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market town
Location The Reach, Westeros
Government House Footly, feudal lord
Religion Faith of the Seven
Founded Age of Heroes
The Reach and the location of Tumbleton
The Reach and the location of Tumbleton
The Reach and the location of Tumbleton

Tumbleton is a market town in the Reach and is the seat of House Footly. It is located sixty leagues southwest of King's Landing,[1][N 1] near the Reach's northeastern border with the crownlands.[2] Tumbleton is found at the headwaters of the Mander.[1]


Prior to the Dance of the Dragons, Tumbleton was a flourishing market town with shops, septs, and inns,[1] including the Bloody Caltrops and the Bawdy Badger.[3] Tumbleton is now much smaller than its size from before the civil war, however.[1]

A stout but small castle overlooks the town; during the Dance it had a garrison of forty men.[1]


The prosperous market town of Tumbleton was the site of two battles during the Dance of the Dragons. In the First Battle of Tumbleton, the Two Betrayers, Ser Hugh Hammer and Ser Ulf White, betrayed the blacks and unleashed their dragons, Vermithor and Silverwing, upon the town. Lord Footly's men surrendered, but were slain. Much of Tumbleton was burned to ash by dragonfire. Tumbleton was savagely sacked by the greens who encamped outside the walls. Ser Jon Roxton killed Lord Footly and claimed his wife, Lady Sharis Footly.[1]

The leaders of the greens squabbled for control, as their commander, Lord Ormund Hightower had been killed in the battle.[1] Thirteen greens met in the Bloody Caltrops to conspire against the ambitious Hugh and Ulf. The dragons Vermithor, Silverwing, and Seasmoke fought during the Second Battle of Tumbleton, in which the town was further damaged.[3]

Tumbleton was famously restored by Lady Sharis, who pulled down burned buildings and had the town's walls rebuilt. The heads of Seasmoke and Vermithor were put on display in the town square, with travelers able to pay a penny to look at them and a star to touch them.[4] Later Footlys followed Sharis's example, but smallfolk believed the ground to be haunted and the "new town" would never be a tenth the size of the old one.[1]


Seldom has any town or city in the history of the Seven Kingdoms been subject to as long or as cruel or as savage a sack as Tumbleton after the Treasons.[1]

—writings of Gyldayn


  1. The distance between Tumbleton and King's Landing is cited three times in the books: "sixty leagues" (in The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II), "some fifty leagues" (in Fire and Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant), and "sixty leagues" (in Fire and Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant). It can be reasonably assumed the distance is actually sixty leagues and the passage referencing fifty leagues was a broad estimation.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  2. A Dance with Dragons, Map of the South
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  4. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.