|Born||In 249–258 AC|
A Game of Thrones (appears)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)
Appearance and Character
Hosteen is a husky man with a square face. He is brawny, on account of his Crakehall ancestry, with a jut of jaw and arms thick with muscle. He is compared to a bull, slow to anger but implacable when aroused. Hosteen is a seasoned soldier and the fiercest fighter of Walder's brood. While he favors his mother's family and is considered the strongest of all the Freys,  Stannis Baratheon judges him to be dim and stupid.
Ser Hosteen participated in the tourney at Lannisport, which was held to celebrate King Robert I Baratheon's victory over Greyjoy's Rebellion. He was defeated by the eventual champion, Ser Jorah Mormont. Hosteen rode in the tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day in 298 AC, but he was unhorsed by Ser Loras Tyrell.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
Ser Hosteen is among the Freys that meet Ser Jaime Lannister when he arrives at Harrenhal with the Brave Companions. Hosteen is introduced to Catelyn Stark at the Twins on the eve of Lord Edmure Tully's wedding to Roslin Frey. During the Red Wedding Hosteen kills Lucas Blackwood.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Hosteen and Aenys are present at the wedding of Ramsay Bolton to "Arya Stark", who is actually Jeyne Poole, at Winterfell. In the worsening cold, he loses an ear to frostbite. When several men-at-arms are murdered Hosteen at first suspects Theon Greyjoy but later suspects Lord Wyman Manderly of ordering the deaths. Ser Jared Frey, Symond Frey and Rhaegar Frey went to White Harbor to treat with Wyman and have not been seen since, to which Hosteen suspects foul play. When Little Walder Frey is found dead at the First Keep, Hosteen accuses Lord Manderly, who denies the charge while insulting House Frey. This enrages Hosteen, who attacks Wyman and would have killed him if not for the intervention of White Harbor knights.
The Winds of Winter
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This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.
Wyman: White Harbor does not fear to ride with you, Ser Hosteen. Lead us out, and my knights will ride behind you.
Hosteen: Close enough to drive a lance through my back, aye. Where are my kin, Manderly? Tell me that.—Wyman Manderly and Hosteen
Quotes about Hosteen
Angry foes do not concern me. Anger makes men stupid, and Hosteen Frey was stupid to begin with, if half of what I have heard of him is true. Let him come.
|Pate of the|
- The Winds of Winter, Theon I
- See the Hosteen Frey calculation.
- A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 30, Arya VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell.