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| Titles=[[Lord of the Crossing]]<br>[[Lord of Riverrun]]
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| Seat=[[The Twins]]<br>[[Riverrun]]
 
| Region=The [[Riverlands]]
 
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| Lord=[[Walder Frey]]
 
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| Heir=[[Stevron Frey]]
 
| Heir=[[Stevron Frey]]
| Allegiance=[[House Tully]]
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| Allegiance=[[House Baelish]]
 
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{{Quote|The Freys have held [[the Crossing]] for 600 years, and for 600 years they have never failed to exact their toll.|Catelyn Stark|Baelor}}
 
{{Quote|The Freys have held [[the Crossing]] for 600 years, and for 600 years they have never failed to exact their toll.|Catelyn Stark|Baelor}}
'''House Frey''' is a vassal of [[House Tully]] of the [[Riverlands]] and holds its fealty to the Lord of [[Riverrun]]. Its current ruler is Lord [[Walder Frey]]. Their castle is known as [[the Twins]], for its two identical keeps on either side of a river linked by a bridge, sometimes called the Stone Bridge.
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'''House Frey''' was a vassal of [[House Tully]] of the [[Riverlands]] and holds its fealty to the Lord of [[Riverrun]]. Its current ruler is Lord [[Walder Frey]]. Their castle is known as [[the Twins]], for its two identical keeps on either side of a river linked by a bridge, sometimes called the Stone Bridge.
   
The symbol of House Frey is two grey towers linked by a bridge. Their motto is not known at this time.<ref name="House Frey viewers guide">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/frey/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Frey entry]</ref>
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The symbol of House Frey is two grey towers linked by a bridge. Their words are not known at this time.<ref name="House Frey viewers guide">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/frey/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Frey entry]</ref>
   
 
==Members==
 
==Members==
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[[File:Many-Freys.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Several members of House Frey.]]
 
*[[Walder Frey]], called "the Late Lord Frey," Lord of the Crossing.
 
*[[Walder Frey]], called "the Late Lord Frey," Lord of the Crossing.
**Lady [[Joyeuse Erenford]], Walder's eighth wife.
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**Lady {[[Joyeuse Erenford]]}, Walder's eighth wife. Killed by [[Catelyn Stark]] at the [[Red Wedding]].
**Ser [[Stevron Frey]], Walder's eldest son and heir.
 
***[[Walder Frey (Black Walder)|Walder Frey]], called "Black Walder," Walder's great-grandson.
 
**[[Lothar Frey]], called "Lame Lothar," Walder's twelfth son.
 
**[[Olyvar Frey]], Walder's eighteenth son.
 
**[[Roslin Frey]], Walder's fifth daughter.
 
**[[Waldron Frey]], Walder's twenty-second son.
 
**Ser [[Walder Rivers]], Walder's eldest bastard son.
 
**Numerous unidentified sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren both trueborn and natural.
 
   
*[[Walda Frey]], Lord Walder's grandniece.
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===Lord Walder's descendants===
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During [[Robert's Rebellion]], the jest was made that Lord Walder arrived late to the [[Battle of the Trident]] because he was waiting for his army to come of age...given that he had produced most of his soldiers from within his own britches (directly or indirectly through his previous children). Walder devoted the next seventeen years to making this claim a reality.
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'''Lord Walder Frey's important descendants:'''
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*Ser [[Stevron Frey]], Walder's eldest son and heir.
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*[[Walder Frey (Black Walder)|Walder Frey]], called "Black Walder," Lord Walder's great-grandson.
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*[[Lothar Frey]], called "Lame Lothar," Walder's twelfth son. [[Steward]] of the Twins, running the day-to-day operations of his father's castle.
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*[[Roslin Frey]], Walder's fifth daughter. Married to Lord [[Edmure Tully]].
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*[[Walda Frey (Fat Walda)|Walda Frey]], called "Fat Walda," Lord Walder's granddaughter. Married to Lord [[Roose Bolton]].
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'''Other trueborn descendants of Lord Walder Frey:'''
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*[[Olyvar Frey]], Walder's eighteenth son.
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*[[Waldron Frey]], Walder's twenty-second son.
 
*[[Willem Frey]], unspecified relationship to the main branch.
 
*[[Willem Frey]], unspecified relationship to the main branch.
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*[[Derwa Frey]] - daughter
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*[[Waldra Frey]] - daughter
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*[[Shirei Frey]] - daughter
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*[[Janeya Frey]] - granddaughter
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*[[Neyela Frey]] - granddaughter
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*[[Serra Frey]] - granddaughter
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*[[Sarra Frey]] - granddaughter
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*[[Marianne Frey]] - granddaughter
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*[[Freya Frey]] - granddaughter
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*[[Merry Frey]] - granddaughter
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*[[Walda Frey (grandniece of Lord Walder)|Walda]], Lord Walder's grandniece.
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*[[Shirei Frey]], Walder's seventh - and youngest - daughter.
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*Numerous unidentified sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numbering at least over eight score altogether.
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'''Lord Walder Frey's bastard descendants, by various women:'''
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*Ser [[Walder Rivers]], Walder's eldest bastard son.
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*Numerous unidentified bastard sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the exact number unknown even to Lord Walder himself.
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==Family tree==
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{{House Frey family tree}}
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==Quotes==
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{{Quote|'More Pride than Honor'; those should be the words of House Frey.|Catelyn Stark|House Frey (Histories & Lore)}}
   
 
==In the books==
 
==In the books==
 
[[Image:House Frey banner.jpg|thumb|right|200px|The banner of [[House Frey]] of the [[Twins]], the keepers of the Crossing.]]
 
[[Image:House Frey banner.jpg|thumb|right|200px|The banner of [[House Frey]] of the [[Twins]], the keepers of the Crossing.]]
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, House Frey controls the Twins, two castles that hold the Crossing, the only bridge over the Green Fork of [[the Trident]] for hundreds of miles in either direction. House Frey is the northern-most house of the Riverlands, not far south of the loose border with [[the North]], and has a history of enmity with House Reed, who control the marshes of [[the Neck]] to the north of the Twins.
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, House Frey controls the Twins, two castles that hold the Crossing, the only bridge over the Green Fork of [[the Trident]] for hundreds of miles in either direction. House Frey is the northern-most house of the Riverlands, not far south of the loose border with [[the North]], and has a history of enmity with [[House Reed]], who control the marshes of [[the Neck]] to the north of the Twins.
   
House Frey was a minor house of no notability until they bridged the [[Green Fork]] six centuries ago and defending the bridge with two wooden castles. Charging wayfarers for the use of the Crossing, they grew rich and influential, replacing the castles with strong stone keeps. Their growing wealth and influence saw them gain several vassal houses of their own.
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House Frey was a minor house of no notability until they bridged the [[Green Fork]] six centuries ago and defending the bridge with two wooden castles. Charging wayfarers for the use of the Crossing, they grew rich and influential, replacing the castles with strong stone keeps. Their growing wealth and influence saw them gain several vassal houses of their own. Given the relatively recent rise of their House, the Freys are looked down upon by other noble Houses of the Riverlands as uncouth and honorless [[Wikipedia:Nouveau riche|nouveau riche]]. Good nutrition has given them some length of bone, but they're no more than a few generations removed from poor [[Wikipedia:White Trash|white trash]].
   
 
Their military strength is formidable, allowing them to raise four thousand troops by themselves - almost 10% of the total strength of the Riverlands. The current Lord Frey's father was involved in the scandal of the Whitewalls Tourney, when the Second Blackfyre Rebellion was halted in its tracks, roughly ninety years ago, leading to the current Lord Walder Frey being a cautious man, extremely reluctant to commit himself to any cause until the outcome is certain. During [[Robert's Rebellion]] he delayed the arrival of his army at the [[Battle of the Trident]] until [[Robert Baratheon]] had secured victory. For this, Lord Frey's liege, [[Hoster Tully]], dubbed him "The Late Lord Frey", a nickname which has stuck, to Walder Frey's fury.
 
Their military strength is formidable, allowing them to raise four thousand troops by themselves - almost 10% of the total strength of the Riverlands. The current Lord Frey's father was involved in the scandal of the Whitewalls Tourney, when the Second Blackfyre Rebellion was halted in its tracks, roughly ninety years ago, leading to the current Lord Walder Frey being a cautious man, extremely reluctant to commit himself to any cause until the outcome is certain. During [[Robert's Rebellion]] he delayed the arrival of his army at the [[Battle of the Trident]] until [[Robert Baratheon]] had secured victory. For this, Lord Frey's liege, [[Hoster Tully]], dubbed him "The Late Lord Frey", a nickname which has stuck, to Walder Frey's fury.
   
The motto of House Frey has not yet been revealed, even in the first five novels.
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Little has been revealed about members of House Frey who are not descendants of Lord Walder himself. It is probable that due to his advanced age of ninety years, Walder may have simply outlived any siblings or cousins he may have had. The one minor reference to Walder's family is in the ''Tales of Dunk and Egg'' prequel novellas, which take place almost ninety years before the beginning of ''A Game of Thrones''. Walder himself actually makes a brief appearance in the prequels as a misbehaving toddler - making him one of the only characters who are present in both the main series and the prequel novellas; Maester [[Aemon]] is about a decade older than Walder, thus he is also alive during the early prequel novellas, though he does not prominently appear (instead, his younger brother [[Aegon V Targaryen|Aegon "Egg" Targaryen]] is a major character). Walder's father appears in the prequel but is referred to simply as "Lord Frey" without revealing what his name was. However, the prequels also reveal that Walder actually had a sister, who was about a dozen years older than him, who marries Lord Ambrose of House Butterwell, a noble House from [[the Crownlands]]. Given that the Butterwells are disgraced during the events of the prequels, it isn't clear if they died out between the prequels and the main series - no current Butterwells have been mentioned in the main series. Given the limited information, it isn't clear if Lord Walder has any surviving nieces, nephews, grand-nephews, or distant cousins from cadet branches of the main Frey line.
   
The sigil of House Frey is somewhat different in the books than it is in the TV series. In the books, it is the two towers and bridge of the Twins colored blue, on a silver-grey background. The TV series made the towers white, and over the same grey field, but now above a blue escutcheon which is drawn to resemble the waves of the Green Fork of the Trident River. The color change may be because after the blue river was added as an escutcheon at the bottom, it would have been visually confusing to have the castle be the same color as the water. Unfortunately, reversing the colors like this makes it vaguely resemble the reversed colors used in heraldry by [[bastard]] children (though in such cases, without the escutcheon, the entire background field is blue, not just the escutcheon).
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Despite their prominence in the storyline, the motto of House Frey has not yet been revealed, even in the first five novels.
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The [[Heraldry]] of House Frey is somewhat different in the books than it is in the TV series. In the books, it is the two towers and bridge of the Twins colored blue, on a silver-grey background. The TV series made the towers white, and over the same grey field, but now above a blue escutcheon which is drawn to resemble the waves of the Green Fork of the Trident River. The color change may be because after the blue river was added as an escutcheon at the bottom, it would have been visually confusing to have the castle be the same color as the water. Unfortunately, reversing the colors like this makes it vaguely resemble the reversed colors used in heraldry by [[bastard]] children (though in such cases, without the escutcheon, the entire background field is blue, not just the escutcheon).
   
 
==Image Gallery==
 
==Image Gallery==
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Frey banner.jpg|House Frey banner from a promotional image released by HBO.
 
Frey banner.jpg|House Frey banner from a promotional image released by HBO.
 
Frey-small.png|Small sigil of House Frey from the HBO viewer's guide.
 
Frey-small.png|Small sigil of House Frey from the HBO viewer's guide.
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Frey Map-marker.jpg|A map-marker used to represent House Frey forces.
 
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==See also==
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* {{AWOIAF}} (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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==See also==
 
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/House_Frey House Frey at a Wiki of Ice and Fire]
 
 
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"The Freys have held the Crossing for 600 years, and for 600 years they have never failed to exact their toll."
―Catelyn Stark[src]

House Frey was a vassal of House Tully of the Riverlands and holds its fealty to the Lord of Riverrun. Its current ruler is Lord Walder Frey. Their castle is known as the Twins, for its two identical keeps on either side of a river linked by a bridge, sometimes called the Stone Bridge.

The symbol of House Frey is two grey towers linked by a bridge. Their words are not known at this time.[1]

MembersEdit

Many-Freys
Several members of House Frey.

Lord Walder's descendantsEdit

During Robert's Rebellion, the jest was made that Lord Walder arrived late to the Battle of the Trident because he was waiting for his army to come of age...given that he had produced most of his soldiers from within his own britches (directly or indirectly through his previous children). Walder devoted the next seventeen years to making this claim a reality.

Lord Walder Frey's important descendants:

Other trueborn descendants of Lord Walder Frey:

Lord Walder Frey's bastard descendants, by various women:

  • Ser Walder Rivers, Walder's eldest bastard son.
  • Numerous unidentified bastard sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the exact number unknown even to Lord Walder himself.

Family treeEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Seven wives
Deceased
 
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Walder Frey
 
Joyeuse tree
Joyeuse Frey
née Erenford
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown tree
Unnamed milkmaid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stevron tree
Stevron Frey
 
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Merrett Frey
 
Lothar tree
Lothar Frey
 
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Olyvar Frey
 
Roslin tree
Roslin Frey
 
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Edmure Tully Tully-small
 
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Waldron Frey
 
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Various sons and daughters
 
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Walder Rivers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ryman Frey
 
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Walda Frey
 
Roose-Bolton-family-tree
Roose Bolton House-Bolton-heraldry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Numerous grandsons and granddaughters
 
 
 
 
Black Walder Frey tree
Black Walder Frey

QuotesEdit

"'More Pride than Honor'; those should be the words of House Frey."
―Catelyn Stark[src]

In the booksEdit

House Frey banner
The banner of House Frey of the Twins, the keepers of the Crossing.
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In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Frey controls the Twins, two castles that hold the Crossing, the only bridge over the Green Fork of the Trident for hundreds of miles in either direction. House Frey is the northern-most house of the Riverlands, not far south of the loose border with the North, and has a history of enmity with House Reed, who control the marshes of the Neck to the north of the Twins.

House Frey was a minor house of no notability until they bridged the Green Fork six centuries ago and defending the bridge with two wooden castles. Charging wayfarers for the use of the Crossing, they grew rich and influential, replacing the castles with strong stone keeps. Their growing wealth and influence saw them gain several vassal houses of their own. Given the relatively recent rise of their House, the Freys are looked down upon by other noble Houses of the Riverlands as uncouth and honorless nouveau riche. Good nutrition has given them some length of bone, but they're no more than a few generations removed from poor white trash.

Their military strength is formidable, allowing them to raise four thousand troops by themselves - almost 10% of the total strength of the Riverlands. The current Lord Frey's father was involved in the scandal of the Whitewalls Tourney, when the Second Blackfyre Rebellion was halted in its tracks, roughly ninety years ago, leading to the current Lord Walder Frey being a cautious man, extremely reluctant to commit himself to any cause until the outcome is certain. During Robert's Rebellion he delayed the arrival of his army at the Battle of the Trident until Robert Baratheon had secured victory. For this, Lord Frey's liege, Hoster Tully, dubbed him "The Late Lord Frey", a nickname which has stuck, to Walder Frey's fury.

Little has been revealed about members of House Frey who are not descendants of Lord Walder himself. It is probable that due to his advanced age of ninety years, Walder may have simply outlived any siblings or cousins he may have had. The one minor reference to Walder's family is in the Tales of Dunk and Egg prequel novellas, which take place almost ninety years before the beginning of A Game of Thrones. Walder himself actually makes a brief appearance in the prequels as a misbehaving toddler - making him one of the only characters who are present in both the main series and the prequel novellas; Maester Aemon is about a decade older than Walder, thus he is also alive during the early prequel novellas, though he does not prominently appear (instead, his younger brother Aegon "Egg" Targaryen is a major character). Walder's father appears in the prequel but is referred to simply as "Lord Frey" without revealing what his name was. However, the prequels also reveal that Walder actually had a sister, who was about a dozen years older than him, who marries Lord Ambrose of House Butterwell, a noble House from the Crownlands. Given that the Butterwells are disgraced during the events of the prequels, it isn't clear if they died out between the prequels and the main series - no current Butterwells have been mentioned in the main series. Given the limited information, it isn't clear if Lord Walder has any surviving nieces, nephews, grand-nephews, or distant cousins from cadet branches of the main Frey line.

Despite their prominence in the storyline, the motto of House Frey has not yet been revealed, even in the first five novels.

The Heraldry of House Frey is somewhat different in the books than it is in the TV series. In the books, it is the two towers and bridge of the Twins colored blue, on a silver-grey background. The TV series made the towers white, and over the same grey field, but now above a blue escutcheon which is drawn to resemble the waves of the Green Fork of the Trident River. The color change may be because after the blue river was added as an escutcheon at the bottom, it would have been visually confusing to have the castle be the same color as the water. Unfortunately, reversing the colors like this makes it vaguely resemble the reversed colors used in heraldry by bastard children (though in such cases, without the escutcheon, the entire background field is blue, not just the escutcheon).

Image GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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House Frey
Lord: Lord Walder Frey Heir: Ser Stevron Frey
House-Frey-heraldry
Seat: The Twins · Riverrun Lands: Riverlands
Title(s): Lord of the Crossing · Lord of Riverrun
Ancestors:Frey (founder)
Current members:Arwaya Frey · Derwa Frey · Freya Frey · Janeya Frey · Lothar Frey · Marianne Frey · Merry Frey · Neyela Frey · Olyvar Frey · Roslin Frey · Sarra Frey · Serra Frey · Shirei Frey · Walda Frey · "Fat Walda" Frey · "Black Walder" Frey · Waldra Frey · Waldron Frey · Ser Walder Rivers
Deceased members:Joyeuse Erenford
Overlord:House Baelish

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