Brandon Stark (Builder)

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Monarch
Reign During the Age of Heroes
Full Name Brandon Stark
Titles King of Winter
Personal Information
Alias Brandon the Builder
Bran the Builder
Culture First Men
Family
Royal House House Stark
Issue Brandon Stark
Father Brandon of the Bloody Blade (in some tales)
References
Books The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)

Brandon Stark, also known as Brandon the Builder and Bran the Builder, was the legendary founder[1] of House Stark who is said to have lived during the Age of Heroes.[2] Scholars believe an ancient king's actions have been exaggerated into legend, or the reigns of multiple kings have been remembered as one through the passage of time.[3]

History

Tales from the Reach claim that Brandon the Builder was a descendant of Brandon of the Bloody Blade, a son of the mythical Garth Greenhand.[4]

According to legend, Brandon built the Wall and Winterfell;[5] some stories say he did this with the help of giants.[6] According to a ballad in Maester Childer's Winter's Kings, or the Legends and Lineages of the Starks of Winterfell, Brandon also sought assistance from the children of the forest, and learned to understand the True Tongue in order to do so.[7]

Tales from the stormlands claim Brandon helped Durran Godsgrief build Storm's End when he was a boy.[8] Some stories claim King Uthor of the High Tower commissioned Brandon to design the stone Hightower at Oldtown, while others state it was Brandon's son, who was also named Brandon.[9]

It is said that Brandon gave the Night's Watch Brandon's Gift, a stretch of land twenty-five leagues wide, though some maesters argue this was done by another Brandon of House Stark.[10] The Kings of Winter and Lords of Winterfell from House Stark descended from Brandon.[1]

Quotes

Names such as Brandon the Builder, Garth Greenhand, Lann the Clever, and Durran Godsgrief are names to conjure with, but it is likely that their legends hold less truth than fancy.[3]

—writings of Yandel

No one can even say for certain if Brandon the Builder ever lived. He is as remote from the time of the novels as Noah and Gilgamesh are from our own time.[11]

Family

Garth
Greenhand
 
Various
women
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Garth the
Gardener
 
John
the Oak
 
Gilbert of
the Vines
 
Foss
the Archer
 
Brandon of
the Bloody Blade
 
Maris
the Maid
 
Uthor of the
High Tower
 
Owen
Oakenshield
 
Bors
the Breaker
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Gardener
 
House
Oakheart
 
House
Redwyne
 
House
Fossoway
 
Bran the
Builder
[Note 1]
 
Urrigon
Hightower
 
Peremore
Hightower
 
 
 
 
 
House
Bulwer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Stark
 
House
Hightower
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rose of
Red Lake
 
Ellyn
Ever Sweet
 
Rowan
Gold-Tree
 
Unknown
man
 
Florys
the Fox
 
Three
husbands
 
Harlon
the Hunter
 
Woods witch
 
Herndon
of the Horn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Crane
 
House
Beesbury
 
House
Rowan
 
Lann the
Clever
[Note 2]
 
House
Florent
 
House
Ball
 
House
Peake
 
House
Tarly
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Lannister
 
 
Notes:
  1. In some tales of the Reach, Bran the Builder was the son of Brandon of the Bloody Blade.
  2. In some tales of the Reach, Lann the Clever was a bastard born to Rowan Gold-Tree or her sister Florys the Fox.
 


See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  2. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 51, Jon VI.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Age of Heroes.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 41, Jon V.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Dawn Age.
  8. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Oldtown.
  10. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 40, Bran III.
  11. So Spake Martin: The Wall (September 09, 2000)