Highgarden

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Highgarden
Castle, Regional Capital
Ted Nasmith A Song of Ice and Fire Highgarden.jpg
Highgarden by Ted Nasmith ©
Location The Reach, Westeros
Government House Tyrell , feudal lord.
Religion Faith of the Seven
Notable places Three Singers, briar maze, sept
The Reach and the location of Highgarden
The Reach and the location of Highgarden
Highgarden
The Reach and the location of Highgarden

Highgarden is a castle which serves as the seat of House Tyrell, the regional capital of the Reach, and the heart of chivalry in the Seven Kingdoms. It lies on the Mander and is where the Ocean Road meets the Roseroad, making it an important crossroads.[1]

Mace Tyrell is the Lord of Highgarden. The castle's household includes Lord Seneschal Garth Tyrell, Maester Lomys, the master-at-arms Ser Vortimer Crane, and the fool Butterbumps.[2] Igon Vyrwel is the captain of the castle guards.[2]

Layout

See also: Images of Highgarden

Highgarden is surrounded by three rings of white stone whose walls increase in height. Between the outer and middle walls is a famous briar labyrinth which serves to entertain as well as slow invaders.[3] The oldest towers, squat and square, from the Age of Heroes. Newer towers are tall and slender,[3] round fortifications dating from after the Andal invasion.[4]

Also within Highgarden's walls are groves, fountains, and courtyards. The sept is matched only by the Great Sept of Baelor and the Starry Sept. The castle's godswood contains three weirwoods known as the Three Singers. The palatial keep is decorated with statues and colonnades. The castle's structures are covered in ivy, grapes, and climbing roses.[3]

Highgarden is filled with flowers, singers, pipers, fiddlers and harpers. The stables have a fine selection of horseflesh, and there are pleasure boats to sail along the Mander.[5] There are fields of golden roses that stretch as far as the eye can see. Fruits grown nearby include melons, peaches, and fireplums.[6]

History

House Gardener

Highgarden - by Juan Carlos Barquet © Fantasy Flight Games

Highgarden is said to have been built by Garth the Gardener atop a hill overlooking the Mander.[7] Highgarden was the center of the Reach proper, and the Kings of the Reach from House Gardener grew to acquire what has become the Reach.[8]

During the Andal invasion of Westeros, King Mern II Gardener built a curtain wall about the castle. The Andals were ultimately welcomed into the Reach, however, and King Garth IX Gardener built the first sept at Highgarden, although he continued to worship in its godswood. House Tyrell became the hereditary stewards of the castle.[9]

Highgarden was sacked by Dornishmen during the reign of King Garth X Gardener, and the Gardener's Oakenseat was destroyed. The castle was rebuilt by Garth's cousin, King Mern VI Gardener.[9]

The peaceful Harmund II Hoare, King of the Iron Islands, once visited Highgarden and Oldtown.[10]

House Tyrell

Highgarden was the seat of House Gardener until Aegon the Conqueror defeated King Mern IX Gardener and his host on the Field of Fire, ending their line. When Aegon then marched his host to Highgarden, its steward, Harlen Tyrell, surrendered the castle. For this, Aegon granted him the castle and gave House Tyrell dominion over the Reach as the Lord Paramount of the Mander.[11][12] However, other houses, such as the Florents, Rowans, and Oakhearts, also claim blood ties to the Gardeners and covet Highgarden.[5]

During the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, the Tyrells hosted the famed Tourney of the Field of Roses.[3] The Tyrells were neutral during the Dance of the Dragons, so Ser Ulf the White wanted to be rewarded with Highgarden. He was poisoned after the Second Battle of Tumbleton, however.[13]

While a squire to Arlan of Pennytree, Ser Duncan the Tall once served at Highgarden, where he met Leo Longthorn.[14] Prince Daeron Targaryen squired at Highgarden with Jeremy Norridge.[15]

Samwell Tarly saw Highgarden when his father, Lord Randyll Tarly, visited Lord Mace Tyrell, Warden of the South.[16] Princess Arianne Martell wanted to meet Mace's heir, Willas, but Prince Doran Martell forbid his daughter from going to Highgarden.[17]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

An envoy of Highgarden - by Sedone Thongvilay © Fantasy Flight Games

Following the death of King Robert I Baratheon, his younger brother Renly Baratheon and Ser Loras Tyrell flee from King's Landing to Highgarden.[18] Renly weds Loras's sister, Margaery, at Highgarden and claims the Iron Throne with the support of House Tyrell. Lord Mace Tyrell calls the banners to Highgarden.[19]

A Clash of Kings

Brienne of Tarth travels to Highgarden,[20] where she is falsely courted by some of Renly's men.[21] Renly marches from Highgarden on the Roseroad toward King's Landing,[22] but he diverts at Bitterbridge for Storm's End.[23] Mace remains at Highgarden with ten thousand reinforcements.[23]

During the parley at Storm's End, Renly offers his brother Stannis a peach from Highgarden.[24] After the death of Renly, the Tyrells do not follow Stannis. Lord Petyr Baelish negotiates an alliance between the Tyrells and the Lannisters, with the widowed Margaery agreeing to marry King Joffrey I Baratheon.[25] Mace's men prove decisive in the Battle of the Blackwater.[25]

A Storm of Swords

After having caused famine in King's Landing by closing the roseroad while supporting Renly,[26] the Tyrells send carts of food from Higharden to the royal capital and are thus beloved by the Kingslanders.[27] Many of the Tyrells travel to King's Landing, but Willas Tyrell, Mace's heir, remains at Highgarden.[5]

The Tyrells plot to marry Sansa to Willas,[28] but the Lannisters instead engineer Sansa's marriage to Tyrion Lannister.[29]

A Feast for Crows

Highgarden by feliche

Ser Garlan Tyrell takes half the Tyrell strength back to Highgarden,[30] and Lady Olenna Tyrell returns as well.[31] After the taking of the Shields by the ironborn, Lord Osbert Serry flees to Highgarden. Garlan begins to gather men from across the Reach to retake the islands.[32]

A Dance with Dragons

Laswell Peake tells Aegon Targaryen that the power of Highgarden may not be what Lord Mace Tyrell imagines, as some members of the Golden Company still have friends in the Reach.[33] Since the Tyrells are occupied with the ironborn and politics in King's Landing, Obara Sand wants the Dornishmen to attack the Reach.[34]

Quotes

You need to come south. You need a taste of summer before it flees. In Highgarden there are fields of golden roses that stretch away as far as the eye can see. The fruits are so ripe they explode in your mouth—melons, peaches, fireplums, you've never tasted such sweetness.[6]
- Robert I Baratheon to Eddard Stark


Renly Baratheon is nothing to me, nor Stannis neither. Why should they rule over me and mine, from some flowery seat in Highgarden or Dorne?[35]
- Jon Umber to northmen


The war had not touched the fabled bounty of Highgarden.[23]
- thoughts of Catelyn Stark


The roses support the lion, as the might of Highgarden supports the realm.[25]
- Joffrey I Baratheon to Mace Tyrell


At Highgarden we have many spiders amongst the flowers. So long as they keep to themselves we let them spin their little webs, but if they get underfoot we step on them.[5]
- Olenna Tyrell to Sansa Stark


You will love Highgarden as I do, I know it. Once you see it, you'll never want to leave.[5]
- Margaery Tyrell to Sansa Stark


Centuries of blood and war lay between Sunspear and Highgarden.[36]
- thoughts of Cersei Lannister

References and Notes

  1. A Dance with Dragons, Map of the South
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Highgarden.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: Winterfell.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Garth Greenhand.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Andals in the Reach.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Black Blood.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  13. The Princess and the Queen.
  14. The Hedge Knight.
  15. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
  17. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  18. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 49, Eddard XIV.
  19. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
  20. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
  21. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
  22. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  24. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
  26. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
  27. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 4, Tyrion I.
  28. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 16, Sansa II.
  29. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
  30. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  31. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
  32. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei VII.
  33. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
  34. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
  35. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
  36. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.

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