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|Season=[[Complete Guide to Westeros]], [[Histories & Lore]]
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|Mentioned="[[The Field of Fire (Complete Guide to Westeros)]]"<br>"[[House Stark (Complete Guide to Westeros)]]"<br>"[[The North (Histories & Lore)]]"
 
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|Titles = [[King in the North]]<br>Lord Paramount of the North<br>Warden of the North<br>Lord of Winterfell
 
|Titles = [[King in the North]]<br>Lord Paramount of the North<br>Warden of the North<br>Lord of Winterfell
 
|Aka = The King Who Knelt
 
|Aka = The King Who Knelt
|Allegiance = [[House Stark]]<br>[[House Targaryen]]
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|Place = [[Winterfell]]
 
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|Family = }}{{Quote|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]]|House Stark (Complete Guide to Westeros)}}
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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. After seeing Aegon's dragons and his massive host, Torrhen realized the war was already lost. Instead of fighting he chose to [[Bending the knee|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>"[[House Stark (Complete Guide to Westeros)]]"</ref>
   
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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==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.]]
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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 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.
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.
 
   
 
== 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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"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. 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."[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.

See also Edit

ReferencesEdit

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