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{{Quote|The Freys have held the Crossing for six hundred years, and in six hundred years they've never failed to exact their toll.|[[Catelyn Stark]]|Baelor}}
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{{Quote|The Freys have held the Crossing for six hundred years, and for six hundred years they've never failed to exact their toll.|[[Catelyn Stark]]|Baelor}}
'''The Twins''', sometimes known as '''The Crossing''', is a castle in [[the Riverlands]]. It is the seat of [[House Frey]], a vassal house of [[House Tully]] of [[Riverrun]]. It is located within [[the Riverlands]]. It consists of two near-identical towers and a fortified bridge over the [[Green Fork]] of the [[River Trident]].
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'''The Twins''', sometimes known as '''The Crossing''', is a castle in [[the Riverlands]]. It is the seat of [[House Frey]], a vassal house of [[House Tully]] of [[Riverrun]]. It consists of two near-identical towers and a fortified bridge over the [[Green Fork]] of the [[River Trident]].
   
The Twins represents the only crossing point over the Green Fork for hundreds of miles in either direction. It is a major barrier to travelers and merchants traveling from [[the North]] to the western [[Riverlands]]. It lies directly athwart the main route from [[Winterfell]] to [[Riverrun]]. Moving from one castle to the other whilst avoiding the Twins requires a lengthy detour hundreds of miles to the south or hazardously traversing the bogs and swamps of the Neck to the north.<ref>"[[Baelor]]"</ref>
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The Twins represents the only crossing point over the Green Fork for hundreds of miles in either direction. It is a major barrier to travelers and merchants traveling from [[the North]] to the western [[Riverlands]]. It lies directly on the main route from [[Winterfell]] to [[Riverrun]]. Moving from one castle to the other while avoiding the Twins requires a lengthy detour hundreds of miles to the south or hazardously traversing the bogs and swamps of [[the Neck]] to the north. Travelers heading south who cannot pass southwest over the Twins must pass southeast along the [[Kingsroad]].<ref>"[[Baelor]]"</ref>
   
The Freys' rise began three generations before the events of the series with the building of a stone bridge over the Green Fork. They grew wealthy by charging passing travelers for the use of the Crossing.<ref>[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season1/#!/locations/twins/ HBO viewers guide, season 1 map, The Twins entry]</ref><ref>[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/locations/the-twins/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 map, The Twins entry]</ref>
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The Freys' rise began six hundred years before the events of the series with the building of a stone bridge over the Green Fork. It took three generations to build the Twins, but afterwards they quickly grew wealthy by charging passing travelers for the use of the Crossing.<ref>[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season1/#!/locations/twins/ HBO viewers guide, season 1 map, The Twins entry]</ref><ref>[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/locations/the-twins/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 map, The Twins entry]</ref> The bridge is a massive arch of smooth grey stone, wide enough for two wagons to pass abreast.<ref>[[House Frey (Histories & Lore)]]</ref>
   
 
==Notable residents of the castle==
 
==Notable residents of the castle==
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[[File:Wooden-Twins.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The original wooden Twins, and the bridge that connected them.]]
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[[File:The-Twins-under-construction.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The Twins while under construction.]]
 
* Lord [[Walder Frey]], known as "the Late Lord Frey", the ancient lord of the castle.
 
* Lord [[Walder Frey]], known as "the Late Lord Frey", the ancient lord of the castle.
 
** [[Stevron Frey]], Lord Walder's firstborn son and heir.
 
** [[Stevron Frey]], Lord Walder's firstborn son and heir.
 
**Ser [[Walder Rivers]], a bastard son of Lord Walder's by a milkmaid.
 
**Ser [[Walder Rivers]], a bastard son of Lord Walder's by a milkmaid.
**[[Lothar Frey]], known as "Lame Lothar", Lord Walder's great-grandson.
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**[[Lothar Frey]], known as "Lame Lothar", Lord Walder's son.
 
**[[Walder Frey (Black Walder)|Walder Frey]], known as "Black Walder", Lord Walder's great-grandson.
 
**[[Walder Frey (Black Walder)|Walder Frey]], known as "Black Walder", Lord Walder's great-grandson.
 
** [[Olyvar Frey]], one of Lord Frey's sons, formerly squire for {[[Robb Stark]]}.
 
** [[Olyvar Frey]], one of Lord Frey's sons, formerly squire for {[[Robb Stark]]}.
 
** [[Roslin Frey]], Lord Walder's fifth daughter and Lord [[Edmure Tully]]'s wife.
 
** [[Roslin Frey]], Lord Walder's fifth daughter and Lord [[Edmure Tully]]'s wife.
 
** [[Waldron Frey]], another of Lord Walder's sons, formerly betrothed to [[Arya Stark]].
 
** [[Waldron Frey]], another of Lord Walder's sons, formerly betrothed to [[Arya Stark]].
** [[Fat Walda Frey]], Lord Walder's granddaughter and Lord [[Roose Bolton]]'s wife.
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* Lady {[[Joyeuse Erenford|Joyeuse Frey]]}, Lord Frey's eighth wife. Killed by Catelyn Stark during the [[Red Wedding]].
* Lady {[[Joyeuse Erenford|Joyeuse Frey]]}, Lord Frey's eighth wife.
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*Lord [[Edmure Tully]], attainted [[Lord of Riverrun]] and [[Lord Paramount of the Trident]], made a [[hostage|prisoner]] during the Red Wedding.
   
 
Lord Walder's vast brood, including sons, daughters, their spouses, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons and great-granddaughters.
 
Lord Walder's vast brood, including sons, daughters, their spouses, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons and great-granddaughters.
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After the funeral of [[Hoster Tully|his grandfather]], [[Robb Stark]] comes to conclusion that drastic action must be taken to force the [[Lannisters]] to surrender by taking [[Casterly Rock]]. This plan is hindered by the murder of two Lannister children, [[Martyn Lannister|Martyn]] and [[Willem Lannister|Willem]] who were Robb's prisoners by his bannerman [[Rickard Karstark]] - causing Robb to take Rickard's head as justice for defying his orders.
 
After the funeral of [[Hoster Tully|his grandfather]], [[Robb Stark]] comes to conclusion that drastic action must be taken to force the [[Lannisters]] to surrender by taking [[Casterly Rock]]. This plan is hindered by the murder of two Lannister children, [[Martyn Lannister|Martyn]] and [[Willem Lannister|Willem]] who were Robb's prisoners by his bannerman [[Rickard Karstark]] - causing Robb to take Rickard's head as justice for defying his orders.
This action left Robb without the support of [[House Karstark]] and a large portion of his army, so he sought to redeem his favour with [[House Frey]] and [[Walder Frey]] by marrying his [[Edmure Tully|uncle]] to a Frey girl. As Robb had defied the oath he had took to marry a Frey girl himself, he was on bad terms with the Twins, but all seemed to be forgiven.
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This action left Robb without the support of [[House Karstark]] and a large portion of his army, so he sought to redeem his favor with [[House Frey]] and [[Walder Frey]] by marrying his [[Edmure Tully|uncle]] to a Frey girl. As Robb had defied the oath he had took to marry a Frey girl himself, he was on bad terms with the Twins, but all seemed to be forgiven.
 
The event that occurred became known as the [[Red Wedding]], and revealed the traitorous intentions of [[House Bolton]] and [[Roose Bolton]], and the wrath of Lord Walder Frey as he ordered an ambush attack after the bedding ceremony which resulted in the demise of Robb Stark, his wife [[Talisa Stark]] and his mother Catelyn Stark, the imprisonment of Edmure Tully and the massacre of some of Robb's bannermen and a large amount of Northern soldiers were killed in the camps outside the Twins.<ref>"[[Baelor]]"</ref>
 
The event that occurred became known as the [[Red Wedding]], and revealed the traitorous intentions of [[House Bolton]] and [[Roose Bolton]], and the wrath of Lord Walder Frey as he ordered an ambush attack after the bedding ceremony which resulted in the demise of Robb Stark, his wife [[Talisa Stark]] and his mother Catelyn Stark, the imprisonment of Edmure Tully and the massacre of some of Robb's bannermen and a large amount of Northern soldiers were killed in the camps outside the Twins.<ref>"[[Baelor]]"</ref>
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==Image Gallery==
 
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Twins long.jpg|'''The Twins''', seen from downriver
 
Twins long.jpg|'''The Twins''', seen from downriver
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The Twins Title Sequence.jpg|as shown in the title sequence
 
The Twins Title Sequence.jpg|as shown in the title sequence
 
The Twins 3x09.jpg|The Twins in Season 3
 
The Twins 3x09.jpg|The Twins in Season 3
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The Twins' hall in season 1.png|[[Walder Frey]]'s throne room in [[the Twins]] in "[[Baelor]]"
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The Twins' hall in season 3.png|[[Walder Frey]]'s throne room in [[the Twins]] in "[[The Rains of Castamere]]"
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The Twins' great hall in season 3.png|The great hall in [[the Twins]] in "[[The Rains of Castamere]]"
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Outside of the Twins.png|Outside [[the Twins]] in "[[The Rains of Castamere]]"
 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/The_Twins The Twins at A Wiki of Ice and Fire.]
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==References==
 
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"The Freys have held the Crossing for six hundred years, and for six hundred years they've never failed to exact their toll."
Catelyn Stark[src]

The Twins, sometimes known as The Crossing, is a castle in the Riverlands. It is the seat of House Frey, a vassal house of House Tully of Riverrun. It consists of two near-identical towers and a fortified bridge over the Green Fork of the River Trident.

The Twins represents the only crossing point over the Green Fork for hundreds of miles in either direction. It is a major barrier to travelers and merchants traveling from the North to the western Riverlands. It lies directly on the main route from Winterfell to Riverrun. Moving from one castle to the other while avoiding the Twins requires a lengthy detour hundreds of miles to the south or hazardously traversing the bogs and swamps of the Neck to the north. Travelers heading south who cannot pass southwest over the Twins must pass southeast along the Kingsroad.[1]

The Freys' rise began six hundred years before the events of the series with the building of a stone bridge over the Green Fork. It took three generations to build the Twins, but afterwards they quickly grew wealthy by charging passing travelers for the use of the Crossing.[2][3] The bridge is a massive arch of smooth grey stone, wide enough for two wagons to pass abreast.[4]

Notable residents of the castleEdit

Wooden-Twins

The original wooden Twins, and the bridge that connected them.

The-Twins-under-construction

The Twins while under construction.

Lord Walder's vast brood, including sons, daughters, their spouses, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons and great-granddaughters.

HistoryEdit

Season 1Edit

Robb Stark needs to cross the river at the Twins to face Tywin Lannister's forces in battle, but his mother warns him that Lord Walder Frey is proud, prickly and unreliable. She negotiates on Robb's behalf and wins an alliance: in return for allowing Robb's forces to cross and for the allegiance of House Frey, Robb and Arya must marry some of House Frey's offspring. Robb must also take Olyvar Frey as his squire, a knighthood being expected in due course. Robb accepts the deal. His army crosses the river and splits into two forces, a diversionary force to face Tywin and a larger force to ride hard and attack Jaime Lannister's forces north of Riverrun.[5]

Season 2Edit

The Twins are referenced in conversation between Robb Stark and his eventual bride Talisa Maegyr on the topic of Robb's promised betrothal to any Frey girl of his choosing - upon asked why, Robb declares that The Twins is "a very important bridge".[6]

Season 3Edit

After the funeral of his grandfather, Robb Stark comes to conclusion that drastic action must be taken to force the Lannisters to surrender by taking Casterly Rock. This plan is hindered by the murder of two Lannister children, Martyn and Willem who were Robb's prisoners by his bannerman Rickard Karstark - causing Robb to take Rickard's head as justice for defying his orders. This action left Robb without the support of House Karstark and a large portion of his army, so he sought to redeem his favor with House Frey and Walder Frey by marrying his uncle to a Frey girl. As Robb had defied the oath he had took to marry a Frey girl himself, he was on bad terms with the Twins, but all seemed to be forgiven. The event that occurred became known as the Red Wedding, and revealed the traitorous intentions of House Bolton and Roose Bolton, and the wrath of Lord Walder Frey as he ordered an ambush attack after the bedding ceremony which resulted in the demise of Robb Stark, his wife Talisa Stark and his mother Catelyn Stark, the imprisonment of Edmure Tully and the massacre of some of Robb's bannermen and a large amount of Northern soldiers were killed in the camps outside the Twins.[7]

Image GalleryEdit

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Frey was a minor house of the Riverlands until six hundred years ago. The Frey's Crossing was initially defended by wooden castles at either end. Using the wealth generated by their toll they replaced the wooden castles with strong stone ones, complete with portcullises, moats and barbicans. The bridge itself is covered and wide enough for two wagons to travel abreast. The Crossing has its own tower, named the Water Tower. House Frey's rise gained them vassal houses of their own: Houses Charlton, Erenford and Haigh.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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