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House Frey of the Crossing
House Frey.png
Coat of arms Two blue towers, united by a bridge, on a silver-grey field
(Cendrée, a bridge azure, at either end a tower of the same)
Seat The Twins
Current Lord Walder Frey
Region Riverlands
Title Lord of the Crossing
Heir Edwyn Frey
Overlord House Tully (AGOT)
House Baelish (ADWD)
Cadet Branch House Frey of Riverrun
Founded 600 years ago

House Frey of the Crossing is a noble house of the riverlands. Their main seat is the Twins, a pair of castles on each bank of the northern Green Fork of the Trident that serves as a vital bridge across the river. The lord of the house is called the Lord of the Crossing.[1]

The strategic location of the Twins has allowed the house to become quite wealthy. Under their current lord, Walder Frey, they have grown greatly in both size and power. One of the most powerful bannermen of the Tullys, the Freys can field a thousand knights and three thousand foot.[2]

Their sigil is two blue towers united by a bridge on silver-grey, representing the Twins.[1] Their house words are not mentioned in the books.[N 1]

Most current Freys tend to share the weaselly appearance of their common ancestor, Lord Walder.


Armsmen of House Frey - by Mark Bulahao. © Fantasy Flight Games (FFG)

House Frey dates back some six centuries, making it one of the younger noble houses in Westeros. The first Lord Frey was awarded lands and a noble status, and began the construction of a great bridge spanning the Green Fork of the Trident. Construction was finished under the rule of his grandson, who added wooden keeps on both sides of the river. The timber keeps were eventually replaced by stone keeps, which received the name "the Twins".[1]

Due to its strategic location, House Frey managed to prosper by exacting tolls for passage across the river, greatly increasing its wealth. They have grown into one of the most powerful bannermen of House Tully of Riverrun, but are still looked down upon by some due to their relatively recent origins.

During Aegon's Conquest, House Frey aided Aegon the Conqueror and rebelled against Harren the Black of Harrenhal, the King of the Isles and the Rivers.[3] Afterward, the Freys joined the other river lords in swearing fealty to House Tully, the new Lords Paramount of the Trident.

A young Frey was mocked as Fool Frey for asking for the hand of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.[4] During the Dance of the Dragons, House Frey sided with the blacks against the greens. Lord Forrest Frey died fighting westermen in the Battle by the Lakeshore.[5]

Dunk recognized the Frey banner among the arms displayed at the tourney at Ashford Meadow.[6] Lord Ambrose Butterwell held the Whitewalls tourney to celebrate his marriage to his new lady wife who was a member of House Frey. Lord Frey attended the Whitewalls tourney, accompanied by his daughters, his four-year-old son (the current Lord Walder), his brother Franklyn, and his nephew. However, the tourney was used as an excuse by some attendees to plot the Second Blackfyre Rebellion.[7]

During the tourney at Harrenhal, a squire of a member of this house accosted Howland Reed. The knight of House Frey was later defeated by the Knight of the Laughing Tree and told to teach his squire honor.[8]

During the long reign of Lord Walder Frey, the house exploded in size as he and his descendants sired many offspring. Walder claims to have hosted three kings at the Twins during his rule.[1] Under Walder's leadership, the Freys exploited their advantages to the fullest. Despite their influence, the Freys continue to be looked down upon. When Tytos Lannister acquiesced to Walder's proposal to marry his second son, Emmon, to Tytos's daughter Genna, the ten-year old Tywin Lannister spoke out against the match. Later, Lord Hoster Tully refused a Frey bride for his son Edmure, and Jon Arryn refused to foster Walder's grandsons at the Eyrie. Lord Walder, however, continued to exploit his leverage, delaying his answer to House Tully's call during Robert's Rebellion, only arriving to the Battle of the Trident once the outcome was already decided.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

A score of Frey men are at the crossroads inn when Lady Catelyn Tully seizes Tyrion Lannister.[9] Rather than joining her to bring him to justice, the men report the event to Lord Walder Frey.[10]

Six Freys attend the Hand's tourney in King's Landing: Ser Jared, Ser Hosteen, Ser Danwell, Ser Emmon, Ser Theo, and Ser Perwyn, as well as one of Lord Walder's bastards, Martyn Rivers.[11]

As he had done in Robert's Rebellion, Lord Walder delays his response to Lord Hoster Tully's calling of banners and keeps near 4,000 men at the Twins. Although the House defends their lands from Lannister outriders commanded by Ser Addam Marbrand, they delay declaring for one side or the other in the War of the Five Kings until it serves their purpose. When Robb Stark arrives at the Twins on his march south to free Lord Eddard Stark, he is received by Walder's heir, Ser Stevron. Walder negotiates with Robb's mother, Lady Catelyn, securing a marriage contract with Robb and linking the Freys with the Starks of Winterfell. Furthermore, Arya Stark will wed Elmar when the fighting is done, Catelyn will take two more (Big and Little Walder) as wards, and Robb will take yet another (Olyvar) as his squire. In exchange the Freys lend their swords to his cause and grant the northern army safe passage.[1]

After the death of King Robert I Baratheon, Walder and Stevron are named among the nobles the new king, Joffrey I Baratheon, insists must do him homage or be named traitors to the realm.[12]

Robb's army split at the Twins, each force heading to deal with a different Lannister army; Freys ride with both forces. Robb acknowledges that the Freys under Stevron's command fought bravely at the battle in the Whispering Wood; Ser Perwyn fights there as part of Robb's bodyguard. Cleos and Tion fight on the other side of that battle under their cousin, Ser Jaime Lannister, and are captured along with him. Their father, Emmon Frey, also fights on the Lannister side of the war. Other Freys, including Ser Aenys, Jared, Hosteen, Danwell, Elmar, and Ronel Rivers are part of Roose Bolton's army. Jared, Hosteen, Danwell, and Ronel are captured by Lord Tywin Lannister's forces during the battle on the Green Fork. Stevron attends the war council at Riverrun at which Robb Stark is declared King in the North.[13]

A Clash of Kings

Catelyn's wards Big Walder and Little Walder are welcomed to Winterfell, although they are not much to the liking of Bran Stark. They are spared by Theon Greyjoy during his capture of Winterfell and later by Ramsay Snow during his sack of Winterfell.[14][15]

Jared, Hosteen, Danwell and Ronel are briefly in captivity at Harrenhal before being ransomed by two other Freys (presumably Aenys and Elmar) soon after Arya's arrival, rejoining Lord Bolton's army.[16] Aenys participates in the fall of Harrenhal to Roose's host.[17]

Many Freys, including Ser Stevron, Ser Ryman, Black Walder, and Olyvar, join Robb in his campaign through the westerlands. Stevron dies after receiving a minor wound in the Battle of Oxcross, making his son Ryman the heir to the Twins. In the storming of the Crag, Black Walder scales the walls of the castle along with Smalljon Umber.

Ser Perwyn accompanies Lady Catelyn on her voyage south to treat with kings Renly and Stannis Baratheon. Martyn Rivers commands the outriders in the riverlands while Brynden Tully is campaigning in the west with Robb Stark, King of the Trident. Martyn meets Catelyn's party when she nears Riverrun on her return trip. After returning to the riverlands, Perwyn fights in the Battle of the Fords.

Cleos Frey, still a captive of Robb's, is sent to King's Landing to offer Robb's terms to his cousin, Tyrion Lannister, but they are rebuffed. Tyrion plants men in Cleos's guard to try and free Jaime from Riverrun, but they fail and Cleos is imprisoned again.

To solidify wartime alliances, Roose Bolton marries one of Walder's granddaughters, Walda. After the fall of Winterfell and the Lannister victory over Stannis in the Battle of the Blackwater, the Freys in Lord Bolton's army at Harrenhal believe that Robb should bend the knee.[18]

A Storm of Swords

At Riverrun, Catelyn frees Jaime from captivity in an effort to exchange him for her daughters, allowing his cousin Cleos Frey to accompany him along with her sworn sword Brienne of Tarth. On the journey to King's Landing, Cleos proves to be a useless fighter, and when he is killed by the Brave Companions he is mourned by none.

Word eventually reaches the Twins of Robb Stark's marriage to Jeyne Westerling instead of a Frey as promised. Ryman Frey, Lord Walder's new heir, withdraws House Frey's support from the King of the North in outrage, with all of the Frey soldiers leaving his army. Later, Lame Lothar and Bastard Walder arrive at Riverrun with 40 men from the Twins. There they make the offer that their liege lord, King Robb's uncle Edmure Tully, stand in Robb's place for the marriage alliance and marry Walder's daughter, Roslin.

However, Walder secretly negotiates with Lords Tywin Lannister and Roose Bolton. They betray the Starks and Tullys at the Red Wedding, breaking guest right and slaughtering their former allies. Jinglebell, Benfrey, and Tytos are killed in the process. Ser Perwyn, Olyvar, and Alesander had been sent away beforehand, they being too friendly with the Starks. The Freys are rewarded by the Iron Throne for killing King Robb and capturing Lord Edmure. Walder Frey's second son, Emmon, is given the lordship of a cadet branch, House Frey of Riverrun, when House Tully is divested of their seat. To solidify the alliance with the Lannisters, Amerei is paired with Lancel Lannister, and Daven Lannister is to wed another Frey.

Black Walder resolves the siege of Seagard by threatening to kill Patrek Mallister, while Ryman and his son Edwyn lead a 2,000-strong Frey force to join Daven Lannister in the siege of Riverrun, which is promised as the seat of Emmon Frey.

Other nobles and the smallfolk scorn House Frey for breaking the sacred guest right. Petyr and Merrett are seized and hanged by the revived Lady Catelyn and her incarnation of the brotherhood without banners.

A Feast for Crows

House Frey's influence in the riverlands increases further by way of the newly-created House Lannister of Darry, the household of which is provided by Lord Lancel's wife, Ami. A score of Freys, including Danwell, Arwood, and Marissa, accompany her to Castle Darry. After "the Hound's" attack on Saltpans, Arwood and his kinsmen Harys and Donnel Haigh ride from Darry to investigate, finding Quincy Cox hiding behind his walls.[19]

Dead soldiers bearing the colors of House Frey have washed up on the Quiet Isle. According to the Elder Brother, they are buried next to their enemies of House Darry. It is hinted that the enmity between Frey and Darry is not new, but has significant history.[20]

After arriving at Riverrun, Ser Jaime Lannister informs Emmon that although he has been granted Riverrun, Emmon is not the liege of the riverlords. The Freys instead owe allegiance to Lord Petyr Baelish, head of House Baelish of Harrenhal and Lord Paramount of the Trident.[21] Jaime removes Ryman from command of the siege of Riverrun in favor of his son Edwyn.[22] When informing Ser Brynden Tully of what will happen if he does not surrender, Jaime says he will send the Freys as a second wave, after the other rivermen but before the westermen. On his journey back to the Twins, Ryman is hanged by outlaws near Fairmarket. Ryman's death leaves his son Edwyn as heir to the Crossing.[23]

According to Queen Cersei Lannister, Lord Wyman Manderly is on the verge of allying himself with the Boltons after he agrees to marry both of his granddaughters to members of House Frey and open his port of White Harbor to Lannister shipping.[24]

A Dance with Dragons

Rhaegar, Jared, and Symond arrive in White Harbor to solidify the alliance between Houses Frey and Manderly. The Manderlys only pretend to accept the peace of King Tommen Baratheon and shortly after their departure the Frey envoys disappear. There are theories about what caused their disappearance.

Big Walder and Little Walder remain squires of Ramsay Bolton at the Dreadfort, Moat Cailin, Barrowton, and Winterfell. Soon they are joined by 2,000 Frey soldiers under Ser Aenys and Ser Hosteen who march with Lord Roose Bolton to pacify the north. While quartered at Winterfell during a blizzard, tensions rise in Roose's army when the Freys place the blame for their missing envoys on Wyman.[25] A brawl results in the deaths of several men when Wyman insults the Freys after Little Walder is found dead in the snow. To relieve the pressure, Roose sends Aenys and Hosteen as a vanguard against Stannis,[26] who is encamped at a crofters' village in the wolfswood.[27]

The Winds of Winter

The Frey force at Winterfell falls prey to a trap set by Mors Umber outside the walls, killing Aenys. This leaves Hosteen, who loses his horse in the trap, in command of the force.[28]

House Frey at the end of the third century

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

  • Walder Frey (b. 208 AC), is the current Lord of the Crossing. An ancient, prideful, and greedy man, he has ruled his house for decades and sired over a hundred descendants. Though he stresses family loyalty, his family jockeys ruthlessly for his favor, naming their sons Walder and daughters Walda in an attempt to please him. Walder has survived many wives:

Descendants of Walder Frey by Perra Royce

Descendants of Stevron Frey

Walder Frey
Perra Royce
Corenna Swann
Marsella Waynwood
Jeyne Lydden
Aegon "Jinglebell"
Dafyn Vance
Deana Hardyng
Janyce Hunter
"Black" Walder
Mylenda Caron
Marianne Vance
Walder Vance
Patrek Vance
"Fair" Walda

Descendants of Emmon Frey

Perra Royce
Genna Lannister
Jeyne Darry
Melesa Crakehall
"Red" Walder

Descendants of Aenys and Perriane Frey

Perra Royce
Tyana Wylde
Leslyn Haigh
Aegon "Bloodborn"
Jeyne Beesbury
Harys Haigh
Donnel Haigh
Alyn Haigh
"White" Walda
Walder Haigh

Descendants of Walder Frey by Cyrenna Swann


Descendants of Walder Frey by Amarei Crakehall

Amarei Crakehall
Bellena Hawick
Lucias Vypren
Betharios of Braavos
Wynafrei Whent
Ryella Royce
Damon Vypren
Elyana Vypren
Jon Wylde
Rickard Wylde

Mariya Darry
Carolei Waynwood
Pate of the Blue Fork
Lancel Lannister
"Fat" Walda
Roose Bolton
"Little" Walder

Beony Beesbury

Descendants of Walder Frey by Alyssa Blackwood

Alyssa Blackwood
Leonella Lefford
Sallei Paege
Sylwa Paege
Flement Brax
"Big" Walder
Robert Brax
Walder Brax
Jon Brax

Descendants of Walder Frey by Bethany Rosby

Bethany Rosby
Jyanna Frey
Edmure Tully

Descendants of Walder Frey by Annara Farring

Annara Farring

Descendants of Walder Frey by unknown women

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch there are also:

Historical Members

Sworn Houses


The Freys of the Crossing were no nobler than the Butterwells. They owned a bridge instead of cows, that was the only difference.[7]
- thoughts of Duncan the Tall

These Freys are cursed.[31]
Davos Seaworth after hearing of the Red Wedding

I'd sooner drink a pint of piss than take the word of any Frey.[22]
Clement Piper to Edwyn Frey

What would a Frey know of honor?[32]

Davos Seaworth to Jared Frey

Though mayhaps this was a blessing. Had he lived he would have grown up to be a Frey.[33]

Wyman Manderly about the death of "Little" Walder


  1. In the final episode of season 6 of HBO's Game of Thrones, the words of House Frey might have been revealed to be "We Stand Together"; When Lord Walder toasts Lannister soldiers in his hall, they respond with the Lannister house words, "Hear me roar!". When Walder toasts House Frey, the others respond by cheering "We stand together!". However, it is unclear whether the phrase is indeed the house's motto, or whether it was simply meant as a statement, considering the context.


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