Monsters-and-maidens or monsters and maidens is a game played by multiple individuals, usually children. Participants chase each other while pretending to be monsters or maidens.
As a child, Arya Stark played monsters-and-maidens, hide-the-treasure, and come-into-my-castle with the children of the people of Winterfell. She also played come-into-my-castle and monsters-and-maidens amongst the stone kings in the crypt of Winterfell.
A Clash of Kings
Rickon Stark plays monsters-and-maidens, lord of the crossing, rats and cats, and come-into-my-castle with Big Walder and Little Walder Frey.
A Storm of Swords
Edric Storm plays monsters-and-maidens with Shireen Baratheon and Patchface at Aegon's Garden in Dragonstone, with Edric pretending to be a monster.
Shae and Tyrion Lannister pretend to play the game during a tryst amongst the dragon skulls within the Red Keep.
Shae: You have to catch me. M'lord must have played monsters and maidens when he was little.
Tyrion: Are you calling me a monster?Shae: No more than I'm a maiden. You need to catch me all the same.
—Shae and Tyrion Lannister
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 22, Arya II.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 4, Bran I.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 10, Davos II.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 58, Tyrion VII.