Robb Stark – The Young Woolf

A short reminder of one of our favorite characters. Eddard and Catelyn Stark’s eldest son was born in south, but he was raised in The North. He has a good relationship with Jon Snow, despite his openly controversial mother. He is a serious, responsible young man trying to follow his father’s footsteps.

After knowing that his father was arrested on the orders of the Queen, who obliged him to appear in Kings Landing and confirm his loyalty, Robb convenes his North Flags and departs to the South, leading twenty thousand people. Tywin and Jaime Lannister’s  troops are waiting for him on both sides of the river and plundering the Riverlands. After his mother has told him about crossing the Twins, Robb divides her army into two segments: a 2000-strong, emblematic army of Tywin Lannister-led troops, and with her own knife-master, she will surprise Jaime’s army into captivity.

His father’s death shook him, like all the Stark children, and he swore he would be avenged, and he will punish Lannisters for their act. Greatjon Umber cried out to the King of the North, and soon all the Northern Lords accepted him as a king.

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Interview With Maisie Williams

This interview with Maisie Williams was taken by GoT.hu few years ago. Unfortunatelly, they are not existing any more, but thanks God I saved this one offline. So, without further ado, here it is.

GameofThrones.hu: Do you know what’s in store for Arya in the later books? She grows up to be pretty bad ass, you know. Are you excited about filming those scenes?

Maisie Williams: Yeah, I know pretty much what happens to Arya, and if we do get a chance to go that far, I’m really excited about how they’ll do those sorts of things. But, um, no, I think it’ll be a great experience and it’s such a cool part to have.

GameofThrones.hu: Arya gets to carry a whole storyline from Season 2 all alone. How are you feeling about that? Have you had any worries about getting cut off from the main characters?

Maisie Williams: I think it’s gonna be very different, filming this season, because last time I was with Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, and I was really close to her, and this season Arya’s all on her own, really, so it’s gonna be a lot different, but I think it’s gonna be a good experience as well, because I’ve had that chance to be with everyone I know, and as Arya’s story takes turns I think my… the filming story for me will change as well and I’m looking forward to it.

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GameofThrones.hu: You’ll have a rather difficult job this year, since Arya’s off on her own and she see’s lots of things no child her age should see.

Maisie Williams: I’m really excited to see how it changes things on television, because there’s nothing else like it, so it will be exciting to see what happens ten years down the line and if things do change and if there are more sort of fantasy things on television and if it becomes more popular. As Arya’s story changes it will achieve people to think this is very different…

GameofThrones.hu: Kind of opens up a gateway…

Maisie Williams: Yeah, definitely. I think it started to bring in different things on television.

GameofThrones.hu: How much could you tell me about Season 2? What scenes have you done or… is that completely off limits?

Maisie Williams: I’m not sure how much I could tell you, but I’m about a third of the way through filming now and I’ve done a couple of really good scenes, but um…

GameofThrones.hu: Harrenhal scenes?

Maisie Williams: [smiling] No comment.

GameofThrones.hu: Okay.

Maisie Williams: I’ve done a couple of scenes, and I think everyone’s gonna really enjoy what happens to Arya. It’s gonna be real good. It’s the little things that you guys don’t know about… a lot like Season 1, there’s gonna be little twists. I think it’s just good because you guys know the stories already and to change them up would be good. So yeah, just look out for that.

GameofThrones.hu: I’ve seen you’ve shown a lot of dedication to the role – you’ve even cut your hair. You didn’t want to put on a wig?

Maisie Williams: Well, at the first season I was wearing a wig for the end scene, where they cut the hair, but when it came to the second season, they were like ‘would you like to cut your hair because it’s gonna take a long time putting the wig on every morning’, and it didn’t even look good in my opinion, so… My immediate reaction was ‘no way, no, I’m not gonna get my hair cut’, but after thinking about it, I thought people on the internet would say ‘ah, she’s too young, she won’t cut her hair, she won’t do it, it’s a lot to ask’, so I was like… mmm…

And I’m really glad everyone’s happy and with the whole left-handed thing as well, I wanted to stay true to the books and because I’ve never done swordfighting before it was quite easy to learn left-handed. I’m happy you guys like it, and I like how it’s a challenge, it’s not just… easy.

GameofThrones.hu: How does being in a huge TV show like Game of Thrones affect your daily life? Do you get lots of mentions to Arya from your classmates or do your teachers give you less homework because of your mad sword skills?

Maisie Williams: I think it has changed my life, completely. At school, I think sometimes people are harder on me because all the teachers are, like, ‘ugh, you have to do all these things that you have to do and you have your homework as well’, so… But it’s really great, and all my friends are really suportive as well. I won’t change it but sometimes it does get a bit hard.

GameofThrones.hu: Thank you very much for the interview. Keep up the good work.

 

Cold Winds Are Coming

A few years ago, HBO launched the Game of Thrones. Even before the release of the series, there was a huge interest, thanks to the extensive fans of George RR Martin’s works. The critical reception was favorable, and a public reacted great, so immediately after the release of the first episode, the second season was scheduled for shooting by.

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The decision is a brilliant demonstration of the explosive success of the first season, and of the many professional awards that the series and actors have inspired. And now, a few years later, the wait is still on! Who could’ve expected such a success in the early days?
Westeros has always been interesting, and since the beginning of the show, there have always been more kings in the kingdom than in a normal monarchy. Joffrey inherited the throne of King Robert, but on one hand he was acting as a flea-gun, as a rush of power and stamina, and on the other hand, throne seekers attacked him from all sides. Robb Stark, the eldest son of Ned, who was named King in the North by his fables, has been defeated by the more experienced Tywin Lannister in several battles. From the south threatened Renly Baratheon, who can count on the terrible army of the mighty Tyrell House. In the east, on the island of Dragonstone, Stannis Baratheon, Robert’s eldest brother, is preparing for the attack to deport Joffrey from Westeros. If all this is not enough, they are whispering in the North, a new King beyond the Wall, who unites the huge, but an undisciplined army of the wildlings, so that they can move south of the Wall. On the eastern continent, Daenerys, the last surviving member of the once dominant Targaryen House, is trying to survive with a handful of troops – and three dragons.

From this handbook, we can see how enormous the creators had to bear on their shoulders by broadcasting the books. Already in the first season, a number of story threads ran alongside each other, but the Battle of the Kings goes even further, right at the beginning, no fewer than eight adjacent sites and storylines, and a good three hundred elaborate characters that are in any case difficult to encounter in a sixty-minute series. Unlocking it will probably be the biggest challenge for the series.

With the help of HBO, a small group of editors of the website had the opportunity to view the first and second part of the second season in a press release so please welcome the following report. 🙂

The well-known theme song and the somewhat Steam-like design will be preserved this year as well, showing the venues in that episode. Behind the characters’ names, the coat of arms of their families continues to be visible to those who are familiar with books, for example, as Samwell, rightly, is drawing the hunter of the Tarly House.

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The first part has to deal with the above-mentioned problems more powerfully, in addition to presenting the direct consequences of the first season’s end; it must also lead to a whole new thread. This episode may seem a little overwhelming, and the mysterious over rousing prologue, which was used in the first season (and books), was also missed, beginning with the name of King Joffrey’s name-day celebration, which, in my opinion, is still the weakest part of the whole, not surprisingly, even the sudden arrival of Tyrion does not improve much on the situation, the context is far behind, and the scene is clearly conveyed by Jack Gleeson.

After that, however, the level is steeply upwards, especially in the parts of the Kings Landing, are strong, especially the “chamber-like” scenes from two to three actors. Even among these, a dialogue that is not included in the books is highlighted, at the end of the episode; Littlefinger and Cersei dispute the difference between their power concepts in a rather tangible way. The dramatic and visual representation of the scene is the strongest point in the episode, and it is a great show that creators understand and understand Martin’s aspirations of story and character, and dare to touch it, to incorporate into the work, which is very faithfully followed by the books, a lot of dialogue in a one-on-one screen. Concerning the above scene, I would note that Lena Headey, critically acclaimed in the first season for her somewhat single-lined play, is now making the Cersei with a decisive sign of persecution mania, which is slowly breaking down from continuing failure.

Of course, the obvious actor of the parts of the capital is Tyrion, who, in his odd way, appears to be the champion of truth in an odd way among the many daring princes and sets out with decisive steps to create order. The Kingdoms seems to be a conceptually important venue for the second season, as it clearly shows that the other strings have been tightened at the expense of this. This is especially noticeable in Daenerys’ history, which contained two short scenes in two parts, which, in addition, did little to advance the thread, but at least demonstrate the dragons (kept in a wooden saddle bag, although according to the sleeping book the dehydrated tree and fireworks combination is not good …)

Of the Stark children, only Robb has a remarkable appearance, except for a short scene in Winterfell, in which the child Bran tries to perform the fictional tasks with the help of Master Luwin.

The strongest part of the part is the solution that, despite fragmentation, also shows the world’s unity. There is a red comet in the sky, visible to all actors – wherever in the world – and everyone understands it in their own way. It’s a great idea that the scenes end in the sky with a brilliant comet, and then come back to the ground at a different location. The diversity of the martini culture is also a great example of how the people of the nation can interpret the everywhere. In Kings Landing, it is regarded as a sign of Lannister’s fortune, Melisandre in Dragonstone regard it as a sign of the Red God, R’hllor’s favor, and wild Osha considers the traditions of the people as the prelude to the coming of the dragons.

Because it’s true, the world is changing. A white raven comes from the Citadel to the capital, which indicates the end of summer and the coming winter. In the North, besides the False, they are being prepared to attack, and the strange other people who have not been seen for many thousands of years, and beyond the sea (for now unknown to Westeros), Daenerys Targaryen raises three dragon branches to help them later return and occupy his ancestral throne.

At the new venue, we find three new stars in Dragonstone, and the relationship between them is revealed quickly and clearly. Stannis Baratheon, Robert elder brother, a soldier in the soldier who has no friends, only his subordinates, and enemies. Perhaps the only exception is Ser Davos, the former smuggler who blindly follows the king and is close to him. However, the formidable dragon fighters event, as soon as it turns out, is not Stannis, but the red priestess Melisandre from distant Assha. She can not know anything about the woman, but she directs incredible power and easily wraps around Stu’s, known for her otherwise incoherent character.

The greatest strength of the mourning scene is that the essence of the characters is presented almost perfectly in a single short conversation, as the authors of this series have proved many times in the first season. At the same time, for the acquaintances of the book, it may be strange at first that the relationship between the “original” dragons was quite mixed. In light of this, it is more understandable why Stephen Dillane was chosen for the role of Stannis, who, in his habit, has little to say about the Stannis described in the books. In the series, the throne, though gaunt and rigorous, is aware of his own weakness and forced to use Melisandre’s power. The latter, on the other hand, is more restrained, on the other hand, is much more active than in the novel. Davos, a simple, god-fearing smuggler in the book, became a decisive, somewhat bitter figure in himself and in Stannis, in sharp contrast to his son Mathos, the faithful servant of the new Red God.

Overall, the first part is attributable to the poor start to the story and the story-telling of the slightly disrupted, less routine-looking viewer, but taking into account the general expectations of the first episode of the series, they are completely understandable and acceptable.

The main episode of the second season seems to crystallize into the next episode. The emphasis is still on Királyvár, the backbone of the story is made up of the events, but the other threads begin to get started, as well as the appearance of Pyke and Theon’s family, which is one of the strongest contrasts of the scene.

Arya’s story unfolds well, gets acquainted with Jaqen H’gar, the now-suspiciously good-natured prisoner, and they get closer to Gendry, the blacksmith, especially after King’s townships are trying to hit their troops and Arya realizes that he is not her, looking for a boy.The earlier-noted minor-major historical changes will begin to feed the makers in the second part. This is particularly remarkable in Jon’s history, where events are accelerating and events in the Craster house will have far-reaching consequences. This scene delivers almost obligatory cliff sound at the end of each episode, but, in fact, this is somewhat skewed and predictable in this case. In addition, someone who wants to be part of the book, but does not have to be afraid, has no need to worry about any of the major players (for now).
At the same time, I can not stop not expressing my discontent over the fact that he has received new scenes in the first season, with Rosie, who is now quite discreet; who now appears in the brothel of Kisujj, but still cannot properly fit into the characters. This is partly due to the fact that Esmé Bianco has quite a few radiations and distinctions, and on the other hand, it shows the image of an inbuilt character in a fairly inconsistent scene in both of his scenes, I personally still understand why it is in the series and where the creators want to run their story.

The second part, on the whole, perfectly captures the rhythm and the rhythm of the series in the first season, Alan Taylor, the director of the first two parts, has proved that he is not a renowned master of the profession; the two hours flew like ten minutes. The spectacle is beautiful (my favorite Pyke castle), the conversations are very well written, some of the scenes are visually oddly imaginative and effective, so it looks all right for the Game of Thrones to continue the triumph of the last year!

 

Wild Cards Series

Wild Cards is a sci-fi and superhero anthology series set in a shared universe. The volumes are actually a collection of short stories from different authors,including George R.R. Martin, but all surround a main theme, Wild Cards.

  • Wild Cards I  (1987; contents expanded in 2010 edition with three new stories/authors)
  • Wild Cards II: Aces High  (1987)
  • Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild  (1987)
  • Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad  (1988)
  • Wild Cards V: Down & Dirty (1988)
  • Wild Cards VI: Ace in the Hole  (1990)
  • Wild Cards VII: Dead Man’s Hand  (1990)
  • Wild Cards VIII: One-Eyed Jacks  (1991)
  • Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle  (1991)
  • Wild Cards X: Double Solitaire  (1992)
  • Wild Cards XI: Dealer’s Choice  (1992)
  • Wild Cards XII: Turn of the Cards  (1993)
  • Wild Cards: Card Sharks  (1993; Book I of a New Cycle trilogy)
  • Wild Cards: Marked Cards  (1994; Book II of a New Cycle trilogy)
  • Wild Cards: Black Trump  (1995; Book III of a New Cycle trilogy)
  • Wild Cards: Deuces Down  (2002)
  • Wild Cards: Death Draws Five (2006; solo novel by John J. Miller)
  • Wild Cards: Inside Straight  (2008; Book I of the Committee triad)
  • Wild Cards: Busted Flush  (2008; Book II of the Committee triad)
  • Wild Cards: Suicide Kings  (2009; Book III of the Committee triad)
  • Wild Cards: Fort Freak  (2011)
  • Wild Cards: Lowball (forthcoming 2012; sequel to Fort Freak)

 

Not all the short stories in the Wild Cards series were written by George R.R. Martin, but he was the editor of the project.

Twelve original pieces started being published by Bantam Books in 1987 and ran through 1993.

Baen publishing picked up the series and published three more stories from 1993 to 1997.

After Baen finished with the series, it was picked up by iBooks, which published two volumes of the anthology between 2002 and 2006, as well as began reprinting the original six stories.

Tor took over the Wild Cards series in 2008 and published four new stories in the Wild Cards series.

The start of the series begins right after World War II and an alien virus by the name of Wild Card has been released on the city of New York. The series takes place over decades and covers the adventures of the mutant characters that were created by the release of the virus. These characters are in a struggle for control of New York City and encounter different alien species, as well as other adventures written into each short story.

As the stories begin, the alien virus is accidentally released and kills 90% of the population of New York City, this is what the authors refer to as drawing a Black Queen. Of the remaining 10%9% are mutated into what the authors refer to as Jokers and the remaining 1% develop superhuman powers. The superheros are better known as Aces. Part of the 1% that develop superpowers are also referred to asDeuces, because their superpowers are ridiculous or useless, like the ability to grow body hair anytime they want. Eventually the virus spreads to every corner of the globe and all of humanity is affected.

Game of Thrones Quotes, Sigils and Motos of the Noble Houses of Westeros

The GoT universe is so wast that Game of Thrones Quotes are taking internet over! Instead of ancient proverbs, now we have new sayings and pieces of wisdom. In the end, however smart they might be, most of them end the same: valar doheris.

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But, apart of wisdom spread by marvelous characters, what intigues me are word and sigils of the noble houses.

The rich world crafted by master storyteller George R. R. Martin in his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, includes noble houses boasting of their own history, culture, and heraldry.

Each house’s heraldry is defined by its own unique sigils and is complemented by family mottos that give some insight into their distinctive personalities. Although they are motos of the houses, they might as well be quotes.

Here is a description and comparison of the sigils of the different houses of Westeros:

House Targaryen

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Their sigil is a red, three-headed dragon set against a black field. Their motto is “Fire and Blood”. The three-headed dragon represents Aegon and his two sisters – who also happened to be his wives. It is also symbolic of their three dragons, which played a vital role in their successful conquest of the kingdoms of Westeros. You can find one quote by Daenerys on this link. It has some other quotes too.

 

House Stark

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In the book, House Stark’s sigil is a running direwolf on a white field. In the HBO adaptation, only the head of the monster is shown and there is a hint of green in the background. Either way, the sigil denotes the importance of the direwolf to House Stark. A direwolf is a powerful creature that is larger than most wolves and can grow to the size of the horse. It is typically spotted in the North as it is accustomed to cold climates. In the beginning of the series, each of the Stark children forms a special bond with their own direwolves. The motto of House Stark is “Winter is coming”.

 

House Greyjoy

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The sigil of House Greyjoy is a golden kraken against a black field, which befits their culture as seafarers and raiders. Their motto is “We Do Not Sow”.

 

House Tully

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Their sigil is a silver trout leaping over a field of blue and red. The trout may be symbolic of the Trident, as the Riverlands is situated between the forks of this river. The motto of House Tully is “Family, Duty, Honor”.

 

House Arryn

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The sigil of House Arryn is a falcon soaring against the moon. Some versions depict a blue falcon against a full, white moon. Others show a white falcon and crescent moon against a dark blue field. The motto of House Arryn is “As High As Honor”.

 

House Lannister

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Their sigil is a roaring, golden lion against a crimson field. Whether representative of the large amount of gold in their lands, their physical traits, or their strength and power, the sigil certainly befits House Lannister in numerous ways. The official motto of their house is “Hear me roar!”, though another popular saying attributed to them is that “A Lannister always pays his debts”.

Their sigil is a golden rose on a green field and may be symbolic of their lands, which are the most fertile in all of Westeros. Ser Loras, a popular knight from the Tyrell family, is known as the “Knight of Flowers”. Their motto is “Growing Strong”.

 

House Martell

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The sigil of House Martell is a sun pierced by a spear against an orange field. Their castle is aptly named “Sunspear”. Their motto, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”, is indicative of their resilience, a trait that was showcased when their House successfully withstood the Targaryen invasion.

 

House Baratheon

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The sigil of the royal family, one of the youngest Houses in Westeros, is that of a crowned black stag on a golden field. Their motto is “Ours is the fury”.

 

With the exception of the three-headed dragon sigil of House Targaryen, there is no official meaning or history behind the sigils.

Some fans think that the animals such as the direwolf, kraken, and lion, represent the strongest creatures in the Stark, Greyjoy, and Lannister territories. The sigil of a flayed man for House Bolton, a vassal of House Stark, likely takes after from their custom of flaying men.

Other sigils are still very much open to interpretation. The above list is a mere description and comparison of the sigils of the great houses of Westeros, and only covers the great houses.

To truly appreciate the rich culture of all the houses and how their sigils fit their personalities, you can visit George R. R. Martin’s official website which also offers a beautiful, visual comparison of the sigils of the different houses of Westeros.

George RR Martin – The Author

Born on the 20th of September 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey, George R.R. Martinis an American author best known for his fantasy, horror and science fiction novels. Recently, he has been named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2011, primarily for his epic fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire. Often compared to another great literary giant, J.R.R. Tolkien, Martin has become the modern master of weaving fantastic tales with strong, distinct, and memorable characters that are sure to become literary classics.

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George R.R. Martin came from a working class American family. His father was a longshoreman in New Jersey and they lived near the docks in Bayonne. His early education was from a Marist High School where according to him, he first developed his interest and eventual love for the literary genre he is now famous for. He started his award winning career early as he was only in his teens when he won the Alley Award for his work Powerman vs. The Blue Barrier. He then proceeded to obtain his Bachelor’s degree and eventual Master’s degree from Northwestern University graduating summa cum laude in 1970 and 1971, respectively.

In the 70s, George R.R. Martin began to write more science fiction material which eventually got him nominated for a Hugo and Nebula award with his work With Morning Comes Mistfall. Although he was not fortunate enough to win that year, it proved to be the start of his glorious writing career. In the 1980s, Martin started to write for television, participating in such projects as the remake of the Twilight Zone and cult classics such as the Beauty and the Beast series starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Pearlman.

In 1991, George R.R. Martin went back to writing novels. It was during this time that he would create what is to date his most celebrated work, A Song of Ice and Fire. This saga, which was supposedly inspired by Wars of the Roses and Ivanhoe, chronicles the politics and power struggles by the prominent families in a fictional land called Westeros. Beautiful characterization, coupled with simultaneous plot developments, give this series a unique and exciting pace that leave its readers in breathless anticipation on what is to happen next.

A Song of Ice and Fire is intended to be a seven part series, of which only five is currently available. A Game of Thrones, the first book in the saga, has just recently been turned into a mini series by HBO with HBO Productions buying the rights to all of the seven books.  The fifth and latest of the books to be published, A Dance with Dragons, has just recently been released last July 12, 2011. This highly anticipated installment comes as a blessing for the fans of the series who have eagerly waited for the next chapter in the saga starring the characters they have come to love as the book prior to this, A Feast for Crows, was still published way back in 2005.

The North and The Northmen

The Island Kingdom of Westeros is divided into many fiefdoms controlled by many different houses, great and small. At the very top level of the hierarchy is “The North” and “The South” divided by The Neck, which is also a fief of The North. The overlords of The North are House Stark who rule from Winterfell and oversee all the lands between Brandon’s Gift, The New Gift (100 miles of sovereign lands granted to The Night’s Watch to help maintain The Wall) and The Neck.

The North covers an area almost as large as the remaining Six Kingdoms combined. However the majority of this vast kingdom is sparsely populated with large tracts of wilderness, windswept plains, hills and snow capped mountains covered with pines.

To the south there are the largely impassable bogs and marshes of the Neck. The only viable way through the Neck is the causeway controlled by Moat Cailin, a mighty fortress which stands mostly in ruins now but is still of vital strategic importance as a choke point to hold off invasion from the south.

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There are several islands off the north west coast of the peninsular. Bear Island being the only one of any political importance, even then only really brought to attention through the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, Lord Mormont, referred to as “The Old Bear” and his exile son, Jorah Mormont who attends Daenerys Targaryen as her most trusted adviser.

Off the western coast of the peninsular are the Islands of Skane, Skagos to the north and the Three Sisters to the south in the bay called “The Bite”

The Principle Houses of The North

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The principle holdings of House Stark are Winterfell, Moat Calin and Skane Island.  They have the largest holdings in the north and dominion over all over lords of the north.  Whilst part of the Seven Kingdoms the Lord of Winterfell and the Starks is named Warden of The North.  After the death of King Robert Baratheon the lords of the north declared themselves an independent kingdom and Robb Stark the “King Of The North”

The words or motto of House Stark are “Winter Is Coming”   and the current ruling Lord of house Stark is Robb Stark son of Ned Stark.  Below are the sworn banner men of House Stark.

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House Umber

Holdings: Last Hearth

House Words: “Ours is the Fury”

Ruling Lord: Jon Umber “The GreatJon”

 

House Karstark

Holdings: Karhold

House Words: “The Sun of Winter”

Ruling Lord: Harrion Karstark

 

House Bolton

Holdings: The Dreadfort

House Words: “Our Blades Are Sharp”

Ruling Lord: Roose Bolton

 

House Glover

Holdings: Deepwood Motte

House Words: “Power in Wrath”

Ruling Lord: Robert Glover

 

House Cerwyn

Holdings: Castle Cerwin

House Words: “Honed and Ready”

Ruling Lord: Jonella Cerwyn

 

House Mormont

Holdings: Bear Island

House Words: “Here We Stand”

Ruling Lord: Maege Mormont, later on Lyanna Mormont

 

House Reed

Holdings: Greywater Watch

House Words: Unknown

Ruling Lord: Howland Reed

 

House Hornwood

Holdings: Hornwood

House Words: “Righteous in Wrath”

Ruling Lord: Halys Hornwood

 

House Tallhart

Holdings: Torrhen’s Square

House Words: “Proud and Free”

Ruling Lord: Brandon Tallhart

 

House Flint Of Flint’s Finger

Holdings: Flint’s Finger

House Words: Unknown

Ruling Lord: Lord Flint

 

House Flint Of Widow’s Watch

Holdings: Widow’s Watch

House Words: “Ever Vigilant”

Ruling Lord: Lady Lyessa Flint

 

House Manderly

Holdings: White Harbor

House Words: Uknown

Ruling Lord: Wyman Manderly

 

House Dustin

Holdings: Barrowtown

House Words: Unknown

Ruling Lord: Lady Barbrey Dustin

 

People from the north are often referred to as “Northmen” by people from the southern kingdoms and even by themselves. They are seen by all the kingdoms to be a hard and resilient race due to their more extreme climate and militant lifestyles.

The armies of the north muster less fighting men than the armies of the south but the northmen are tried and tested warriors used to fighting off raiding parties of wildings from north of the wall. Whereas many of the southern armies have never seen battle outside the jousting arena.

The climate of the north is as in our world much harsher and much more strongly affected by the long Westeros winters. The people of the north remember the winters with respect and dread. It is not unusual for famine and death on a massive scale in the north during a winter due to the extreme cold and the lack of being able to raise crops for years on end.

The Old Gods hold more sway in the north, with most of the major holdings in the north still keeping their weir wood groves and the ancestral trees with the faces of the old gods. The Seven are worshipped but often alongside the Old Gods.

 

Although when a new brother joins the Night’s Watch all ties with former houses and the kingdoms political games in general are supposed to be forgotten the night’s watch has close ties with the north.

Quite possibly this is because the people of the north treat the Night’s Watch with respect and take the job they do seriously, whilst the people from the south tend to hold the ideals of the black brothers as antiquated and even foolish.

The southerners are far enough removed from the wildings to be able to dismiss them as savages and no threat. Any brother from the south tend to be forced into service from the dungeons of King’s Landing or have taken “the black” to avoid the hangman’s noose. Many of the men from the north are in the same situation, but there is enough respect for the black brothers that many Northmen on the wall are sworn as volunteers.

 

@Lorrie