Aenys Frey by Robert O'Leary
|Born||In 237–248 AC, at the Twins|
|Died||In 300 AC, at near Winterfell|
A Game of Thrones (appears)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)
Ser Aenys Frey is a knight from House Frey and is the third son of Walder Frey, Lord of the Crossing, and his first spouse, Lady Perra Royce. Aenys is married to Tyana Wylde, and has two sons with her, Aegon and Ser Rhaegar.
Appearance and Character
Aenys is a tall grey man with a bald head, round shoulders, and gnarled hands. His watery red eyes, close-set above a pointed nose, are said to be hungry. His thin brown beard is shaped like a rat's tail and does not conceal his weak chin.
Aenys is a seasoned soldier, but he is regarded as a commander, not a swordsman. He is cruel and clever.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
Ser Aenys commands the fifteen hundred men of House Frey who are part of Lord Roose Bolton's army. Roose negotiates with Vargo Hoat for the sellsword captain to betray Ser Amory Lorch, castellan of Harrenhal. Robett Glover and Aenys head a group of prisoners who are admitted into the castle by Vargo's Brave Companions. An unknowing and incognito Arya Stark helps to free them ahead of schedule, however. After the fall of Harrenhal, Vargo relinquishes the castle to Roose, and the Lord of the Dreadfort is then introduced to Rorge and Biter by Aenys.
Aenys has difficulty commanding his kin. After Stannis Baratheon is defeated in the Battle of the Blackwater, Aenys stresses to Lord Bolton that he will not be able to hold Harrenhal if Lord Tywin Lannister attacks them with all of his forces. Roose reminds Aenys that Tywin has to organize the wedding of his grandson, King Joffrey I Baratheon, and so he will not attack them anytime soon. After a raven arrives from the Twins, Aenys informs young Elmar Frey that House Frey has been dishonored.
A Storm of Swords
Aenys is among the Freys that meet Ser Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth when they arrive at Harrenhal as prisoners of the Brave Companions. Angry that Robb Stark has wed Jeyne Westerling instead of a Frey, Aenys spits upon hearing Robb's name. When Brienne says Catelyn Stark's daughters will be killed if Jaime is not delivered safely to King's Landing, Aenys is unmoved and untroubled if that should happen.
Aenys leads the Frey contingent north to the Twins to attend the wedding of Ser Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey. Roose departs Harrenhal with his northern army three days later. Aenys has some difficulty crossing the ruby ford because of heavy rainfall. Aenys participates in the Red Wedding.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
When his squire is found naked and dead in the lichyard, Aenys suggests the man was drunk and became lost in the blizzard blanketing the castle. Aenys and Hosteen accuse Lord Manderly of causing the deaths of the missing Freys, but Wyman pleads ignorance. Aenys first suggests that Theon Greyjoy is to blame for some of the deaths occurring in the castle, and he then again blames Wyman.
The Winds of Winter
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It is revealed that Aenys fell from his horse and broke his neck when he and his men rode into pit traps planted near Winterfell by Mors Umber and his levies. This news pleases Stannis, as it means command of the Frey forces now falls to Ser Hosteen Frey, who is not the brightest.
—Aenys to Brienne of Tarth
Aenys: I do not claim Lord Wyman does the deeds himself. He brought three hundred men with him. A hundred knights. Any of them might have—
Barbrey: Night work is not knight's work. And Lord Wyman is not the only man who lost kin at your Red Wedding, Frey. Do you imagine Whoresbane loves you any better? If you did not hold the Greatjon, he would pull out your entrails and make you eat them, as Lady Hornwood ate her fingers. Flints, Cerwyns, Tallharts, Slates ... they all had men with the Young Wolf.
Roger: House Ryswell too.
Barbrey: Even Dustins out of Barrowton. The north remembers, Frey.
Aenys: Stark dishonored us. That is what you northmen had best remember.
- See the Aenys Frey calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Aenys Frey.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 64, The Ugly Little Girl.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 44, Jaime VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.
- The Winds of Winter, Theon I
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 31, Jaime IV.