Beyond the Wall
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The lands Beyond the Wall are primarily wild, untamed and uncharted. The climate is harsh and bitter, especially in the far north in the Lands of Always Winter. The region immediately north of the Wall includes the Haunted Forest, a vast taiga-forest which covers most of the area, extending from the Wall to the furthest lands of the Thenn.
The forest extends from the eastern coast to a large mountain chain in the west known as the Frostfangs. The Frostfangs extend an unknown distance to the north and are quite inhospitable. However, there are rumours that even the northern Frostfangs contain hidden valleys, heated by volcanic activity, which are actually the most hospitable regions north of the Wall, and heavily settled by the Free Folk.
South-west of the Frostfangs there is a narrow strip of land between the mountains and the sea known as the Frozen Shore, and the ruins of the only free fold city Hardhome. Beyond all of these areas, in the furthest north are the Lands of Always Winter. The forest ends and gives way to these truly polar regions, which are unexplored. The Others are rumoured to originate in the depths of the Lands of Always Winter.
- Main article: Free Folk
The people inhabiting the land refer to themselves as the "Free Folk", known by the people of the Seven Kingdoms as wildlings. The Lands Beyond the Wall are all bitterly cold year round, and it is somewhat surprising the number of wildlings that reside there. These are spread out in small villages, and congregate in tribes throughout the northern lands Beyond the Wall, from the furthest reaches of the Haunted Forest to the hidden valleys of the Frostfangs and the land of the Thenn.
Some wildlings are little more than savage and primitive raiders, but other groups live in small settled communities and villages. Due to the impracticality of agriculture in the far north, many of them are hunters.
|“||Beyond the Wall the monsters live, the giants and the ghouls, the stalking shadows and the dead that walk . . . but they cannot pass so long as the Wall stands strong and the men of the Night's Watch are true. ||”|
|“||“North of the Wall, things are different. That’s where the children went, and the giants, and the other old races. ||”|