House Oakheart

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House Oakheart of Old Oak
House Oakheart.png
Coat of arms Or, three oak leaves vert
Words Our Roots Go Deep
Seat Old Oak
Current Lord Lady Arwyn Oakheart
Region The Reach
Overlord House Tyrell
Founder John the Oak

House Oakheart of Old Oak is an old and powerful family from Old Oak in the Reach. They are among the noble houses from the Reach that can trace their descent from Garth Greenhand.[1]

Their arms are three green oak leaves on gold.[2][3] Their banner is thus referred to as the Three Leaves.[4][5] According to semi-canon sources their motto is "Our Roots Go Deep".[6]


Hundred Kingdoms

Of First Men origin, the Oakhearts claim descent from John the Oak, a legendary son of Garth Greenhand.[7] The petty kings of Old Oak joined the realm of Garth III Gardener, King of the Reach, through a pact of friendship and mutual defense.[8]

As part of the longstanding rivalry between the Reach and Dorne, Oakhearts have fought Dornishmen extensively. Lord Edgerran Oakheart was known for fighting the Dornish, and Alester Oakheart died in the Prince's Pass while sounding his warhorn with his last breath.[4]

Targaryen Era

During Aegon's Conquest, Lord Oakheart led King Mern IX Gardener's left at the Field of Fire.[9] The actions of the Wyl of Wyl during the First Dornish War are still infamous at Old Oak.[10] When Nymor Martell, Prince of Dorne, sent his daughter Deria as an envoy in 13 AC, King Aegon I Targaryen rejected Lord Oakheart's suggestion to send her to the meanest brothels of King's Landing.[10]

When Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen toured the south in 112 AC, the son of Lord Oakheart courted her.[11]

Ser Olyvar the Green Oak died at the side of the Young Dragon, King Daeron I Targaryen, at the hand of Dornish assassins in 161 AC.[4][12]

Ser Gwayne Oakheart participated in the tourney at Ashford Meadow in 209 AC.[13]

Ser Eustace Osgrey complained that House Oakheart tried to keep one foot in each camp during the First Blackfyre Rebellion.[14]

Baratheon Era

Ser Arys Oakheart was named to the Kingsguard of Robert I Baratheon in 290 AC.[15]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Arys Oakheart serves the Iron Throne as a Kingsguard for Robert I Baratheon and his Hand of the King, Lord Eddard Stark.[16] After Robert's death, Arys serves his son, King Joffrey I Baratheon.[17]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Arys Oakheart in Dorne, by Magali Villeneuve © Fantasy Flight Games

Arys's mother, Lady Arwyn Oakheart, follows Lord Mace Tyrell in raising her banners for Renly Baratheon and is part of his war councils.[2]

The Oakheart leaf is seen north of the Mander after Renly's death and the surrender of Storm's End.[18]

Arys objects to Joffrey when the boy king orders him to hit Sansa Stark. Although he eventually does strike Sansa, Arys does not hit the girl hard.[19] Arys is sent to Dorne with Princess Myrcella Baratheon as her sworn shield.[20]

A Storm of Swords

Lady Oakheart is rewarded with lesser tracts after the Battle of the Blackwater.[21]

A Feast for Crows

Arys is seduced by Princess Arianne Martell and conspires with her to crown his charge, Myrcella.[4] He is killed by Areo Hotah when discovered at the Greenblood, preferring death to disgrace.[22]

House Oakheart at the end of the third century

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


Historical members


  1. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Reach
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  5. A Forum of Ice and Fire: General Questions
  6. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Garth Greenhand.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: The Gardener Kings.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  10. 10.0 10.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  11. The Rogue Prince.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Hedge Knight, Graphic Novel.
  14. The Sworn Sword.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight, Arys claims to have not touched a woman since joining the Kingsguard ten years ago.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 43, Eddard XI.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  18. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
  19. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa I.
  20. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
  21. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
  22. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.