- See also turtle (siege engine).
Many varieties of turtles can be found along the Rhoyne, including:
large turtles and small ones, flatbacks and red-ears, softshells and bonesnappers, brown turtles, green turtles, black turtles, clawed turtles and horned turtles, turtles whose ridged and patterned shells were covered with whorls of gold and jade and cream.
According to legend, the First Turtle War, the first of the Rhoynish Wars, began when Valyrians butchered a gigantic turtle known to the Rhoynish as the Old Men of the River and held as consorts of Mother Rhoyne.
A Dance with Dragons
The turtles have their charms, I will allow. Nothing delights me so much as the sight of a nice pair of shapely ... shells.
Behind the Scenes
As a child George R. R. Martin had turtles, the only pets he was allowed to have. The turtles lived in a castle, and Martin pretended they were knights and kings, and made up stories in which they betrayed and killed each other and fought for the kingdoms. Martin has said that Game of Thrones began with his turtles. Martin often wears a hat with a turtle pin and has claimed that "turtles have always been my sigil, I suppose.".
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Ten Thousand Ships.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
- The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses from the Stormlands
- NPR.org: Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Plays Not My Job (September 14, 2012)
- Seven Moments from the 'Game of Thrones' Comic-Con Panel that Made Fans Scream (July 14, 2012)
- So Spake Martin: Outland Interview (September 01, 2000)