The Trident is a river in the aptly named riverlands. Made of numerous smaller tributaries, it is one of the largest rivers on the continent of Westeros. It is a confluence of three main forks: the Red, the Green and the Blue, which join west of Lord Harroway's Town and the crossroads and eventually flow into the Bay of Crabs.
In peacetime, the forks of the Trident are the easiest way to move goods and men across the riverlands, and they can be filled with poleboats. The ruby ford and the Twins are two of the major crossings over the rivers. The rivers are effective barriers during wartime.
Main article: Red Fork
The Red Fork of the Trident is wide and slow, a meandering river of loops and bends dotted with tiny wooded islets and frequently choked by sandbars and snags. Upstream from Riverrun, the river makes a wide loop and the waters become shallower and muddier. Along the Red Fork the west bank is higher than its eastern bank. The lands of House Bracken lie south of the Red Fork, while those of House Blackwood are north of it. The Mummer's Ford is a crossing of the river. Riverrun and Sallydance sit along the Red Fork, and Red Deer Island is located in the river. South of the Inn of the Kneeling Man, the river is broad but shallow. Its banks are all mud and reeds.
Main article: Green Fork
North of the inn at the crossroads, the kingsroad travels along the Green Fork of the Trident, through fertile valleys and green woodlands, past thriving towns and the castles of the river lords. North of the ruby ford, where Robert I Baratheon won his crown at the Battle of the Trident, there is no crossing until the Twins, the seat of House Frey. At the Twins, the Green Fork runs deep and swift.
Main article: Blue Fork
Seagard lies near the headwaters of the Blue Fork. Two towns, Ramsford and Fairmarket, lie on the Blue Fork. In order to get around the Blue Fork when it swells its banks, one must travel through Sevenstreams and Hag's Mire. The Blue Fork's headwaters are smaller waterways such as rills and brooks beyond Sevenstreams.
Harwyn Hoare, King of the Iron Islands, conquered the Trident from Arrec Durrandon by using ironborn longships to quickly move about the territory. The lords of the Trident rebelled against Harren Hoare, King of the Isles and the Rivers, during the War of Conquest, however. After the burning of Harrenhal, Aegon the Conqueror named Edmyn Tully his Lord Paramount of the Trident.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
For his service in allying House Tyrell with House Lannister and House Baratheon of King's Landing, Lord Petyr Baelish receives the title Lord Paramount of the Trident, replacing Lord Hoster Tully as liege lord of the riverlands according to the Iron Throne.
A Storm of Swords
References and Notes
- ↑ The Lands of Ice and Fire.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 1, Jaime.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The World of Ice and Fire, The Riverlands.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa.
- ↑ The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 55, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 59, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, The Conquest.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 47, Arya.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn.