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"If the Mountain killed my sister, then your father gave the order."
Oberyn Martell to Tyrion Lannister[src]
Elia Targaryen
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Elia Martell
Elia of Dorne
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House Martell - by birth
House Targaryen - by marriage
Doran Martell - brother
Oberyn Martell - brother
{Rhaegar Targaryen} - husband
{Rhaenys Targaryen} - daughter
{Aegon Targaryen} - son
{Viserys Targaryen} - brother-in-law
Daenerys Targaryen - sister-in-law
Trystane Martell - nephew
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Elia Targaryen, née Martell, is an unseen character in Game of Thrones. She is deceased when the events of the series begin and is not expected to appear in the series.



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Elia marries Rhaegar
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Princess Elia was the wife of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. They had two children; a daughter Rhaenys and a son Aegon. She was born into House Martell in Dorne. She is the younger sister of Prince Doran , the current ruler of Dorne, and an older sister of Prince Oberyn.[1] Her marriage to Prince Rhaegar was arranged by King Aerys II Targaryen and considered an insult by Tywin Lannister, Aerys' Hand of the King, who had proposed his daughter Cersei as a bride for the Prince but was rejected. The marriage was one of the reasons Lord Tywin resigned his post as Hand.[2]

When Robert's Rebellion erupted, Elia was kept in King's Landing by King Aerys to ensure the loyalty of House Martell during the conflict.[3]

Rhaegar was killed in personal combat with Robert Baratheon at the Battle of the Trident. Elia was raped and murdered by Ser Gregor Clegane during the Sack of King's Landing. It is rumoured that he cut her in half with his longsword. Her two infant children were also murdered.[3]

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Doran Martell
Mellario of Norvos
Elia Martell
Rhaegar Targaryen Targaryen-small
Oberyn Martell
Ellaria Sand
Trystane Martell
Myrcella Baratheon Family Tree
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Rhaenys tree
Rhaenys Targaryen Targaryen-small
Aegon Targaryen Targaryen-small
Sand Snakes
Oberyn's bastard daughters

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In the booksEdit

In A Song of Ice and Fire, Elia is also the wife of Rhaegar, and died with her children in the Sack of King's Landing. She was the sister of Princes Doran, the ruling Prince of Dorne, and  Oberyn Martell.

During Robert's Rebellion, Gregor Clegane raped and killed Elia after bashing in her son's head, while his hands were still tainted with the infant's blood.

Tywin Lannister later admitted to Tyrion that there was no need to kill Elia because "by herself she was nothing" (in contrast to her children). The Mountain killed her simply because Tywin did not tell him to spare her. Tywin doubted if he had mentioned Elia at all, for he had many pressing concerns to worry about at that time, nor did he realize yet what kind of monster the Mountain was. On the other hand, he never punished Gregor for the rape and murder, because that would be an admission of indirect guilt on his part.

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Lord: Prince Doran Martell Heir:
Seat: Sunspear Lands: Dorne
Title(s): Prince of Dorne · Lord of Sunspear
Ancestors:Prince Maron Martell · Princess Daenerys Martell · Queen Myriah Martell
Current members:Prince Trystane Martell · Prince Oberyn Martell · Ellaria Sand
Deceased members:Princess Elia Martell
Household:Princess Myrcella Baratheon · Septa Eglantine · Ser Arys Oakheart
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing
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Lord: Queen Daenerys Targaryen Heir: None
Seat: Exiled Lands: Exiled
Title(s): King of the Andals and the First Men
Ancestors:Aegon the Conqueror · Visenya · Rhaenys · Maegor the Cruel · Jaehaerys I · Rhaenyra · Aegon II · Aegon III · Daeron the Young Dragon · Baelor the Blessed · Viserys II · Aegon the Unworthy · Naerys · Daena the Defiant · Rhaena · Elaena · Daeron the Good · Daenerys Martell · Myriah Martell · Baelor Breakspear · Aerys I · Aelinor · Rhaegel · Maekar I · Aerion the Monstrous · Aegon the Unlikely · Duncan the Small
Current members:Aemon Targaryen
Deceased members:Aerys II Targaryen · Rhaella Targaryen · Rhaegar Targaryen · Elia Martell · Rhaenys Targaryen · Aegon Targaryen · Viserys Targaryen · Drogo · Rhaego
Household:Ser Jorah Mormont · Ser Barristan Selmy · Rakharo · Kovarro · Aggo · Irri · Doreah · Jhiqui · Malakho · Missandei · Grey Worm · Daario Naharis

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