Brandon Stark (Builder)

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Alias Bran the Builder
Title King of Winter
Allegiance House Stark
Race First Men
Culture First Men
Book(s) 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 World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
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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]


Tales from the Reach claim that Bran 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, Bran also sought assistance from the children of the forest.[7]

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

It is said that Bran the Builder gave the Night's Watch Brandon's Gift, a stretch of land 25 leagues wide, but some maesters argue it was another Brandon of House Stark.[10] The Kings of Winter from House Stark descended from Bran.[1]


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]
- George R. R. Martin

See also

References and Notes

  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

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