"I gave Brandon my favor to wear, and never comforted Petyr once after he was wounded, nor bid him farewell when Father sent him off. And when Brandon was murdered and Father told me I must wed his brother, I did so gladly, though I never saw Ned’s face until our wedding day. I gave my maidenhood to this solemn stranger and sent him off to his war and his king and the woman who bore him his bastard, because I always did my duty.”
Hera Hilmar as young Catelyn Tully
The location of the Tower of Joy is in the Prince’s Pass in the Red Mountains of Dorne.
It’s a pretty strategic location, well-defended, and also way out of the way. I mean, it’s so out of the way that nobody knew where Rhaegar was:
Jon Connington had been Prince Rhaegar’s friend. When Merryweather failed so dismally to contain Robert’s Rebellion and Prince Rhaegar could not be found, Aerys had turned to the next best thing, and raised Connington to the Handship. — AFFC, Jaime III
As to why specifically there and not anywhere else, perhaps it was a place with some significance to Rhaegar. Jon Connington remembers a time that Rhaegar stayed at Griffin’s Roost, returning from Dorne; it’s possible that Rhaegar traveled through the Prince’s Pass and found the location beautiful, and remembered it for later. Or it’s possible that there’s some other story about it that we have yet to learn. That story could be the reason for the name Rhaegar supposedly gave the tower, or it could have been some other reason
As for Rhaegar and Lyanna, I’ve answered this quite a few times. It might have been love, it might have been for what she could give him, it might have been romanticization of that which could seem like love. (And romanticization could certainly be a reason for the tower’s name.) We don’t know, but I’m sure we’ll find out eventually.
HOUSE TARGARYEN OF KING'S LANDING
House Targaryen is a noble family of Valyrian descent that escaped the Doom. They lived for centuries on the island of Dragonstone until Aegon Targaryen and his sisters rode their dragons to the conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. House Targaryen ruled as the Kings of Westeros for nearly 300 years, until their ouster in the Robert’s Rebellion. Their seats were the Red Keep in the capital city of King’s Landing, the island castle of Dragonstone, and the summer residence of Summerhall.
“If you die before you say her name, ser, I will hunt you through all seven hells.”
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Ser Arthur Dayne - The Sword of the Morning
I was reading Ned’s chapter on Tower of Joy again and I just had to draw this badass, valiant knight. I’m thinking maybe I should draw a comic of that scene, it’s a short moment anyway. I don’t know.