Sansa Stark, the current holder of the title of Lady Paramount of the North.

The Lord Paramount of the North is a hereditary title in the Seven Kingdoms for the ruler of the administrative region of the North under the authority of the King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men.


The holder of the title came from the Great House of the North and acted as an overlord for the region of the North. Traditionally, the title of Lord Paramount of the North has been held by the Lords of Winterfell from House Stark. The Starks have held the title since King Torrhen Stark surrendered as Kings in the North to Aegon Targaryen in the Wars of Conquest. Torrhen was the first Lord Paramount of the North and served King Aegon the Conqueror.[1]

Torrhen's descendant Rickard Stark held the title under King Aerys II Targaryen. His son Eddard Stark inherited the title when Rickard and his eldest son and heir, Brandon were executed by King Aerys.[2] Eddard's son Robb Stark inherited the title when Eddard was executed for treason on the orders of King Joffrey Baratheon. However, at the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings, Robb abandons his fealty to the Iron Throne as well as this title when his bannermen declared him King in the North.[3]

House Bolton is later elevated to the Great House of the North for their part in the Red Wedding, during which Roose Bolton personally killed Robb Stark by stabbing him through the heart.[4] Roose is then named Lord Paramount but this arrangement, according to Tywin Lannister, would only be temporary until a grandson by Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark, whom Tywin had forced to wed against both their wills, came of age.[5] However, Tyrion adamantly refused to forcibly consummate his marriage to Sansa, who ultimately escapes Tywin's clutches due to the commotion caused by the sudden death of King Joffrey.[6]

Sansa later agrees to wed Roose's son Ramsay Bolton in order to avenge her family at the behest of her uncle-by-marriage Petyr Baelish. Unbeknownst to Sansa and the Boltons, Baelish later informs against them to Cersei Lannister and offers to lead an army of Vale knights to mop up whoever emerged the victor in the Boltons' forthcoming battle with Stannis Baratheon. In exchange, Baelish asks that Cersei have him appointed the new Lord Paramount of the North, which she agrees to on the condition that he bring her Sansa's head. Meanwhile, Sansa reluctantly weds Ramsay, who, unlike Tyrion, has no qualms about forcing himself onto Sansa.[7] However, in the commotion of the long-awaited battle where the Boltons emerge victorious over Stannis, Sansa escapes again with help from her childhood friend Theon Greyjoy, who was also being held prisoner by the Boltons.[8] This setback severely jeopardizes the Boltons' hold on the North.[9]

After learning that Roose Bolton's wife, Walda Bolton, has given birth to a trueborn son, Ramsay murders his father, Walda, and the newborn. With no other Boltons living, Ramsay becomes the new Lord Paramount of the North.[10] He continues to hold the title, though his rule over the North is challenged by the resurgent Stark army led by Jon Snow and Sansa Stark and also made up of the Free Folk. The two armies clash just outside of Winterfell at the Battle of the Bastards; though the Boltons nearly secure victory, the Starks are reinforced by the last-minute arrival of a House Arryn cavalry force. Winterfell is liberated by the Starks, and Ramsay is executed by his own hounds in the aftermath. With no more living Boltons, House Bolton thus officially goes extinct.[11] Though Sansa becomes the Lady of Winterfell, the loyal houses of the North and the Vale (still believing him to be the last living son of Ned Stark) declare Jon Snow the new King in the North, leaving the Lord Paramount of the North title vacant.[12]

Following the events of Daenerys Targaryen's invasion of Westeros, Jon Snow abdicated from his position of King in the North, and was instead named Warden of the North by Daenerys Targaryen. After this, the title of Lord Paramount of the North was reinstated, and it ultimately fell to Sansa Stark, the current Lady of Winterfell.[13]


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Lord: Jon Snow Heir: Sansa Stark
Seat: Winterfell Lands: The North
Title(s): Lord Paramount of the North · Warden of the North · Lord of Winterfell

As independent kingdom: King in the North

Ancestors:Brandon the Builder · Brandon the Breaker · Dorren Stark · Rickard Stark · Rodrik Stark · Karlon Stark · Theon Stark · Osric Stark · Torrhen Stark · Cregan Stark
Current members:Arya Stark · Bran Stark
Deceased members:Rickard Stark · Brandon Stark · Lyanna Stark · Eddard Stark · Robb Stark · Talisa Stark · Catelyn Stark · Rickon Stark · Benjen Stark
Household:{Maester Luwin} · {Ser Rodrik Cassel} · {Jory Cassel} · {Vayon Poole} · Jeyne Poole · {Septa Mordane} · {Old Nan} · {Hodor} · {Farlen} · {Mikken} · {Osha} · Meera Reed · {Jojen Reed} · Brienne of Tarth · Podrick Payne · Davos Seaworth · Maester Wolkan