Boar

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The boar of the known world is similar to a real life wild boar. Boars of truly monstrous size may exist in some locations.[1][2]

The sigil of House Crakehall depicts a brindled black and white boar.
The sigil of House Vikary depicts a red boar's head.

Range

Boars can be found in forested areas in both Essos and Westeros, such as:

Culture

The boar appears on the sigils of both Houses Crakehall and Vikary.[10]

Boar hunting is a common activity among the male nobility of Westeros. It is not considered to be a sport for ladies, who generally hawk instead.[11] A hunting party usually includes men to flush the boar from its lair, dogs to gather the prey, and men on horses equipped with boarspears to kill the animal.[11] Hunted boar may be served at a feast, roasted, often with its head displayed and an apple in its mouth.[4][3][12][13]

Boar baiting is a pastime in Westeros.[14]

Skinchangers can inhabit the body of boars.[15]

History

Crake the Boarkiller is a legendary figure from the Age of Heroes that founded House Crakehall.[16]

In 58 AC, Lord Alaric Stark went hunting elk and wild boar in the wolfswood with his guest, Queen Alysanne Targaryen.[17]

Boar is served during the feast of the wedding tourney at Whitewalls.[18]

Barristan Selmy was knighted at the age of sixteen by King Aegon V Targaryen after participating in a tourney at King's Landing. During the feast following the tournement, Barristan ate boar prepared with dragon peppers.[19]

Robert Baratheon was a great hunter of boar, reportedly killing a thousand of them.[3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

During his stay at Winterfell, King Robert I Baratheon wants to have wild boar for a feast. He goes in the wolfswood to hunt with people from his retinue, as well as people from Winterfell.[4]

King Robert hunts in the kingswood, chasing a white hart. Disappointed to find that wolves have killed his prey before him, Robert later hears talk of a monstrous boar living deeper in the forest.[20] Set on the idea of killing the animal himself, Robert commands everyone to not intervene, but he is intoxicated due to being served strongwine by his squire, Lancel Lannister, and is mortally gored in the process.[3] On his deathbed, Robert asks his friend, Lord Eddard Stark, to serve the boar during his funeral feast.[3]

After Robert's death, one rumor spreading in King's Landing says that he had been killed by a boar while hunting, while another story says that he had died eating a boar, stuffing himself so full that he ruptured.[21]

When the new king Joffrey I Baratheon is serving justice, one case he hears is that of a singer accused of ridiculing the late king Robert. The song is about Robert fighting a pig, and while some verses appear to be talking about the boar that killed him, others sound as if the pig is supposed to be Queen Cersei Lannister. Joffrey decides that the singer may keep either his fingers or his tongue.[22]

A Clash of Kings

In King's Landing, Queen Cersei Lannister confesses to her brother Tyrion how she had made certain Robert's squire Lancel gave him strongwine while hunting the boar, leading to his death.[12]

During the harvest feast at Winterfell hosted by Prince Bran Stark, he sends the dish with the peppered boar to the boisterous Umbers.[23]

While pretending to be the servant Nan at Harrenhal, Arya Stark brings food to Lord Roose Bolton, which includes boar.[24]

A Storm of Swords

Roast boar is served at the wedding feast of Lord Petyr Baelish and Lady Lysa Arryn.[25]

A Feast for Crows

Queen Cersei Lannister has become very fond of eating boar since Robert's death.[26][13]

A Dance with Dragons

During the reopening of fighting pits of Meereen, Barsena Blackhair fights a boar, with a dagger as her only weapon. Despite her quickness and skill, the boar manages to rip her open. Moments later Drogon descends into the arena, kills the boar, and begins to devour both corpses.[27]

Some of the Brazen Beasts wear boar masks.[27]

Borroq is a wildling skinchanger who can inhabit the body of a boar.[15] Borroq's boar is as large as a bull with tusks as long as swords.[7] Because his boar does not get along with the Ghost, the direwolf of Jon Snow, Borroq takes up residence in an ancient tomb near Castle Black's lichyard, where the boar roots amongst the graves.[7]

The Winds of Winter

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The troup of mummers performs The Bloody Hand at the Gate for a Westerosi envoy. In the play, Big Brusco plays the role of the boar which killed King Robert I Baratheon.[28]

Quotes

Serve the boar at my funeral feast. Apple in its mouth, skin seared crisp. Eat the bastard. Don't care if you choke on him. Promise me, Ned.[3]

When Lancel saw that Robert was going after boar, he gave him strongwine. His favorite sour red, but fortified, three times as potent as he was used to. The great stinking fool loved it. He could have stopped swilling it down anytime he cared to, but no, he drained one skin and told Lancel to fetch another. The boar did the rest. You should have been at the feast, Tyrion. There has never been a boar so delicious. They cooked it with mushrooms and apples, and it tasted like triumph.[12]

Cersei Lannister, to her brother Tyrion

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