Gunthor Royce

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Gunthor Royce
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Alias The Bronze Giant[1]
Title Lord of Runestone
Allegiance House Royce
Culture Valemen
Book(s) Fire & Blood (mentioned)

Gunthor Royce, known as the Bronze Giant, was the Lord of Runestone and head of House Royce during the regency of King Aegon III Targaryen.[1]

Appearance and Character

By 134 AC, he had become an old man, and was stubborn as he was fearless.[1]


After her death in 115 AC,[2] the Lady of Runestone, Rhea Royce, was succeeded by her nephew.[3] Lord Gunthor may be this nephew.

During the dispute over succession after Lady Jeyne Arryn's death, the claimant to the Eyrie, Ser Arnold Arryn, eluded Ser Corwyn Corbray, who claimed that Lady Jeyne's testament must be upheld and that her more distant cousin Ser Joffrey Arryn should become Lord of the Eyrie. Ser Arnold was given sanctuary at Runestone by Lord Gunthor.[1]

When Ser Corwyn tried to winkle him out, Lord Gunthor rode out to confront him in his ancient bronze armor. Words grew heated, then turned to curses, then threats, and Ser Corwyn drew Lady Forlorn, though whether as a threat or to strike at Lord Royce is unknown. A crossbowman on Runestone's battlements loosed a quarrel, and pierced Ser Corwyn through the breast.[1]

Striking down one of the king's regents was an act of treason, and war began anew across the Vale of Arryn. House Royce, as well as their vassals, House Coldwater and House Tollett, supported Ser Arnold's claim.[1]

By the time the new regents were to be chosen by lot in 136 AC, Lord Alyn Velaryon and Lord Benjicot Blackwood had at last forced the supporters of Isembard Arryn and Arnold Arryn to do homage to Lord Joffrey as their liege. Presumably, Lord Gunthor was pardoned for supporting Ser Arnold, as he made his way to King's Landing for the lottery with Lord Joffrey Arryn, Lord Quenton Corbray, and Isembard Arryn.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  3. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.