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|House Blackwood of Raventree Hall|
|Coat of arms||Scarlet, an escutcheon sable charged with a dead weirwood proper, all within an orle of ravens sable|
|Current Lord||Lord Tytos Blackwood|
|Title||Lord of Raventree|
|Overlord||House Baelish of Harrenhal|
|Founded||Age of Heroes|
House Blackwood of Raventree Hall is an old house from Raventree Hall in the Riverlands, sworn to House Tully. They once ruled the Riverlands as kings during the Age of Heroes. They blazon their arms with a flock of ravens on scarlet surrounding a dead weirwood upon a black escutcheon. Their words do not appear in the books.
The Blackwoods are an ancient house in the Riverlands, descended of the First Men. They have an old and bitter feud against their neighbors, the Brackens, coming from the Age of Heroes when both houses ruled as kings. According to the Blackwoods, the Brackens were petty lords and horse breeders who hired swords to usurp the Blackwood kings. The Blackwoods believe this occurred five hundred years before the arrival of the Andals, but the True History states it was one thousand years before the Andals. The feud has continued throughout the years, aided by House Bracken's conversion to the Faith of the Seven after the Andal invasion. In contrast, the Blackwoods kept the religion of the old gods, being one of the few houses south of the Neck to do so. The Blackwoods accuse the Brackens of having poisoned the weirwood of Raventree Hall. The Teats, Battle Valley, and the village of Blackbuckle are part of the disputed land. There have been numerous peaces between the Blackwoods and Brackens, many sealed by marriage, but the feud always restarts.
The Blackwoods supported the blacks during the Dance of the Dragons. Lord Benjicot Blackwood and Red Robb Rivers, the Bowman of Raventree, participated in the Battle by the Lakeshore. Lord Ben had one of his best archers, Billy Burley, mercy kill the dragon Tessarion after the Second Battle of Tumbleton.
Lady Melissa Blackwood was a mistress of King Aegon IV Targaryen and the mother of one of the Great Bastards, Brynden Rivers, later known as Lord Bloodraven. Ser Otho Bracken, the Brute of Bracken, slew Lord Quentyn Blackwood in a tourney at King's Landing three years before the Tourney of Ashford, reinvigorating the old feud. Bennifer, Robert, Roland, and Roger Blackwood participated at Ashford. Ser Steffon Fossoway considered convincing Otho or the Blackwoods fighting for Dunk at the trial of seven, but decided it would be impossible to make them fight on the same side. When Lord Bracken lay dying, Septon Sefton explained that Otho would inherit and the Blackwoods would not suffer him, meaning war. The then-Hand of the King, Lord Bloodraven, was half-Blackwood, so he was unlikely to stop it. When Lord Bloodraven marched on Whitewalls to quash the Second Blackfyre Rebellion, among the river lords who came in support was Lord Blackwood. Ser Eustace Osgrey boasted that in the past members of important families married Osgreys, citing Blackwoods as one of the examples.
Lords Blackwood and Bracken came to Riverrun when Lysa Tully was young to put their feud before Lord Hoster Tully's judgment. Some Blackwoods are buried in the village Cairns, while others are buried beneath the dead weirwood of Raventree.
A Game of Thrones
After Ser Jaime Lannister defeats the river lords and captures Ser Edmure Tully, Lord Tytos Blackwood leads the survivors back to Riverrun. The duty of defending the castle during the siege falls to him.. With Tytos absent, Raventree Hall surrenders to the Lannisters. When Robb Stark attacks the Lannister camps outside Riverrun, Tytos leads the sortie that attacks their rear and frees Edmure. Lord Blackwood and his feathered cloak are seen by Catelyn Tully in the godswood of Riverrun, praying with her son to the old gods after their victory. At the war council at Riverrun, Tytos urges to continue fighting the Lannisters and march against Lord Tywin Lannister at Harrenhal. He joins the other river lords in declaring Robb to be King in the North.
A Clash of Kings
During the War of the Five Kings, Tytos sweeps the Lannister forces from the lands of House Blackwood, but the invaders leave Blackwood Vale a scorched desert. Maester Luwin suggests that the widowed Donella Hornwood marry a Blackwood. Tytos's second-eldest son, Lucas Blackwood, is one of the highborn companions of Catelyn in the delegation to King Renly Baratheon's camp.
A Storm of Swords
Ser Garth Greenfield is held captive at Raventree Hall. Lord Tytos is among the seven nobles who launch Lord Hoster Tully's funeral boat. Lucas Blackwood, Tytos's second eldest son, is slain by Ser Hosteen Frey at the Red Wedding. After the Brackens surrender to the Iron Throne and are welcomed back to the king's peace, they attacked the Blackwoods, who refuse to yield along with Brynden Tully and Jason Mallister. Jonos Bracken besieges Raventree.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
With the surrender of Riverrun, Raventree remains the last Stark loyalist stronghold. Jaime Lannister successfully negotiates the surrender of Raventree with Tytos Blackwood and takes Hoster Blackwood as a hostage. Jonos Bracken desires to gain the east bank of the Widow's Wash, from Crossbow Ridge to Rutting Meadow, Grindcorn Mill, Lord's Mill, Muddy Hall, the Ravishment, Battle Valley, Oldforge, Buckle, Blackbuckle, Cairns, Claypool, Mudgrave, Waspwood, Lorgen's Wood, Greenhill, the Teats, and Honeytree. However, Tytos only agrees to transfer Woodhedge, Crossbow Ridge, Buckle, Lord's Mill, and Honeytree.
House Blackwood at the end of the third century
The known Blackwoods during the timespan of the events described on A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Lord Tytos Blackwood, Lord of Raventree Hall.
With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch of the house there is also:
- Robb Rivers, called Red Robb Rivers and the Bowman of Raventree, a bastard of House Blackwood.
- Lord Benjicot Blackwood, Lord of Raventree, eleven years old at the time of the Dance of the Dragons.
- Melissa Blackwood, Aegon IV Targaryen's sixth mistress and mother of Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers.
- Lord Quentyn Blackwood, slain in a tourney during the reign of Daeron II.
|“||We've had a hundred peaces with the Brackens, many sealed with marriages. There's Blackwood blood in every Bracken, and Bracken blood in every Blackwood. The Old King's Peace lasted half a century. But then some fresh quarrel broke out, and the old wounds opened and began to bleed again. That's how it always happens, my father says. So long as men remember the wrongs done to their forebears, no peace will ever last. So we go on century after century, with us hating the Brackens and them hating us. My father says there will never be an end to it.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ "Riverlands" entry in A World of Ice and Fire
- ↑ The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
- ↑ Game of Thrones Viewer's Guide
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 48, Jaime.
- ↑ Blackwood-Bracken Feud and Coinage, (August 13, 2003) So Spake Martin
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Chicon 7 Reading
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 The Hedge Knight.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 The Sworn Sword.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne.