House Bolton of Winterfell

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House Bolton of Winterfell
House Bolton.svg
Our Blades Are Sharp
Coat of arms A red flayed man on pink de sang
Head Lord Ramsay Bolton
Region North
Overlord House Bolton of the Dreadfort
Founder Ramsay Bolton
Founded 300 AC

House Bolton of Winterfell is a new noble house in the north, and a cadet branch of House Bolton of the Dreadfort.

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Ramsay Snow, the Bastard of Bolton, leads the Dreadfort's garrison in betraying Ser Rodrik Cassel's army of Stark loyalists in a battle at Winterfell. Although Bran and Rickon Stark hide during the sack of Winterfell and later escape,[1][2] they are presumed dead.[3]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Tywin Lannister weds his son Tyrion to Sansa Stark in King's Landing,[4] hoping that Tyrion can one day claim Winterfell.[5]

Roose Bolton, Lord of the Dreadfort and Ramsay's father, betrays Robb Stark, King in the North, in the Red Wedding.[6] The Iron Throne names Roose the new Warden of the North and legitimizes Ramsay. Steelshanks Walton departs King's Landing with a girl claimed to be Arya Stark; she is to marry Ramsay Bolton and cement House Bolton's claim to Winterfell.[7][8][9] Tywin, however, hopes the Boltons will exhaust themselves fighting the ironborn, allowing Tyrion to later claim Winterfell.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

Ramsay signs himself as Lord of Winterfell in a letter sent to Deepwood Motte.[10] Roose gathers many northern bannermen to Winterfell, the ruins of which are partially repaired. Ramsay weds the fake Arya, actually Jeyne Poole, in Winterfell's godswood.[11]

During the fierce blizzard, Theon Greyjoy and Jeyne escape Winterfell with the aid of Abel's spearwives[12] and are found by Mors Umber.[13]

House Bolton of Winterfell at the end of the third century

The known Boltons of Winterfell during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:


Lady Arya's sobs do us more harm than all of Lord Stannis's swords and spears. If the Bastard means to remain Lord of Winterfell, he had best teach his wife to laugh.[14]