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The shores of the Mander. © FFG
The Reach and the location of the Mander
The Reach and the location of the Mander
The Reach and the location of the Mander

The Mander is the largest river in the Reach. Whilst large and powerful, it is a slow-moving river, wide with snags and sandbars to trap the unwary ship.[1][2] Some say the river is named after House Manderly.[3][4]


See also: Images of the Mander

The Mander has its source in hills near Tumbleton in the northeastern Reach near King's Landing. Flowing southwest past Bitterbridge,[5] it meets the Blueburn near Longtable and then the Cockleswhent near Cider Hall. Near Highgarden the Mander meets an as-yet-unnamed river which flows south from Goldengrove. From Highgarden the Mander continues west to a bay of the Sunset Sea near the Shield Islands.[6]

The upper reaches of the Mander are muddy and rough, and only shallow-draughted boats can go as far as Bitterbridge. As they near Highgarden, they settle down and become clear and calm, and are navigable by seagoing vessels.[7][2]


A skiff sails the Mander on a sunny day. © FFG

Historically, the ironborn would raid up the river Mander all the way to Bitterbridge. During the reign of House Gardener, the kings of the Reach armed the smallfolk of the Shield Islands, which sit near the mouth of the river, to guard the approaches and warn those further inland of coming attacks.[2]

House Manderly once lived at the banks of the mighty river Mander, but they were driven away by House Gardener after what seems to have been a power struggle.[8][9][4]

At a crossing of the Mander during the First Blackfyre Rebellion, Ser Quentyn Ball slew all of Lady Penrose's sons except for the youngest, whom he spared as a favor to the lady.[10]

During Robert's Rebellion, the Greyjoys and Shield Islanders fought a battle at the Mander's mouth. Lord Quellon Greyjoy was killed in the fighting.[11]

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