Lord of the Stone Hedge

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Lord of the Stone Hedge[1][2][3][4][5] or Lord of Stone Hedge[6][7][8] is a title held by the head of House Bracken, the ruler of Stone Hedge in the riverlands.[1]

The riverlands and the location of Stone Hedge
The riverlands and the location of Stone Hedge
Stone Hedge
The riverlands and the location of Stone Hedge[9]

History

The Lords of Stone Hedge claimed the title of River King during the Age of Heroes and became bitter rivals with their neighbor, the Blackwood kings of Raventree Hall.[10]

A Lord Bracken died in the fighting between the Teagues and the Storm King Arlan III Durrandon.[11]

When the riverlands were under the domination of King Arrec Durrandon, King Harwyn Hoare of the Iron Islands invaded it. Lady Agnes Blackwood and her sons marched against King Harwyn's ironborn but were attacked from behind by Lord Lothar Bracken who had made a alliance with the ironborn believing Harwyn would make him King of the Trident. Lord Lothar later helped Harwyn defeat King Arrec's host at the Battle at Fairmarket. Half a year later, Lothar led a rebellion against Harwyn who had taken the riverlands for himself, but Harwyn crushed the rebellion, sacked Stone Hedge and starved Lothar in a crow cage.[11]

Targaryen Era

During Aegon's Conquest, Lord Bracken joined Lord Edmyn Tully and other riverlords who rebelled against King Harren Hoare, Harwyn's grandson.[12]

Lord Humfrey Bracken declared for King Aegon II Targaryen at the start of the Dance of the Dragons. Together with his third wife, baseborn paramour, and younger children, he was taken captive by Prince Daemon Targaryen, when Rhaenyra Targaryen's forces took Stone Hedge. When the survivors of the Bracken force that had been defeated at the Battle of the Burning Mill, Humfrey's bastard son, Ser Raylon Rivers, yielded to prevent his father's family from coming to harm.[13] At the end of the war, Lord Humfrey joined the black host led by his liege lord, Elmo Tully.[8]

Lord Bracken was named Hand of the King for King Aegon IV Targaryen in 172 AC. His daughter Barba became Aegon's mistress, and later that year gave birth to Aegon's bastard son Aegor Rivers. When Queen Naerys Targaryen lingered near death following her own childbirth a fortnight later, Lord Barba's father spoke openly of marrying his daughter to Aegon IV, until she was sent from court following the Queen's recovery. Lord Bracken later groomed his younger daughter Bethany with Barba's help to displace Melissa Blackwood as Aegon IV's mistress, in which he succeeded in 177 AC. Lord Bracken and Bethany were executed in 178 AC, after Bethany was caught by Aegon IV in bed with Ser Terrence Toyne, a knight of Aegon's Kingsguard.[14]

During the First Blackfyre Rebellion, Lord Bracken sailed across the narrow sea to hire Myrish crossbowmen for Daemon I Blackfyre. However, he was delayed by storms and did not arrive back to Westeros in time for the Battle of the Redgrass Field.[15] At the start of the reign of King Aerys I Targaryen, Lord Bracken was dying. Since his eldest son had died during the Great Spring Sickness, his second son, Ser Otho Bracken, was set to inherit Stone Hedge.[15]

Recent History

Lords Bracken and Blackwood came to Riverrun when Lysa Tully was young to put their feud before the judgment of Hoster Tully, Lord Paramount of the Trident.[16] Hoster attempted to marry Ser Brynden Tully to Lord Bracken's daughter.[17]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

One of Lord Jonos Bracken's daughters is raped by Ser Gregor Clegane[10] during the burning of Stone Hedge.[18] Jonos joins the other river lords in declaring Robb Stark to be King in the North.[18]

A Clash of Kings

During the liberation of Stone Hedge, Lord Jonos is wounded and his nephew, Hendry, is slain.[19]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Jonos is cold toward Catelyn because she released Robb's captive, Ser Jaime Lannister.[20] Lord Jonos is present at the funeral of his liege lord, Hoster Tully.[21] After Joffrey's death, the new king, Tommen I Baratheon, pardons Jonos for his part in the War of the Five Kings.[6]

A Feast for Crows

Lord Jonos besieges Raventree Hall on behalf of the Iron Throne.[22]

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Jaime Lannister arrives to end the siege of Raventree, finding Jonos abed with a common woman named Hildy. Jonos hands Jaime a map with the lands he wants for subduing Lord Tytos Blackwood, along with compensation for the damage Ser Gregor Clegane and the Mountain's men did to his land and family. During his surrender to Jaime, Tytos agrees to surrender a smaller portion of Blackwood land than requested by Lord Bracken. Jaime upsets Jonos by ordering him to send one of his own daughters to attend Queen Regent Cersei Lannister at court in King's Landing.[10]

Known Lords of Stone Hedge

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  2. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  3. A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  4. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  5. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands map.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 48, Jaime I.
  11. 11.0 11.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  13. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  14. 14.0 14.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 The Sworn Sword.
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
  18. 18.0 18.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
  19. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
  20. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn II.
  21. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
  22. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
  23. 23.0 23.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  24. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons — The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  25. The Hedge Knight.