|Government||House Karstark , Feudal Lord.|
|Named for||Karlon Stark, its founder.|
The castle was built by Karlon Stark, a younger son of Winterfell, who was awarded land after defeating a rebel lord a thousand years ago. The castle was named Karl's Hold after Karlon, but over centuries the name developed into Karhold and the Karhold Starks became the Karstarks.
A Game of Thrones
Lord Rickard Karstark and his sons Harrion, Eddard, and Torrhen lead three hundred horsemen and near two thousand foot from Karhold to Winterfell when Robb Stark calls the northern banners. The combined northern host marches south during the War of the Five Kings.
A Storm of Swords
Lord Rickard promises his daughter Alys's hand to whomever would bring him Jaime Lannister, the killer of two of his sons, Eddard and Torrhen. Vargo Hoat maims and captures Jaime with the hopes of gaining Alys in marriage, which would give him the chance to become Lord of Karhold, but King Robb Stark executes Alys's father Rickard for treason. Roose Bolton considers Karhold to be smaller and meaner than Harrenhal.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Arnolf Karstark, the castellan of Karhold and uncle of late Lord Rickard Karstark, declares for Stannis Baratheon. Lord Commander Jon Snow thinks Arnolf's support is only because House Karstark has damaged its relations too badly with House Stark and House Lannister. However, Arnolf plots to make his son, Cregan, Lord of Karhold by forcing Alys to marry Cregan and also declaring for Stannis to goad the Iron Throne to execute the rightful heir of Karhold, captive Harrion.
To avoid the planned marriage, Alys flees from Karhold and seeks protection from Lord Commander Jon Snow at Castle Black. Jon arranges for Melisandre to marry Alys to Sigorn, Magnar of Thenn, thus creating a new noble house that would claim Karhold should Harrion perish.
The Winds of Winter
References and Notes
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 9, Bran I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Map of the North
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 31, Jaime IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 5, Samwell I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 3, Jon I.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
- ↑ Theon I (The Winds of Winter)