The wolfswood is a large forest in the North named for the great many wolves one can hear howling in the night. It is made up of oak, evergreen and black brier, as well as sentinels, soldier pines, and hawthorn, beech, ash, chestnuts, ironwoods, and firs. Weirwoods are occasionally found isolated or in pairs. It contains abundant timber. Besides wolves, other animals living in the wolfswood include boar, deer, elk, badgers, rabbits, foxes, and bears.
The wolfswood stretches across the northwestern part of the North. It extends as far west as Sea Dragon Point and nearly as far south as Torrhen's Square. It is bounded to the north by the Bay of Ice and to the northeast by the lands of the northern mountain clans. To the east the wolfswood reaches Winterfell and extends north and south of the seat of House Stark. North of Winterfell are a series of hills in the forest. In the southeastern corner of the wolfswood south of Winterfell is a lake and a tributary of the White Knife. The kingsroad also travels north through the eastern edge of the wolfswood.
Even in the deepest parts of the wolfswood, there are crofters, foresters and hunters. Deepwood Motte, the wooden fastness of House Glover, sits on a hill within the forest near the Bay of Ice. Families or clans sworn to Deepwood Motte include Houses Forrester, Woods, Branch, and Bole, all of whom are skilled woodsmen. The Starks of Winterfell often hunt boar in the forest.
In Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series, the Forresters' seat of Ironrath is located at the edge of the largest ironwood forest in Westeros. The Forresters control most of the wolfswood's ironwoods and they are rivals with House Whitehill.
According to the traditions of House Blackwood, the family once controlled most of the wolfswood before being driven from the North by the Kings of Winter prior to the Andal invasion. They then settled at Raventree Hall in the riverlands, where they ruled as kings before the Andal invasion.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
After hearing of the ironborn threat to Torrhen's Square, Maester Luwin sends ravens to White Harbor, the barrowlands, and the deepest parts of the wolfswood with instructions to summon their levies. The ironborn capture Winterfell and Deepwood Motte, however. After Bran and his companions, Osha, Hodor, and Meera and Jojen Reed, vanish from Winterfell, Theon Greyjoy follows a trail that leads north by northwest into the misty wolfswood. His hunting party passes near treacherous gullies, stony hills, a deserted crofter's cottage, and a flooded quarry. Unbeknownst to Theon, however, Bran and his friends have hidden in the crypts of Winterfell.
A Storm of Swords
Bran and his companions travel north to the Wall. Rather than take the kingsroad from Winterfell, they detour around the western edge of the hills north of the castle. Bran is protected within Tumbledown Tower while Summer hunts in the wolfswood; while in Summer's mind, Bran considers himself to be "prince of the green, prince of the wolfswood".
A Dance with Dragons
At Deepwood Mootte, Asha Greyjoy is unable to see the Bay of Ice only five leagues away because of the thick forest. Jon Snow learns in a letter from Stannis Baratheon that crofters from the wolfswood have joined his army after the retaking of Deepwood Motte. Because of a blizzard, the army of Stannis travels slowly from Deepwood Motte to Winterfell, where Roose Bolton has his own army. They are forced to make camp at a crofters' village in the forest.
Chapters that take place in the Wolfswood
- A Game of Thrones: 13. Tyrion II
- A Game of Thrones: 37. Bran V
- A Clash of Kings: 50. Theon IV
- A Storm of Swords: 9: Bran I
- A Dance with Dragons: 42. The King's Prize
- A Dance with Dragons: 62. The Sacrifice
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 50, Theon.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride (Asha I).
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 48, Jon.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Map of the North
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Lands of Ice and Fire.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 9, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Map of the North
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize (Asha II).
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya.
- ↑ The Telltale Blog: Your Story Begins: First details on 'Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series'
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 37, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 46, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 35, Jon.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice (Asha III).