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| image_caption =   Arnolf Karstark by [http://www.robertolearyportfolio.com/concept_art.html Robert O'Leary]
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| image_caption = Arnolf Karstark by Robert O'Leary  
| Alias =   Lord Arnolf
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| Alias = Lord Arnolf
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| Title = Castellan of [[Karhold]]
 
| Allegiance = [[House Karstark]]
 
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| Culture = [[Northmen]]
 
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| Issue          = [[Cregan Karstark]]<br>[[Arthor Karstark]]<br>Daughters
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| Books = [[A Dance with Dragons]] (Appears)<br>[[The Winds of Winter]] (Appears)
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| Books = ''[[A Feast for Crows]]'' (appendix)<br>''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'' (appears)<br>''[[The Winds of Winter]]'' (appears)
 
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[[File: Marc_Fishman_ArnolfK_I.jpg‎‎|Arnolf Karstark - by Marc Fishman © |thumb|250px|right]]
 
[[File: Marc_Fishman_ArnolfK_I.jpg‎‎|Arnolf Karstark - by Marc Fishman © |thumb|250px|right]]
'''Arnolf Karstark''' is the uncle of Lord [[Rickard Karstark]]. He is the castellan of [[Karhold]].<ref>[[A Feast for Crows]], [[A Feast for Crows-Appendix|Appendix]]</ref> The followers of [[Stannis Baratheon]] refer to him as '''"Lord Arnolf"''' as a courtesy.
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'''Arnolf Karstark''' is the uncle of Lord [[Rickard Karstark]]. He is the castellan of [[Karhold]],{{ref|AFFC|Appendix}} but the followers of [[Stannis Baratheon]] refer to him as '''Lord Arnolf''' as a courtesy.
  
==Appearance==
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==Appearance and Character==
Arnolf is gaunt, crooked and bent from age and walks with a cane. His left shoulder is half a foot higher then his right. He has a scrawny neck, squinty grey eyes, and is a few white hairs away from complete baldness. His teeth are yellow and he was a forked ragged grey and white beard. According to Theon Greyjoy he is "a poor excuse of a man".
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{{See also|:Category:Images of Arnolf Karstark|l1=Images of Arnolf Karstark}}
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Arnolf is gaunt, crooked, and bent from age, and he walks with a blackthorn cane.{{Ref|aDwD|62}} His left shoulder is half a foot higher then his right. Arnolf has a scrawny neck, squinty grey eyes, and is a few white hairs away from complete baldness. His teeth are yellow and his ragged, forked beard is grey and white.{{ref|ADWD|12}}{{Ref|aDwD|62}} [[Theon Greyjoy]] considers Arnolf, whose grey woolen cloak is bordered in sable, to be "a poor excuse for a man".{{ref|twow||[[Theon I (The Winds of Winter)|Theon I]]}}
  
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
===A Dance with Dragons===
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===''A Dance with Dragons''===
After [[Stannis Baratheon]] sent a declaration of his arrival in the North and a demand for fealty, Arnolf was the only to respond favorably to him, pledging Stannis his support.<ref>[[A Dance with Dragons]], [[Jon I (A Dance with Dragons)|Jon I]]</ref> It was revealed however that Arnolf only responded favorably in hopes that when the [[Iron Throne]] heard they would execute [[Harrion Karstark]] who was still a hostage of the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]], that way [[Alys Karstark]] would be the heir and Arnolf would then force her to marry his son [[Cregan Karstark]] to claim [[Karhold]]. In addition Arnolf worked in secret with [[Roose Bolton|Roose]] and [[Ramsay Bolton|Ramsay]] Bolton to try and lure Stannis north to attack the [[Dreadfort]] where Arnolf's force would meet up with Stannis's army and then turn its cloak as the siege began. Roose promised him a full pardon for this service for the Lannisters.
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Arnolf became castellan of [[Karhold]] when Lord [[Rickard Karstark]] and his sons marched south with [[Robb Stark]] during the [[War of the Five Kings]].{{ref|ADWD|3}} Rickard was eventually executed at [[Riverrun]] for treason by Robb,{{ref|ASOS|20}} and his last surviving son, [[Harrion Karstark|Harrion]], is a captive of the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]]{{ref|ADWD|62}} at [[Maidenpool]].{{ref|ADWD|Appendix}} After [[Stannis Baratheon]] sends a declaration of his arrival at [[Castle Black]] and a demand for fealty, Arnolf is the only [[north]]erner to respond favorably to him, pledging Stannis his support.{{ref|ADWD|3}} Since [[Jon Snow]], the new [[Lord Commander of the Night's Watch]], has rejected Stannis's offer of becoming Lord of [[Winterfell]], Stannis leans toward offering the castle to Arnolf.{{ref|ADWD|17}}{{Ref|aDwD|62}}
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Although [[Theon Greyjoy]] does not recognize them, Arnolf and [[Hother Umber]] are seated next to [[Ramsay Snow|Ramsay Bolton]] during the feast held at the [[Dreadfort]] before Ramsay marches on [[siege of Moat Cailin|Moat Cailin]].{{ref|ADWD|12}} Arnolf writes to Stannis that the [[House Bolton|Boltons]] left the strong Dreadfort with only fifty men. However, Jon convinces Stannis to recruit the [[northern mountain clans]] and liberate [[fight by Deepwood Motte|Deepwood Motte]] from the [[ironborn]].{{ref|ADWD|17}}
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At [[Barrowton]], Theon learns from Ramsay and his father, Lord [[Roose Bolton]] that Arnolf is conspiring against Stannis. Roose intends for Arnolf to betray Stannis when he marches on Winterfell.{{ref|ADWD|32}}
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[[Alys Karstark]], the daughter of the late Lord Rickard, flees from Karhold for the protection of Jon Snow at the [[Wall]]. She reveals that Arnolf responded favorably to Stannis in hope that when the [[Iron Throne]] heard of the pledge they would execute her captive brother, Lord Harrion. Harry's death would make Alys the heir and Arnolf would then force her to marry his son, [[Cregan Karstark|Cregan]], to claim Karhold. Roose has promised Arnolf a full pardon for this service to the Lannisters.{{ref|ADWD|44}} [[Clydas]] sends a [[raven]] to Deepwood on Jon's behalf in hopes of informing Stannis, and the Lord Commander has Cregan imprisoned when he tries to retrieve Alys from Castle Black.{{ref|ADWD|49}}
  
However under Jon Snow's advice Stannis did not attack the Dreadfort but [[Deepwood Motte]] instead, thus spoiling the plan. Arnolf had his army meet up with Stannis when they marched on [[Winterfell]]. During the battle Arnolf's host would turn on Stannis. However this plot was revealed to Jon Snow by Alys Karstark who had fled to the [[Wall]] to escape the arranged marriage. Snow sent a message to Stannis to warn him of Karstark's treachery.
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Arnolf has his army meet up with Stannis at a [[crofters' village]] during the king's [[march on Winterfell]], bringing four hundred spears, two score archers, a dozen mounted lances, and  Maester [[Tybald]]{{ref|twow||[[Theon I (The Winds of Winter)|Theon I]]}} with a cage of [[raven]]s. Ser [[Justin Massey]] is skeptical of the claims of Arnolf and his kin that Winterfell can be taken from the Boltons.{{ref|ADWD|62}}
  
===The Winds of Winter===
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===''The Winds of Winter''===
The message arrives in tim. Stannis has Arnolf his son and three grandsons brought before him on the pretext of breaking their fast. Arnolf Karstark upon entering notices the chained [[Theon Greyjoy]] in the corner and realises that Stannis is aware of his planned treachery.  
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{{Warning/twow}}
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[[Tycho Nestoris]] brings Jon Snow's message from Deepwood to Stannis in time, and Tybald admits that he sent a raven with Stannis's location to Roose Bolton at Winterfell. Stannis has Arnolf, his son [[Arthor Karstark|Arthor]], and three grandsons brought before him on the pretext of breaking their fast. Upon entering the village's watchtower, Arnolf notices the chained Theon Greyjoy in the corner and realizes that Stannis is aware of his planned treachery.{{ref|twow||[[Theon I (The Winds of Winter)|Theon I]]}}
  
Stannis's knights surround the five [[House Karstark|Karstarks]]; two of his grandsons attempt to resist and are badly injured but Arnolf does not put up a fight. Stannis has vowed that all five will die but whether quickly or by fire will depend on their cooperation <ref>[http://georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html ''The Winds of Winter'', Theon's sample chapter], made available on GRRM's website as of Dec 28th, 2011</ref>
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Stannis's knights surround the five Karstarks; two of Arnolf's grandsons attempt to resist and are badly injured, but Arnolf does not put up a fight. Stannis vows that all five will die, but whether quickly or by fire will depend on their cooperation.{{ref|twow||[[Theon I (The Winds of Winter)|Theon I]]}}
  
 
==Family==
 
==Family==
 
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==Quotes by Arnolf==
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{{quote|'''Justin''': You will not take [[Winterfell]]!<br>
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'''Arnolf''': Aye, we will. We'll take it for [[Eddard Stark|the Ned]] and for [[Arya Stark|his daughter]]. Aye, and for the [[Robb Stark|Young Wolf]] too, him who was [[Red Wedding|so cruelly slaughtered]]. Me and mine will show the way, if need be. I've said as much to [[Stannis Baratheon|His Good Grace]] the king. March, I said, and before the moon can turn, we'll all be bathing in the blood of [[House Frey|Freys]] and [[House Bolton|Boltons]].<br>
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'''Justin''': Your courage is admirable, Lord Karstark, but courage will not breach the walls of Winterfell.{{ref|ADWD|62}}|[[Justin Massey]] and Arnolf}}
  
==References and Notes==
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==Quotes about Arnolf==
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{{quote|Homage is the duty every leal subject owes his king. Yet [[Eddard Stark|your father]]'s bannermen all turn their back on me, save the [[House Karstark|Karstarks]]. Is Arnolf Karstark the only man of honor in the [[north]]?{{ref|ADWD|3}}|[[Stannis Baratheon]] to [[Jon Snow]]}}
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{{quote|Arnolf is rushing to [[Winterfell]], 'tis true, but only so he might put his dagger in your king's back. He cast his lot with [[Roose Bolton]] long ago ... for gold, the promise of a pardon, and poor [[Harrion Karstark|Harry's]] head. Lord [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] is marching to a slaughter.{{ref|ADWD|44}}|[[Alys Karstark]] to [[Jon Snow]]}}
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Arnolf Karstark
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Arnolf Karstark by Robert O'Leary

Alias Lord Arnolf
Title Castellan of Karhold
Allegiance House Karstark
Culture Northmen
Born At Karhold[1]
Issue Cregan Karstark
Arthor Karstark
Daughters
Book(s) A Feast for Crows (appendix)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
The Winds of Winter (appears)
Arnolf Karstark - by Marc Fishman ©

Arnolf Karstark is the uncle of Lord Rickard Karstark. He is the castellan of Karhold,[2] but the followers of Stannis Baratheon refer to him as Lord Arnolf as a courtesy.

Appearance and Character

Arnolf is gaunt, crooked, and bent from age, and he walks with a blackthorn cane.[3] His left shoulder is half a foot higher then his right. Arnolf has a scrawny neck, squinty grey eyes, and is a few white hairs away from complete baldness. His teeth are yellow and his ragged, forked beard is grey and white.[4][3] Theon Greyjoy considers Arnolf, whose grey woolen cloak is bordered in sable, to be "a poor excuse for a man".[5]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Arnolf became castellan of Karhold when Lord Rickard Karstark and his sons marched south with Robb Stark during the War of the Five Kings.[6] Rickard was eventually executed at Riverrun for treason by Robb,[7] and his last surviving son, Harrion, is a captive of the Lannisters[3] at Maidenpool.[8] After Stannis Baratheon sends a declaration of his arrival at Castle Black and a demand for fealty, Arnolf is the only northerner to respond favorably to him, pledging Stannis his support.[6] Since Jon Snow, the new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, has rejected Stannis's offer of becoming Lord of Winterfell, Stannis leans toward offering the castle to Arnolf.[9][3]

Although Theon Greyjoy does not recognize them, Arnolf and Hother Umber are seated next to Ramsay Bolton during the feast held at the Dreadfort before Ramsay marches on Moat Cailin.[4] Arnolf writes to Stannis that the Boltons left the strong Dreadfort with only fifty men. However, Jon convinces Stannis to recruit the northern mountain clans and liberate Deepwood Motte from the ironborn.[9]

At Barrowton, Theon learns from Ramsay and his father, Lord Roose Bolton that Arnolf is conspiring against Stannis. Roose intends for Arnolf to betray Stannis when he marches on Winterfell.[10]

Alys Karstark, the daughter of the late Lord Rickard, flees from Karhold for the protection of Jon Snow at the Wall. She reveals that Arnolf responded favorably to Stannis in hope that when the Iron Throne heard of the pledge they would execute her captive brother, Lord Harrion. Harry's death would make Alys the heir and Arnolf would then force her to marry his son, Cregan, to claim Karhold. Roose has promised Arnolf a full pardon for this service to the Lannisters.[11] Clydas sends a raven to Deepwood on Jon's behalf in hopes of informing Stannis, and the Lord Commander has Cregan imprisoned when he tries to retrieve Alys from Castle Black.[12]

Arnolf has his army meet up with Stannis at a crofters' village during the king's march on Winterfell, bringing four hundred spears, two score archers, a dozen mounted lances, and Maester Tybald[5] with a cage of ravens. Ser Justin Massey is skeptical of the claims of Arnolf and his kin that Winterfell can be taken from the Boltons.[3]

The Winds of Winter

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Tycho Nestoris brings Jon Snow's message from Deepwood to Stannis in time, and Tybald admits that he sent a raven with Stannis's location to Roose Bolton at Winterfell. Stannis has Arnolf, his son Arthor, and three grandsons brought before him on the pretext of breaking their fast. Upon entering the village's watchtower, Arnolf notices the chained Theon Greyjoy in the corner and realizes that Stannis is aware of his planned treachery.[5]

Stannis's knights surround the five Karstarks; two of Arnolf's grandsons attempt to resist and are badly injured, but Arnolf does not put up a fight. Stannis vows that all five will die, but whether quickly or by fire will depend on their cooperation.[5]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Arthor
 
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Harrion
 
Torrhen
 
Eddard
 
Alys
 
Sigorn
 
 
 
6 Grandsons
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Notes:
  1. It is not known whether these are the sons of Cregan, Arthor or one of their sisters.


Quotes by Arnolf

Justin: You will not take Winterfell!

Arnolf: Aye, we will. We'll take it for the Ned and for his daughter. Aye, and for the Young Wolf too, him who was so cruelly slaughtered. Me and mine will show the way, if need be. I've said as much to His Good Grace the king. March, I said, and before the moon can turn, we'll all be bathing in the blood of Freys and Boltons.

Justin: Your courage is admirable, Lord Karstark, but courage will not breach the walls of Winterfell.[3]

Justin Massey and Arnolf

Quotes about Arnolf

Homage is the duty every leal subject owes his king. Yet your father's bannermen all turn their back on me, save the Karstarks. Is Arnolf Karstark the only man of honor in the north?[6]

Arnolf is rushing to Winterfell, 'tis true, but only so he might put his dagger in your king's back. He cast his lot with Roose Bolton long ago ... for gold, the promise of a pardon, and poor Harry's head. Lord Stannis is marching to a slaughter.[11]

References