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Elia Martell
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Elia
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Princess
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Elia of Dorne
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281 AL
Skull crushed by Ser Gregor Clegane
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Origin
Allegiance
House Martell - by birth
House Targaryen - by marriage
Culture
Family
Doran Martell - brother
{Oberyn Martell} - brother
Ellaria Sand - sister-in-law (paramour)
{Rhaegar Targaryen} - husband
{Rhaenys Targaryen} - daughter
{Aegon Targaryen} - son
{Viserys Targaryen} - brother-in-law
Daenerys Targaryen - sister-in-law
Trystane Martell - nephew
Sand Snakes - nieces
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"If the Mountain killed my sister, then your father gave the order."
Oberyn Martell to Tyrion Lannister[src]

Elia 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.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Rhaegar Elia wedding

Elia marries Rhaegar Targaryen.

Princess Elia was the wife of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. They had two children; a daughter Rhaenys Targaryen and a son Aegon. She was born into House Martell in Dorne. She was the younger sister of Prince Doran Martell, 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's 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]

As a teenager, Elia accompanied her brother Oberyn on a visit to Casterly Rock. While there, Elia and Oberyn were eager to see the monster that had just been born. Cersei finally showed them the baby, but the Martell siblings were somewhat disappointed to see that Tyrion was just a baby, and somewhat disturbed by Cersei's already strong hatred of him.[3]

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.[4]

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 rumored that he cut her in half with his greatsword, though Gregor himself later confesses to "smashing her head in". Her two infant children were also murdered.[4]

Season 4Edit

Elia is mentioned many times by her brother Oberyn in his conversations with various members of House Lannister.[5] He tells Cersei that his fifth daughter is named for her, and that he finds it difficult to interact with her as a result.[6]

Upon learning that the Mountain will act as Cersei's champion at Tyrion's trial by combat, Oberyn volunteers to be Tyrion's Champion, hoping he will finally have vengeance for his sister.[7]

During the trial by combat, Oberyn's rage is fueled by his desire for vengeance of his sister's murder. He repeatedly shouts "You raped her! You murdered her! You killed her children!" towards Gregor, in order to make him confess in front of the crowd. This personal vengeance does not work in favor of Oberyn, as he becomes too confident during the fight and makes a mistake, inevitably leading to his brutal death. As he kills Oberyn, Gregor callously admits, for all the crowd to hear, that he raped Elia, killed her children and then killed her too.[8]

Family TreeEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Doran Martell
 
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Mellario of Norvos
 
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Elia Martell
Deceased
 
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Deceased
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Oberyn Martell
Deceased
 
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Ellaria Sand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Trystane Martell
 
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Deceased
 
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Aegon Targaryen Targaryen-small
Deceased
 
Martell bastard
Sand Snakes
Oberyn's
8 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. Elia's daughter was killed by Amory Lorch.

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 yet realize 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.

As part of the Lannister alliance with the Martells that he negotiates, Tyrion pledges to bring those responsible for the death of Elia and her children to justice, including the Mountain. Tywin later reneges on this, intending to place all the blame on the now-deceased Amory Lorch.

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Lord: Prince Doran Martell Heir:
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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 · Ellaria Sand · Obara Sand · Nymeria Sand · Tyene Sand · Sarella Sand · Elia Sand · Obella Sand · Dorea Sand · Loreza Sand
Deceased members:Princess Elia Martell · Prince Oberyn Martell
Household:Princess Myrcella Baratheon · Septa Eglantine · Ser Arys Oakheart · Areo Hotah
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing
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Lord: Queen Daenerys Targaryen Heir: None
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Seat: Meereen Lands: Exiled
Title(s): Queen of Meereen · Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea · Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men (claimant) · Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant) · Protector of the Realm (claimant)
Ancestors:Aegon I, the Conqueror · Visenya · Rhaenys · Aenys I · Maegor I, the Cruel · Jaehaerys, the Concilliator · Viserys I · Rhaenyra · Aegon II · Aegon III · Daeron I, the Young Dragon · Baelor the Blessed · Viserys II · Aegon IV, the Unworthy · Naerys · Aemon the Dragonknight · Daena the Defiant · Rhaena · Elaena · Daeron II, the Good · Daenerys Martell · Myriah Martell · Daemon Blackfyre · Brynden Rivers · Aegor Rivers · Shiera Seastar · Baelor Breakspear · Aerys I · Aelinor · Rhaegel · Maekar I · Aerion Brightflame · Aegon V, the Unlikely · Duncan the Small
Current members:Aemon Targaryen
Deceased members:Aerys II, the Mad · Rhaella Targaryen · Rhaegar Targaryen · Elia Martell · Rhaenys Targaryen · Aegon Targaryen · Viserys Targaryen · Drogo · Rhaego
Household:Ser Jorah Mormont (formerly) · Ser Barristan Selmy · {Rakharo} · Kovarro · Aggo · {Irri} · {Doreah} · Jhiqui · Malakho · Missandei · Grey Worm · Daario Naharis

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