Hopefully you enjoyed Part 1 of our Game of Thrones family tree series. In Part 2, we’re going to discuss more of the many noble houses around Westeros. The house sigil artwork at the top of this post is by Renaud Forestié
“The Tyrells rose to power as the stewards of the Kings of the Reach, whose domain included the fertile plains of the southwest from the Dornish marches and Blackwater Rush to the shores of the Sunset Sea. Through the female line, they claim descent from Garth Greenhand, gardener king of the First Men, who wore a crown of vines and flowers and made the lands bloom. When King Mern, last of the old line, perished on the Field of Fire, his steward Harlen Tyrell surrendered Highgarden to Aegon Targaryen, pledging fealty. Aegon granted him the castle and dominion over the Reach. The Tyrell sigil is a golden rose on a grass-green field. Their words are ‘Growing Strong’.”
Lord Mace Tyrell is an interesting man. By wedding his beautiful and talented daughter to the murderous and psychopathic Joffrey, he has managed to drag his whole family into Kings Landing. Some might call that a dangerous move with the Lannister’s known savage nature, but the Tyrell’s seem to be doing alright for themselves. Just like their rose sigil, they appear nice on the outside, but are probably secretly planning to stab you with their thorns.
Strikingly beautiful Loras Tyrell has managed to turn the heads of all the ladies in the court (and some of the men). His skill in tournaments was never bested, and he even managed to beat Jaime “Kingslayer” Lannister in battles. He is definitely the teenage poster boy of the series with his skilled sword and flowing locks. His equally stunning sister, Margaery Tyrell, has a good relationship with her brother and always looks out for him. She has been married three times during the story; with two dead husbands behind her, some might say that she’s cursed.
Lady Olenna is the oldest living Tyrell and does not seem to care what anyone thinks. Her nickname is fittingly the “Queen of Thorns” due to her scathing remarks.
“The Greyjoys of Pyke claim descent from the Grey King of the Age of Heroes. Legend says the Grey King ruled not only the western isles but the sea itself, and took a mermaid to wife. For thousands of years, raiders from the Iron Islands – called ‘ironmen’ by those they plundered – were the terrors of the seas, sailing as far as the Port of Ibben and the Summer Isles. They prided themselves on their fierceness in battle and their sacred freedoms. Each island had its own ‘salt king’ and ‘rock king’. The High King of the Isles was chosen from among a number, until King Urron made the throne hereditary by murdering the other kings when they assembled for a choosing. Urron’s own line was extinguished a thousand years later when the Andals swept over the islands. The Greyjoys, like other island lords, intermarried with the conquerers. When Harren and his sons perished in the fall of Harrenhal, Aegon Targaryen granted the riverlands to House Tully, and allowed the surviving lords of the Iron Islands to revive their ancient custom and choose who should have primacy among them. They chose Lord Vickon Greyjoy of Pyke. The Greyjoy sigil is a golden kraken upon a black field. Their words are ‘We Do Not Sow’.”
Balon Greyjoy was around at the time of Robert Baratheon’s siege, and a bit afterwards too. He tried to rebel against Robert, but was beaten and his son Theon taken into the care of the Starks to assure his loyalty to the crown. Whilst Theon never really fitted in completely with the Starks, he was wanted even less by the Ironborn and is repeatedly mocked upon his return to the Iron Islands.
Theon, or “Reek” as he might rather be called nowadays, is Balon’s last remaining son. Due to his terrible actions at Winterfell, northern folk now refer to him as Theon Turncloak. His sister Asha Greyjoy, known as Yara in the TV series, wants to take leadership of the Iron Islands.
House Mormont of Bear Island is an old, proud, and honorable house of the north, one of the principal families sworn to House Stark. Their seat is atBear Island, located in the Bay of Ice far to the north-west of Winterfell. Their blazon is a black bear over a green wood and their motto is “Here We Stand”.
House Mormont is one of the few houses to have an ancestral weapon of Valyrian steel: a bastard sword called Longclaw. However, due to Bear Island’s lack of valuable resources, the Mormonts are a rather poor house. Their hall is made of huge logs, surrounded by an earthen palisade. On the gate is a carving of a woman in a bearskin with a child in one arm suckling at her breast and a battleaxe in the other. Like the other women of Bear Island, the women of House Mormont learn how to defend themselves from ironmen and wildlings.
Lyanna Mormont is a recurring character in the sixth season, who was previously mentioned in Season 5. She is the young Lady of Bear Island and thus the head of House Mormont of Bear Island. She is the niece of Lord Commander Jeor Mormont of the Night’s Watch and cousin of Ser Jorah Mormont.
She is the daughter of Maege Mormont. She was named after Lyanna Stark, younger sister of Lord Eddard Stark, who died years before she was born. After her mother’s older brother Jeor joined the Night’s Watch and his only son Jorah fled to Essos to avoid a death sentence by Lord Eddard Stark for selling poachers into slavery to fund his wife’s expensive tastes, Maege Mormont became Lady of Bear Island. When Maege left to fight in the War of the Five Kings, Lyanna ruled Bear Island in her mother’s stead, eventually taking Maege’s place upon her death. (reference game of thrones wikia)
“Nymeria, the warrior queen of the Rhoyne, brought her ten thousand ships to land in Dorne, the southernmost of the Seven Kingdoms, and took Lord Mors Martell to husband. With her help, he vanquished his rivals to rule Dorne. The Rhoynar influence remains strong. Thus Dornish rulers style themselves ‘Prince’ rather than ‘King’. Under Dornish law, lands and titles pass to the eldest child, not the eldest male. Dorne, alone of the Seven Kingdoms, was never conquered by Aegon the Dragon. It was not permanently joined to the realm until two hundred years later, and then by marriage and treaty, not the sword. Peaceable King Daeron II succeeded where the warriors had failed by wedding the Dornish princess Myriah and giving his own sister in marriage to the reigning Price of Dorne. The Martell banner is a red sun pierced by a golden spear. Their words are ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’.”
Doran Martell is a calculating man and has been plotting his revenge on Kings Landing for many years. The death of his sister Elia was unsurprisingly not well received and he has held his breath for a long time, waiting for the chance to get his own back. Sending his brother, the Red Viper of Dorne, also known as Oberyn Martell, to Kings Landing was all part of that plan. It was by pure fluke that Oberyn was given the chance to destroy the man who killed Elia, and he paid with the price of his own life.
The Sand Snakes are the eight bastard daughters of Oberyn’s various conquests. It is not uncommon or frowned upon in Dorne for someone to have more than one lover, and the Dornish are much more liberal in their conquests than the rest of Westeros. Also unlike the rest of Westeros, Oberyn has accepted his bastard daughters and taken them into his care. The eldest three, Obara, Nymeria and Tyene, are all well trained fighters.
The Targaryens are the blood of the dragon, descended from the high lords of the ancient Freehold of Valyria, their heritage proclaimed in a striking (some say inhuman) beauty, with lilac or indigo or violet eyes and hair of silver-gold or platinum white. Aegon the Dragon’s ancestors escaped the Doom of Valyria and the chaos and slaughter that followed to settle on Dragonstone, a rocky island near the narrow sea. It was from there that Aegon and his sisters Visenya and Rhaenys sailed to conquer the Seven Kingdoms. To preserve the blood royal and keep it pure, House Targaryen has often followed the Valyrian custom of wedding brother to sister. Aegon himself took both his sisters to wife, and fathered sons on each. The Targaryen banner is a three-headed dragon, red on black, the three heads representing Aegon and his sisters. The Targaryen words are ‘Fire and Blood’.”
One of the longest ruling families in Westeros after they came over from Valyria on the backs of dragons, the Targaryens are a feisty bunch. Rhaegar Targaryen, son of Mad King Aerys II, allegedly kidnapped Lyanna Stark, despite already being married to Elia Martell. When Aerys response to the Stark’s protests was to have Rickard Stark arrested and killed, an uprising began to take shape with Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon at the helm. Whilst the Mad King was eventually taken down by Jaime Lannister in his own throne room, Robert Baratheon fought and killed Rhaegar in the Battle of the Trident. Robert was due to marry Lyanna, so can’t have been too happy about Rhaegar just plucking her away.
Fortunately for the Targaryen family line, his two youngest children Daenerys and Viserys were saved and sent across the narrow sea to hide out whilst their forces and support recovered. Viserys was always utterly obsessed with returning to Westeros as soon as possible and getting his Targaryen butt back on the Iron Throne. So much so that Khal Drogo had a crown made from molten gold for him, how lovely! From then on, Daenerys has had to fight for herself and is steadily building an army ready to take on Kings Landing. With three new dragons at the helm, how can she lose?!
Jon Snow Family tree
We hope you enjoyed Part 2 of our family tree posts. Go back and read Part 1 again if you like! Which is your favourite Game of Thrones family?