House Mudd

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House Mudd of Oldstones
Coat of arms A golden crown studded with emeralds, on a red-brown field
(Brunâtre, an ancient crown or studded with emeralds proper)
Seat Oldstones
Region Riverlands
Title King of the Rivers and the Hills

House Mudd of Oldstones was a noble house from the riverlands. Their castle was at Oldstones although in their time it had a different name.[1] According to semi-canon sources, they blazoned their shield with a golden crown studded with emeralds on a red-brown field.[2]


The Mudds once ruled as Kings of the Rivers and the Hills from a castle along the Blue Fork whose ruins are now called Oldstones. They were the last of the First Men to rule the Trident, reigning for over a thousand years.[1] The Mudds, the most powerful and expansive of the First Men river king dynasties,[3] claimed land as far south as the mouth of the Blackwater Rush.[4]

Tristan Mudd is considered one of the worst Lord Commanders of the Night's Watch.[5]

Tristifer IV Mudd was a great First Men king who was victorious in ninety-nine of his one hundred battles. His allies included Edmure Tully and his sons.[6] When seven Andal kings, including Armistead Vance, banded against Tristifer, he lost his final battle and died in the fighting. Tristifer V was not the equal of his father and the kingdom was destroyed during the Andal invasion.[7][1] The Andal victors then fought amongst themselves over the riverlands.[3]

Marq Mudd, known as the Mad Bard, was a would-be king who unsuccessfully rebelled against House Durrandon when the Storm Kings ruled the riverlands. His authenticity as a Mudd is unconfirmed.[3]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Young John Mudd and Lorimas Mudd are members of the Golden Company. It is unknown if they actually descend from the ancient House Mudd, as men of the free companies can take any name they want.

House Mudd at the end of third century

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

Historical Members

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
  2. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The World of Ice and Fire, The Riverlands.
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
  6. The World of Ice and Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
  7. So Spake Martin: Bywater, River Kings and Dornish Heraldry, May 22, 1999

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