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The '''Dornish Marches''' is an area of the southwestern [[Stormlands]] bordering [[Dorne]], [[the Reach]],<ref>[[A Game of Thrones]], [[A Game of Thrones-Map of the South|Map of the South]]</ref> and the [[Sea of Dorne]].<ref>The [[House Swann|Swanns]] of [[Stonehelm]] are marcher lords; ''[[The Lands of Ice and Fire]]''</ref> Its landscape includes plains and the northern [[Red Mountains]]. A road runs south from the ruins of [[Summerhall]] in the northern marches<ref>So Spake Martin: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Summerhall Summerhall]</ref> to [[Yronwood]] via the [[Boneway]].<ref>''[[The Lands of Ice and Fire]]''</ref>
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The '''Dornish Marches''' is an area of southern [[Westeros]] in the border region between the [[stormlands]], the [[Reach]], and [[Dorne]]. The marches are predominantly in the southwestern stormlands and extend east to the [[Sea of Dorne]].<ref>''[[A Game of Thrones]]'', [[A Game of Thrones-Map of the South|Map of the South]]</ref><ref>The [[House Swann|Swanns]] of [[Stonehelm]] are marcher lords.</ref>{{ref|TLOIAF}}
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==Geography==
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The hundreds of leagues of the marches consist of grassland, moors, and plains, with a portion of the [[Red Mountains]] to the east.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Stormlands}} A road runs south from the ruins of [[Summerhall]] in the northern marches<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Summerhall Summerhall], June 19, 1999</ref> to [[Yronwood]] via the [[Boneway]].{{ref|TLOIAF}}
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The [[marcher lords]] of the stormlands have a very strong martial tradition and have formidable castles, as they defended against Dornish incursions for thousands of years.<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/The_Stormlands The Stormlands], August 05, 2000</ref> The eastern region of the marches around Stonehelm is known as the [[Red Watch]].{{ref|ACOK|2}}{{ref|AWOIAF}} The marches are known for producing excellent bowmen.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Stormlands: The Men of the Stormlands}}
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Marcher houses include [[House Caron]] of [[Nightsong]],{{ref|AGOT|29}} [[House Dondarrion]] of [[Blackhaven]],{{ref|ASOS|34}} [[House Selmy]] of [[Harvest Hall]],{{ref|ACOK|63}}{{ref|ADWD|55}} and [[House Swann]] of [[Stonehelm]].{{ref|ACOK|49}}{{ref|ADWD|8}} The Carons style themselves [[Lord of the Marches]], but they do not have dominion over their fellow [[marcher lords]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Stormlands: The Men of the Stormlands}}
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The [[Kingdom of the Reach]] included western marches from [[Horn Hill]] to Nightsong,{{ref|TWOIAF| The Reach}} and Lord [[Mace Tyrell]], the [[Lord Paramount of the Reach]], includes [[Defender of the Marches]] among his titles.{{ref|AGOT|Appendix}} Most of the marches are now in the stormlands, however, aside from the [[House Tarly|Tarly]] lands near Horn Hill. [[Starpike]], the seat of [[House Peake]] in the Reach, is also part of the marches.<ref>According to the [http://www.georgerrmartin.com/world-of-ice-and-fire-sample/ unabridged The Westerlands sample], King [[Maekar I Targaryen]] was slain at Starpike, while ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'' states Maekar was killed on the Dornish Marches.</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
For over a thousand years the marches were common battlegrounds between the Stormlands, [[the Reach]] and [[Dorne]] until the last century, when Dorne joined the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. Having been conquered by the [[Storm King]]s, it serves as an effective buffer zone between the old enemies.
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For over a thousand years the marches were common battlegrounds between the stormlands, the [[Reach]] and [[Dorne]] until the last century, when Dorne joined the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. Having been conquered by the [[Storm King]]s, it serves as an effective buffer zone between the old enemies.  
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[[Dornishmen]] with histories of fighting the marcher lords include the [[House Blackmont|Blackmonts]] of [[Blackmont]], the [[House Fowler|Fowlers]] of [[Skyreach]], the [[House Manwoody|Manwoodys]] of [[Kingsgrave]], the [[House Wyl|Wyls]] of [[Wyl (castle)|Wyl]], and the [[House Yronwood|Yronwoods]] of [[Yronwood]].{{ref|TWOIAF| Dorne: Queer Customs of the South}}
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During [[Aegon's Conquest]], Dornish parties raided across the marches.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}} Dornish under Lord Fowler burned [[Nightsong]] as part of the [[First Dornish War]].{{ref|TWOIAF| Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons}} Marcher lords such as [[Samwell Tarly (lord)|Samwell Tarly]] participated in the [[Vulture Hunt]] during the reign of King [[Aenys I Targaryen]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I}}
  
The marcher lords have a very strong martial tradition and have formidable castles, as they defended against Dornish incursions for thousands of years.<ref>So Spake Martin: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/The_Stormlands The Stormlands]</ref> Marcher houses include [[House Caron]] of [[Nightsong]],{{ref|AGOT|29}} [[House Dondarrion]] of [[Blackhaven]],{{ref|ASOS|34}} [[House Selmy]] of [[Harvest Hall]],{{ref|ACOK|63}}{{ref|ADWD|55}} and [[House Swann]] of [[Stonehelm]].{{ref|ACOK|49}}{{ref|ADWD|8}} The eastern region of the marches around Stonehelm is known as the [[Red Watch]].{{ref|ACOK|2}}<ref>"Stonehelm" entry in ''[[A World of Ice and Fire]]''</ref> Although the marches are now in the Stormlands, Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] of the Reach includes [[Defender of the Marches]] amongst his titles.{{ref|AGOT|Appendix}}
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[[Qoren Martell]], [[Prince of Dorne]], refused to involve Dorne in the [[Dance of the Dragons]]. Once his daughter [[Aliandra Martell|Aliandra]] became Princess of Dorne, however, she encouraged her bannermen to gain her favor by raiding the marches.{{ref|TWOIAF| Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons}}
  
[[Dornishmen]] with histories of fighting the marcher lords include [[House Wyl]] and [[House Blackmont]].<ref>''[[A World of Ice and Fire]]''</ref>
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After Dorne joined the Seven Kingdoms peacefully, King [[Daeron II Targaryen]] raised [[Summerhall]] in the Dornish Marches. Resentment by the marcher lords toward the Dornish influence at Daeron's court was one of the causes of the [[First Blackfyre Rebellion]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II}}
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King [[Maekar I Targaryen]] was slain fighting a rebellious lord on the Dornish Marches{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I}} during the [[Peake Uprising]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons}}
  
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
 
===''A Game of Thrones''===
 
===''A Game of Thrones''===
[[Anguy]], a commoner from the marches, wins the archery competition at the [[Tourney of the Hand]].{{ref|AGOT|30}}
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[[Anguy]], a commoner from the marches, wins the archery competition at the [[Hand's tourney]].{{ref|AGOT|30}}
  
 
===''A Clash of Kings''===
 
===''A Clash of Kings''===
The acting [[Hand of the King]], [[Tyrion Lannister]], sends Princess [[Myrcella Baratheon]] to [[Dorne]]. Once she arrives, Prince [[Doran Martell]] has pledged to mobilize Dornish hosts in the [[Prince's Pass]] and the [[Boneway]] to keep the marcher lords in their castles rather than aid [[Stannis Baratheon]].{{ref|ACOK|41}} The Dornish refuse to invade after Stannis takes [[Storm's End]], but Tyrion hopes the marcher lords will remain in their lands.{{ref|ACOK|44}}
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The acting [[Hand of the King]], [[Tyrion Lannister]], sends Princess [[Myrcella Baratheon]] to [[Dorne]] in hopes of repairing relations with [[Sunspear]]. As another concession, he offers several castles in the Marches to Dorne.{{ref|acok|20}} Once Myrcella arrives, Prince [[Doran Martell]] has pledged to mobilize Dornish hosts in the [[Prince's Pass]] and the [[Boneway]] to keep the marcher lords in their castles rather than aid [[Stannis Baratheon]].{{ref|ACOK|41}} The Dornish refuse to invade after Stannis takes [[siege of Storm's End (299)|Storm's End]], but Tyrion hopes the marcher lords will remain in their lands.{{ref|ACOK|44}}
  
 
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Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] considers himself to be a man of the Dornish Marches.{{ref|ADWD|55}}
 
Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] considers himself to be a man of the Dornish Marches.{{ref|ADWD|55}}
  
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The Dornish Marches - by Rene Aigner ©
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The Reach and the location of the Dornish Marches

The Dornish Marches is an area of southern Westeros in the border region between the stormlands, the Reach, and Dorne. The marches are predominantly in the southwestern stormlands and extend east to the Sea of Dorne.[1][2][3]

Geography

The hundreds of leagues of the marches consist of grassland, moors, and plains, with a portion of the Red Mountains to the east.[4] A road runs south from the ruins of Summerhall in the northern marches[5] to Yronwood via the Boneway.[3]

The marcher lords of the stormlands have a very strong martial tradition and have formidable castles, as they defended against Dornish incursions for thousands of years.[6] The eastern region of the marches around Stonehelm is known as the Red Watch.[7][8] The marches are known for producing excellent bowmen.[9]

Marcher houses include House Caron of Nightsong,[10] House Dondarrion of Blackhaven,[11] House Selmy of Harvest Hall,[12][13] and House Swann of Stonehelm.[14][15] The Carons style themselves Lord of the Marches, but they do not have dominion over their fellow marcher lords.[9]

The Kingdom of the Reach included western marches from Horn Hill to Nightsong,[16] and Lord Mace Tyrell, the Lord Paramount of the Reach, includes Defender of the Marches among his titles.[17] Most of the marches are now in the stormlands, however, aside from the Tarly lands near Horn Hill. Starpike, the seat of House Peake in the Reach, is also part of the marches.[18]

History

For over a thousand years the marches were common battlegrounds between the stormlands, the Reach and Dorne until the last century, when Dorne joined the Seven Kingdoms. Having been conquered by the Storm Kings, it serves as an effective buffer zone between the old enemies.

Dornishmen with histories of fighting the marcher lords include the Blackmonts of Blackmont, the Fowlers of Skyreach, the Manwoodys of Kingsgrave, the Wyls of Wyl, and the Yronwoods of Yronwood.[19]

During Aegon's Conquest, Dornish parties raided across the marches.[20] Dornish under Lord Fowler burned Nightsong as part of the First Dornish War.[21] Marcher lords such as Samwell Tarly participated in the Vulture Hunt during the reign of King Aenys I Targaryen.[22]

Qoren Martell, Prince of Dorne, refused to involve Dorne in the Dance of the Dragons. Once his daughter Aliandra became Princess of Dorne, however, she encouraged her bannermen to gain her favor by raiding the marches.[21]

After Dorne joined the Seven Kingdoms peacefully, King Daeron II Targaryen raised Summerhall in the Dornish Marches. Resentment by the marcher lords toward the Dornish influence at Daeron's court was one of the causes of the First Blackfyre Rebellion.[23]

King Maekar I Targaryen was slain fighting a rebellious lord on the Dornish Marches[24] during the Peake Uprising.[25]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Anguy, a commoner from the marches, wins the archery competition at the Hand's tourney.[26]

A Clash of Kings

The acting Hand of the King, Tyrion Lannister, sends Princess Myrcella Baratheon to Dorne in hopes of repairing relations with Sunspear. As another concession, he offers several castles in the Marches to Dorne.[27] Once Myrcella arrives, Prince Doran Martell has pledged to mobilize Dornish hosts in the Prince's Pass and the Boneway to keep the marcher lords in their castles rather than aid Stannis Baratheon.[28] The Dornish refuse to invade after Stannis takes Storm's End, but Tyrion hopes the marcher lords will remain in their lands.[29]

A Storm of Swords

Tom of Sevenstreams tells Arya Stark that the only songs that Anguy knows are marcher ballads, every one of them a hundred verses long.[30]

A Feast for Crows

Doran denies Obara Sand's request to allow her and Nymeria Sand to take the hosts from the Prince's Pass and the Boneway to attack the marcher lords and then Oldtown.[31]

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Barristan Selmy considers himself to be a man of the Dornish Marches.[13]

References

  1. A Game of Thrones, Map of the South
  2. The Swanns of Stonehelm are marcher lords.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Lands of Ice and Fire.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands.
  5. So Spake Martin: Summerhall, June 19, 1999
  6. So Spake Martin: The Stormlands, August 05, 2000
  7. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa I.
  8. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: The Men of the Stormlands.
  10. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
  11. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 34, Arya VI.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
  14. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
  15. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
  16. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  18. According to the unabridged The Westerlands sample, King Maekar I Targaryen was slain at Starpike, while The World of Ice & Fire states Maekar was killed on the Dornish Marches.
  19. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Queer Customs of the South.
  20. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  21. 21.0 21.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  22. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  23. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
  24. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I.
  25. The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
  26. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  27. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 20, Tyrion V.
  28. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
  29. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
  30. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 13, Arya II.
  31. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.