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House Glover of Deepwood Motte
House Glover.svg
Coat of arms A silver fist on scarlet
(Gules, a gauntlet argent)
Seat Deepwood Motte
Head Master Galbart Glover
Region North
Title Master of Deepwood Motte[N 1]
Heir Robett Glover

House Glover of Deepwood Motte is a noble house from the north, and is among the principal houses sworn to the Starks of Winterfell.[2] Galbart Glover is the Master of Deepwood Motte,[3][N 1] which is located in the northwestern wolfswood.[4] Houses Bole, Branch, Forrester, and Woods of the wolfswood are sworn to the Glovers.[1]

Their blazon is silver mailed fist on scarlet.[5][6] Their words are not mentioned in the books.


The Glovers ruled as First Men kings after the Long Night, but they were eventually reduced to vassals by the Kings of Winter from House Stark.[7]

Benton Glover served as First Ranger when Queen Alysanne Targaryen visited the north in 58 AC.[8]

The Glovers aided Lord Cregan Stark in hunting down the free folk raiders of Sylas the Grim.[9]

Jorah Mormont's first wife, chosen by his father Jeor, was a Glover of Deepwood Motte. They were married ten years, and she died after her third miscarriage.[10]

Ethan Glover, who was Brandon Stark's squire and went to King's Landing with him to challenge Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, was the only one of Brandon's companions to survive. Ethan later died at the tower of joy.[11]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Deepwood Mercenary by Nacho Molina © Fantasy Flight Games

After getting indications that the Lannisters were involved in the murder attempt on Bran Stark, Lord Eddard Stark tells Catelyn Stark to send word to Ser Helman Tallhart and Galbart Glover to raise a hundred bowmen and fortify Moat Cailin.[12]

Bran recognizes the mailed fist of the Glovers, silver on scarlet, among the northern banners that answer Robb Stark's call to Winterfell. Galbart's brother, Robett, demands the honor of battle command, though with a smile and a jest.[5] The brothers greet Catelyn when she joins Robb's army at Moat Cailin.[13] When Robb splits his forces at the Twins, Galbart stays with him,[14] while Robett is assigned to the army commanded by Lord Roose Bolton.[15]

Tyrion Lannister sees the mailed fist of the Glovers on the northern army he faces in the battle on the Green Fork.[16] Catelyn notices Galbart praying with Robb at the godswood of Riverrun after the victory at the Camps.[17]

A Clash of Kings

The Glovers play a part of the succession of the Hornwood lands, as they are fostering Larence Snow, the bastard of Lord Halys Hornwood. When Robett and Galbart went south with Robb Stark, they left Robett's wife, Sybelle Glover, in charge of Deepwood Motte. When the castle's steward comes to Winterfell for the harvest feast, Bran realizes it is the steward, not Lady Glover, who is making the decisions at Deepwood.[18] Glover men play bladder and woodharp during the feast.[19]

During Robb's campaign in the westerlands, Galbart and Lord Rickard Karstark raid along the coast of the Sunset Sea after the Battle of Oxcross.[20] Robett is held prisoner at Harrenhal, reportedly having been made prisoner of the Brave Companions. In fact, the northmen and sellswords conspire to take the massive castle.[15] Robett is one of the northern commanders told to strike Duskendale by Roose Bolton, reporting supposed orders from Robb, King in the North.[21]

During the ironborn invasion of the north, Asha Greyjoy holds Sybelle and her children as hostages after the taking of Deepwood Motte.[22] Theon Greyjoy notices that no Glovers are part of the army commanded by Ser Rodrik Cassel that gathers at Winterfell to expel the ironborn, due to the fact that their castle is occupied by his sister Asha.[23]

A Storm of Swords

Robett Glover survives the battle at Duskendale and leads the survivors in retreat, only to meet Ser Gregor Clegane, who is waiting for them on the kingsroad.[24] King Robb exchanges prisoners with Lord Tywin Lannister, trading young Martyn Lannister for Robett, who is put on a ship at Duskendale.[25]

During Robb's trip to the Twins for Lord Edmure Tully's marriage to Roslin Frey, Galbart Glover takes Ser Brynden Tully's place as the commander of scouts and outriders. In preparation for his campaign against the ironborn-held Moat Cailin, Robb commands Lady Maege Mormont and Galbart to sail on Mallister longships through the marshes of the Neck to seek out Lord Howland Reed.[26]

A Feast for Crows

Asha treats Sybelle well while she is held at Deepwood Motte. Sybelle tells Asha that Galbart would talk with her, and that the northmen would agree to exchange Deepwood Motte, Torrhen's Square, and Moat Cailin for Sea Dragon Point and the Stony Shore.[27] Asha takes Lady Glover and her children with her to Harlaw. During the voyage, Sybelle's milk dries up and they have to feed little Erena with milk from a goat found ashore. Erena is sick when they arrive at Harlaw.[28]

Brienne of Tarth spots the badge of House Glover among those that have been collected from the dead around Duskendale.[29]

A Dance with Dragons

Asha and her ironborn are defeated by Stannis Baratheon in the fight by Deepwood Motte.[30] Lady Sybelle Glover declares for Stannis and sends clansmen sworn to Deepwood Motte with the king during his march on Winterfell, which is held by Lord Roose Bolton, the new Warden of the North.[1]

Robett tries to gather men at White Harbor without much success.[31] He and Lord Wyman Manderly ask Lord Davos Seaworth to use his smuggler skills to retrieve Rickon Stark.[32]

House Glover at the end of the third century

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

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



Historical Members

Sworn Houses


  1. 1.0 1.1 According to Elio Garcia, George R. R. Martin indicated that northern "masters" are similar to southron landed knights.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Map of the North
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
  6. The Citadel. Heraldry: the North
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Kings of Winter.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  9. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  10. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
  13. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
  14. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn X.
  15. 15.0 15.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
  18. 18.0 18.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
  19. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
  20. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
  21. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
  22. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon V.
  23. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon VI.
  24. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
  25. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
  26. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
  27. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
  28. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
  29. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 30.6 30.7 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.
  31. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II.
  32. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV.
  33. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  34. 34.0 34.1 A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  35. A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  36. 36.0 36.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Stark Lineage.