What did Lyanna whisper to Ned Stark
|“||This is Lyanna, my father's sister. King Robert was supposed to marry her, but Rhaegar Targaryen abducted her. Robert fought a war to bring her back. He killed Rhaegar, but she died anyway.||”|
The wolf girl
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In the series
Lyanna was the only daughter of Lord Rickard Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Guardian of the North, and his wife. She had two older brothers, Brandon and Eddard, and a younger brother, Benjen. When she was younger, she was betrothed to Lord Robert Baratheon of Storm's Cape, Ned's best friend and foster brother. She was very spirited and a good rider and swordsman. During the Harrenhall Tournament she chased away three squires who beat up a vassal of her family with her sword and then tended to his wounds. During the feast at the tournament, she cried when the Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen played a sad song. To the horror of all present, Rhaegar crowned her Queen of Love and Beauty after his tournament victory, despite her engagement to Robert and his marriage to Elia Martell.
Lyanna is said to have been kidnapped by Rhaegar for reasons unknown and taken to Dorne. Her brother Brandon, who was on his way to Schnellwasser for his wedding to Catelyn Tully, rode to King's Landing instead and demanded satisfaction for Rhaegars' actions. King Aerys II Targaryen had Brandon and his entourage arrested and ordered their father to go to the capital for the trial. Lord Stark, promised a just trial, was burned with his son on the orders of the mad king. These events led to the outbreak of Robert's Rebellion, which ended with the fall of the Targaryen Dynasty and the rise of Robert Baratheon as the new king.
After the end of the rebellion, her brother Eddard rode with a handful of followers to the Tower of Joy, where Lyanna was guarded by the Kingsguard. She died in Eddard's arms. As requested, she was buried in the Winterfell Crypt at the side of her brother Brandon and her father. Eddard never talked about his sister later. Robert was deeply saddened by her loss and married Cersei Lannister for political reasons. He could never forget Lyanna, though, even if he couldn't remember her face.
Immediately upon arrival, King Robert visits Lyanna's tomb in Winterfell's crypt. As a token of his admiration, he placed the feather of an exotic southern bird in the hand of the statue. Robert says the statue doesn't do her justice. He gets sentimental and tells Eddard that he kills Rhaegar Targaryen in his dreams every night for what he did to Lyanna. He asks Eddard if it was necessary to bury her in such a cold and gloomy place instead of somewhere in the sun, but Eddard replies that she was a Stark from the north, that is her place. 
In King's Landing Robert Baratheon drinks with his wife Cersei Lannister and they start a conversation about Lyanna Stark, the first of its kind in their marriage. Robert tells her how much Lyanna still means to him, even though he has already forgotten her face. He says:
- "I just know that it was the only thing I ever wanted. Somebody took it from me and seven kingdoms couldn't fill the void it left."
Cersei says she once had feelings for him. She asks him if there was ever a moment when he could have loved her too, but Robert says no. After that he wants to know whether she is feeling better or worse, but Cersei cannot answer it because she no longer feels anything.
When Eddard discovers the incestuous relationship between Cersei and her twin brother Jaime, he confronts her with the truth. Cersei did not deny it, as she has long hated Robert, although she once loved him when he was young and handsome. All the girls wanted him, but he was hers. But then, their love turned to hate on their wedding night when he came into her bed drunk and whispered the name Lyanna in her ear.
Bran Stark shows Osha the graves below Winterfell and tells of the events that led to Robert's rebellion, that Lyanna was kidnapped by Rhaegar, although she was engaged to Robert Baratheon and the Mad King had her brother and father executed, who opposed it protested. 
Accompanied by the three-eyed raven, Bran has visions from the past. In his first he is on Winterfell and watches Lyanna's brothers Ned and Benjen sword fighting. Lyanna comes ridden on a horse and rides around her brothers, who both think annoyed that she shouldn't show off like that. Hodor takes Lyanna from her horse and Benjen tries to scare her away and says she is disturbing her training. Lyanna mockingly asks who he intends to train with when Ned goes to Hohenehr. Lyanna suggests that Benjen should practice with Wylis (Hodor) and points out Benjen's mistake in sword fighting. Bran later sees the events at the Tower of Joy in a flashback. In a first look back he only sees the fight at the foot of the tower. In another, he follows his father up into the tower chamber. Eddard finds his dying sister there in childbed. She implores him to take care of her son and to keep the secret of his origins, otherwise there would be no hope for the boy. Eddard takes care of the boy, pretends to be his bastard and calls him Jon.
Upon arriving at Winterfell, Samwell Tarly learns from Bran that Jon Snow is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Bran at first thinks Jon's last name is Sand, but Sam remembers the annulment of Rhaegar's marriage to Elia Martell, which Goldy tells him about. Then Bran has a vision of Lyanna and Rhaegar's wedding and he sees how in love they are. It becomes clear that Robert's rebellion was based on a lie and that Rhaegar neither kidnapped nor raped Lyanna. Bran sees Lyanna hand her son over to his father again and this time he can hear that the child's real name is Aegon Targaryen.
In the books
Lyanna Stark was the younger sister of Lord Eddard Stark and engaged to his childhood friend, Robert Baratheon. Her kidnapping by Rhaegar Targaryen was the event that ultimately led to Robert's rebellion and the overthrow of the Targaryen dynasty.
Character & appearance
Lyanna is described by everyone as beautiful. Her brother Eddard Stark refers to her, like his older brother Brandon, as "wolf blood" - stubborn, strong-willed, brave and hot-blooded. He compares her appearance and personality to that of his boyish daughter Arya and adds that Lyanna would probably have carried a sword had her father allowed it. She is referred to as an experienced rider. Lyanna loved the scent of winter roses.
Lyanna rode horses like a north man. Harwin compares her riding skills to those of Arya Stark, who he claims rides "like a north man". Barbra Staublin mentions that Brandon and Lyanna loved horse riding. She calls them "two centaurs". Roose Bolton claims that Lyanna was "half a horse herself," but added that his son Domeric Bolton was faster on the horse.
Robert was very fond of Lyanna and cherished her memory even a decade after her death, which put an enormous strain on his marriage to Cersei Lannister. However, Eddard points out that Robert never really knew his sister well, that he didn't know about "the iron underneath". While Robert believed Lyanna never publicly opposed him like Cersei, Eddard said that Robert only saw Lyanna's beauty and never her boldness and willpower. Lyanna was far less enthusiastic about the marriage than Robert, because she told Eddard that Robert's love would not prevent him from infidelity after their wedding.
According to Eddard Stark, his daughter Arya resembles Lyanna's appearance. Some also claim that Margaery Tyrell is similar to her, but Eddard contradicted them. Kevan Lannister remembers Lyanna as a "wild beauty" although he believes her looks pale in comparison to a young Cersei Lannister: "however bright a torch might burn it could never match the rising sun."
Early years of life
When Bran Stark receives visions through the Heart Tree from Winterfell, he sees a scene with a girl who resembles Arya. Two children can be seen in a duel with broken branches that they use as swords. The girl is older and taller than the boy. She defeated the boy, hit him on the thigh. The boy loses his balance and falls into the pond. He slaps into the water and screams. The girl warns him to be quiet or Old Nan will hear him and inform her father. She kneels down and pulls her younger brother out of the pond. The scene changes to a different vision before Bran can learn more about the two children.
Lyanna was on Winterfell when her father arranged to be engaged to Robert Baratheon. That same night, she confided in Eddard about Robert: Robert will never confine himself to a bed. She had heard that Robert had fathered an illegitimate daughter in the Arryn Valley, apparently Mya Stein. Eddard tried to convince her that it doesn't matter what Robert did before the engagement and that he will change. Lyanna wasn't convinced.
- Main article: Harrenhal Tournament
Lyanna was present at the Harrenhal tournament. There she found Howland Reet harassed by three young squires, none over fifteen years old. She yelled, "This is my father's man that you are kicking" and attacked her with a tournament sword. The squires disappeared and Lyanna, "the she-wolf", took the injured man back to her "camp", probably a tent. She cleaned his wounds and bandaged them with linen. Then she introduced the guest to her brothers, Brandon Stark ("the wild wolf"), Eddard Stark ("the calm wolf") and Benjen Stark ("the puppy").
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