A solar refers to a loft, upper room, or upper part of a medieval house, often used as the lord's private chamber.
Solars in Westeros
Many castles and towers in Westeros have a solar. These include:
- Ashford Castle
- Castle Black
- The Lord Commander's Tower
- The King's Tower
- The armory
- The Eyrie
- The Gates of the Moon
- Griffin's Roost
- Harrenhal (a spare drafty room as large as the halls of many smaller castles)
- Raventree Hall
- The Red Keep:
- In the king's apartments in Maegor's Holdfast
- In the queen's apartments in Maegor's Holdfast
- In the Tower of the Hand
- Below the rookery, in the Grand Maester's chambers
- Tyrion Lannister's chambers in the Kitchen Keep
- Riverrun (three-sided, like the castle itself)
- Pyke (damp and drafty)
During the Golden Wedding, the young Jaehaerys I Targaryen granted audience to any lord or knight who wished a private word with him, agreeing to speak with them in his solar.
In 78 AC, King Jaehaerys I summoned his son, Prince Vaegon Targaryen, in his solar and announced him he was sent to the Citadel.
King Aegon III Targaryen used to supper in the tranquility of his solar with his wife, Queen Daenaera Velaryon, and his friend, Gaemon Palehair. It was during one of these meal that Gaemon a was poisoned.
A Game of Thrones
In King's Landing, Eddard Stark and his daughters Sansa and Arya usually eat meals in the solar of the Tower of the Hand.
The wight Othor attacks Lord Commander of the Night's Watch Jeor Mormont in his solar, but Jon Snow defeats it by setting it and the room on fire.
A Clash of Kings
Acting Hand of the King Tyrion Lannister frequently does business in the solar of the Tower of the Hand.
A Storm of Swords
Tywin Lannister has come to King's Landing and taken up the position of Hand of the King, and Tyrion is reluctant to consider the Hand's solar as no longer his.
Jon Snow is accused of treachery by Ser Alliser Thorne in the solar in King's Tower of Castle Black. Later, Stannis Baratheon demonstrates the fiery glow of Lightbringer to Samwell Tarly and Maester Aemon in that solar, radiance filling the room.
A Feast for Crows
Petyr Baelish meets with Nestor Royce and the Lords Declarant in the Eyrie's solar.
This was my father's solar. He ruled the riverlands from here, wisely and well. He liked to sit beside that window. The light was good there, and whenever he looked up from his work he could see the river. When his eyes were tired he would have Cat read to him. Littlefinger and I built a castle out of wooden blocks once, there beside the door. You will never know how sick it makes me to see you in this room, Kingslayer. You will never know how much I despise you.
- ↑ Wikipedia: Solar (room)
- ↑ The Hedge Knight.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 52, Jon VII.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 5, Samwell I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn VI.
- ↑ The Winds of Winter, Chapter , Alayne I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 48, Jaime I.
- ↑ The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 52, Sansa IV.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 22, Arya II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard V.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 58, Tyrion VII.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
- ↑ The Sworn Sword.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 4, Tyrion I.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 69, Jon IX.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 78, Samwell V.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.