- Not to be confused with the Dreadfort.
The "Drearfort" is a derogatory nickname suggested by Lord Petyr Baelish for the seat of House Baelish in the Vale of Arryn, possibly in reference to the Dreadfort of House Bolton. The Baelish tower does not have a formal name.
The exact location of the Baelish tower has not been shown in A Song of Ice and Fire. The Lands of Ice and Fire depicts the tower on a peninsula southwest of the Paps. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 18 states that the Baelish holdings are on the smallest of the Fingers, suggesting the Tower may be southwest of Pebble.
The old flint tower is located on the smallest of the Fingers. An open stair winds around the inside wall, and each floor has only one room. The ground level houses servants and dogs in the kitchen, the middle floor is a modest hall, and the third floor contains the lord's bedchamber. It has arrowslits for defense but no windows. A broken longsword and an oaken shield depicting the Baelish titan's head hang above the hearth. Servants include Umfred, Grisel, Bryen, and Kella.
The vicinity includes a flock of sheep, a village of a dozen families near a peat bog, and a hermit's cave, and it takes only half a day to traverse the territory. There is no safe anchorage nearby for large ships.
A Storm of Swords
Lord Petyr Baelish brings Sansa Stark to the Fingers in the aftermath of King Joffrey I Baratheon's death at his royal wedding. Lady Lysa Arryn marries Petyr shortly after arriving at the tower. Sansa befriends an old blind dog. When Marillion tries to seduce Sansa, she is protected by Ser Lothor Brune.
And there it stands, miserable as it is. My ancestral home. It has no name, I fear. A great lord's seat ought to have a name, wouldn't you agree? Winterfell, the Eyrie, Riverrun, those are castles. Lord of Harrenhal now, that has a sweet ring to it, but what was I before? Lord of Sheepshit and Master of the Drearfort? It lacks a certain something.
Chapters that take place at the tower
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