Smallfolk

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Smallfolk are the common people of Westeros, akin to peasants. They are at the bottom of the social ladder. Most have to obey their local lord, even though they may never catch a glimpse of him during their life. The nobility of Westeros have great power over the smallfolk.

About

Most smallfolk are poor, illiterate, and live very provincial, humble, simple lives. They do not have surnames. They dress in raw wool and dull brown roughspun.[1] They use roads which are crooked muddy tracks that do not appear on parchment maps.[2] They use staffs as weapons.[3] They often name their daughters after flowers and herbs.[4] They are far removed from the major players of the game of thrones, but are affected by those decisions, good or bad.

Some amomg the smallfolk may believe the world to be flat.[5]

Rise in social status

Even though they are born in the lowest social status in Westeros, it is possible for smallfolk to rise up in social status. Below are some examples:

Some characters popular with the smallfolk


Some characters unpopular with the smallfolk

Quotes

They are born, they live, they love, they die.[2]
- Meribald to Brienne of Tarth


Thousands of smallfolk streamed out the city gates, carrying their children and worldly possessions on their backs, to seek safety in the countryside. Others dug pits and tunnels under their hovels, dark dank holes where they hoped to hide whilst the city burned.[9]
- Gyldayn


The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are.[10]
- Jorah Mormont to Daenerys Targaryen


Most of them believe that if a woman eats rabbit while pregnant, her child will be born with long floppy ears.[11]
- Littlefinger


That was the way of war. The smallfolk were slaughtered, while the highborn were held for ransom.[12]
- thoughts of Tyrion Lannister


Fools love a fool.[7]

- Stannis Baratheon on hearing the smallfolk grieve for Renly Baratheon


If we mingle with the commons, they will love us better.[3]
- Tommen Baratheon to Cersei Lannister


It is being common-born that is dangerous, when the great lords play their game of thrones.[13]
- Meribald to Hyle Hunt

References and Notes

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