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Winterfell's Rookery. © FFG
An Iron Island Rookery. © FFG
Rookery of Sunspear. © FFG

A rookery, or ravenry,[1] is where ravens are kept by the maesters of the Citadel. The maester of each castle in the Seven Kingdoms usually tends to its own flock of ravens. When the master needs to send a message he will fetch a raven, or ravens, from the rookery. The maesters chambers are usually located near the castle's rookery.

The word is also used to refer to breeding grounds for marine mammals such as seals, narwhals, walruses, and sea lions.[2][3]

Known rookeries


Grand Maester Benifer was in his rookery when Princess Aerea Targaryen and Balerion returned to King's Landing in 56 AC.[18]

Princess Viserra Targaryen liked to play off the boys who courted her one against the other. She sent them on foolish quests, such as setting free all the ravens in the Red Keep rookery, to win her favor for a joust.[19]

During the fall of Dragonstone, Ser Marston Waters seized the rookery to prevent Grand Maester Gerardys from sending ravens.[20]

The cat Balerion has been known to attack ravens in the Red Keep rookery.[21]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

During the sack of Winterfell, the Maester's Turret and the bridge connecting the Bell Tower to the rookery are destroyed. The maester's ravens are loose and are eating flesh of the slain, such as Poxy Tym.[22]

A Storm of Swords

Cleaning the rookery is among Chett's duties at Castle Black.[23] Sansa Stark builds a replica of Winterfell out of snow at the Eyrie, Petyr Baelish helps her make the bridge in between the rookery and the Bell Tower stands.[9]

A Feast for Crows

After the death of Lady Lysa Arryn, ravens are coming and going from the Eyrie's rookery.[24]

A Dance with Dragons

While the Golden Company takes Griffin's Roost, the maester is thrown from the rookery. Later Haldon Halfmaester is commanded by Lord Jon Connington to take charge of the rookery in his stead.[10]


  1. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 75, Samwell IV.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Shivering Sea.
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 41, Jon V.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  11. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 31, Jaime IV.
  12. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 45, Samwell V.
  13. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran IV.
  14. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  15. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
  16. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran IV.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran II.
  18. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  19. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  20. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  21. A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
  22. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran VII.
  23. A Storm of Swords, Prologue.
  24. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.