Why are the Arryns considered of pure Andal descent if they intermarried with the Royces so many times? I thought House Royce was one of the only First Men houses left in the Vale

The only references I can see to the Arryns being of “pure Andal stock” speaks to Ser Artys Arryn and his ancestors, as an explanation that the historical Ser Artys could not have been the Winged Knight of the Age of Heroes, because that myth predates the coming of the Andals to Westeros.

Also, you have to keep in mind that this is really about culture and identity (and maybe magic?), not any modern conception of genetics: the Starks are considered to have the “blood of the First Men” despite the fact that the current generation are half-Tully, that Melantha and Alyssa Blackwood had both Andal and First Men heritage, etc. 


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