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|Reign||298 AC - 299 AC|
|Full Name||Robb Stark|
The Young Wolf |
The King Who Lost the North
King in the North
|Born in||283 AC Riverrun|
|Died in||299 AC The Twins|
|Royal House||House Stark|
|Predecessor||None since Torrhen Stark|
A Game of Thrones (Appears)|
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
|Played by||Richard Madden|
|TV series||Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3|
Robb Stark is the eldest son of Eddard Stark and Catelyn Tully and the heir to Winterfell and the North. Upon his father's imprisonment for treason, he raised his banners and marched south with a host to aid his allies in the Riverlands and to free his father. After his father's execution, he was named King in the North by his followers. Called The Young Wolf by many of his followers and foes alike. In the TV series he is played by Richard Madden.
Appearance and Character
Robb's appearance favored his Tully side, with a stocky build, blue eyes, and thick red-brown hair. He opened the series as a boy of fourteen years. He is his father's son, with a keen sense of honor and justice. He shares his father's devotion to honor and is frequently accompanied by his direwolf, Grey Wind, whom he always takes with him into battle.
Robb was born in Riverrun, presumably the product of Eddard and Catelyn's wedding night, for Eddard raced off to war immediately following the nuptials to fight in Robert's Rebellion. Upon his return from the war, Catelyn greeted Ned with an infant Robb, and all returned to Winterfell, where Ned would rule as Lord and Robb was to be raised as his heir.
Growing up in Winterfell, Robb was on good terms with his younger siblings, and developed a friendly rivalry with his bastard half-brother, Jon Snow, who differs from Robb in appearance and personality. Robb was also close with his father's ward, Theon Greyjoy, who came to regard Robb as something of a younger brother.
A Game of Thrones
Robb attends the execution of Gared and is present when Jon Snow discovers a litter of six direwolf pups in the snow. He claims one of the direwolves for his own and names him Grey Wind. Shortly after the king's court arrive at Winterfell, Robb spars with the crown prince Joffrey using wooden swords. Bad blood develops between the two when Joffrey challenges Robb to spar with live steel. Ser Rodrik Cassel, Winterfell's master-at-arms, does not allow it, to the mockery and chagrin of many of the present Lannisters and their retainers.
When Eddard is named Hand of the King and journeys south to King's Landing, Robb remains in Winterfell to rule in his father's stead with the help of his mother. After she travels to King's Landing, the responsibility falls solely on him. After word of Eddard's arrest for treason reaches Winterfell, Robb calls the Stark bannermen to war and marches south to the Riverlands. His motives are to support his mother's house, House Tully, in response to the invasion of Lannisters from the West, and with the ultimate goal of freeing Eddard Stark. His youth and experience is questioned by his father's bannermen, but he manages to unite them behind him.
Upon learning that Riverrun has been besieged by a host led by Jaime Lannister, whilst another force led by Tywin Lannister approaches from the south, Robb splits his forces, sending the majority of his footmen under the command of Roose Bolton to engage Tywin's army, while crossing the Green Fork at the Twins with the majority of his horse. His goal is to ride to and lift the siege of Riverrun. For allowing him crossing and his allegiance at the Twins, Lord Walder Frey extracts the price of a marriage contract, ensuring that Robb will marry a daughter of his house to be chosen after the war is finished.
Robb leads his horsemen to Riverrun, where, aided by the counsel of his great-uncle, Brynden Tully, he achieves complete surprise in ambushing Jaime Lannister's army in the Whispering Wood, annihilating Jaime's forces and taking Jaime captive. Shortly thereafter Robb is able to lift the siege of Riverrun, forcing Tywin's army, which had scored a victory against Roose Bolton's footmen on the eastern shores of the Green Fork, to retreat back to Harrenhal.
Upon his Lord Father's execution at the command of King Joffrey Baratheon, effectively ending the possibility of peace between Stark and Lannister, Robb is crowned by his bannermen and the riverlords as the King in the North.
A Clash of Kings
Remaining idle for a time at Riverrun, Robb sends Theon Greyjoy, who fought with him in the Whispering Wood, to Pyke with the goal of securing an alliance with his father, Lord Balon, against the Lannisters in exchange for recognition of the independence of the Iron Islands. He also sends his mother south to treat with the late King Robert's younger brothers Stannis and Renly, both of whom have crowned themselves king. Both envoys fail in their missions; Catelyn is unable to secure any meaningful treaty with either of the Baratheon brothers (witnessing Renly's assassination in the process), while Theon is rebuffed outright by Balon, who responds to the offer for peace with a large-scale invasion of the North.
Robb, in the meantime, gathers his forces and launches an invasion into the Westerlands, smashing a newly-forming Lannister host at Oxcross and winning battles at Ashemark and The Crag. At the Crag, Robb suffers a wound and is tended by Jeyne Westerling. There he learns that a small force led by his one-time friend, Theon Greyjoy, has taken Winterfell and murdered his younger brothers Bran and Rickon (though they were alive, in truth). Jeyne comforts him upon his hearing this news, which leads to his taking her maidenhood. In an effort to preserve her honor, Robb weds her immediately thereafter. The Frey host that had accompanied Robb into the West were furious and withdrew their support.
A Storm of Swords
Robb returns to Riverrun with his new wife in tow, much to his mother's horror as, having pledged to wed a daughter of House Frey, this was not a slight that Walder Frey is likely to overlook. Other problems await him in Riverrun: Edmure Tully, his mother's eldest brother and acting Lord of the Riverlands whilst his father Hoster Tully lays on his deathbed, met Tywin Lannister's army as they attempted to cross the Red Fork at a ford near Riverrun and threw them back. While this prevented Tywin's force from approaching Robb's from the rear, Robb's plan had been to entangle the army in a chase while Stannis Baratheon marched on King's Landing. Being thrown back at Riverrun allowed Tywin's force to turn around and arrive at King's Landing in time for the Battle of the Blackwater, which turned the tide of the battle in the Lannister's favor.
Additionally, Robb learns that in her grief over the supposed murder of two of her sons, Catelyn released Jaime Lannister from captivity and entrusted him with a mission to return her daughters Sansa and Arya to her, if possible. This earns her the enmity of Lord Rickard Karstark, as Jaime had slain two of Karstark's sons in the Whispering Wood; Karstark required vengeance for their deaths. In response to his release, Karstark sends men to the cells of Riverrun and murders Tion Frey and Willem Lannister, two prisoners. For this crime, Robb sentences him to death and beheads Lord Rickard himself. Immediately after, the Karstark forces desert Robb's army.
After the death of Hoster Tully, Robb intends to return to the North, reclaim his territory, which has been conquered by the ironmen, and avenge the deaths of his brothers. Because he believes his brothers dead and fearing that by the laws of succession, were he to die without issue, Winterfell and the North would go to Tyrion Lannister (Sansa's husband), he discusses the matter of his succession with his mother. To her chagrin, he suggests that, if he were to die, Jon Snow should succeed him. Shortly after, he sends Maege Mormont and Galbart Glover north to Greywater Watch with a letter detailing his plans, its contents unrevealed.
He marches back north to the Twins in order to gain passage for his army back across the Trident. Aware that he slighted Walder Frey in his marriage to Jeyne Westerling, he suggests that Edmure Tully wed one of Lord Walder's daughters in his stead, a proposal to which Edmure reluctantly agrees. Leaving Jeyne behind at Riverrun, he takes his host with him to the Twins, where Lord Walder agrees to wed his daughter Roslin to Edmure.
Even though Grey Wind apparently senses the upcoming betrayal, Robb enters the Twins and the nuptials that later become known as the Red Wedding occur. After the ceremony and the bedding, Lord Walder betrays Robb, having smuggled sellswords into the feast under the guise of musicians, and murders Robb along with all of his companions and men. Catelyn watches Roose Bolton deliver the final blow to her son, stabbing him through the heart. Driven mad with despair, Catelyn murders Walder's lackwit grandson Jinglebell and is killed shortly thereafter herself. Grey Wind, who had been chained to placate the Freys, is also slain via crossbow bolts, his head removed and sewn onto Robb's body as a final insult to the King In The North.
References and Notes
- Cast and Crew on HBO
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn X.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 6, Catelyn II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
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