Roger Ryswell

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Allegiance House Ryswell[1]
Culture Northmen[1]
Father Rodrik Ryswell

Roger Ryswell is a son of Lord Rodrik Ryswell and a member of House Ryswell.[1]

Appearance and Character

Roger's look resembles that of his brother Rickard.[1] He clasps his cloak with an iron horsehead brooch.[2]

Roger and his brothers Rickard and Roose are said to be quarrelsome. They each take a horsehead of a different color for their sigil, the jape being that the Ryswells cannot even agree upon the color of their arms.[3]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Theon Greyjoy sees a Ryswell lead a column of riders to the camp of Ramsay Bolton at the siege of Moat Cailin, but is unable to tell the difference between Roger and his brother Rickard.[1] Roger later joins his father and brothers in appending his signature on a letter written by Ramsay, declaring the fall of Moat Cailin.[4]

Along with the rest of House Ryswell, Roger attends the wedding of Ramsay to "Arya Stark"—actually Jeyne Poole—in Winterfell, hoping to lure Stannis Baratheon to the castle.[5] Theon spots Rickard nuzzling at the neck of one of Abel's washerwomen—supposedly Frenya—near the Burned Tower of Winterfell (however, as mentioned before, it is possible Theon mistakes Roger for Rickard).[6]

When one of his men-at-arms is found dead at Winterfell's inner wall, Roger calls the groom a drunk and suspects he slipped and fell off Winterfell's walls urinating. When Ser Hosteen Frey threatens Lord Wyman Manderly, Roger and his sister Barbrey calm six knights from White Harbor who rose in their lord's defense. Lord Roose Bolton later discusses the murders at Winterfell with Roger, Barbrey, and Ser Aenys Frey. Aenys accuses Theon, though Roger is skeptical and declares that Theon is not the killer. He also dismisses the suggestion of Lord Manderly as the killer, instead believing that Stannis has a man inside Winterfell. Roger and Barbrey remind Aenys that the Ryswells and Dustins both lost men at the Red Wedding orchestrated by House Frey.[2]

When Stannis's vanguard reaches Winterfell, Roger accompanies Lord Bolton in the Great Hall to break their fast. Roger later laughs at a jape from Lord Harwood Stout.[7]


Roger is a son of Rodrik Ryswell, the Lord of the Rills. His brothers are Rickard and Roose, and his sisters are Lady Bethany and Lady Barbrey, who married Lord Roose Bolton and Lord Willam Dustin respectively. He is a cousin to the other Ryswells.[3][8]



Roger: These dead were all strong men, and none of them were stabbed. The turncloak's not our killer.

Roose: I am inclined to agree. Strength aside, he does not have it in him to betray my son.

Roger: If not him, who? Stannis has some man inside the castle, that's plain.[2]

—Roger and Roose Bolton


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek II.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.
  5. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.
  8. The appendices of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons list Roger, Rickard, and Roose as Rodrik's quarrelsome cousins, but the text of A Dance with Dragons specifies them as his sons in 20. Reek II and 32. Reek III.