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House Mooton

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House Mooton of Maidenpool
House Mooton.svg
Coat of arms A red salmon within a gold tressure, on a white field
(Argent, a salmon gules within a tressure or)
Words Wisdom and Strength
Seat Maidenpool
Current Lord William Mooton
Region Riverlands
Title Lord of Maidenpool
Overlord House Tully (AGOT)
House Baelish (ADWD)

House Mooton of Maidenpool is a noble house from the riverlands. Their seat of Maidenpool is one of the main ports and trade centers of the Bay of Crabs. According to legend, this was the location where Florian the Fool saw Jonquil for the first time while she was bathing with her sisters.[1]

Their blazon is a red salmon on white, over a white field with a golden tressure. [2] According to semi-canon sources their motto is «Wisdom and strength».[3][1]


Hundred Kingdoms

The Mootons were petty kings in the days of the First Men. The Storm King Monfryd the Mighty defeated a Mooton king and conquered Maidenpool prior to the Andal invasion.[4] King Florian the Brave was killed by Andals in the Fall of Maidenpool.[5] The Mootons of Maidenpool were within the domains of Kings Benedict I Justman and King Torrence Teague, although the riverlands eventually passed first to the Storm Kings under King Arlan III Durrandon and then to House Hoare under King Harwyn Hardhand.[5]

Maidenpool historically failed to conquer Crackclaw Point.[6]

Targaryen Era

During Aegon's Conquest Lord Mooton joined Lord Darklyn in opposing Aegon the Conqueror, but both were slain fighting against Aegon's dragons and Orys Baratheon. Lord Mooton's brother, Jon Mooton, then yielded to Aegon. Jon supported the Targaryens in the Field of Fire, slaying men who tried to escape the dragons.[7]

During the Faith Militant uprising, Lord Mooton slew Lord Rupert Falwell in the battle at the Great Fork.[8]

The Mootons began the Dance of the Dragons on the side of Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and the blacks. Lord Walys Mooton recaptured Rook's Rest for the blacks, but was then slain in a failed attempt to kill King Aegon II Targaryen's dragon, Sunfyre. His brother, Lord Manfryd Mooton, hosted the dragonriders Prince Daemon Targaryen and the dragonseed Nettles, for a time. Manfryd aligned with Aegon and the greens after refusing Rhaenyra's order to kill Nettles. Rhaenyra ordered that a decree of attainder be drawn up against the Mootons, but she soon lost power after the Storming of the Dragonpit.[9] Manfryd served as a regent for King Aegon III Targaryen until his death in 134 AC.[10]

When Lord Bloodraven marched on Whitewalls to quash the Second Blackfyre Rebellion, among the river lords who came in support was Lord Mooton.[11]

Robert's Rebellion

House Mooton sided with King Aerys II Targaryen against their liege lord, Hoster Tully, the Lord Paramount of the Trident, during Robert's Rebellion.[12] Ser Myles Mooton, who had been Prince Rhaegar Targaryen's squire, was slain by Lord Robert Baratheon at the Battle of the Bells.[13]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

A nameless traveller claims that Lord William Mooton and his sons try to hunt a huge she-wolf that had attacked some smallfolk. However, they have to flee and lose all their hounds. Arya Stark questions the story.[14]

A Storm of Swords

During the War of the Five Kings, Ser Jaime Lannister, Ser Cleos Frey, and Brienne of Tarth see that Maidenpool has been sacked, but Lord William still holds its castle.[1] Lord Randyll Tarly takes Maidenpool and locks Lord Mooton in a tower cell.[15] King Tommen I Baratheon signs a pardon for Lord Mooton and welcomes him back into the king's peace.[16]

A Feast for Crows

Brienne learns that Lord William sat behind his walls while he sent men off to fight and watched Maidenpool burn. Randyll's heir, Dickon Tarly, is betrothed to William's daughter, Eleanor Mooton.[17] Amongst the hanged broken men on the way to the inn at the crossroads, Brienne sees some wearing the the badge of House Mooton.[18]

House Mooton at the end of the third century

The known Mootons during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Historical Members


  1. Though Lord Mooton is mentioned to have sons in A Clash of Kings, Arya II, Elaenor is his heir as of A Feast for Crows, implying all of Lord Mooton's sons have died during the war.