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House Smallwood of Acorn Hall
House Smallwood.svg
From These Beginnings
Coat of arms Six brown acorns, 3-2-1, on yellow
(Or, six acorns 3-2-1 brunâtre)
Seat Acorn Hall
Head Lord Theomar Smallwood
Region Riverlands
Title Lord of Acorn Hall[1]
Heir Carellen Smallwood
Overlord House Vance[2]

House Smallwood of Acorn Hall is a noble house from Acorn Hall in the riverlands. Their sigil is six brown acorns on yellow.[3][4] According to semi-canon sources their motto is "From These Beginnings."[5] The Smallwoods are sworn to House Vance,[2] but it is not confirmed if this is House Vance of Atranta or House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest.[N 1]

The lands of House Smallwood are near those that belonged to House Goodbrook.[6]


Lord Smallwood died fighting in King Arlan III Durrandon's campaign against King Humfrey I Teague, which included the Battle of Six Kings.[7]

During the reign of King Aenys I Targaryen, Lord Myles Smallwood fought with Lord Alyn Stokeworth in his campaign against Harren the Red. During the Faith Militant uprising, Lord Smallwood battled Wat the Hewer in the battle at Stonebridge. He later sided with Prince Aegon the Uncrowned in the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye against his uncle, King Maegor I Targaryen.[8]

At the War for the White Cloaks in 49 AC, Ser Willam the Wasp, a sworn sword of Lord Myles, was raised to the Kingsguard.[9] In 54 AC, Myles was raised to Hand of the King to Jaehaerys I Targaryen, favored for his loyalty and prowess in battle.[8] Though he was renowned for his courage and undoubtedly well-intentioned, Lord Smallwood was ill-suited to the office and was dismissed by Jaehaerys in 57 AC.[10][11]

During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Joseth Smallwood supported the blacks and Rhaenyra Targaryen. He briefly halted the westermen host under Ser Adrian Tarbeck in a battle near Acorn Hall.[12] Joseth later scraped together fresh levies for the Second Battle of Tumbleton.[13] Jeyne Smallwood attended the Maiden's Day Cattle Show.[14]

During the First Blackfyre Rebellion, the Smallwoods supported the Targaryens. A soldier of House Smallwood killed Addam Osgrey at the Battle of the Redgrass Field.[4] Lord and Lady Smallwood attended the wedding tourney at Whitewalls. Having some slight acquaintance with Lord Smallwood, Ser Kyle the Cat tried to ingratiate himself with him. Lord Smallwood's nephew broke his wrist during the tourney. Daemon II Blackfyre issued commands to Lord Smallwood during the tourney, suggesting he was aware of the Second Blackfyre Rebellion.[15]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Thoren Smallwood commands the rangers of the Night's Watch after Ser Jaremy Rykker's death. He is part of the great ranging that leaves Castle Black in search of wildlings.[16]

A Storm of Swords

During the fight at the Fist, Thoren is killed by a wight bear.[17]

Lord Theomar Smallwood is off fighting with his liege lord when the brotherhood without banners stay at Acorn Hall. Lady Ravella Smallwood tells Arya Stark she sent her daughter Carellen to her great-aunt at a motherhouse in Oldtown at the start of the War of the Five Kings.[2]

A tent bearing the arms of House Smallwood is spotted by Arya at the Twins before the Red Wedding.[18]

A Feast for Crows

Ser Jaime Lannister spots the banner of House Smallwood among those of the river lords who have bent the knee and now aid House Lannister in the siege of Riverrun.[19]

House Smallwood at the end of the third century

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

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch there are also:


Historical members


  1. A Storm of Swords, Arya IV mentions that Theomar Smallwood is "away fighting in the retinue of his master, Lord Vance." Lord Karyl Vance of Wayfarer's Rest is active in the War of the Five Kings from its start, while the old and blind Lord Norbert Vance of Atranta appears later at the siege of Riverrun.


  1. A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Sworn Sword.
  5. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fire & Blood, Birth, Death and Betrayal Under Jaehaerys I.
  9. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  11. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  13. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 The Mystery Knight.
  16. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 18, Samwell I.
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 50, Arya X.
  19. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.