Roderick Dustin

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Roderick Dustin
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Alias Roddy the Ruin[1]
Title Lord of Barrowton[1]
Allegiance House Dustin
Culture Northmen
Died In 130 AC[1], at Tumbleton[1]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Roderick Dustin, known as Roddy the Ruin, was the Lord of Barrowton and the head of House Dustin during the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.[1]


Great Council of 101 AC

An unnamed Lord Dustin was present at the Great Council in 101 AC to decide who should be King Jaehaerys I Targaryen's heir. This Lord Dustin supported Laenor Velaryon's claim to the Iron Throne.[2] He may have been Roderick.

Dance of the Dragons

The north supported the blacks during the Dance of the Dragons. Roderick led two thousand northern soldiers, known as the Winter Wolves, south of the Neck to support the claim of Rhaenyra Targaryen.[1]

In the battle by the Lakeshore along the western Gods Eye, Lord Dustin's Winter Wolves led the attack and charged at Lannister spearmen five times, with more than two-thirds of the northern force killed or wounded in their victory. Roddy the Ruin also sounded the charge in the Butcher's Ball which claimed the life of the Kingmaker, Ser Criston Cole.[1]

Roderick died during the first Battle of Tumbleton while leading his northmen against Lord Ormund Hightower. Although Ser Bryndon Hightower chopped off Roderick's shield arm, Lord Dustin was able to slay both Hightowers before dying himself.[1]


Best make an end to these lions before the dragons come.[1]

—Roderick prior to the battle by the Lakeshore

No better way to die than sword in hand.[3]

—Roderick before Criston Cole is killed

As the singers tell it, Lord Roderick was blood from head to heel as he came on, with splintered shield and cracked helm, yet so drunk with battle that he did not even seem to feel his wounds.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 The Princess and the Queen.
  2. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  3. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.