House Hunter

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House Hunter of Longbow Hall
House Hunter.svg
Coat of arms Five silver arrows, fanned, on brown
(Brunâtre, a sheaf of five arrows, points to chief, argent)
Seat Longbow Hall
Head Lord Gilwood Hunter[1]
Region The Vale
Title Lord of Longbow Hall[2]
Heir Ser Eustace Hunter[1]
Overlord House Arryn

House Hunter of Longbow Hall is one of the principal noble houses sworn to House Arryn.[3] Their seat is Longbow Hall in the eastern Vale.[4]

According to semi-canon sources they blazon their arms with five silver arrows, fanned, on brown.[5] Their motto does not appear in the books.


Hundred Kingdoms

The Hunters of Longbow Hall are an ancient house of First Man origin.[6]

During the Andal invasion, the Hunters allied with High King Robar II Royce against the Andals. In a celebrated tale, Robar outshot Lord Hunter in an archery contest to gain the Hunters as allies, although some legends claim Robar cheated. Robar's forces were defeated in the Battle of the Seven Stars, however, and the Hunters submitted to Artys I Arryn, the new King of Mountain and Vale. Along with the other surviving houses of First Men origin, the Hunters had to deliver up gold, land, and hostages to their conquerors.[7]

Teora Hunter, the daughter of a Lord of Longbow Hall, married Artys's grandson, King Roland I Arryn. Queen Teora was responsible for inspiring Roland I to build the Eyrie, the seat of House Arryn.[6]

Targaryen dynasty

Lord Alec Hunter attended the Golden Wedding between Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon and Lord Rogar Baratheon in 49 AC, using it as an opportunity to meet King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, whom Alec found to be stern.[8] Jaehaerys I later visited the Hunters at Longbow Hall in 52 AC.[9]

When a war of succession ensued in the Vale upon the death of Lady Jeyne Arryn in 134 AC, House Hunter supported her chosen heir, Ser Joffrey Arryn.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Old Lord Eon Hunter is seen by Tyrion Lannister at the Eyrie, staying there as one of the many suitors of the recently-widowed Lady Lysa Arryn.[3] Despite his age, Lord Hunter offers himself as Lysa's champion in Tyrion's trial by combat.[11]

Eddard Stark's memories of the tourney at Harrenhal include old Lord Hunter jesting with Jon Arryn and Robert Baratheon.[12]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Eon dies suddenly, and his two younger sons, Eustace and Harlan, accuse the elder brother and new Lord Hunter, Gilwood, of having murdered him.[13] Eon reigned for nearly sixty years before his abrupt death.[14]

A Feast for Crows

Lord Gilwood is one of the six Lords Declarant;[15] he is the last to arrive at the Gates of the Moon to block the food supplies.[14] Petyr Baelish, the Lord Protector of the Vale, considers that Gilwood is not a threat to him in the long term, since he predicts Gilwood will be soon murdered by one of his young brothers. According to him, Harlan was responsible for their father's death.[14]

House Hunter at the end of the third century

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

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch of the house there is also:



Historical Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  4. The Lands of Ice and Fire, Westeros.
  5. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Vale
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: The Eyrie.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides.
  9. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 58, Eddard XV.
  13. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.