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The stormlands and the location of Tarth
The stormlands and the location of Tarth
The stormlands and the location of Tarth

Tarth, called the Sapphire Isle,[1] is an island in the narrow sea off the eastern coast of Westeros. It is separated from the continent by the Straits of Tarth, and is situated northeast of Shipbreaker Bay. Tarth is considered a part of the stormlands and is ruled from Evenfall Hall by House Tarth. It is sworn to Storm's End.


The island is said to be beautiful, having lakes, waterfalls, soaring mountains, high meadows, and shadowed vales.[2][3] Tarth is called the Sapphire Isle for the striking blue seas in which it sits.[1] A spine of mountains with hidden valleys runs down the center of Tarth.[4]


Older History

Maesters believe that the great island kingdom of Tarth joined the realm of the Storm Kings when King Durran the Fair married the daughter of the island's king, Edwyn Evenstar. The island rebelled three times during the reign of the Storm King Durwald the Fat, however.[5]

Tarth was the first region of House Durrandon's Kingdom of the Storm to be conquered during the Andal invasion. The Durrandon Storm Kings and their First Men bannermen eventually intermarried with the Andals, however.[6] House Tarth, who rule the island from Evenfall Hall and were once kings, have Andal ancestry.[7]

Now in ruins, Morne on the eastern coast of Tarth was once the seat of petty kings who were conquered by Storm Kings. Maester Hubert believes the site was of Andal origin, not First Men. Nobles and smallfolk alike from Tarth claim descent from Ser Galladon of Morne.[7]

Marble from Tarth was used during the construction of the Eyrie in the Vale of Arryn.[8]

Some monarchs kept fleets along the western coast of Tarth, as its mountains shield against storms and make the Straits of Tarth more pacific than the narrow sea or Shipbreaker Bay.[7]

Targaryen Era

During the reign of King Aenys I Targaryen, his daughter, Princess Rhaena, flew on Dreamfyre as far as Gulltown, Harrenhal, Runestone, and Tarth.[9]

In the aftermath of the Myrish Bloodbath of 9192 AC, pirates from Myr took over the eastern coast of Tarth. Lord Corlys Velaryon joined his fleets with the soldiers of Lord Boremund Baratheon to retake the island. Prince Aemon Targaryen flew on Caraxes to the hidden mountain camp of Lord Cameron Tarth. A Myrish scout killed the prince with his crossbow, however. Prince Baelon Targaryen retaliated by burning the Myrish ships with Vhagar, while Cameron and Boremund slaughtered the thousands of Myrmen on land.[4][10]

In 133 AC during the Daughters' War, Ser Gedmund Peake's fleet stopped at Tarth while sailing for the Stepstones. Lord Alyn Velaryon led the Velaryon contingent south and defeated Braavosi ships in a sudden attack. Lord Unwin Peake was displeased, however, as Gedmund's soldiers were left behind at Tarth and Alyn was unable to capture Bloodstone.[11]

Long after the Dance of the Dragons, Luceon of Tarth composed "Farewell, My Brother", a song about the twin knights Arryk and Erryk Cargyll.[12]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Lord Selwyn Tarth meets with Ser Davos Seaworth in a midnight grove, where Davos is informed House Tarth will not support Stannis Baratheon.[13]

A Storm of Swords

To prevent Brienne of Tarth from being raped, Ser Jaime Lannister misleads the Brave Companions into believing that Tarth is known as the Sapphire Isle because of an abundance of gemstones. In actuality, the name comes from the color of its waters.[1] Vargo Hoat rejects Selwyn's offer of three hundred golden dragons to ransom his daughter Brienne, as Vargo demands sapphires.[14]

A Dance with Dragons

It is reported that sellswords have landed on Tarth and other islands in the narrow sea after the Golden Company begins their invasion.[15][16]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Smallfolk claim that Tarth has fallen to the Golden Company.[17]

Behind the Scenes

In Welsh, "tarth" means "haze", "mist", or "fog".[18]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
  2. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 25, Brienne V.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Durrandon.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: Andals in the Stormlands.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: The Men of the Stormlands.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: The Eyrie.
  9. Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  11. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  12. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.
  13. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  14. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 44, Jaime VI.
  15. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.
  16. A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
  17. The Winds of Winter, Arianne I
  18. Wiktionary.org: "Tarth"