House Flint of the mountains

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House Flint
of the mountains
Seat in the northern mountains
Current Lord Torghen Flint
Region North
Title The Flint
Lord Flint
Overlord House Stark (AGOT)
House Baratheon of Dragonstone (ADWD)
Cadet Branch House Flint of Widow's Watch
House Flint of Flint's Finger

House Flint of the mountains is the formal name given to the mountain clan of the Flints of the north who inhabit the high mountains north of the wolfswood.[1] They like to be called the First Flints since House Flint of Widow's Watch and House Flint of Flint's Finger are cadet branches of the family.[2] Its chief is known as "The Flint", although at Winterfell the treatment of "Lord Flint" is used.

Their arms or motto do not appear in the books, neither has George R. R. Martin submitted them in semi-canon material.


It is possible that the Flints of the mountains are the same as House Flint of Breakstone Hill, who ruled as First Men kings after the Long Night until being reduced to vassalage by the Kings of Winter, House Stark of Winterfell.[3]

It is suggested that the Night's King was a Flint, among the many possibilities. Lord Commander Rodrik Flint is regarded as one of the worst commanders of the Night's Watch, for trying to make himself King-Beyond-the-Wall. One of the dark legends surrounding the Nightfort is the rape and murder of brave young Danny Flint.

A branch of House Flint held the Wolf's Den for a century after the extinction of the Greystarks.[4]

Lord Eddard Stark's maternal grandmother, Arya Flint, was a Flint from the mountains. Old Nan used to say to Bran Stark that it was her blood that made him climb so foolishly.[1]

The Flints of the mountains have been raided by wildlings led by the Weeper.[5]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

The Flints are reported to have ties to House Hornwood through the female line, though A Clash of Kings does not specify which branch.[6]

A Storm of Swords

Bran Stark recalls there are some Flints living in the high places during his trip to the Wall with Hodor, Meera Reed, and Jojen Reed.[1]

A Dance with Dragons

The Flints join Stannis Baratheon in his campaign to take the north away from the ironborn and House Bolton. They hope to save "The Ned's" girl, "Arya Stark", from the Boltons.[7]

Torghen Flint visits Castle Black with five fighting men, as well as a fourteen-year-old wet nurse who attends Monster. The Flint and the Norrey are wary of Lord Commander Jon Snow's plan to settle wildlings in the Gift.[5]

House Flint of the mountains at the end of the third century

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

  • Torghen Flint, of the First Flints, called "The Flint", or "Old Flint".
    • Donnel Flint, called "Black Donnel Flint", his son and heir.
    • Artos Flint, his second son, half-brother to Black Donnel.

Historical Members


The First Flints, they call themselves. They say the other Flints are the blood of younger sons, who had to leave the mountains to find food and land and wives.[2]
- Jon Snow to Alys Karstark

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