Norbert Vance

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Norbert Vance
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Title(s) Lord of Atranta[1]
Allegiance House Vance of Atranta
Culture(s) Rivermen
Issue Ronald Vance[1]
Hugo Vance[1]
Ellery Vance[1]
Kirth Vance[1]
Jon Vance[2]
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (appendix)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (appendix)

Norbert Vance is the Lord of Atranta and the head of House Vance of Atranta.[1]


Lord Vance is blind.[3]


Norbert squired for Lord Darry in his youth, alongside a young Brynden Tully.[3]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Norbert is among the river lords who bend the knee to the Iron Throne after the death of Robb Stark, King of the Trident, at the Red Wedding. He is among the reluctant lords who join the siege of Riverrun, sent as a representative to the war council for the recalcitrant rivermen. Norbert offers to talk with Ser Brynden Tully, the castellan of Riverrun, in an effort to end the siege, but his suggestion is dismissed by Clement Piper, Lord of Pinkmaiden Castle.[3]


Norbert: I have known Brynden Tully since we were squires together, in service to Lord Darry. If it please my lords, let me go and speak with him and try to make him understand the hopelessness of his position.
Clement: He understands that well enough. The man's not bloody stupid, Norbert. He has eyes ... and too much sense to yield to such as these.[3]

—Norbert and Clement Piper



Behind the Scenes

Norbert is probably named as a reference by George R. R. Martin to Norbert, a character in Bad Ronald by Jack Vance. Additionally, Jack Vance was legally blind later in life.