Walder Frey (son of Jammos)
|Born||In 291 AC|
A Game of Thrones (appears)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appendix)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
Walder Frey, nicknamed Big Walder, is the son of Ser Jammos Frey and Sallei Paege. His personal coat of arms quarters the twin towers of House Frey with the tree and ravens of House Blackwood and the twinning snakes of House Paege.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Big Walder Frey
Walder is a small and skinny fox-faced lad. He is known as "Big Walder" because he is fifty-two days older than his cousin, "Little Walder" Frey, although Little Walder has since grown half a foot taller.
Big Walder's lambswool doublet is silver-grey with dark blue trim. His armor is fine silver plate with enameled blue chasings. His crest is shaped like a castle and he rides a dappled grey courser.
A Game of Thrones
Walder is present at the Twins when Catelyn Stark comes to treat with Lord Walder Frey. As part of the terms allowing Robb Stark to cross at the Twins, Big Walder is sent to Winterfell to be fostered.
A Clash of Kings
Big Walder and his cousin, Little Walder, are sent to Winterfell to become wards of Catelyn Stark. They are tutored by Maester Luwin. Big Walder makes friends with Rickon Stark, but is not friendly with Bran Stark. The children play monsters and maidens, rats and cats, come-into-my-castle, and lord of the crossing. Rickon angers Bran by showing the Freys the crypts of Winterfell.
Big Walder trains with squires from White Harbor during the harvest feast; Bran Stark thinks that Big Walder rides his horse better than Little Walder. Big Walder apologizes to Luwin after the cousins make fun of Hodor. When word of Ser Stevron Frey's death at Oxcross arrives at Winterfell, Little Walder and Big Walder argue over who is next in line to inherit the Twins, showing no sadness at their relative's passing.
The Frey cousins are taken captive by Theon Greyjoy when he leads his ironborn in capturing Winterfell. One of the cousins volunteers for Theon's party that searches the wolfswood for Bran and Rickon when they disappear from the castle. Although Theon does not identify which one, the boy's diction is similar to Little Walder's. The Freys are spared by Ramsay Snow during the sack of Winterfell.
A Storm of Swords
A letter written by Big Walder and signed by both Frey cousins is sent to the Twins claiming Theon Greyjoy burned Winterfell. Lame Lothar Frey conveys this false report to Robb Stark, now King in the North.
A Feast for Crows
Big Walder has become a squire to Ramsay.
A Dance with Dragons
Lady Barbrey Dustin gives grey colts to Big Walder and Little Walder when they join Ramsay in searching for missing Freys near Barrowtown. Big Walder is disturbed serving Ramsay and is also apprehensive when he sees Little Walder become more and more like Ramsay. Big Walder rarely takes part in his cousin's games or cruelties.
After Little Walder is found murdered and frozen in a snowbank near the First Keep, a blood-spattered Big Walder accompanies Ser Hosteen Frey and his soldiers when they enter the Great Hall of Winterfell. Big Walder claims that before his death Little Walder was searching for a White Harbor man who owed him silver from a dice game Little Walder won.
Quotes by Walder
Big Walder: We're cousins, not brothers. I'm Walder son of Jammos. My father was Lord Walder's son by his fourth wife. He's Walder son of Merret. His grandmother was Lord Walder's third wife, the Crakehall. He's ahead of me in the line of succession even though I'm older.
Little Walder: Only by fifty-two days. And neither of us will ever hold the Twins, stupid.Big Walder: I will.
—Big Walder and Little Walder
—Luwin and Walder
Quotes about Walder
Both were squires, both were eight, and both were Walder Frey. Big Walder and Little Walder, yes. Only the big one was Little and the little one was Big, which amused the boys and confused the rest of the world.—thoughts of Theon Greyjoy
—thoughts of Theon Greyjoy
- See the Walder Frey (Big Walder calculation.
- A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 4, Bran I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 12, Reek I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 35, Bran V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 50, Theon IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.