Torrhen's Square

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The north and the location of Torrhen's Square
The north and the location of Torrhen's Square
Torrhen's Square
The north and the location of Torrhen's Square

Torrhen's Square is a castle in the north and the seat of House Tallhart. It is south of the wolfswood, southwest of Winterfell, and north of Barrowton, on the northern shore of a large lake. A river from the lake leads south to the Saltspear.[1]


Torrhen's Square has stone walls thirty feet high with square towers at each corner. Its square keep is considered strong.[2]


King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne Targaryen visited Torrhen's Square while traveling from Winterfell to Barrowton in 58 AC.[3]

Theon Greyjoy accompanied Lord Eddard Stark during a visit to Torrhen's Square for a fortnight circa 296 AC.[2]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

With Ser Helman Tallhart, the Master of Torrhen's Square, and the best Tallhart men on campaign with Robb Stark in the south, the castle is left in the hands of its castellan, Helman's brother Leobald. He brings a large party from Torrhen's Square to Winterfell for the harvest feast.[4]

During his harrying of the Stony Shore, Theon Greyjoy allows some villagers to escape and warn Torrhen's Square.[2] Leobald sends Helman's son Benfred and his Wild Hares to deal with the raiders,[5] but they are slain by Theon's ironborn.[2]

When Torrhen's Square comes under attack from ironborn led by Dagmer Cleftjaw, Ser Rodrik Cassel takes the better part of the Winterfell garrison to respond to the threat. Once there, he breaks Dagmer's shield wall in the fight at Torrhen's Square and sends the ironborn retreating back to the Stony Shore.[6]

A Storm of Swords

Ser Helman is slain in the battle at Duskendale.[7]

Maester Aemon sends a raven to Torrhen's Square in a plea for help to defend Castle Black from wildlings.[8]

Dagmer returns to capture the castle, as Leobald was slain and the Tallhart forces were largely destroyed by the Boltons in the battle at Winterfell.[9][10]

A Dance with Dragons

Dagmer holds captive the surviving Tallharts at Torrhen's Square.[11] Asha Greyjoy offers to help Stannis Baratheon recover Torrhen's Square, but he refuses and focuses on Winterfell instead.[12]


Torrhen's Square is not worth the mud beneath my heels. It is Winterfell that matters.[12]