|Castle, former Regional Capital|
Riverrun castle - by Franz Miklis. © FFG©
House Frey of Riverrun|
House Tully (exiled) , Feudal lord.
|Religion||Faith of the Seven|
Riverrun is the ancestral castle of House Tully, the Lords Paramount of the Trident. It is situated in the western riverlands, at the point where the Tumblestone and Red Fork rivers meet. Riverrun is north of Pinkmaiden and northwest of Acorn Hall. The castle sits along the river road, which links Lannisport and the crossroads.
- See also: Images of Riverrun
Riverrun is a strong three-sided castle, although not especially large. The castle is bordered on the north by the Tumblestone and on the south by the Red Fork, while on the west a third side faces a massive man-made ditch. In time of danger the sluice gates can be opened to fill a wide moat and leave the castle surrounded on all three sides by water, turning Riverrun into an island and leaving it practically unassailable. It commands a view of many leagues.
The castle has sandstone walls which rise sheer from the water, its battlements are crenelated and have arrow loops, and its towers command the opposite shores. Riverrun's keep is located inside. Properly garrisoned, Riverrun can hold supplies for men and horses for as long as two years; a garrison of two hundred men is larger than Riverrun requires in most circumstances. Guardsmen wear fish-crest helms.
- The keep is triangular, like Riverrun itself, and the lord's solar is triangular as well with a stone balcony jutting eastwards. The solar can be reached by a spiral stairway.
- The Great Hall is where large councils are held and the high seat of the Tullys sits. There is a private audience chamber above the Great Hall with a high seat for the lord and a bell to ring for servants.
- The dungeons of Riverrun are windowless, their doors heavy and made of wood and iron.
- The Wheel Tower has a great waterwheel within it, which is turned by the Tumblestone whose waters go through it. It has ivy climbing alongside it, below it one makes a wide turn and ends up in churning waters. Eventually one can reach the Water Gate.
- The Water Gate has a wide arch and a heavy iron portcullis, red with rust in its lower half. It is named so for being half in the water. One must use a boat to go through it. Many boats are tied up within the Water Gate, secured to iron rings in the walls. The water stair leads from the lower bailey up to the castle.
- The godswood is a bright and airy garden, with redwoods, flowers, nesting birds, and streams. The godswood's heart tree is a slender carved weirwood.
- The sept at Riverrun is a seven-sided sandstone building. The sept was built by Hoster Tully and set amidst the gardens that his wife Minisa Whent cherished. Inside, the images of the Seven Holies are painted on marble.
House Tully has ruled Riverrun and its rich lands for at least a thousand years. Axel Tully constructed the red castle upon land at the juncture of the Red Fork with the Tumblestone, which he had received from an Andal king, Armistead Vance. The strategic position of Riverrun brought wealth to the Tullys, who guarded the western riverlands from the Kingdom of the Rock. The castle has rarely been surrendered and has never fallen by storm.
When Harwyn Hoare, King of the Iron Islands, invaded the riverlands, Riverrun was abandoned by Lord Tully, who joined the host of Lady Agnes Blackwood. Agnes's forces were betrayed by Lord Lothar Bracken, however.
During the War of Conquest, Lord Edmyn Tully raised the standard of House Targaryen above Riverrun, beginning the rebellion of the river lords against Harren Hoare, the King of the Isles and the Rivers. Following the burning of Harrenhal, Aegon I Targaryen named Edmyn the Lord Paramount of the Trident.
The rebellion of Harren the Red began while Aenys I Targaryen was guesting at Riverrun. House Tully supported the Poor Fellows and Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen against King Maegor I Targaryen during the Faith Militant uprising.
Riverrun was initially neutral during the Dance of the Dragons, as Ser Elmo Tully barred the castle's gates against the wishes of his father, the green-supporting Lord Grover. Elmo and his son Kermit actively supported the blacks later in the war.
A Game of Thrones
At the start of the War of the Five Kings, Ser Edmure Tully is defeated by Ser Jaime Lannister in a battle under the walls of Riverrun. The castle is then besieged by a Lannister host commanded by Jaime. It is relieved in the Battle of the Camps by a Stark force commanded by Robb Stark, Lord of Winterfell. In the Great Hall of Riverrun Robb is elevated to King in the North by his northern bannerman as well as the river lords, who were never ruled by the old Kings of Winter.
A Clash of Kings
When Robb, the King of the Trident, leaves the riverlands to attack the westerlands, he leaves Edmure to protect Riverrun. Tyrion Lannister, the acting Hand of the King, sends a group of envoys to Riverrun. Some try to free Jaime Lannister, a prisoner since the battle in the Whispering Wood, but these false envoys are hanged at the castle when the rescue attempt fails.
Following the Battle of the Blackwater, the Iron Throne names Petyr Baelish the Lord Paramount of the Trident, the new liege lord of the riverlands, with the castle of Harrenhal as his seat. However, the Tullys of Riverrun and their bannermen remain loyal to Robb.
A Storm of Swords
Robb's mother, Catelyn Tully, releases Jaime in an attempt to exchange him with the Iron Throne for her daughters, Sansa and Arya Stark. Robin Ryger, the captain of Riverrun's guards, tries to recover Jaime but is stopped by Jaime's escort, Brienne of Tarth. Catelyn remains in house arrest in the chambers of her ailing father, Lord Hoster Tully.
When Robb marches north to attend the wedding of Lord Edmure to Roslin Frey at the Twins, he leaves Ser Brynden Tully at Riverrun as the Warden of the Southern Marches. Robb's queen, Jeyne Westerling, also remains at Riverrun.
Following the death of Robb at the Red Wedding, Lord Tywin Lannister strips House Tully of Riverrun and grants it to Emmon Frey, forming House Frey of Riverrun. However, Brynden the Blackfish continues to hold the castle against a Frey siege.
A Feast for Crows
Jaime Lannister negotiates the end of the siege of Riverrun and the surrender of the castle from House Tully to House Frey. Brynden escapes through the Water Gate, however, and presumably swims down the Red Fork. Lord Emmon has a large garrison of two hundred to defend his new castle, while the Blackfish's garrison is allowed to depart without arms and armor. Ser Forley Prester commands the escort taking Edmure and the Westerlings from Riverrun to the westerlands. When snow falls at Riverrun, its people engage in a snowball war along the battlements.
Riverrun is mine, and no man shall ever take it from me.
Chapters that take place at Riverrun
- A Game of Thrones: 71. Catelyn XI
- A Clash of Kings: 7. Catelyn I
- A Clash of Kings: 39. Catelyn V
- A Clash of Kings: 45. Catelyn VI
- A Clash of Kings: 55. Catelyn VII
- A Storm of Swords: 2. Catelyn I
- A Storm of Swords: 14. Catelyn II
- A Storm of Swords: 20. Catelyn III
- A Storm of Swords: 35. Catelyn IV
- A Feast for Crows: 33. Jaime V
- A Feast for Crows: 38. Jaime VI
- A Feast for Crows: 44. Jaime VII
References and Notes
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- The Lands of Ice and Fire.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- The World of Ice & Fire, House Tully.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Riverrun.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Conquest.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Aenys I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Maegor I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 18, Catelyn IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn X.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 55, Catelyn VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 1, Jaime I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.