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Lord of Karhold[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] is a title held by the head of House Karstark, the ruler of Karhold in the north.[1]

The north and the location of Karhold
The north and the location of Karhold
The north and the location of Karhold


Karlon Stark, a younger son of a King in the North, was the first Lord of Karhold. He built the castle on the lands he received from his father. Originally called Karl's Hold, the name was later changed to Karhold and Karlon's descendants became the Karstarks.[6]

Lord Rickard Karstark participated in Robert's Rebellion and fought for the rebels at the Battle of the Trident.[6] He once came to Winterfell hoping to make a betrothal between his daughter, Alys, and the heir of Lord Eddard Stark, Robb Stark.[8] The attempt failed and Alys was later betrothed to Daryn Hornwood, the heir of Hornwood.[8]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Rickard brings his forces to Winterfell when Robb Stark calls his banners. He is accompanied by his three sons, Harrion, Eddard, and Torrhen.[9] At Moat Cailin he occupies the Drunkard's Tower.[10] When the northern host splits at the Twins, Rickard stays with Robb. He takes part in the battle in the Whispering Wood, but Rickard's younger sons, Torrhen and Eddard, are killed by Ser Jaime Lannister during the fighting.[11]

Rickard swears fealty to Robb when Lord Greatjon Umber declares him King in the North.[12]

A Clash of Kings

Rickard storms out of the Great Hall of Riverrun when King Robb explains his terms for peace with the Iron Throne.[13]

Rickard accompanies Robb when the king campaigns in the westerlands. During the Battle of Oxcross, he rides down Ser Stafford Lannister, the commander of a Lannister host, and kills him with his lance.[14] Rickard and Galbart Glover then lead the raiding along the westerlands coast.[15]

A Storm of Swords

After learning of the capture of Winterfell, Catelyn Stark releases Jaime Lannister from captivity at Riverrun.[16][17] When Robb's host returns from the westerlands, Lord Karstark is furious and considers the actions of Robb's mother to be treason.[18]

Lord Rickard, overcome with grief and anger, sends the Karstark horse from Riverrun, promising the hand of Alys, to anyone who recovers Jaime for him.[6][19] Rickard leads a small group of Karstark men to murder Willem Lannister and Tion Frey, two of Robb's captives from the Whispering Wood, in their cells at Riverrun.[6]

King Robb declares Lord Karstark a traitor and sentences him to die. He carries out the sentence himself, beheading Rickard before the heart tree in Riverrun's godswood. Rickard is succeeded by his sole surviving son, Harrion.[6]

A Feast for Crows

Lord Harrion is a captive at Maidenpool.[4]

Known Lords of Karhold