The Dornish Marches is an area of the southwestern stormlands bordering Dorne, the Reach, and the Sea of Dorne. The hundreds of leagues of the marches consist of grassland, moors, and plains, with a portion of the Red Mountains to the east. A road runs south from the ruins of Summerhall in the northern marches to Yronwood via the Boneway.
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.
The marcher lords have a very strong martial tradition and have formidable castles, as they defended against Dornish incursions for thousands of years. Marcher houses include House Caron of Nightsong, House Dondarrion of Blackhaven, House Selmy of Harvest Hall, and House Swann of Stonehelm. The eastern region of the marches around Stonehelm is known as the Red Watch.
The Kingdom of the Reach included western marches from Horn Hill to Nightsong. Although the marches are now in the stormlands, Lord Mace Tyrell of the Reach includes Defender of the Marches amongst his titles.
A Game of Thrones
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 grants several castles in the Marches to Dorne. 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. The Dornish refuse to invade after Stannis takes Storm's End, but Tyrion hopes the marcher lords will remain in their lands.
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. The new Lord of Nightsong, Philip Foote, also has the title Lord of the Marches.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
References and Notes
- A Game of Thrones, Map of the South
- The Swanns of Stonehelm are marcher lords; The Lands of Ice and Fire
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands.
- So Spake Martin: Summerhall
- The Lands of Ice and Fire.
- So Spake Martin: The Stormlands
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 34, Arya VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa I.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Queer Customs of the South.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Daeron II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 20, Tyrion V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 13, Arya II.
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.