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The lion of Westeros is similar to a real life lion. A hrakkar is a great white lion found in the Dothraki sea of Essos.

Sigils depicting lions or lions' heads include those of Houses Grandison, Jast, Lannister, Osgrey, Parren, and Reyne.

House Grandison House Jast House Lannister House Osgrey House Parren House Reyne

The sigil of House Manning includes a sea lion.[1]

House Manning


The wood dancers of the children of the forest are said to have called upon cave lions to fight on their behalf.[2]

Lions inhabited the western hills of Westeros. In antiquity, lions made dens in Casterly Rock itself[3] and some were owned by the Kings of the Rock. According to a semi-canon source, some of King Loreon I Lannister's lions broke free and slew three of his sons, some say as a curse from Morgon Banefort.[4]

Wild lions were seen during the reign of Lord Tytos Lannister, as the first knight of House Clegane saved Tytos from a lioness and lost a leg and three dogs in the effort.[5] Cersei Lannister recalls several caged lions kept in the bowels of Casterly Rock during her childhood, a legacy of her grandfather Tytos's time.[6]

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A Game of Thrones

The Prince of Pentos keeps a pride of lions in his menagerie, but whether they are Westerosi lions or hrakkar is unknown.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

In 300 AC, Leaf tells Bran Stark the great lions of the western hills have been slain.[8] According to a semi-canon source, a few lions survive in the outlying hills of the westerlands, but they have been hunted down for the most part.[3]

Cersei Lannister remembers the restless caged lions of her youth kept in the bowels of Casterly Rock, and how she worked up the courage to touch one while her brother Jaime pulled her away.[6]


  1. The Citadel: Heraldry
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Coming of the First Men.
  3. 3.0 3.1 So Spake Martin: US Signing Tour (San Francisco, CA), November 17, 2005
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 65, Cersei II.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 34, Bran III.