A barrow is a type of burial mound found in Westeros.
The barrowlands in the southern regions of the north have many long, low hummocks. Barrow Hall by the Great Barrow is the seat of House Dustin in Barrowton, a town within the barrowlands.
Long Barrow is one of the castles of the Night's Watch along the Wall.
The First Men of antiquity buried their dead in barrows and left runes on stone monuments in barrow fields.
Maester Kennet studied the barrow fields, graves, and tombs in the north, including a barrow by Long Lake. In Passages of the Dead, Kennet suggested that giants could have also buried their dead. The remains of the First King or a King of the Giants are said to rest in the Great Barrow at Barrowton, and the Barrow Kings were rulers in the barrowlands.
A Game of Thrones
As the party of King Robert I Baratheon travels through the barrowlands, Robert and Lord Eddard Stark depart the kingsroad and ride through a plain of barrows.
Robert: Have we ridden onto a graveyard?
Eddard: There are barrows everywhere in the north, Your Grace. This land is old.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 43, Jon V.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Age of Heroes.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Dawn Age.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The North.