Willow Heddle

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Willow Heddle
Allegiance The Brotherhood Without Banners
Born In 289 AC or 290 AC[1]
Book(s) A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)

Willow Heddle is the younger sister of Jeyne Heddle, the new innkeep of the Crossroads Inn. She is the niece of Masha Heddle.[2]

Appearance and Character

Willow appears to be nine or ten years old. She is wary of possibly dangerous strangers, and protective of younger children. She has a commanding personality, even at such a young age. She has brown hair, brown eyes, and is skinny.[2]

Recent Events

When Brienne of Tarth's party pulls up outside the Crossroads Inn, Willow meets them at the door, surrounded by the orphan children that have taken refuge at the inn. She has the charge of the inn and the other children while her sister Jeyne is away, and accepts Septon Meribald's food in exchange for providing the party rooms at the inn, over Gendry's objections. As Brienne watches Willow command the orphans to prepare the food and the common room for dinner, she wonders if she might be Arya Stark in disguise.

When Rorge and the Brave Companions arrive at the inn, Willow confronts them, armed with a crossbow. Rorge threatens to rape and mutilate Willow, Brienne steps in to defend her, and a fight breaks out.[2]

Quotes

Gendry was the closest thing to a man grown, but it was Willow shouting all the orders, as if she were a queen in her castle and the other children were no more than servants. If she were highborn, command would come naturally to her, and deference to them.

— thoughts of Brienne of Tarth[2]
One day that little girl will make some man a frightful wife. That poor ’prentice boy, most like.

References and Notes

  1. See the Willow Heddle calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 37, Brienne VII.

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