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Allegiance Mance Rayder
Culture(s) Free folk
Died In 300 AC, at Winterfell
Book(s) A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Rowan is a spearwife of the free folk.


Rowan is tall and skinny, too lean and leathery to be called pretty. She has long legs and red brown hair.[1]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Ghost of Winterfell by Bill Corbett © Fantasy Flight Games

Rowan accompanies Mance Rayder and five other spearwives to Winterfell on a mission to free "Arya Stark" (actually Jeyne Poole), who is to wed Ramsay Bolton. Mance disguises himself as "Abel", a singer,[2] and the six spearwives are his mother, wife, two daughters and two sisters who perform the instruments with him. Abel and the spearwives play at the wedding feast.[2] Rowan is the first of the washerwomen to contact Theon Greyjoy about how he took Winterfell.[1]

After several men-at-arms and squires are found dead at Winterfell, Theon disbelieves the spearwives' claims of innocence.[3][4] Rowan explains that Yellow Dick was a pig of a man. The free folk enlist the help of a reluctant and fearful Theon in freeing Jeyne.[4]

According to a letter received by Jon Snow at Castle Black, Ramsay has captured Mance and has him wearing as a cloak made from the skins of the six women who accompanied him to Winterfell.[5]


Did the Bastard hurt you? Chopped off your fingers, did he? Skinned your widdle toes? Knocked your teeth out? Poor lad. There will be no more o' that, I promise. You prayed, and the gods sent us. You want to die as Theon? We'll give you that. A nice quick death, 'twill hardly hurt at all.[3]

—Rowan to Theon Greyjoy

Theon: Winter is coming ...
Rowan: You have no right to mouth Lord Eddard's words. Not you. Not ever.[4]

Theon Greyjoy and Rowan


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.
  5. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69, Jon XIII.