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'''Torrhen Stark''', also known as the '''King Who Knelt''', is an unseen character in ''[[Game of Thrones (TV series)|Game of Thrones]]''. He is deceased when the series begins and has appeared in the [[Complete Guide to Westeros]] and [[Histories & Lore]] featurettes.
'''Torrhen Stark''', also known as the '''King Who Knelt''', is an unseen character in ''Game of Thrones''. He is deceased when the series begins and has appeared in "The Complete Guide to Westeros: The Field of Fire (House Stark)" and "The Complete Guide to Westeros: House Stark" featurettes.
 
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Background===
 
===Background===
[[File:Torrhen_kneels.jpg|thumb|right|King Torrhen Stark submits to Aegon the Conqueror]]
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[[File:Torrhen_kneels.jpg|thumb|left|King Torrhen Stark submits to Aegon the Conqueror.]]
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Torrhen Stark was the last [[King in the North]] until the secession of [[the North]] and the [[Riverlands]] in the [[War of the Five Kings]] and the coronation of [[Robb Stark]]. King Torrhen's reign coincided with the [[War of Conquest]], in which the [[Andal]] kingdoms south of [[the Neck]] submitted one by one to [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon the Conqueror]]. Torrhen amassed his army and marched to meet the [[Targaryen]] warlord but by the time he arrived, Aegon had already won the decisive [[Field of Fire]] and conquered most of the South of Westeros. 
   
Torrhen Stark was the last [[King in the North]] until the secession of [[the North]] and the [[Riverlands]] in the [[War of the Five Kings]] and the coronation of [[Robb Stark]]. King Torrhen's reign coincided with the [[War of Conquest]], in which the [[Andal]] kingdoms south of [[the Neck]] submitted one by one to [[Aegon the Conqueror]]. Torrhen amassed his army and marched to meet the [[Targaryen]] warlord, but by the time he arrived Aegon had already won the decisive [[Field of Fire]] and conquered most of the South of Westeros. After seeing Aegon's dragons and his massive host, Torrhen realized the war was already lost. Instead of fighting he chose to bend the knee to spare his people and surrendered his crown. For his submission, Aegon named him Lord Paramount and Warden of the North. [[Robb Stark]] believes that Torrhen "saved thousands of lives that day."<ref>"The Complete Guide to Westeros: House Stark" featurette, Season 1 Blu Ray boxset</ref>
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[[File:800px-Torrhen_Stark.jpg|thumb|276px|King Torrhen Stark leading his army against [[Aegon the Conqueror|Aegon I]]]]
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After seeing Aegon's dragons and his massive host, Torrhen realized the war was already lost.
   
== In the books ==
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Instead of fighting, he chose to [[Bending the knee|bend the knee]] and surrendered his crown in order to spare his people. For his submission, Aegon named him Lord Paramount and Warden of the North. [[Robb Stark]] believes that Torrhen "saved thousands of lives that day."
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<ref>"[[House Stark (Complete Guide to Westeros)]]"</ref>
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==In the books==
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[[File:The_King_who_Knelt.png|thumb|Torrhen bends the knee to Aegon and his sisters, foreverafter becoming known as the King Who Knelt.]]
 
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Torrhen Stark's story is the same. It is believed he knelt at the place where the Inn of the Kneeling Man sits at the time of the books.
 
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Torrhen Stark's story is the same. It is believed he knelt at the place where the Inn of the Kneeling Man sits at the time of the books.
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Torrhen's army numbered about 30,000 men but the Targaryen army that came to meet him numbered about 45,000 - nor did this represent all of Aegon's new bannermen, just the ones directly facing him. Moreover, the Targaryens had their three huge dragons. Torrhen's bastard brother, Brandon Snow, volunteered to sneak into the Targaryen camp at night and attempt to kill ''all three'' dragons while they slept but Torrhen judged that this was impossible and that the failed attempt would only invite further retaliation from the Targaryens, so he chose to surrender instead.
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Torrhen Stark's decision to kneel before Aegon Targaryen saved the North from the devastation inflicted upon the Gardeners and the Lannisters. The Conqueror not only confirmed the Starks as the rulers of the North but he also allowed them to keep their own customs: the Targaryens' laws would rule over the North, but they could keep their local custom of personally beheaded condemned men instead of delegating the task to an executioner. Queen [[Rhaenys Targaryen]], as part of her efforts to keep the realm together after the Conquest, organized a marriage between Lord Stark's daughter and Lord Arryn. However, although Torrhen had bent the knee, his sons did not want to serve the Targaryens. It was only over their strong protests that the marriage took place and they refused to attend the marriage. The North remained in the realm so it can be assumed that Torrhen was able to prevent his sons from rising up against the Targaryens. It is unknown if Torrhen was still alive when Aegon visited Winterfell in 33 AC, during his last royal progress.
   
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
*[http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Torrhen_Stark Torrhen Stark at A Wiki of Ice and Fire]
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Torrhen Stark
Torrhen Stark
Season(s) Complete Guide to Westeros, Histories & Lore
Mentioned in "The Field of Fire (Complete Guide to Westeros)"
"House Stark (Complete Guide to Westeros)"
"The North (Histories & Lore)"
Titles King in the North
Lord Paramount of the North
Warden of the North
Lord of Winterfell
Also known as The King Who Knelt
Status Deceased
Origin Winterfell
Allegiance House Stark
"After Aegon and his dragons destroyed the combined armies of the Reach and the Rock at the Field of Fire, King Torrhen Stark bent the knee and swore fealty to the Targaryen Dynasty in order to spare the destruction of Winterfell...and his people. He was forever after known as "The King Who Knelt"."
Robb Stark[src]

Torrhen Stark, also known as the King Who Knelt, is an unseen character in Game of Thrones. He is deceased when the series begins and has appeared in the Complete Guide to Westeros and Histories & Lore featurettes.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Torrhen kneels

King Torrhen Stark submits to Aegon the Conqueror.

Torrhen Stark was the last King in the North until the secession of the North and the Riverlands in the War of the Five Kings and the coronation of Robb Stark. King Torrhen's reign coincided with the War of Conquest, in which the Andal kingdoms south of the Neck submitted one by one to Aegon the Conqueror. Torrhen amassed his army and marched to meet the Targaryen warlord but by the time he arrived, Aegon had already won the decisive Field of Fire and conquered most of the South of Westeros. 

800px-Torrhen Stark

King Torrhen Stark leading his army against Aegon I

After seeing Aegon's dragons and his massive host, Torrhen realized the war was already lost.

Instead of fighting, he chose to bend the knee and surrendered his crown in order to spare his people. For his submission, Aegon named him Lord Paramount and Warden of the North. Robb Stark believes that Torrhen "saved thousands of lives that day." [1]

In the booksEdit

The King who Knelt

Torrhen bends the knee to Aegon and his sisters, foreverafter becoming known as the King Who Knelt.

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Torrhen Stark's story is the same. It is believed he knelt at the place where the Inn of the Kneeling Man sits at the time of the books.

Torrhen's army numbered about 30,000 men but the Targaryen army that came to meet him numbered about 45,000 - nor did this represent all of Aegon's new bannermen, just the ones directly facing him. Moreover, the Targaryens had their three huge dragons. Torrhen's bastard brother, Brandon Snow, volunteered to sneak into the Targaryen camp at night and attempt to kill all three dragons while they slept but Torrhen judged that this was impossible and that the failed attempt would only invite further retaliation from the Targaryens, so he chose to surrender instead.

Torrhen Stark's decision to kneel before Aegon Targaryen saved the North from the devastation inflicted upon the Gardeners and the Lannisters. The Conqueror not only confirmed the Starks as the rulers of the North but he also allowed them to keep their own customs: the Targaryens' laws would rule over the North, but they could keep their local custom of personally beheaded condemned men instead of delegating the task to an executioner. Queen Rhaenys Targaryen, as part of her efforts to keep the realm together after the Conquest, organized a marriage between Lord Stark's daughter and Lord Arryn. However, although Torrhen had bent the knee, his sons did not want to serve the Targaryens. It was only over their strong protests that the marriage took place and they refused to attend the marriage. The North remained in the realm so it can be assumed that Torrhen was able to prevent his sons from rising up against the Targaryens. It is unknown if Torrhen was still alive when Aegon visited Winterfell in 33 AC, during his last royal progress.

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ReferencesEdit

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