Nymeria was a princess of the Rhoyne (like how Arya is technically a princess now,) but she became a queen later. To quote TWoIaF:
Nymeria herself remained the unquestioned ruler of Dorne for almost twenty-seven years, her husbands serving only as counselors and consorts. She survived a dozen attempts upon her life, put down two rebellions, and threw back two invasions by the Storm King Durran the Third and one by King Greydon of the Reach…
She was the ruler of Dorne. As for the warrior tidbit, it’s not really clear. I’ve spoken about the inconsistencies in describing Nymeria here, but in TWoIaF:
Nymeria, the fierce and beautiful warrior queen who had led her people across the world to keep them free.It is said that, amongst the Rhoynar who came to Dorne with Nymeria, eight of every ten were women … but a quarter of those were warriors, in the Rhoynish tradition, and even those who did not fight had been hardened during their travels and travails.
To me, that seems similar to the way Arya is a “warrior”. Despite a lack of physical strength or actual training in combat/arms, a hardened life in a kill or be killed existence and an expectation that you have to protect yourself, yeah, that sounds more like the way in which Arya is a “warrior”.
But do I think that has anything to do with what GRRM plans for Arya? Oh, yeah.
Seriously click on that meta link because it sums up my thoughts pretty well on the Nymeria/Arya connection.
Really, all you need to remember in my mind to confirm the Arya/Nymeria connection is going somewhere is that 1) the direwolves are “a part of the Stark” as stated repeatedly and were the basis of the whole series, 2) Arya is the only Stark who named her direwolf after someone, a real person. It’s going somewhere, I’m positive. Read the linked meta because that maps it out pretty extensively.
For what’s not in that meta, there’s some speculation about Arya and Hardhome that kind of go with the Arya/Nymeria connection, which you may or may not know of. Basically here are the basic facts-
“I know why the Sealord seized the Goodheart. She was carrying slaves. Hundreds of slaves, women and children, roped together in her hold.” Braavos had been founded by escaped slaves, and the slave trade was forbidden here.
“I know where the slaves came from. They were wildlings from West-eros, from a place called Hardhome. An old ruined place, accursed.” Old Nan had told her tales of Hardhome, back at Winterfell when she had still been Arya Stark. “After the big battle where the King-Beyond-the-Wall was killed, the wildlings ran away, and this woods witch said that if they went to Hardhome, ships would come and carry them away to someplace warm. But no ships came, except these two Lyseni pirates, Goodheart and Elephant, that had been driven north by a storm. They dropped anchor off Hardhome to make repairs, and saw the wildlings, but there were thousands and they didn’t have room for all of them, so they said they’d just take the women and the children. The wildlings had nothing to eat, so the men sent out their wives and daughters, but as soon as the ships were out to sea, the Lyseni drove them below and roped them up. They meant to sell them all in Lys. Only then they ran into another storm and the ships were parted. The Goodheart was so damaged her captain had no choice but to put in here, but the Elephant may have made it back to Lys. The Lyseni at Pynto’s think that she’ll return with more ships. The price of slaves is rising, they said, and there are thousands more women and children at Hardhome.” Arya, ADWD
- She’s going to have to go to somewhere when returning to Braavos and wind up at the Wall conflict, Hardhome’s possible
- Thousands of women and children in Hardhome stranded and dying in need of salvationre/sea travel potentially… why that sounds like Princess Nymeria’s crew, doesn’t it?
- The Hardhome plot is still affecting Jon and the Wall’s plotline and doesn’t have an obvious solution at the moment but needs to be resolved somehow
- Jon was all set to go save those at Hardhome before he was stabbed, partially for “Arya”- seems like a good connector of those storylines and a fair bit of irony especially since Jon thinks of dealing with Hardhome while contemplating sending “Arya” to Braavos with protection because she’s just a child (dramatic irony there) on the same page
Those are just the bare basic facts and why people are speculating this. The fact is that Arya is the ultimate wildcard character. Jon, Dany, Tyrion, Bran, Sansa, Jaime, Cersei, and so on- you can kind of guess where their characters are going. In fact, the outlines seem pretty obvious, you can at least wager a guess.
Arya is a wildcard and her character could go in many different directions to affect the plot. All we really know is that she will greatly affect the plot- the hows, whys, and whens are yet to be determined though.
Do I think Arya/Hardhome speculation will happen? I definitely think it’s possible, but so are a lot of things with Arya’s storyline.
But yeah, I’m sure that the Arya/Nymeria connection is worth speculating about and going somewhere.