Walder Frey (son of Merrett)
|Born||In 291 AC, at The Twins|
|Died||In 300 AC, at Winterfell|
A Game of Thrones (appears)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
The twin towers of Frey, quartered with the brindled boar of House Crakehall and the plowman of House Darry|
(Quarterly, first and fourth, cendrée, a bridge azure, at either end a tower of the same (for Frey), second, tenné, a boar brindled argent and sable (for Crakehall), third, tenné a plowman sable (for Darry))
Walder Frey, nicknamed Little Walder, is the son of Merrett Frey and Mariya Darry. His personal coat of arms is the twin towers of House Frey quartered with the brindled boar of House Crakehall and the plowman of House Darry.
Walder is a big and portly lad. He is tall and stout, with a red face and big round belly. He is known as "Little Walder" because he is fifty-two days younger than his cousin, "Big Walder" Frey, although Little Walder has since grown half a foot taller.
Little Walder's armor is fine silver plate with enameled blue chasings. His crest has streamers of blue and grey silk and he rides a dappled grey courser.
A Game of Thrones
Little Walder is present at the Twins when Catelyn Tully comes to treat with Lord Walder Frey. As part of the terms allowing Robb Stark to cross at the Twins, Little Walder is sent to Winterfell to be fostered.
A Clash of Kings
Little Walder is sent to Winterfell to become a ward. Accompanied by his cousin, Big Walder, he quickly makes friends with Rickon Stark, but is not friendly with Bran Stark, nor Jojen and Meera Reed. More often than not Little Walder wins the game lord of the crossing. During the harvest feast, Little Walder trains with knights from White Harbor; Bran Stark thinks Little Walder strikes the quintain harder than Big Walder. When word of Ser Stevron Frey's death at Oxcross arrives at Winterfell, Little Walder and Big Walder argue over who is next in line to inherit the Twins, showing no sadness at their relative's passing.
The Frey cousins are taken captive by Theon Greyjoy when he leads his ironborn in capturing Winterfell. One of the cousins volunteers for Theon's party that searches the wolfswood for the missing Bran and Rickon, although Theon does not identify which one. The Freys are spared by Ramsay Snow during the sack of Winterfell.
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Lady Barbrey Dustin gives grey colts to Walder and his cousin when they join Ramsay Bolton in searching for missing Freys. Theon Greyjoy notes Little Walder is becoming more and more like Ramsay Bolton, which disturbs both Theon and Little Walder's cousin, Big Walder.
Little Walder is present at Winterfell during the wedding of Ramsay and "Arya Stark". The cousins join other squires in building snowmen in Winterfell's yard. Later, Little Walder's frozen, bloody body is discovered in a snowbank below the ruined keep of Winterfell. A blood-spattered Big Walder accompanies Ser Hosteen Frey and his soldiers when they enter the Great Hall of Winterfell. According to Big Walder, Little Walder was looking for a White Harbor knight who owed him silver Little Walder won from a game of dice. Hosteen, however, accuses Wyman Manderly of killing or ordering the death. Wyman does not take credit for the murder, but says,
Though mayhaps this was a blessing. Had he lived he would have grown up to be a Frey.
This causes an enraged Hosteen to attack Wyman, leading to a confrontation that leaves six White Harbor men and two Freys dead. It takes the intervention of Roose Bolton's men to prevent a battle within Winterfell. Theon suspects Mance Rayder and his wildling spearwives of Little Walder's murder, but they claim it is no work of theirs.
Quotes about Little Walder
The big one they call little, it comes to me he's well named. Big outside, little inside, and mean down to the bones.
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References and Notes
- See the Walder Frey (Little Walder calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Walder Frey (Little).
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 4, Bran I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 35, Bran V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 50, Theon IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 19, Davos III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.