Woods-witches are likely to be local or travelling women who use traditional healing, and perhaps simple spells and charms, to heal the sick or help the needy. They are familiar with herb-craft and can serve as midwives. Woods-witches can brew moon tea to prevent pregnancy. Some have been known to have prophetic dreams.
In Hardhome: An Account of Three Years Spent Beyond-the-Wall among Savages, Raiders, and Woods-witches, Maester Wyllis wrote about time he spent among the healers of Hardhome.
At the command of their father, King Jaehaerys II, Rhaella Targaryen and her brother Aerys were married. Jaehaerys was influenced by a certain woods witch brought to court by Jenny of Oldstones, who prophesied that the prince that was promised would be born from their line.
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After the defeat of Mance Rayder at the battle beneath the Wall, Mother Mole claims to have had a vision of a fleet of ships coming to carry the free folk away to safety across the narrow sea. Thousands of those who fled the battle are desperate enough to believe her. Mother Mole leads them all to Hardhome to pray and await salvation from across the sea. Women and children among the refugees end up captured by Lysene slavers, however.
In Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen is astonished to learn from Ser Barristan Selmy that her grandsire, King Jaehaerys II Targaryen, commanded that her father and her mother be wed after the king heard a prophecy from a woods witch.
A woods witch? Most are harmless creatures. They know a little herb-craft and some midwifery, but elsewise ...
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 15, Jon II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 39, Jon VIII.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Garth Greenhand.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Durrandon.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Andals in the Reach.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Wall and Beyond: The Wildlings.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
- A Dance with Dragons, Prologue.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 41, Jon V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 45, The Blind Girl.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 23, Daenerys IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 53, Jon XI.