Sure, everyone knows that Starks = wolves and Lannisters = lions, but there’s so many other noble houses in Westeros.
1. House Swyft
Based: Cornfield, in the Westerlands
House Swyft are Lannister supporters who live near Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion’s birthplace of Casterly Rock. They are mainly background characters in the book, although Ser Harys has a slightly more prominent role in the fourth book, A Feast For Crows
2. House Manderly
Based: White Harbour, in the North
House Manderly are loyal to Rob Stark in the books, and members of this wealthy house accompany him during many of his campaigns against the Lannister forces. Because they live near a silver mine, House Manderley are pre-ttty wealthy, so you’d think they’d come up with a slightly more intimidating sigil than a fish dude with a fork.
3. House Mallister
Based: Seagard, in the Riverlands
Being from the Riverlands, House Mallister support House Tully (aka Catelyn Stark’s former house), and their position on the West coast helps defend the Riverlands from ironborn invaders.
4. House Whent
Sigil: Nine bats
Based: Harrenhal (formerly)
The last of her line, Lady Shella Whent lived alone in Harrenhal, but during the course of the series, the cursed ruin is taken from her, given to Janos Slynt, then later to Petyr Baelish. Lady Shella dies off-page, and due to the Whent’s reputation for poor fertility, the noble house dies with her.
5. House Brax
Sigil: Unicorn (YES AN ACTUAL UNICORN)
Based: Hornvale, in the Westerlands
Loyal to House Lannister, House Brax make infrequent appearences in the books, mainly as part of Jaime Lannister’s host when he leads battles against the Northern forces. Sadly the existence of actual unicorns in Westeros has not been confirmed.
6. House Redwyne
Sigil: Grapes (duh)
Based: the Arbor, an island South-West of Westeros
Known for making great wine and being cheerful drunks (probably), House Redwyne support House Tyrell of Highgarden. In fact, the Queen Of Thorns, Margaery’s Grandmother, married into House Tyrell from the Redwynes. Hence why she’s such good fun at weddings.
7. House Estermont
Based: Greenstone, in the Stormlands
Not much is known about the small island of Greenstone, but King Robert and Cersei visited here for a fortnight as part of their royal duties. Jaime recalls bedding Cersei during their visit here, and thinks this was where Joffrey was conceived.
8. House Reed
Sigil: A lizard-lion*
Based: Greywater Watch, the North
Bran Stark’s companions Jojen and Meera belong to House Reed, but their entire families history is a little vague, leading to many frenzied fan theories. Located in the southern-most reaches of The North, Greywater Watch is a castle built in the heart of the swamplands, and is hard to find because it can move around the swamp at will. Their sigil is a lizard-lion, a strange reptile native to the North that looks like a log, apparently.
9. House Mormont
Sigil: a Bear
Based: Bear Island, the North
So far in the show we’ve met two of House Mormont; Jorah, Dany’s advisor and persistent would-be-paramour, and his father, Jeor, who was Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch before his untimely death. But the books feature more of the fearless family; with Jorah exiled and Jeor taking the black, the de facto head of house is Jeor’s sister Maege, a broad-shouldered lady who fights alongside Robb Stark with a spiked mace.
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