Game of Thrones Glossary ⚔️❄️

Explore the terms George R.R. Martin uses throughout the Game of Thrones realm, including characters, locations, items, and more.

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  • Aeron GreyjoyAfter becoming a priest, Aeron Greyjoy leaves the politics of the Iron Islands and focuses on serving the Drowned God.
  • Alliser ThorneSer Alliser Thorne is the master-at-arms of Castle Black and a former knight of House Thorne. He comes from House Thorne, a noble house from the Crownlands. Coming from a family sworn to the Targaryens, he fought on the side of House Targaryen during Robert's Rebellion.
  • Alys KarstarkAs a beautiful girl, Alys Karstark got tasked by her father to sway Robb towards wanting her when she initially visited Winterfell.
  • Areo HotahAreo Hotah is a calm yet deviously calculating man who judges his opponent by how they act and react to the world.
  • Arianne MartellArianne Martell is the eldest daughter of Prince Doran Martell, the ruling prince of Dorne, and Lady Mellario of the Free City of Norvos.
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  • Balon GreyjoyAs an ironborn prodigy, Balon Greyjoybecame the captain of his ship at 17. However, his cruelty and bitterness cost him everything.
  • Benjen StarkBenjen Stark's skills and fierceness made him a thorn in the wildlings' flesh. Mance Rayder travels to Winterfell to study him.
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  • Children of the ForestThe Children of the Forest are a non-human race who were the original inhabitants of Westeros before the arrival of the First Men.
  • ColdhandsColdhands is a mysterious unknown figure from beyond the Wall. Though his real name is not known, he was nicknamed Coldhands by Sam.
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  • Dagmer CleftjawDagmer Cleftjaw is a minor character in A Song of Ice and Fire novels whose role is crucial in the events in the North.
  • DoreahFound in a pleasure house at nine, Doreah became a crucial influence on young Daenerys.
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  • Edmure TullyEdmure Tully's actions greatly influenced the War of the Five Kings and indirectly led to Robb Stark's defeat.
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  • Hand of the KingThe Hand of the King is the highest appointed position in Westeros. As the king's closest adviser, he possesses power only rivaled by the king.
  • HarrenhalHarrenhal holds the title of the largest castle in the seven kingdoms. Its sheer size made it a wonder of Westeros until its destruction.
  • Hizdahr zo LoraqHizdahr zo Loraq, Fourteenth of That Noble Name, is a noble of Ghsicari descent living in Meereen. He is one of the city's wealthiest.
  • House GreyjoyHouse Greyjoy is one of the great houses in Westeros. With its seat on the Island of Pyke, it has rivaled many houses for power over centuries.
  • House MartellWith the term Nymeros coming from their Rhoynish descent, House Martell has a culture not revolving around the conscripts of gender roles.
  • House TullyAfter Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna Stark, Robert incited a rebellion, and with help from House Tully, he marched against King Aerys II Targaryen.
  • House VelaryonHouse Velaryon is an ancient house in the Crownlands that traces its origins back to the Valyrian Freehold.
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  • Illyrio MopatisOnce a poor bravo, Illyrio Mopatis rose to become one of the wealthiest people in Pentos. Learn more about his story.
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  • Jeyne PooleJeyne Poole is Vayon Poole's daughter, Winterfell's steward, and the friend of Sansa Stark.
  • Jeyne WesterlingJeyne Westerling is the eldest daughter of Lord Gawen Westerling and Lady Sybell Spicer.
  • Jojen ReedJojen Reed is a young boy from House Reed. He was born in Greywater Watch and is the son of Lord Howland Reed.
  • Jon ConningtonJon Connington: A knight from a time past, a lord who fell, but began a journey to redemption. Learn more about the Lord of Griffin's Roost.
  • Jorah MormontJorah: an exiled knight running from his past, seeking solace in a continent far from home. Learn more about Jorah Mormont.
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  • Khal DrogoKhal Drogo: A brutal warlord feared throughout the Dothraki Sea, destroying everything in his wake for the sake of a child and a queen.
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  • Maester PycelleThough one of the wisest maesters in the seven kingdoms, Grand Maester Pycelle, destroyed himself by playing the game of thrones.
  • Mance RayderMance Rayder is the King of the wildlings and lives beyond the Wall. Formerly a man of the Night's Watch, he abandons his vows and travels beyond Castle Black to unite the various tribes of wildlings scattered up North.
  • Mirri Maz DuurMirri Maz Duur later encountered Khal Drogo's Khalasar and sought revenge against him. She succeeded but burned.
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  • Obara SandWith an angry demeanor and man-like strength, Obara Sand deems herself a warrior and shatters the norms of Dorne. Learn more about her.
  • OshaOsha becomes a crucial character that helps Bran and Rickon escape from Winterfell after its fall into Theon Greyjoy's hand.
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  • PentosPentos is one of the nine Free Cities of Essos. It is a populous port city that deals in trade and commerce of products across the Narrow Sea.
  • Podrick PayneAfter the Battle of Blackwater, Podrick Payne remained loyal to his master, Tyrion, who got injured during the conflict.
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  • Qhorin Halfhand: The Valiant SoldierQhorin Halfhand is a brother of the Night's Watch and a crucial character in the events on the Wall in A Song of Ice and Fire.
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  • Randyll TarlyLord Randyll Tarly is a mighty commander whose battle intellect made him an asset to the Iron Throne. Learn more about his deeds.
  • Renly BaratheonRenly Baratheon is King Robert I Baratheon's younger brother. He amasses a mighty army when his brother dies.
  • Rickon StarkWhen Eddard becomes the new Hand of the King, he leaves Winterfell with Arya Stark and Sansa Stark, to Rickon Stark's dismay.
  • Robert BaratheonRobert Baratheon, the Demon of the Trident, was the seventeenth King of the Seven Kingdoms who dethroned Aerys II Targaryen during a rebellion.
  • Rodrik CasselThough a fierce warrior, Rodrik Cassel is compassionate and kind to his enemies. He trained Robb, Jon Snow, and the ironborn Theon Greyjoy.
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  • Samwell TarlyAnnoyed at his softness, Randyll tried many methods to make Samwell Tarly become manly to no avail, and later, he gave up.
  • Selyse BaratheonSelyse Baratheon is a cold-hearted queen and fanatic believer in Melisandre, the red priestess of R'hllor. Learn more about her.
  • ShaeBeing a beautiful woman, Shae catches the eyes of Tyrion, and throughout the War of the Five Kings, he stops whoring. However, she betrays him.
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  • Thoros of MyrThoros of Myr is a red priest that serves the Lord of Light, R'hllor. He was born in the free city of Myr in Essos and traveled to Westeros.
  • Tyene SandTyene Sand, a quiet but deadly woman, grew up at the Water Gardens and learned the art of poisons from her father, Oberyn.
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  • ValyriaDuring the height of its reign, Valyria was an unstoppable force that pummeled all its opposers to ash.
  • Vargo HoatThough Vargo Hoat is a minor character in the overall story of A Song of Ice and Fire, he impacted the events that happened in the Riverlands.
  • Victarion GreyjoyFaithfully serving Balon, Victarion Greyjoy rode to many battles at sea for the Iron Islands. However, he got betrayed by his brother and men.
  • Viserys TargaryenTo save him from the carnage in Westeros, Aerys sends Viserys Targaryen and his mother to Dragonstone, where she conceives Daenerys.
  • VolantisVolantis, or Old Volantis, is one of the oldest existing cities on the continent of Essos. As one of the richest, proudest, and most senior of the nine free cities, it has a rich and deep history that began after the fall of the Old Empire of Ghis.
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  • Walder FreyWalder Frey is a cold-hearted man with more than 20 children. He becomes the final piece that destroys the Starks.
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