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Lord of Raventree Hall[1][2][3] or Lord of Raventree[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] is a title held by the head of House Blackwood, the ruler of Raventree Hall in the riverlands.[4]

The riverlands and the location of Raventree Hall
The riverlands and the location of Raventree Hall
Raventree Hall
The riverlands and the location of Raventree Hall.[12]

History

The Lords of Raventree Hall claimed the title of River King during the Age of Heroes and became bitter rivals with their neighbor, the Bracken kings of Stone Hedge.[7]

Lord Roderick Blackwood led a rebellion against his king, Humfrey I Teague, when he attempted to supress worship of the Old Gods. Roderick's son-in-law, King Arlan III Durrandon, led a stormlander host to help Lord Roderick and faced King Humfrey in the Battle of Six Kings. Roderick died in the battle and was succeded by his son as Lord of Raventree Hall while Arlan added the riverlands to his domain.[13]

Three centuries later, the domination of the riverlands passed to King Harwyn Hoare of the Iron Islands after he defeated Arlan's descendant, King Arrec Durrandon. Lady Agnes Blackwood and her sons marched against King Harwyn's ironborn but were attacked from behind by Lord Lothar Bracken and later executed when Lothar delivered them to Harwyn.[13]

Targaryen Era

During Aegon's Conquest, Lord Blackwood joined Lord Edmyn Tully and other riverlords who rebelled against King Harren Hoare, Harwyn's grandson.[14]

In 79 AC, Queen Alysanne Targaryen along with Lord Blackwood made preparations for the betrothal of her daughter, Princess Daella Targaryen to Lord Blackwood's son, Royce Blackwood. Unfortunatly, Daella got afraid when she learned the Blackwoods worshipped the Old Gods and the betrothal was called off.[15]

Lord Blackwood supported Laenor Velaryon's claim to the Iron Throne at the Great Council of 101 AC.[16]

Lord Samwell Blackwood declared for the blacks at the start of the Dance of the Dragons.[17] Samwell was killed by Ser Amos Bracken in single combat during the Battle of the Burning Mill, but Amos was then struck down by a weirwood arrow allegedly fired by Samwell's sister, Black Aly.[18] Samwell was succeeded by his eleven-year-old son, Benjicot Blackwood.[10] Despite his young age, Lord Benjicot led the Blackwood men into battle for the rest of the war. He alongside Lord Elmo Tully and his brother Ser Oscar Tully were called the Lads by their men.[19]

After the war Lord Benjicot organized, with the help of his aunt Alysanne, a Widow Fair at Raventree. He later accompanied her to Winterfell where she married Lord Cregan Stark.[11]

During the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen, Lord Benjicot and a thousand Blackwood men supported Ser Robert Rowan's campaign to end the civil war in the Vale of Arryn.[11] Benjicot and Lord Alyn Velaryon eventually forced the other claimants to accept Joffrey Arryn as Lord of the Eyrie.[20] Lord Benjicot was present at the Great Council of 136 AC and could have become Aegon's new Hand if not for his young age.[20]

In 206 AC, Lord Quentyn Blackwood was killed in a tourney by Ser Otho Bracken which reignited the feud between the Blackwoods and Brackens.[21]

In 212 AC, Lord Blackwood was part of the army taken to Whitewalls by Lord Brynden Rivers.[22]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Tytos Blackwood fights at the Battle of Riverrun, leading the remnants of the riverlands force back within the walls of Riverrun.[23] During the Battle of the Camps, he leads a sortie from the castle that takes the middle Lannister camp in the rear and rescues Ser Edmure Tully.[24] He joins the other river lords in declaring Robb Stark to be King in the North.[25]

A Clash of Kings

Lord Tytos retakes his lands from the Lannisters.[26]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Tytos is present at the funeral of his liege lord, Hoster Tully.[27]

A Feast for Crows

After the Red Wedding, Lord Tytos stays loyal to the Stark cause. He is besieged in his own castle by Lord Jonos Bracken who has bended the knee to King Joffrey I Baratheon.[28]

A Dance with Dragons

Jaime Lannister arrives at Blackwood Vale to resolve the Siege of Raventree. Despite running low on supplies, Tytos refuses to surrender to Lord Jonos. Meeting with Jaime in his solar at Raventree, Tytos surrenders to the Iron Throne. He agrees to give up some land to House Bracken, although less than Jonos desired, and to send some gold and silver to the Iron Throne. Tytos convinces Jaime to take one of his sons, Hoster, as a hostage, rather than his only daughter, Bethany.[7]

Known Lords and Ladies of Raventree Hall

References

  1. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  2. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 48, Jaime I.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The Princess and the Queen.
  9. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  12. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, map of Westeros.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  14. 14.0 14.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  16. 16.0 16.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  18. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  19. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The House of the Wolf.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  21. 21.0 21.1 The Hedge Knight.
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Mystery Knight.
  23. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion VII.
  24. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
  25. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
  26. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
  27. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
  28. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.