King of the Trident

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King of the Trident and King of the Rivers and the Hills were titles used by various river kings from the riverlands prior to the War of Conquest. The titles refer to the numerous rivers in the kingdom, such as the Trident with its three forks and the Blackwater Rush. The hills between the riverlands and the westerlands were also historically contested by river kings and Kings of the Rock.[1]


Numerous houses ruled as First Men river kings, including Houses Fisher, Blackwood, Bracken, and Mudd.[2][3] The Mudds ruled from the Trident to the Neck and reigned as kings for a thousand years before the Andal invasion.[4]

After the Andals divided the riverlands amongst themselves, many petty lords named themselves river king, the most successful of them being the Justman and Teague dynasties.[5] The Hooks were river kings of old, although it is unknown if they were First Men or Andals.[6] The Teagues, the last of the native river kings, were eventually extinguished in the Battle of Six Kings, and the riverlands passed first to the Storm Kings from House Durrandon and then the Kings of the Isles and the Rivers from House Hoare.[2]

During his War of Conquest, Aegon the Conqueror created the title of Lord Paramount of the Trident for the liege lord of the riverlands within the Seven Kingdoms.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

The river lords join the northern bannermen in declaring Robb Stark king at Riverrun.[7]

A Storm of Swords

When Robb, the Young Wolf, gathers his bannermen in Riverrun's Great Hall after campaigning in the westerlands, Greatjon Umber calls out, "King in the North!", to which the river lords respond with "King of the Trident!"[8]

Robb is betrayed and murdered during the Red Wedding at the Twins by his bannermen, the Freys and Boltons, with no known heir made public.

A Dance with Dragons

Tytos Blackwood, the last resisting river lord, reluctantly agrees to swear fealty to the Iron Throne.[9] The title King of the Trident is left vacant.

Sworn Houses

House Tully
House Blackwood
House Bracken
House Mallister
House Frey
House Darry
House Mooton
House Piper
House Whent
House Vance
House Ryger

Known Kings

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