Rainwood

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The stormlands and the location of the rainwood
The stormlands and the location of the rainwood
Rainwood
The stormlands and the location of the rainwood

The rainwood is a large forest that lies on Cape Wrath in the stormlands.[1] Although it is rainy, the region is fertile enough.[2] The quiet rainwood is famed for its fur, timber, and amber.[3] Common trees include oaks, redwoods, sentinels, and soldier pines.[4] The wood is full of caves.[5]

Strongholds in the rainwood are often integrated with the surrounding forest.[3] Mistwood is located in the southern rainwood, while Rain House is found in its northeast.[6] Because of the presence of amber, Amberly might also be situated in the forest.

History

House Durrandon

The rainwood, with Storm's End looming in the background, as depicted by Paolo Puggioni in The World of Ice and Fire

The rainwood was once part of a primeval forest which also included what is now the kingswood and was inhabited by children of the forest. The children tolerated the building of First Men villages along the forest's streams, but conflict broke out over the First Men's use of timber.[7]

Durran Godsgrief of Storm's End claimed the forest for the First Men, leading to generations of warfare between House Durrandon and the children. The woods witch known as the Green Queen held the forest for almost a generation.[8]

Much of the rainwood was conquered during the Andal invasion, but King Baldric I Durrandon encouraged the Andal warlords to fight amongst each other. The children of the forest gradually disappeared from the rainwood after the First Men and Andals made peace.[9]

House Targaryen

Half of the rainwood burned in 8 AC after an attack by Dornishmen during the First Dornish War.[10]

Drought during the reign of King Aerys I Targaryen led to fires in the rainwood.[11]

Among King Aerys II Targaryen's unrealized schemes was the idea to bring water from the rainwood to Dorne via a canal beneath the Red Mountains.[12]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Ser Davos Seaworth receives the title "Lord of the Rainwood" from King Stannis Baratheon.[13]

A Feast for Crows

Ser Dermot of the Rainwood tells knightly stories of the forest while at Darry.[14]

A Dance with Dragons

During the landing of the Golden Company, their gathering point is a deserted coastal stretch near the edge of the rainwood. The Golden Company then marches against nearby Griffin's Roost.[15]

The Winds of Winter

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At Ghost Hill Nymella Toland and Valena Toland tell Princess Arianne Martell there is talk of elephants in the rainwood.[16]

Princess Arianne Martell and her party travel through the rainwood on the way to the Griffin's Roost.[5]

Quotes

Here the trees rule, it is said, and the castles oft seem as if they have grown from the earth instead of being built. But the knights and lords of the rainwood have roots as deep as the trees that shelter them, and have oft proved themselves steadfast in battle, strong and stubborn and immovable.[17]
- writings of Yandel


Dusk found them on the fringes of the rainwood, a wet green world where brooks and rivers ran through dark forests and the ground was made of mud and rotting leaves.[5]
- Arianne Martell's thoughts

References and Notes

  1. A Game of Thrones, Map of the South
  2. So Spake Martin: The Stormlands
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: The Men of the Stormlands.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: The Coming of the First Men.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Winds of Winter, Arianne II
  6. The Lands of Ice and Fire.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Coming of the First Men.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Durrandon.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: Andals in the Stormlands.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  11. The Sworn Sword.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  13. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
  14. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
  15. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  16. The Winds of Winter, Arianne I
  17. The World of Ice & Fire, The Men of the Stormlands.

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