House Lothston

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House Lothston of Harrenhal
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Coat of arms A black bat on a field per bend, silver and gold
(Per bend argent and or, a bat displayed sable")
Seat Harrenhal
Current Lord Extinct
Region The Riverlands
Title Lord of Harrenhal
Overlord House Tully
Founder Lord Lucas Lothston (House Lothston of Harrenhal)
Founded 151 AC (House Lothston of Harrenhal)
Died out After 212 AC

House Lothston of Harrenhal is an extinct house from Harrenhal in the Riverlands. Their arms were a black bat on a field divided bendwise, silver and gold.[1][2]


House Lothston was the sixth noble house to rule Harrenhal, receiving the title and lands after the extinction of House Strong. They held Harrenhal until three or four generations before A Song of Ice and Fire and were a powerful house which once loomed large in the histories of the Seven Kingdoms.[3]

The Lothstons had a bad reputation; Lord Lucas Lothston and his son Manfryd were renowned for their black deeds.[2] According to Ser Eustace Osgrey, Manfred Lothston betrayed Daemon Blackfyre in the First Blackfyre Rebellion.[4] Lady Danelle Lothston, called Mad Danelle, was said to send giant bats out to capture children for her cookpots, to have bathed in blood and feasted on flesh.[5] When Lord Bloodraven marched on Whitewalls to quash the Second Blackfyre Rebellion, among the river lords who came in support was Lady Danelle.[6] The first Lord Lothston of Harrenhal, Lord Lucas Lothston,[7] was Hand of the King for King Aegon IV Targaryen in 178 AC. His wife had been the first of King Aegon's mistresses, and his marriage to Falena had been arranged to end this affair, as well as the seat of Harrenhal having been granted to Lucas to remove Falena from court. His daughter, Jeyen Lothston, was the eighth of King Aegon IV's mistresses, who was send away from court when she caught the pox from the King. Lucas was send away as well, fired as Hand.[8]

The last Lothston was killed with the help of an ancestor of Ser Illifer the Penniless in unknown circumstances.[2] After the line ended the lordship of Harrenhal was given to House Whent. Ben Blackthumb worked as a boy for Lord Lothston and later for the grandfather and father of Lady Shella Whent.[9]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Ser Jaime Lannister uses a shield found in the armory of Harrenhal with the arms of House Lothston on his ride back to King's Landing. He remembers the stories of Lady Lothston who bathed in tubs of blood and presided over feasts of human flesh.

A Feast for Crows

Petyr Baelish uses the extinction of House Lothston as an example of the fate of those who claim to own Harrenhal.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Jon Lothston serves with the Golden Company in Essos.[3]

House Lothston at the end of third century

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

  • Jon Lothston, an exile serving with the Golden Company. He may or not be genuinely of House Lothston, as in the free companies a man can call himself whatever he chooses.

Historical Members

References and Notes

  1. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 44, Jaime VI.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
  4. The Sworn Sword.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
  6. The Mystery Knight.
  7. Lucas Lothston (father of Manfryd) has not yet been identified to have been the same person as Lucas Lothston (husband of Falena), the first Lord Lothston. The reputation of Falena, his wife, and Jeyne, his daughter, would fit, however, with the nickname Lucas Lothston (father of Manfryd) has: the Pander.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice and Fire, Aegon IV.
  9. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.

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