- See also: Images of Hellholt
The Hellholt was founded during the coming of the Andals to Dorne by the Ullers, who were Andal adventurers. The castle is named after an event in which Lord Uller invited his rivals to a feast and then had them burned to death after locking them within his hall.
During the First Dornish War, Lord Harlan Tyrell lost a quarter of his men and most of his horses while traveling through the sands to Hellholt, which he found abandoned upon arrival. His soldiers were sickened by fish taken from the sulfurous Brimstone. Harlan marched east after learning of the Defenestration of Sunspear, but his host disappeared in the red sands between Hellholt and Vaith. King Aegon I Targaryen and Visenya Targaryen burned the Hellholt in 9 AC.
Rhaenys Targaryen and Meraxes were lost in battle in 10 AC when the dragon was struck in the right eye by a scorpion bolt fired from the castle's tallest tower. The fall of Meraxes destroyed the tower and part of the curtain wall. During the ensuing Dragon's Wroth, some of the nearby sand was fused into glass through the dragonflame of Balerion and Vhagar. The sun-mottled bones of Meraxes remained on display at the Hellholt, but the body of Rhaenys was never recovered. Some allege she was tortured within the Hellholt's dungeon.
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—thoughts of Arianne Martell
- The Lands of Ice and Fire.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: The Andals Arrive.
- Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Hellholt.
- Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne Against the Dragons.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
- The Winds of Winter, Arianne I