|House Umber of the Last Hearth|
|Coat of arms|| A roaring giant, brown-haired and wearing a skin, with broken silver chains, on flame-red|
(Gules, a giant roaring brunâtre habited with a skin proper wearing chains broken argent)
|Seat||The Last Hearth|
|Current Lord||Jon "Greatjon" Umber|
|Title||Lord of the Last Hearth|
|Overlord|| House Stark (formerly)|
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House Umber of the Last Hearth is a noble house from the Last Hearth in the North. They are sworn to Winterfell and House Stark, to whom they are fiercely loyal. The head of the house is Lord Jon Umber, called "the Greatjon". The Umber sigil is a roaring giant, brown-haired and wearing a skin, with broken silver chains, on flame-red.
The Umbers are hardy people, tempered by the rough northern climate. They control the harsh land along the Bay of Seals, south of the New Gift and extending west to the kingsroad - a place of wild hills and ancient forests of oak and pine. Their lands include the northern Last River and the Lonely Hills. The kingsroad runs along the western marches of Umber territory for a hundred leagues. Most of their land is east of the kingsroad, but the Umbers graze their sheep in the high meadows of the northern mountains in summer.
The Umbers' proximity to the Wall puts them at risk of wildling raids and they have often been called upon to help defend against wildling raiders. Most notably, the Umbers joined the Starks in defeating Kings-Beyond-the-Wall such as Raymun Redbeard and the brothers Gendel and Gorne. A cousin of Lord Umber was carried off in a wildling raid. The Umber also feature in the old legend of the Night's King. Amongst other possibilities, the Night's King is rumored to have been an member of this house.
A Game of Thrones
After Lord Eddard Stark's arrest in King's Landing, House Umber answers Robb Stark's call to arms, with Umber men led by the Greatjon following him south, leaving his uncles Mors Crowfood and Hother Whoresbane in command at the Last Hearth. Despite an initial row at Winterfell, the Greatjon becomes one of Robb's strongest supporters and fiercest battle commanders. Lord Umber's eldest son, the Smalljon, rides as one of Robb's personal guard.
When the Stark host quarters at Moat Cailin on their march south, the Last Hearth men garrison in the Children's Tower. During the Battle in the Whispering Wood, the Greatjon has an independent command, and in the subsequent Battle of the Camps he rides in from the west with the Mallisters and sets fire to the Lannister siege towers. Following the death of Ned Stark, House Umber supports Robb as his heir, with the Greatjon proclaiming him the King in the North.
A Clash of Kings
The Umber men in the south accompany King Robb on his campaign in the westerlands. The Greatjon captures several gold mines after the Battle of Oxcross, and the Smalljon leads men scaling the walls during the storming of the Crag.
Lord Umber's uncles attend the harvest feast at Winterfell. Hother requests ships to fight wildlings in the Bay of Seals, and is told to work with Lord Wyman Manderly to build a fleet. Mors puts himself forward as a match for the widowed Donella Hornwood, but is rejected.
After Theon Greyjoy captures Winterfell, he tells his sister Asha that the Umbers are gathering beyond the Last River to help liberate the Stark seat. Theon does not see any Umbers in the army of Ser Rodrik Cassel prior to the battle at Winterfell, however.
A Storm of Swords
The Greatjon and the Smalljon are still with Robb's army, returning with him to the riverlands from the westerlands. The Greatjon and his men subdue Lord Rickard Karstark after he murders the Lannister squires at Riverrun, with two Umber men being wounded in the process. The Greatjon punches Rickard when the other bannerman calls Robb "boy", and hangs the other seven Karhold men who took part.
At the Red Wedding, the Greatjon gets drunk, competing with Ser Whalen Frey and Merrett Frey. It takes eight men to subdue him, of which he kills one, injures two others and bites half an ear off Ser Leslyn Haigh. The Greatjon is captured and imprisoned at the Twins, and his heir the Smalljon is murdered by Bolton men. It is unknown who the current heir is.
A Dance with Dragons
With the Greatjon imprisoned, Queen Cersei Lannister claims the Umbers have grudgingly joined with Lord Roose Bolton, whom the Lannisters have raised as Warden of the North in House Stark's stead. This is only partly true: Hother Whoresbane leads half the remaining Umber men under the Bolton banner, although Roose considers them untrustworthy, but Mors Crowfood has joined the cause of Stannis Baratheon, who is liberating the North from Bolton and Greyjoy alike. Mors makes it clear that Umber will not fight Umber for any cause.
Hother leads three hundred spears and a hundred archers south to Moat Cailin. He later commands the Umber contingent at Winterfell for the wedding of Ramsay Bolton to "Arya Stark", actually Jeyne Poole. The Umber men with Mors camp outside of the castle and blow horns to disorient Roose's forces. After they escape from Winterfell, Theon Greyjoy and Jeyne are brought by Mors to the crofters' village.
The Winds of Winter
House Umber at the end of the third century
The known Umbers during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Lord Jon Umber, known as "the Greatjon" for his huge size, Lord of the Last Hearth. Held captive at the Twins.
- Brothers, present with him at Winterfell as the Greatjon answers Robb Stark's call to arms.
- Mors Umber, called "Crowfood", the Greatjon's uncle and brother to Hother. Joint castellan of the Last Hearth.
- Hother Umber, called "Whoresbane", the Greatjon's uncle and brother to Mors. Joint castellan of the Last Hearth.
- Jon Umber, married to Serena Stark, no issue.
- Osric Umber, married to Arrana Stark, had issue.
- Lord Harmond Umber, called "the Drunken Giant", the Lord of the Last Hearth who helped Lord Willam Stark defeat King-Beyond-the-Wall Raymun Redbeard at the Battle of Long Lake.
- Lord Hoarfrost Umber, Lord of the Last Hearth, grandfather of the Greajton, father to Hother, Mors and another son.
- Unknown father of Lord Jon Umber.
|“||The Umbers may seem simple, but they are not without a certain low cunning.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ The Citadel. Heraldry: the North
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The North.
- ↑ A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran IV.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn II.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon V.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Epilogue.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II, 198.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice.
- ↑ The Winds of Winter, Chapter , Theon.
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 The World of Ice and Fire, Appendix: Stark Lineage.