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A lizard-lion, depicted by Kevin Catalan ©

A lizard-lion is a large semi-aquatic reptile native to the bogs of the Neck.

About

Lizard-lions resemble partially submerged logs floating still in the water.[1] They live in the water, in slow streams and deep swamps,[2] and have teeth like daggers.[3] As it is said there are "crocodiles" that live in the Zamoyos in Sothoryos,[4] "lizard-lion" is not just the name used in Westeros for crocodiles, but refers to some kind of similar crocodilian reptile.

Lizard-lions dwell in the flooded moats around the towers of ruined Moat Cailin.[5]

Culture

Crannogmen of the Neck hunt lizard-lions for food,[6] and according to songs the ancient Marsh Kings rode lizard-lions.[7] The sigil of House Reed depicts a black lizard-lion on grey-green.[8]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

While crossing the Neck as part of the royal progress back to King's Landing, Mycah shows a lizard-lion to Arya Stark.[1]

A Feast for Crows

After outlaws vanish into the Neck, Ser Kennos of Kayce hopes they will be eaten by lizard-lions.[9]

Behind the Scenes

In his science fiction novel Tuf Voyaging, George R. R. Martin describes a "lizard-lion" as a reptile with a long, whiplike tail and a long snout similar to an alligator's. This doesn't necessarily mean that lizard-lions in Westeros are similar.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa I.
  2. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran IV.
  3. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek II.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
  6. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Crannogmen of the Neck.
  8. The Citadel. Heraldry: the North
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.