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"House Reed, the gatekeepers of the North, and among the most important and loyal bannermen of House Stark...I heard their oath of fealty once as a child, it's like no other lord's, ancient and dark. They swear by earth and water, by bronze and iron - and by ice and fire."
Jon Snow[src]

House Reed of Greywater Watch is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Stark of Winterfell. House Reed is the southern-most house of the North. They control the vast area of swampland and bog stretching across the narrowest part of the continent of Westeros, the Neck. The Reeds and their vassals are Crannogmen, a distinct off-shoot of the First Men who have adapted to living in the swamps of the Neck.

House Reed's heraldry is a black lizard-lion on a grey-green field.



Before the War of the Five Kings began, Howland Reed, the current head of House Reed and Lord of Greywater Watch, fought alongside his liege-lord Eddard Stark in Robert's Rebellion and saved his life during one of its final skirmishes at the Tower of Joy.[1][2]

Season 3

Several years later after the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings, Howland's children, Jojen and Meera, travel north to find Bran Stark and guide him in his quest to find the three-eyed raven alongside Hodor, Osha, Rickon Stark, and their two direwolves, Summer and Shaggydog.[1] Eventually, Bran decides to send Rickon to Last Hearth along with Osha and Shaggydog. Before they depart, Osha tells the Reeds to keep Bran safe.[3]

Season 4

The Reeds continue traveling Beyond the Wall with Bran, Hodor and Summer. While resting near Craster's Keep, they are monentarily distracted by the cries of Craster's last son and Ghost, leading to their capture by Karl Tanner and his fellow Mutineers.[4] When Karl prepares to rape his sister, Jojen tells him that he possesses the sight and sardonically reveals that he saw Karl die in a vision, causing Karl to turn his attention to him just before Jon Snow arrives with a group of black brothers to kill all the Mutineers. Locke, who really serves Roose Bolton, attempts to flee with Bran as he was also tasked with finding Rickon. Jojen signals Bran to warg into Hodor and save his own body through Hodor's, which he does by snapping Locke's neck. Bran orders Hodor to free the Reeds and attempts to call out to his half-brother Jon. However, Jojen dissuades Bran from doing this saying that Jon will not allow him to find tge three-eyed raven. Bran reluctantly agrees not to reunite with Jon and continue the quest.[5]

Eventually, the group makes their way to the cave of the three-eyed raven, but they are ambushed by wights. Jojen is stabbed multiple times by wights, prompting his sister to cut his throat in order to prevent him from becoming one himself.[6]

Season 6

Meera mourns the death of her brother at the hands of the wights. She expresses her doubts to Bran, stating that she believes they are doing nothing at the cave. Leaf later tells Meera that Bran needs her.[7]

During one of his visions, Bran witnesses the events of the Showdown at the Tower of Joy alongside the three-eyed raven. Bran's father, Eddard Stark, leads a group of five other Northmen, including the crannogman Howland Reed, to the Tower of Joy in the Red Mountains of Dorne. After a brief banter, the Northerners attack Ser Gerold Hightower and Ser Arthur Dayne, the last of the Kingsguard to Aerys II Targaryen. Howland is the first to fall from Arthur Dayne's sword. The skirmish eventually culminates into a one-on-one duel between Ned and Arthur. Going in for a strike, Ned is instead disarmed by the Sword of the Morning. However, before Arthur can attack Ned, he is stabbed in the back of the neck by Howland, whose wound is not fatal. Bran is shocked by this dishonorable act and surprised his father condoned it. Ned then picks up Dawn, the ancestral sword of House Dayne, and finishes off Arthur Dayne.[2]

After being touched by the Night King in a vision, the cave of the three-eyed raven is attacked by the Night King, three other White Walkers, and their army of the dead. Meera urges Bran to warg into Hodor, which completes a time loop that causes the Hodor in the past to collapse and seizure. Meera commands the present day Hodor to "hold the door," causing the Hodor in the past to begin to seizure and slur the command into Hodor. Hodor holds the door, preventing the wights from exiting the cave and buying enough time for Meera and Bran to escape.[8]

Meera collapses from exhaustion and apologizes to Bran for failing to protect him as the wights gain on the two. In the nick of time, they are rescued by a mysterious figure clad in black. The individual later reveals himself to be Benjen Stark, Bran's long lost uncle and the former First Ranger of the Night's Watch. Benjen tells the two that the three-eyed raven now "lives through" Bran, and says that Bran will be instrumental in stopping the Night King.[9]

Benjen drops Meera and Bran off at the Wall, informing them that ancient magic carved into it prevents him from crossing. He warns them that the "Great War" is upon them, and says that he continues to fight for the living. He wishes them good fortune before riding off. Bran crawls to a weirwood tree with Meera's help. Before he makes contact, Meera asks if he's ready, to which he replies that he is now the three-eyed raven and that he has to be. In that vision, Bran witnesses the birth of Jon Snow and the revelation that he is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, a piece of knowledge that is most likely known by only one other living man: Howland Reed.[10]


  • Lord Howland Reed, the current head of the family and Lord of Greywater Watch.
    • Meera Reed, his daughter and current heir.
    • {Jojen Reed}, his son and former heir. Mortally wounded by a wight and then mercy-killed by Meera.

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Howland Reed
Jyana Reed
Family tree Meera
Meera Reed
Family tree Jojen
Jojen Reed

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the crannogmen of the Neck are gifted and talented hunters and warriors. They have an ages-old feud with House Frey, who rule the lands immediately to the south. The Reeds came to the attention of their liege lords, House Stark, when Howland Reed met Eddard Stark at a tournament at Harrenhal. Howland Reed and Eddard Stark became fast friends and allies. Aside from Eddard, Howland was the only survivor of the raid at the Tower of Joy, on the occasion of Lyanna Stark's death. The Reed stronghold at Greywater Watch is hard to find because it supposedly moves around on a floating island.


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See also

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House Reed
Lord: Lord Howland Reed Heir: Meera Reed
Seat: Greywater Watch Lands: The Neck, The North
Title(s): Lord of Greywater Watch
Deceased members:Jojen Reed
Overlord:House Stark

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