|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)
|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. According to semi-canon sources, they blazoned their shield with a golden crown studded with emeralds on a red-brown field.
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 "a thousand years".[N 1] The Mudds, the most powerful and expansive of the First Men river king dynasties, claimed land as far south as the mouth of the Blackwater Rush.
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. 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 coming of the Andals to the riverlands. The Andal victors then fought amongst themselves over the riverlands.
A Dance with Dragons
Young John Mudd and Lorimas Mudd are members of the Golden Company in Essos. 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:
- Young John Mudd, an exile serving with the Golden Company and the son of Old John Mudd.
- Lorimas Mudd, an exile serving with the Golden Company.
- Tristifer IV Mudd, known as the Hammer of Justice. He fought victoriously against the Andal invaders until he was slain in his hundredth battle.
- Tristan Mudd, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. He is considered one of the worst Lord Commanders the Night's Watch has ever had.
- Marq Mudd, known as the Mad Bard, who rose in rebellion against House Durrandon.
- Old John Mudd, a sellsword in service to the Golden Company. He was the father of Young John Mudd.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
- Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
- So Spake Martin: Bywater, River Kings and Dornish Heraldry, May 22, 1999
- A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
- The Winds of Winter, Arianne II