House Lothston

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House Lothston of Harrenhal
House Lothston.svg
Coat of arms A black bat on a field per bend, silver and gold
(Per bend argent and or, a bat displayed sable)
Seat Harrenhal
Lord Extinct
Region The riverlands
Title Lord of Harrenhal
Overlord House Tully
Founder Lord Lucas Lothston (House Lothston of Harrenhal)
Founded 151 AC (House Lothston of Harrenhal)
Died out After 212 AC

House Lothston of Harrenhal is an extinct house from Harrenhal in the riverlands. Their arms were a black bat on a field divided bendwise, silver and gold.[1][2] They held Harrenhal until three or four generations before A Song of Ice and Fire and were a powerful house which once loomed large in the histories of the Seven Kingdoms.[3]


House Lothston was the sixth noble house to rule Harrenhal, eventually receiving the title and lands after the extinction of House Strong. After Falena Stokeworth was found in bed with Prince Aegon Targaryen in 149 AC, his father, Prince Viserys, desired to remove her from court at King's Landing. Viserys married Falena to Ser Lucas Lothston, the master-at-arms of the Red Keep, and convinced King Aegon III Targaryen to name Lucas the new Lord of Harrenhal in 151 AC.[4][5]

Lord Lucas was briefly Hand of the King for King Aegon IV Targaryen in 178 AC. Jeyne Lothston, the daughter of Lucas and Falena, became the eighth of Aegon's mistresses, but she was sent away from court when she caught the pox from the king. Lucas was sent away as well, having been removed as Hand.[4]

The Bastard of Harrenhal was defeated by Ser Arlan of Pennytree in the melee at a tourney held at King's Landing in 193 AC.[6]

The Lothstons of Harrenhal had a bad reputation; Lord Lucas Lothston and his son Manfryd were renowned for their black deeds.[2] According to Ser Eustace Osgrey, Manfred Lothston betrayed Daemon Blackfyre in the First Blackfyre Rebellion.[7] Lady Danelle Lothston, called Mad Danelle, was said to send giant bats out to capture children for her cookpots, to have bathed in blood and feasted on flesh.[8] When Lord Bloodraven marched on the wedding tourney at Whitewalls to quash the Second Blackfyre Rebellion in 212 AC, among the river lords who came in support was Lady Danelle.[9]

The downfall of House Lothston came when Danelle turned to the black arts, causing chaos.[5] The last Lothston was killed with the help of an ancestor of Ser Illifer the Penniless in unknown circumstances.[2] After the line ended during the reign of King Maekar I Targaryen, the lordship of Harrenhal was given to House Whent, knights who had first served the Lothstons but then helped to defeat the mad family.[5] Ben Blackthumb worked as a boy for Lord Lothston and later for the grandfather and father of Lady Shella Whent.[10]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Ser Jaime Lannister uses a shield found in the armory of Harrenhal with the arms of House Lothston on his ride back to King's Landing. He remembers the stories of Lady Danelle Lothston, who bathed in tubs of blood and presided over feasts of human flesh.[1] At King's Landing Jaime gives the shield to Brienne of Tarth at the start of her quest to find Sansa Stark.[11]

A Feast for Crows

At the start of her quest Brienne uses the heavy oaken shield bearing the black bat of Lothston that Jaime gave to her. When she gets to Duskendale a captain at the gate tells her that the black bat arms are of ill repute. Brienne has it re-painted by the captain's sister, who is not pleased to see the black bat either, as she is reminded of her mother's frightening tale about Mad Danelle.[10]

Lord Petyr Baelish uses the extinction of House Lothston as an example of the fate of those who claim to own Harrenhal.[12]

A Dance with Dragons

Jon Lothston serves with the Golden Company in Essos. He may or not be genuinely of House Lothston, as in the free companies a man can call himself whatever he chooses.[3]

House Lothston at the end of the third century

The known Lothstons during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Historical Members


You bear a liar's shield, to which you have no right. My grandfather's grandfather helped kill the last o' Lothston. None since has dared to show that bat, black as the deeds of them that bore it.[2]

The black bat of Lothston. Those are arms of ill repute.[15]

Duskendale captain regarding Brienne of Tarth's shield


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 44, Jaime VI.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Hedge Knight.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Sworn Sword.
  8. 8.0 8.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Mystery Knight.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
  12. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
  13. The Sons of the Dragon.
  14. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  15. 15.0 15.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.