King of the Rock

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King of the Rock was the title used by the monarchs from House Lannister who ruled the western hills and valleys of Westeros that is now the westerlands. The capital of the Kingdom of the Rock was Casterly Rock near Lannisport.[1]


The Lannisters trace their descent back to Lann the Clever, a trickster from the Age of Heroes who allegedly tricked the Casterlys out of Casterly Rock.[2] There is no record of Lann calling himself king, although some have granted him the title posthumously. The first recorded King of the Rock was Loreon the Lion, who added the lands of House Reyne to his land and defeated House Banefort.[1]

While King Tybolt Lannister defended the westerlands from the early Andal invasion, Kings Tyrion II and Gerold II allowed the Andals to marry into westermen nobility. An Andal knight, Joffrey Lydden, married into the Lannisters and, as King Joffrey Lannister, was the first Andal King of the Rock.[1]

With Andal support, the Kings of the Rock expanded their realm. King Cerion conquered the land near the Golden Tooth, while King Tommen I added Fair Isle to the kingdom. Many Kings of the Rock, including Lancel I, Gerold the Great, and Lancel IV, warred with neighboring realms, including the Kingdom of the Reach, the ironborn kings of the Iron Islands, and the river kings of the Trident.[1]

The last King of the Rock was Loren I, who bent the knee to Aegon the Conqueror after being defeated at the Field of Fire.[1] While House Gardener was extinguished and replaced with House Tyrell during Aegon's Conquest, the Lannisters remained in control of the westerlands and became House Targaryen's Wardens of the West.[1]

Known Kings of the Rock