First King

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First King
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The First King's death, as depicted in Game of Thrones: Histories & Lore.
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Race First Men
Culture First Men

The First King was a sovereign who once reigned supreme over all First Men and led them to Westeros, according to legends from the north.[1][2] His given name is unknown.

It is unclear if he is related to Garth Greenhand.


It was under the First King's leadership that the First Men traveled across the Arm of Dorne from Essos to Westeros.[2] In contrast to the northern legend of the First King, some legends from the Reach claim that Garth Greenhand was the High King of the First Men who led his people to Westeros.[3]

According to folklore the Great Barrow in Barrowton contains the grave of the First King or a King of the Giants.[2] Passages of the Dead by Maester Kennet mentions a curse placed on the Great Barrow which prevents any living man from rivaling the First King.[1] The monarch was succeeded by the Barrow Kings.[1]

House Dustin, who rule the barrowlands from Barrowton on behalf of House Stark, claim descent from the First King and the Barrow Kings of old.[1]


Lord Dustin showed the barrow of the First King to King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne Targaryen in 58 AC.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The North.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Garth Greenhand.
  4. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.