is Nymeria? Princess Rhaenyra wishes to become in the house of the dragon
“Thousands of years ago, the warrior queen Nymeria crossed Dorne from Essos, fleeing the dragonlords of Valyria. After landing, she burned her ships, all 10,000, so that no coward could return home. What woman. Dornish in spirit even before being in flesh.“
In House of the Dragon, we often see Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen sneaking out of the crowd and taking some much-needed time under the Weirwood tree to explore Targaryen’s history.
The Weirwood is a common type of broadleaf tree in Westeros. It loomed large in the Godswood of Winterfell, and it was where the Stark brothers gathered to discuss the status of their household and other matters. The Weirwood is easily recognized by its striking white surface and vibrant crimson foliage. Some Weirwood trees even have human traits etched into their bark, giving them a ghostly, ghostly appearance.
We often find the princess alone with a book in her hand reading about the efforts of Nymeria, an ancient princess who crossed the sea to escape the dragon lords. In a way, Rhaenyra feels connected to Princess Nymeria since he also yearns to be free.
But who exactly is Princess Nymeria? Let’s find out.
Nymeria and Rhoynish Wars
Once upon a time there was a warrior queen named Nymeria escorting a group of refugees from Rhoynar to the safety of Dorne. She is considered the ancestor of the Kingdom of Dorne, which the Martell family rules, and the ancestor of Martell and House Dayne.
Nymeria had a castle in the town of Ny Sar, over which she ruled during the Battles of Rhoynish. Prince Garin has rallied the noble houses of Rhoynar to face their spears and swords against Valyrtia. Princess Nymeria was the only dissenting voice, telling the other monarchs that they would be defeated in battle if they joined him.
But the other kingdoms silenced her with shouts and joined forces with Prince Garin, and above all the troops of Nymeria were ready to support her quest. Despite her reservations, Nymeria was drawn into the massive coalition.
When Prince Garin attacked the kingdom and won, the Valyrians sent three hundred dragons to attack Rhoynar. The royal was taken prisoner and the rest of Garin’s army was decimated.
Princess Nymeria of Ny Sar learned of Garin’s loss and the enslavement of his men, and she foresaw a similar fate for her kingdom further upstream. As the majority of the men had died fighting with Garin’s army, she responded by packing up all the remaining ships on the island and fleeing.
The Legend of 10000 Ships
“We will build ten thousand ships as Nymeria once did and set sail with all our people to land beyond sunset.”
Many years ago, the Rhoynars established a borough along the Rhoyne River. The growing strength of the Valyrian realm and its dragons nearly overwhelmed Rhoynar perhaps seven centuries before the Targaryen invasion.
After the end of the Rhoynish Wars, Nymeria escorted the remaining refugees out of Essos in a flotilla estimated at several thousand ships. After a long journey, Nymeria has arrived at the summer island of Abulu. She lost almost 100 ships in the ocean and many of her followers abandoned her to stay on the island.
She eventually settled her tribe in Dorne, located in southeastern Westeros. Upon her arrival, the Warrior Queen ordered the destruction of all Rhoynar ships to ensure that the townspeople would not have strong reservations about leaving. Dorne has always been fragmented into a number of smaller territories, and this situation has persisted to the present day.
Due to his admiration for Nymeria, Provincial King Mors Martell married her and combined his armies with hers. Between the two of them, they finally defeated the Dothraki and united all of Dorne under the rule of the Martells from Sunspear.
When Nymeria first arrived, Dorne was a weak and hungry nation where feuding nobles fought over scarce resources like water and topsoil. Conquering an already fragmented country shouldn’t be too difficult for a skilled military force like the Rhoynar.