Howland Reed

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Howland Reed
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Howland Reed by Sir Heartsalot©

Title Lord of Greywater Watch
Allegiance House Reed
Culture Crannogmen
Born In or between 260 AC and 265 AC[1], at Greywater Watch[2]
Spouse Jyana
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Played by Leo Woodruff
TV series Season 6

Howland Reed is the head of House Reed and the Lord of Greywater Watch. He holds dominion over the crannogmen of the Neck. Howland’s children are Meera and Jojen. He is one of Eddard Stark's closest friends and fought alongside him in many conflicts during Robert's Rebellion.[3] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, Howland is played by Leo Woodruff during flashbacks in Season 6.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Howland Reed

Howland is a small man,[4] like all crannogmen, but has been described by his daughter Meera Reed as having been brave, strong, and smart in his youth as well.[5]


Howland Reed first met the Starks during the tourney at Harrenhal, when he was beset by rowdy squires and protected by Lyanna Stark. Later, a mystery challenger dubbed the Knight of the Laughing Tree entered the joust to defend his honor, though the knight's identity remains unknown.

Howland fought alongside Eddard during Robert's Rebellion, and accompanied Eddard to the Tower of Joy to reclaim Eddard's abducted sister Lyanna.[4] Only he and Eddard survived, and Eddard once claimed that Howland Reed saved his life from Ser Arthur Dayne.[3] Since the end of that conflict, Lord Reed has not left the Neck. With Eddard's death, Howland is apparently the only remaining person to have witnessed the mysterious events that took place in the tower that day.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Having called the northern banners to rescue Eddard Stark from King's Landing, Robb Stark sends word to Howland to have the crannogmen bleed the Lannisters if they march up the Neck.[6]

A Clash of Kings

At the onset of the War of the Five Kings, Howland sends his teenaged children, Jojen and Meera, to pledge the Reeds to Robb as King in the North.[3]

A Storm of Swords

At Hag's Mire, King Robb tasks Galbart Glover and Maege Mormont with sailing into the Neck to inform Howland of his plan to recover Moat Cailin from the ironborn.[7] Robb is killed in the Red Wedding before the plan can be put into action, however.

A Dance with Dragons

The ironborn garrison of Moat Cailin is weakened by the guerrilla warfare practiced by Howland's crannogmen.[8]

Quotes about Howland

He would have killed me but for Howland Reed.[3]

Eddard Stark

My father knew the worth of Howland Reed.[7]

Robb Stark

He will appear eventually.[9]

George R. R. Martin

References and Notes

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