Danelle Lothston

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Danelle Lothston
Mad Danelle
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Danelle Lothston, by scrapchap ©

  • The last o' Lothston[1]
  • Mad Danelle[2]
  • Mad Lady Lothston[3]
  • Mad Danelle Lothston[4]
Title Lady of Harrenhal
Allegiance House Lothston
Successor Lord Whent
Culture Rivermen
Born Harrenhal[5]
Died 221233 AC[6]

Danelle Lothston, known as Mad Danelle, was the Lady of Harrenhal and the head of House Lothston, during the reigns of kings Aerys I and Maekar I Targaryen.

Appearance and Character

Danelle had long red hair. She wore tight-fitting black armor.[4] Allegedly, she was a magic practitioner.[6] After her time, misbehaving children were told a story that on moonless nights, giant bats would fly from Harrenhal and take the bad children back to Mad Danelle for her cookpots.[2] Other stories were told about mad Lady Lothston bathing in blood, and presiding over feasts of human flesh.[3]


Danelle Lothston, by Rae Lavergne ©

When Lord Brynden Rivers, the Hand of the King to Aerys I Targaryen, marched on Whitewalls to quash the Second Blackfyre Rebellion, Lady Danelle was among the riverlords who came in support, marching in great strength. She led her men herself, wearing black armor.[4]

Lady Danelle turned to the black arts during the reign of Maekar I Targaryen, causing madness and chaos and the downfall of the Lothston line.[6]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

According to Gendry, the old blacksmith Ben Blackthumb served the Whents, as well as the last Lord Lothston before them.[7] Gendry probably errs, as the last Lothston to hold Harrenhal was Lady Danelle.

A Feast for Crows

Brienne of Tarth carries a Lothston shield taken from Harrenhal, and is told by Ser Illifer the Penniless that his great-great grandfather took part in the destruction of Lady Danelle and the last of the Lothston line.[1] To have the shield repainted, Brienne gives the shield to the sister of the captain of the guards at Duskendale, who tells Brienne her mother would frighten her with tales of Mad Danelle.[2]

Upon returning to Harrenhal, Ser Jaime Lannister recalls hearing stories about mad Lady Lothston bathing in blood and presiding over feasts of human flesh.[3]


Mad Danelle Lothston herself rode forth in strength from her haunted towers at Harrenhal, clad in black armor that fit her like an iron glove, her long red hair streaming.[4]

—thoughts of Duncan the Tall

My old ma used to say that giant bats flew out from Harrenhal on moonless nights, to carry bad children to Mad Danelle for her cookpots. Sometimes I'd hear them scrabbling at the shutters.[2]


Last known title holder:
Lucas Lothston
Lady of Harrenhal Unknown
Next known title holder:
Walter Whent