House Ryswell

From A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Jump to: navigation, search
House Ryswell of the Rills
House Ryswell.PNG
Coat of arms Bronze, a horse's head sable orbed and maned gules within a bordure engrailed sable
Current Lord Rodrik Ryswell
Region The North
Title Lord of the Rills
Overlord House Bolton

House Ryswell of the Rills rules the Rills, the extensive area between the barrowlands and the Stony Shore in the North.

Their blazon is a black horse's head, eyes and mane red, on bronze within a black engrailed border.[1] Lord Rodrik Ryswell and his sons all have the same arms but each in different colors as they constantly argue over their house's colors: one is grey, one is black, one is gold and one is brown. Their words are not mentioned in the books.


An old story tells that when seventy-nine deserters left the Wall, one of them was Lord Ryswell's youngest son who decided to look for shelter at his father's keep. However, Lord Ryswell returned his son and his companions to the Nightfort, where they were buried alive in the ice to forever stand the watch they had abandoned. Late in his life Lord Ryswell took the black to end his days watching behind his son.[2]

Ser Mark Ryswell died fighting beside Eddard Stark and his other companions at the Tower of Joy.

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Spearmen from the Rills compose part of the force that Lord Roose Bolton leaves under command of Ronnel Stout and Ser Kyle Condon in the aftermath of the Battle of the Ruby Ford.[3]

Maester Aemon sends a raven to the Rills in a plea for help to defend Castle Black from wildlings.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

The Ryswells and Dustins are the first to declare for House Bolton when Lord Roose is named Warden of the North. The two houses surprise the remaining ironmen on the Fever River and manage to burn their longships.[5] The Ryswells also join the army led by Ramsay Bolton remove the ironborn from Moat Cailin.

Lord Rodrik Ryswell, his sons, and his daughter Barbrey attend the wedding of Ramsay to "Arya Stark" at Winterfell. He is present along with his daughter, Roose and Aenys Frey when Theon Greyjoy is questioned about the deaths that are happening in the castle. He is hostile towards the Freys, as several of House Ryswell's men were slain at the Red Wedding.

House Ryswell at the end of the third century

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

Without specified familiar relationship with the main branch, other Ryswells include:

Roose Bolton
Willam Dustin

Historical Ryswells

References and Notes

  1. The Citadel. Heraldry: the North
  2. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran IV.
  3. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
  4. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
  5. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II.
  6. The appendices of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons list Roger, Rickard, and Roose as Rodrik's quarrelsome cousins, but the text of A Dance with Dragons specifies them as his sons in 20. Reek II and 32. Reek III.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
  8. The World of Ice and Fire, Appendix: Stark Lineage.

Navigation menu