- "The other Free Cities are known for what they make...Norvos, its axes..."
- ―Ser Jorah Mormont
Norvos is one of the Free Cities located to the east of Westeros. It lies in the interior plains of Essos on the Noyne, a tributary of the massive Rhyone River. The Free City of Pentos is located to the southwest and Qohor to the southeast. Norvos is on the route leading from the Narrow Sea to the Dothraki Sea, and as such pays tribute to passing Dothraki khalasars. People and things from Norvos are known as Norvoshi.
In the booksEdit
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Norvos is described as a city in two parts. The low city sprawls along the river with numerous docks and wharves, while the high city extends along the hilltops. The two parts are linked by a massive stone staircase known as the "Sinner's Steps" and both are walled and fortified. Norvos was founded as a colony by religious dissidents from Valyria and the city is a theocracy ruled by the Bearded Priests. However, the true nature of their religion is unknown.
The city is mercantile, its wealth based upon its strategic position on the trade route from Pentos to Qohor and the Dothraki sea. Minerals are mined from the Hills of Norvos, which stretch from the city to the Shivering Sea. The city is famous for the axes it produces, as well as for high-quality textiles. Myr is also famous for its textiles and produces fine lace and carpets, but Norvos is world-renowned for its fine tapestries.
Bears are used as entertainment in the city, and are known to dance up and down the Sinner's Steps. The city has three bells- each with a distinctive sound- which ring out at different times of the day to signal various activities. The bells are so important to the functioning of Norvos that they even have their own names; Noom, Narrah and Nyel.
Soldiers and warriors are trained in the city, recruited by the Bearded Priests when they are just boys. Some Norvosi prefer the use of axes in battle to the more traditional swords.
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