The barrowlands is an area of extensive plains between Winterfell and Moat Cailin in the North. The barrowlands appear to be bounded by the wolfswood to the north, the White Knife and the Bite to the east, the Neck to the south, and the Rills to the west. The town of Barrowton, seat of House Dustin, lies within the area north of the Saltspear. It takes about eight days to reach the barrowlands from Winterfell.
Most northmen follow the old gods, but barrow knights are mentioned by Maester Luwin. Knights are usually restricted to followers of the Faith of the Seven; it is unknown if some followers of the Faith live in the barrowlands, as it is closer to southern Westeros than most of the North, or if these knights follow the old gods.
The barrowlands is a region of wide, hilly plains covered with barrows, the ancient graves of the First Men. The largest hill, Great Barrow in Barrowton, is said to contain the grave of the First King of the First Men or a King of the Giants.
A Game of Thrones
After accepting the position of Hand of the King, Lord Eddard Stark travels with King Robert Baratheon south from Winterfell to King's Landing. While traveling through the barrowlands, the longtime friends temporarily depart from the kingsroad to ride amongst the plains.
A Clash of Kings
A Dance with Dragons
Using Barrowton as a base, Ramsay Bolton and the Bastard's Boys unsuccessfully search the barrowlands for the Frey envoys, Rhaegar, Symond, and Jared, who have gone missing after leaving White Harbor.
Robert: Have we ridden onto a graveyard?
Ned: There are barrows everywhere in the north, Your Grace, this land is old.Robert: And cold.
Chapters that take place in the barrowlands
- A Dance with Dragons, Map of the North
- The Lands of Ice and Fire.
- The A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book by Guardians of Order states the barrowlands stretch from the Stony Shore to the Bite, which therefore suggests the landscape includes the Rills. The more recent The Lands of Ice and Fire and the Map of the North in A Dance with Dragons depict them as separate regions.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Barrowlands.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 26, Jon IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 46, Bran VI.