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Culture Free folk
Died In 300 AC, at Winterfell
Book(s) A Dance with Dragons (appears)
For the noble house of the Reach, see House Rowan.

Rowan is a spearwife of the free folk.


Rowan is tall and skinny, too lean and leathery to be called pretty. She has long legs and red brown hair.[1]

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A Dance with Dragons

Ghost of Winterfell by Bill Corbett © Fantasy Flight Games

Rowan accompanies Mance Rayder along with five other spearwives to Winterfell on a mission to free "Arya Stark" (actually Jeyne Poole), who is to wed Ramsay Bolton. Mance disguises himself as "Abel", a singer,[2] and the six spearwives are his mother, wife, two daughters and two sisters who perform the instruments with him. Rowan is the first of the washerwomen to contact Theon Greyjoy about how he took Winterfell.[1]

They play at the wedding feast and are responsible for the deaths of several Bolton men-at-arms.[3] Rowan personally kills Yellow Dick, one of the Bastard's Boys, and after killing him cuts off his genitals and shoves it down his throat. They later enlist the help of a reluctant and fearful Theon in freeing Jeyne.[4] According to a letter received by Jon Snow at Castle Black, Ramsay has captured Mance and has him wearing as a cloak the skins of the six women who accompanied him to Winterfell.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
  2. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
  3. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.
  5. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69, Jon XIII.

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