House Frey of Riverrun

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House Frey of Riverrun
House Frey.svg
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 Riverrun
Region Riverlands
Title Lord of Riverrun
Heir Tywin Frey
Overlord House Baelish (ADWD)
Founder Emmon Frey
Founded 299 AC

House Frey of Riverrun is a new noble house in the riverlands, and is a cadet branch of House Frey of the Twins. It is created when House Tully is attainted of its lands and titles for rebellion against the Iron Throne. The lands are bestowed on Ser Emmon Frey, second son of Lord Walder Frey, and his wife Lady Genna Lannister.[1][2]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

In the aftermath of the Red Wedding, Lord Edmure Tully is attainted by the crown, and stripped of Riverrun and all its lands and incomes. As part of the deal between Lord Tywin Lannister and Lord Walder Frey for betraying Robb Stark at the wedding, the lands, incomes, and castle are granted to Ser Emmon Frey and his wife Lady Genna Lannister.[2] Emmon is to receive Riverrun once Ser Brynden Tully yields the castle.[1]

A Feast for Crows

Brynden Tully refuses to yield, and the castle is besieged by a Frey and Lannister army.[3][4][5] Since the siege of Riverrun has become a stalemate, Ser Jaime Lannister takes the command from Ser Daven Lannister and Ser Ryman Frey. Lord Emmon is present at the siege, demanding that the castle should not be damaged by storming the walls, while his wife Genna Lannister believes they should execute the hostage Edmure Tully as attempting to use him to convince Ser Brynden to yield has proved fruitless. Lord Emmon falsely believes lordship over Riverrun makes him the ruler of the riverlands, but his nephew Jaime reminds him that Riverrun is now sworn to Harrenhal, the seat of Petyr Baelish, Lord Paramount of the Trident.[6]

During a meeting at the castle's drawbridge, Brynden rejects Jaime's terms of surrender. After Jaime tells the captive Edmure he will sacrifice rivermen in an assault and launch Edmure's unborn child into the castle,[7] Edmure negotiates Riverrun's surrender from House Tully to House Frey. After the castle has been transferred, Emmon is furious when it is discovered that Brynden has escaped through the River Gate. Emmon holds Riverrun with a garrison of two hundred men. A singer who was present at the siege, Tom of Sevenstreams, decides to remain in Riverrun to sing for the Lord Emmon and Lady Genna.[8]

House Frey of Riverrun at the end of the third century

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

"Red" Walder