|Government||House Lefford , Feudal lord.|
|Religion||Faith of the Seven|
The Golden Tooth, also called the Tooth, is the seat of House Lefford in the westerlands. It is located along the river road and is east of Ashemark and Sarsfield, west of Riverrun and Pinkmaiden, and north of Hornvale.
- See also: Images of the Golden Tooth
Although the Golden Tooth is a small castle, it is a strong keep commanding the hill road between the westerlands and the riverlands. It is generally held that in order to attack the westerlands from the east, one must take the Tooth to have a secure passage.
The Golden Tooth is the seat of the Leffords, a family formed by the union of First Men and Andals. Cerion Lannister, a King of the Rock, conquered the hilly vicinity of the Tooth by defeating three petty kings. The gold from the Tooth helped establish House Lannister as one of the richest houses in Westeros.
Ser Joffrey Doggett controlled much of the land north of the Golden Tooth during the Faith Militant uprising. Rhaena Targaryen and her dragon, Dreamfyre, briefly stayed at the Golden Tooth with the Leffords in 51 AC. King Jaehaerys I Targaryen visited the castle in 55 AC.
A Game of Thrones
Ser Edmure Tully sends Lords Piper and Vance to prevent any Lannister army from entering the riverlands from the Golden Tooth. A force under the command of Ser Jaime Lannister breaks them in a battle in the hills below the Golden Tooth, however. After their own defeat in the Battle of the Camps, Ser Forley Prester leads the remnants of Jaime's host back to the Golden Tooth.
A Clash of Kings
During the War of the Five Kings, an army under the command of Robb Stark, King in the North, circumvents the Golden Tooth and the passage it blocks by using a narrow goat path found by his direwolf, Grey Wind. Robb descends upon Ser Stafford Lannister's host, annihilating them at Oxcross, three days ride from Lannisport, and the king then raids the westerlands. Oxcross shocks King Joffrey I Baratheon's court in King's Landing, since the Tooth remains in Lannister control.
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
After Jaime resolves the siege of Riverrun, Forley commands the escort bringing Edmure to Casterly Rock. Jaime worries the group will be attacked by the outlaws of Lord Beric Dondarrion before they reach the Golden Tooth.
Perwyn: How did the king ever take the Tooth? That's a hard strong keep, and it commands the hill road.
Martyn: He never took it. He slipped around it in the night. It's said the direwolf showed him the way, that Grey Wind of his. The beast sniffed out a goat track that wound down a defile and up along beneath a ridge, a crooked and stony way, yet wide enough for men riding single file. The Lannisters in their watchtowers got not so much a glimpse of them.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- The Lands of Ice and Fire, Westeros.
- So Spake Martin: The Tooth and the Tyroshi, December 17, 1999
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 32, Sansa III.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
- Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.