Lynesse Hightower by Eluas
|Title||Lady of Bear Island (formerly)|
|Born||In roughly 271 AC or 272 AC, Oldtown|
During the tourney at Lannisport, Lynesse allowed her favor to be worn by Ser Jorah Mormont, Lord of Bear Island, who was twice her age and widowed. He crowned her the queen of love and beauty after winning the tourney and asked for her hand in marriage, to which Lord Leyton Hightower consented. Lynesse and Jorah married shortly thereafter in Lannisport.
Although they had married for love, the marriage did not remain happy for long. Having grown up in House Hightower in prosperous Oldtown, Lynesse was unprepared for life at poor Bear Island in the north, and she quickly became miserable. Jorah attempted to reproduce the luxurious lifestyle his wife was accustomed to by lavishing her with expensive gifts and voyages to Lannisport, Oldtown, and Braavos, but Jorah quickly drove himself into financial ruin. Lynesse was unimpressed with Jorah's defeats in other tourneys, and she refused to sell her jewelry. During a visit to Winterfell, a drunken Lynesse confessed her unhappiness to Lady Catelyn Stark.
In desperation, Jorah began looking to less savory ways of paying off his debts, attempting to raise money by selling some convicted poachers to a Tyroshi slaver. Learning that one of his bannermen had engaged in the slave trade, Lord Eddard Stark declared Jorah's life forfeit. Rather than face the Warden of the North, Jorah fled with Lynesse to Essos in 293 AC.
Jorah would have preferred to live in Braavos, but he instead chose the warmer Lys to make Lynesse happy. Jorah became a sellsword, but Lynesse outspent his earnings tenfold. While he was fighting Braavosi on the Rhoyne, Lynesse moved into the manse of Tregar Ormollen, a Lysene merchant prince. Tregar threatened to enslave Jorah if he did not give up Lynesse, so the northman abandoned Lys for Volantis. Lynesse is now Tregar's chief concubine; even his wife goes in fear of her.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
When Ser Humfrey Hightower sails to Lys to hire sellsails to help fight off the ironborn attack on the Reach, it is a commonly-held hope that Lynesse will help him get the best possible fleet. While talking with Samwell Tarly, the captain of the Huntress refers to Lynesse as Humfrey's "whore of a sister".
A Dance with Dragons
Quotes about Lynesse
Daenerys: Tell me the name of your ghost, Jorah. You know all of mine.
Jorah: Her name was Lynesse.
Arstan had seen Ser Jorah fight at Lannisport, Dany knew, in the tourney Mormont had won with a lady's favor knotted round his arm. He had won the lady too; Lynesse of House Hightower, his second wife, highborn and beautiful ... but she had ruined him, and abandoned him, and the memory of her was bitter to him now.—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen
Dacey: She had hair like spun gold, that Lynesse. Skin like cream. But her soft hands were never made for axes.
Maege: Nor her teats for giving suck.
- See the Lynesse Hightower calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Lynesse Hightower.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 45, Samwell V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.