House Tarbeck

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House Tarbeck of Tarbeck Hall
House Tarbeck.svg
Coat of arms A seven-pointed star, parts silver parts blue, on a silver and blue field
(Gyronny argent and azure, a star of seven points counterchanged)
Seat Tarbeck Hall
Head Extinct[1]
Region Westerlands
Title Lord of Tarbeck Hall[1]
Overlord House Lannister
Died out 261 AC[2]

House Tarbeck of Tarbeck Hall was a noble house from Tarbeck Hall near the Crag in the westerlands.[2] According to semi-canon sources they blazoned their arms with a seven-pointed star, parts silver parts blue, on silver and blue field.[3]


Before marrying King Maegor I Targaryen, Lady Jeyne Westerling was wed to Lord Alyn Tarbeck. The Lord of Tarbeck Hall was killed fighting for Prince Aegon Targaryen during the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye, however.[4]

Ser Adrian Tarbeck led a Lannister host in the Dance of the Dragons.[2]

Ser Eustace Osgrey recalled that scions of House Osgrey married Tarbecks, and that during the First Blackfyre Rebellion the Tarbecks supported both sides.[5]

By the reign of King Aegon V Targaryen, House Tarbeck was an old but impoverished line who had been in a slow decline for centuries.[2] This halted with the marriage of Lord Walderan Tarbeck to the widowed Ellyn Reyne, who had ties with House Lannister of Casterly Rock. House Reyne became close allies with the Tarbecks, and the Tarbecks used funds from Lord Tytos Lannister to rebuild crumbling Tarbeck Hall. Walderan increased the number of household knights under his command from twenty to five hundred.[6]

Together with House Reyne, the Tarbecks became the most powerful vassals of the Lannisters, but they were also defiant and disorderly. When Tywin Lannister was only ten, Ellyn Tarbeck laughed when the marriage of Genna Lannister and Emmon Frey was announced by Tywin's father, Lord Tytos.[7]

When the sons of Tytos came back from the War of the Ninepenny Kings, Ser Tywin began demanding repayment for all the gold that had been lent out. The confident Lord Walderan was imprisoned by Tywin at Casterly Rock. In retaliation, Ellyn imprisoned two Lannisters of Lannisport, as well as Stafford Lannister, whose sister Joanna was betrothed to Tywin. Tywin counseled that Lord Walderan should be returned to his wife in three pieces, but Lord Tytos agreed to the exchange of hostages at Castamere, seat of House Reyne.[6]

Less than a year later in 261 AC, however, Tywin sent out ravens to Castamere and Tarbeck Hall, demanding that they answer for their crimes. Instead of doing so, both houses rose up in open revolt which started the Reyne-Tarbeck rebellion. After Tywin quickly defeated Walderan's host, he ordered the beheadings of Lord Tarbeck and his supporters. Ellyn and Tion the Red were killed during Tywin's assault on Tarbeck Hall; Tywin supposedly smiled when Tarbeck Hall collapsed with Lady Ellyn within.[7]

Historical Members

2 wives


  1. 1.0 1.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Westerlands
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Sworn Sword.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 The World of Ice & Fire: The Westerlands (unabridged).
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
  8. Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  9. The Sons of the Dragon.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny and Pain.
  11. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  12. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 44, Jaime VI.