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| Family={[[Joyeuse Erenford]]} - wife<br>[[Stevron Frey]] - eldest trueborn son<br>[[Walder Rivers]] - eldest bastard son<br>[[Lothar Frey]] - son <br>[[Olyvar Frey]] - son<br>[[Waldron Frey]] - son<br>[[Walda Frey (The Rains of Castamere)|Walda Frey]] - daughter<br>[[Derwa Frey]] - daughter<br>[[Waldra Frey]] - daughter<br>[[Roslin Frey]] - daughter<br>[[Shirei Frey]] - daughter<br>[[Walda Frey (Fat Walda)|"Fat Walda" Frey]] - granddaughter<br>[[Janeya Frey]] - granddaughter<br>[[Neyela Frey]] - granddaughter<br>[[Serra Frey]] - granddaughter<br>[[Sarra Frey]] - granddaughter<br>[[Marianne Frey]] - granddaughter<br>[[Freya Frey]] - granddaughter<br>[[Merry Frey]] - granddaughter<br>[[Walder Frey (Black Walder)|"Black Walder" Frey]] - great-grandson<br>[[Walda Frey (grandniece)|Walda Frey]] - great-niece<br>Others trueborn children far too numerous to mention<br>Possibly dozens of acknowledged bastards
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{{Quote|The 'Late Walder Frey', old Tully called me because I didn't get my men to the Trident in time for battle. He thought he was witty. Look at us now Tully! You're dead, your daughter's dead, your grandson's dead, your son's spent his wedding night in a dungeon, and I'm Lord of Riverrun.|Lord Walder Frey|Mhysa}}
 
{{Quote|The 'Late Walder Frey', old Tully called me because I didn't get my men to the Trident in time for battle. He thought he was witty. Look at us now Tully! You're dead, your daughter's dead, your grandson's dead, your son's spent his wedding night in a dungeon, and I'm Lord of Riverrun.|Lord Walder Frey|Mhysa}}
   
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Background===
 
===Background===
[[File:Walder Frey.png|thumb|left|Lord Frey at the Twins]]
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Walder Frey is the [[Lord of the Crossing]] and the head of [[House Frey]], a vassal family of [[House Tully]] of the [[Riverlands]]. His house is noted for its overwhelming fertility and he has over one hundred descendents. He rules the [[The Twins]] and its surrounding lands, controlling the strategically important crossing of the [[River Trident]]. Over the years this great stone bridge and the castles that control it have made House Frey a fortune in crossing fees. He has been married seven times and is almost ninety years old when the series begins.<ref name="Walder Frey viewers guide">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/frey/walder-frey/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Frey - Walder Frey entry]</ref><ref name="House Frey viewers guide">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/frey/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Frey entry]</ref>
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[[File:Late_Freys.png|thumb|left|Walder's army reaches [[the Trident]] after the [[Battle of the Trident|battle]], earning him the nickname "the Late Lord Frey" from [[Hoster Tully]]]]Walder Frey is the [[Lord of the Crossing]] and the head of [[House Frey]], a vassal family of [[House Tully]] of the [[Riverlands]]. His house is noted for its overwhelming fertility and he has over one hundred descendents. He rules the [[The Twins]] and its surrounding lands, controlling the strategically important crossing of the [[River Trident]]. Over the years this great stone bridge and the castles that control it have made House Frey a fortune in crossing fees. He has been married seven times and is almost ninety years old when the series begins.<ref name="Walder Frey viewers guide">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/frey/walder-frey/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Frey - Walder Frey entry]</ref><ref name="House Frey viewers guide">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/frey/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Frey entry]</ref>
   
 
He is known to his liege lord, [[Hoster Tully]], as the "Late Lord Frey" after delaying his arrival to assist [[Robert's Rebellion]] until the outcome had already been determined.<ref name="E9"/>
 
He is known to his liege lord, [[Hoster Tully]], as the "Late Lord Frey" after delaying his arrival to assist [[Robert's Rebellion]] until the outcome had already been determined.<ref name="E9"/>
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[[Catelyn Stark]] meets a [[knight]] with a group of men at arms of [[House Frey]] at the [[Crossroads Inn]] and asks after Lord Walder's health. The knight replies that Lord Walder is well and is planning to celebrate his 90th birthday by taking a new wife. [[Tyrion Lannister]] laughs derisively at the news, making enemies of this group.<ref>"[[Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things]]"</ref>
 
[[Catelyn Stark]] meets a [[knight]] with a group of men at arms of [[House Frey]] at the [[Crossroads Inn]] and asks after Lord Walder's health. The knight replies that Lord Walder is well and is planning to celebrate his 90th birthday by taking a new wife. [[Tyrion Lannister]] laughs derisively at the news, making enemies of this group.<ref>"[[Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things]]"</ref>
   
[[Robb Stark]]'s army arrives at the Twins. Robb needs to cross the river to gain a tactical advantage over the [[House Lannister|Lannister]] forces. As a Tully bannerman, Walder Frey had been called up, but he had delayed going until he saw which side had the advantage. Now that Riverrun is besieged by the Lannisters, Frey wonders why he should risk their fury. Catelyn tells Robb that Walder Frey is slippery and not to be trusted, despite his allegiance to her father. Fearing that Walder would attempt to imprison Robb and sell him to the Lannisters, Catelyn volunteers to negotiate with him.<ref name="E9">"[[Baelor]]"</ref>
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When [[Robb Stark]]'s army arrives at the Twins on its march south, Robb needs to cross the river to gain a tactical advantage over the [[House Lannister|Lannister]] forces. As a Tully bannerman, Walder Frey had been called up, but he had delayed going until he saw which side had the advantage. Now that Riverrun is besieged by the Lannisters, Frey wonders why he should risk their fury. Catelyn tells Robb that Walder Frey is slippery and not to be trusted, despite his allegiance to her father. Fearing that Walder would attempt to imprison Robb and sell him to the Lannisters, Catelyn volunteers to negotiate with him.<ref name="E9">"[[Baelor]]"</ref>
   
 
[[File:Walder and Joyeuse 1x09.png|thumb|Walder Frey and his new fifteen year old wife Joyeuse Erenford in "[[Baelor]]".]]
 
[[File:Walder and Joyeuse 1x09.png|thumb|Walder Frey and his new fifteen year old wife Joyeuse Erenford in "[[Baelor]]".]]
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Lord Walder sends his son [[Lothar Frey|Lothar]] and his great-grandson [[Walder Frey (Black Walder)|"Black Walder"]] to [[Riverrun]] to discuss the terms of a new alliance with [[Robb Stark]]. Lord Walder demands [[Harrenhal]], as well as the marriage between [[Edmure Tully]] and his daughter [[Roslin Frey|Roslin]].<ref>"[[And Now His Watch is Ended]]"</ref>
 
Lord Walder sends his son [[Lothar Frey|Lothar]] and his great-grandson [[Walder Frey (Black Walder)|"Black Walder"]] to [[Riverrun]] to discuss the terms of a new alliance with [[Robb Stark]]. Lord Walder demands [[Harrenhal]], as well as the marriage between [[Edmure Tully]] and his daughter [[Roslin Frey|Roslin]].<ref>"[[And Now His Watch is Ended]]"</ref>
   
When the King in the North and his entourage arrive, Lord Walder offers them his hospitality, but cannot keep himself from mocking Robb over his broken oath and insult Queen Talisa. Later, he oversees the wedding of Edmure and Roslin, and the following feast. Once the newlyweds retire for the bedding, he has the halls sealed and gives the cue for his men to [[Red Wedding|slaughter]] the Starks. He watches in rapture and takes zips from his cup as [[Talisa]] and Robb's bannermen killed. When Lady Catelyn takes his wife hostage in an attempt to save Robb, Walder coldly retorts he will find another wife. Robb is killed by [[Roose Bolton]], Lady Jojeuse is killed by Catelyn, while Catelyn is killed by Black Walder.<ref>"[[The Rains of Castamere (episode)|The Rains of Castamere]]"</ref>
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When the King in the North and his entourage arrive, Lord Walder offers them his hospitality, but cannot keep himself from mocking Robb over his broken oath, insulting Queen Talisa and leering over her. Later, he oversees the wedding of Edmure and Roslin, and the following feast. Once the newlyweds retire for the bedding, he has the halls sealed and gives the cue for his men to [[Red Wedding|slaughter]] the Starks. He watches in rapture and takes sips from his cup as [[Talisa]] and Robb's bannermen are killed. When Lady Catelyn takes his wife hostage in an attempt to save Robb, Walder coldly retorts he will find another wife. Robb is killed by [[Roose Bolton]], who had sealed an alliance with him by marrying his granddaughter [[Walda Bolton|Walda]], Lady Joyeuse is killed by Catelyn, while Catelyn is killed by Black Walder.<ref>"[[The Rains of Castamere (episode)|The Rains of Castamere]]"</ref>
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For his part in the Red Wedding, Lord Walder is granted Riverrun by [[Tywin Lannister]]. When Lord Walder is informed by Roose Bolton that [[Brynden Tully|Blackfish Tully]] escaped the massacre, he remains unconcerned and takes a time to mock his fallen enemies and rivals.<ref>"[[Mhysa]]"</ref>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
{{Quote|"The late Lord Frey" my father calls him. At [[Battle of the Trident|the Trident]], he didn't appear until the battle was done. Some men take their oaths more seriously than others.|Catelyn Stark|The Pointy End}}
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{{Quote|"The Late Lord Frey" my father calls him. At [[Battle of the Trident|the Trident]], he didn't appear until the battle was done. Some men take their oaths more seriously than others.|Catelyn Stark|The Pointy End}}
 
{{Quote|Expect nothing of Walder Frey and you'll never be surprised.|Greatjon Umber|Baelor}}
 
{{Quote|Expect nothing of Walder Frey and you'll never be surprised.|Greatjon Umber|Baelor}}
 
{{Quote|Stark, Tully, Lannister, Baratheon... Give me one good reason why I should waste a single thought on any of you.|Lord Walder Frey|Baelor}}
 
{{Quote|Stark, Tully, Lannister, Baratheon... Give me one good reason why I should waste a single thought on any of you.|Lord Walder Frey|Baelor}}
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==In the books==
 
==In the books==
 
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Walder Frey, the Lord of the Crossing, is an ancient (over 90), irascible and cranky old lord who rules over a vast brood of children, grandchildren, bastards, nieces and nephews. His house has grown rich by building and maintaining the Twins, two castles that control the only crossing over the Green Fork of the River Trident for hundreds of miles. He is proud and haughty, but also crafty. He is also bald and too gouty to move by himself.
 
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Walder Frey, the Lord of the Crossing, is an ancient (over 90), irascible and cranky old lord who rules over a vast brood of children, grandchildren, bastards, nieces and nephews. His house has grown rich by building and maintaining the Twins, two castles that control the only crossing over the Green Fork of the River Trident for hundreds of miles. He is proud and haughty, but also crafty. He is also bald and too gouty to move by himself.
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Hoster Tully disparagingly nicknamed him "the Late Walder Frey" when he arrived with his Frey soldiers at the site of the [[Battle of the Trident]] ''after'' the battle was already over. Walder almost certainly did this on purpose, because he saw no reason to endanger Frey soldiers for the sake of anyone but himself, despite the fact that he had sworn oaths of fealty to the Tullys and it was his ''duty'' to aid them in the battle. Nonetheless, Walder maintained a hypocritical grudge against Hoster for years afterwards - because Hoster made the entirely valid and ''accurate'' criticism that Walder was disloyal and had failed to uphold his own vows. This is part of the overall pattern of Walder's selfish character: throughout the narrative, Walder seems to be unable to conceptually understand that others will fault him for breaking oaths he has made. In turn, when those he has broken promises to become angered at him, he seems to honestly believe that they are harassing him for no justifiable reason. Similarly, when the War of the Five Kings broke out, Walder Frey should have allowed Robb Stark's army to pass through the Twins, and added his own Frey soldiers to his army, because he was a vassal of House Tully. Other Tully bannermen such as the Blackwoods or Mallisters sent their armies to join Robb at Riverrun simply for the asking, because it was their sworn duty. In contrast, Walder extorted his overlords into promising a marriage-alliance, ignoring all previous oaths he had made to them. Walder later became enraged when Robb Stark broke this promise of a marriage-alliance - but his anger was entirely hypocritical, given that Walder himself is the one who broke his promise of ''unconditional'' support for the Tullys, by demanding a marriage-alliance which he had no right to ask for in the first place.
   
 
Walder Frey is notable for appearing - as a toddler - in ''The Mystery Knight'', the third of [[George R.R. Martin]]'s ''Tales of Dunk and Egg'' short stories set almost ninety years before the events of the main series, making him the only character to appear in both the prequels and the main saga, though [[Aemon]] is also mentioned.
 
Walder Frey is notable for appearing - as a toddler - in ''The Mystery Knight'', the third of [[George R.R. Martin]]'s ''Tales of Dunk and Egg'' short stories set almost ninety years before the events of the main series, making him the only character to appear in both the prequels and the main saga, though [[Aemon]] is also mentioned.
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==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Lord_Walder_Frey Walder Frey at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (major spoilers from the books)
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This article is about the Lord of the Crossing, for his great-grandson see Walder Frey (Black Walder).
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{Joyeuse Erenford} - wife
Stevron Frey - eldest trueborn son
Walder Rivers - eldest bastard son
Lothar Frey - son
Olyvar Frey - son
Waldron Frey - son
Walda Frey - daughter
Derwa Frey - daughter
Waldra Frey - daughter
Roslin Frey - daughter
Shirei Frey - daughter
"Fat Walda" Frey - granddaughter
Janeya Frey - granddaughter
Neyela Frey - granddaughter
Serra Frey - granddaughter
Sarra Frey - granddaughter
Marianne Frey - granddaughter
Freya Frey - granddaughter
Merry Frey - granddaughter
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Walda Frey - great-niece
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"The 'Late Walder Frey', old Tully called me because I didn't get my men to the Trident in time for battle. He thought he was witty. Look at us now Tully! You're dead, your daughter's dead, your grandson's dead, your son's spent his wedding night in a dungeon, and I'm Lord of Riverrun."
―Lord Walder Frey[src]

Walder Frey is a recurring character in the first and third seasons. He is played by guest star David Bradley.

Lord Walder is the Lord of the Crossing and the head of House Frey. He initially allied himself with King Robb Stark in the War of the Five Kings in exchange for a marriage contract, but betrayed him at the Red Wedding, killing Robb, his mother, and most of the Stark army.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

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Walder's army reaches the Trident after the battle, earning him the nickname "the Late Lord Frey" from Hoster Tully
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Walder Frey is the Lord of the Crossing and the head of House Frey, a vassal family of House Tully of the Riverlands. His house is noted for its overwhelming fertility and he has over one hundred descendents. He rules the The Twins and its surrounding lands, controlling the strategically important crossing of the River Trident. Over the years this great stone bridge and the castles that control it have made House Frey a fortune in crossing fees. He has been married seven times and is almost ninety years old when the series begins.[1][2]

He is known to his liege lord, Hoster Tully, as the "Late Lord Frey" after delaying his arrival to assist Robert's Rebellion until the outcome had already been determined.[3]

Season 1Edit

Catelyn Stark meets a knight with a group of men at arms of House Frey at the Crossroads Inn and asks after Lord Walder's health. The knight replies that Lord Walder is well and is planning to celebrate his 90th birthday by taking a new wife. Tyrion Lannister laughs derisively at the news, making enemies of this group.[4]

When Robb Stark's army arrives at the Twins on its march south, Robb needs to cross the river to gain a tactical advantage over the Lannister forces. As a Tully bannerman, Walder Frey had been called up, but he had delayed going until he saw which side had the advantage. Now that Riverrun is besieged by the Lannisters, Frey wonders why he should risk their fury. Catelyn tells Robb that Walder Frey is slippery and not to be trusted, despite his allegiance to her father. Fearing that Walder would attempt to imprison Robb and sell him to the Lannisters, Catelyn volunteers to negotiate with him.[3]

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Walder Frey and his new fifteen year old wife Joyeuse Erenford in "Baelor".
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On entering the Twins Catelyn finds Walder and his vast brood of sons, grandsons and bastards incessantly bickering. Fed up with their whining, Walder agrees to Catelyn's request to dismiss them - including his new fifteen year old wife, Joyeuse Erenford - while they negotiate. An alliance is formed; in return for permission to cross and the service of Walder's troops, Robb will marry one of Walder's daughters or granddaughters. Additionally Arya, when recovered, will marry Walder's son Waldron. Robb must also take another son, Olyvar Frey, as a squire. Robb consents to the match, even after his mother indicates that Walder's daughters are not particularly attractive.[3]

Season 3Edit

Lord Walder sends his son Lothar and his great-grandson "Black Walder" to Riverrun to discuss the terms of a new alliance with Robb Stark. Lord Walder demands Harrenhal, as well as the marriage between Edmure Tully and his daughter Roslin.[5]

When the King in the North and his entourage arrive, Lord Walder offers them his hospitality, but cannot keep himself from mocking Robb over his broken oath, insulting Queen Talisa and leering over her. Later, he oversees the wedding of Edmure and Roslin, and the following feast. Once the newlyweds retire for the bedding, he has the halls sealed and gives the cue for his men to slaughter the Starks. He watches in rapture and takes sips from his cup as Talisa and Robb's bannermen are killed. When Lady Catelyn takes his wife hostage in an attempt to save Robb, Walder coldly retorts he will find another wife. Robb is killed by Roose Bolton, who had sealed an alliance with him by marrying his granddaughter Walda, Lady Joyeuse is killed by Catelyn, while Catelyn is killed by Black Walder.[6]

For his part in the Red Wedding, Lord Walder is granted Riverrun by Tywin Lannister. When Lord Walder is informed by Roose Bolton that Blackfish Tully escaped the massacre, he remains unconcerned and takes a time to mock his fallen enemies and rivals.[7]

AppearancesEdit

Season One appearances
Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Season Three appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa

QuotesEdit

""The Late Lord Frey" my father calls him. At the Trident, he didn't appear until the battle was done. Some men take their oaths more seriously than others."
―Catelyn Stark[src]
"Expect nothing of Walder Frey and you'll never be surprised."
―Greatjon Umber[src]
"Stark, Tully, Lannister, Baratheon... Give me one good reason why I should waste a single thought on any of you."
―Lord Walder Frey[src]
"Walder Frey is a dangerous man to cross."
―Catelyn Stark[src]

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Seven wives
Deceased
 
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Walder Frey
 
Joyeuse tree
Joyeuse Frey
née Erenford
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Unnamed milkmaid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Stevron Frey
 
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Merrett Frey
 
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Lothar Frey
 
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Olyvar Frey
 
Roslin tree
Roslin Frey
 
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Edmure Tully Tully-small
 
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Waldron Frey
 
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Various sons and daughters
 
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Walder Rivers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ryman Frey
 
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Walda Frey
 
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Black Walder Frey

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Walder Frey, the Lord of the Crossing, is an ancient (over 90), irascible and cranky old lord who rules over a vast brood of children, grandchildren, bastards, nieces and nephews. His house has grown rich by building and maintaining the Twins, two castles that control the only crossing over the Green Fork of the River Trident for hundreds of miles. He is proud and haughty, but also crafty. He is also bald and too gouty to move by himself.

Hoster Tully disparagingly nicknamed him "the Late Walder Frey" when he arrived with his Frey soldiers at the site of the Battle of the Trident after the battle was already over. Walder almost certainly did this on purpose, because he saw no reason to endanger Frey soldiers for the sake of anyone but himself, despite the fact that he had sworn oaths of fealty to the Tullys and it was his duty to aid them in the battle. Nonetheless, Walder maintained a hypocritical grudge against Hoster for years afterwards - because Hoster made the entirely valid and accurate criticism that Walder was disloyal and had failed to uphold his own vows. This is part of the overall pattern of Walder's selfish character: throughout the narrative, Walder seems to be unable to conceptually understand that others will fault him for breaking oaths he has made. In turn, when those he has broken promises to become angered at him, he seems to honestly believe that they are harassing him for no justifiable reason. Similarly, when the War of the Five Kings broke out, Walder Frey should have allowed Robb Stark's army to pass through the Twins, and added his own Frey soldiers to his army, because he was a vassal of House Tully. Other Tully bannermen such as the Blackwoods or Mallisters sent their armies to join Robb at Riverrun simply for the asking, because it was their sworn duty. In contrast, Walder extorted his overlords into promising a marriage-alliance, ignoring all previous oaths he had made to them. Walder later became enraged when Robb Stark broke this promise of a marriage-alliance - but his anger was entirely hypocritical, given that Walder himself is the one who broke his promise of unconditional support for the Tullys, by demanding a marriage-alliance which he had no right to ask for in the first place.

Walder Frey is notable for appearing - as a toddler - in The Mystery Knight, the third of George R.R. Martin's Tales of Dunk and Egg short stories set almost ninety years before the events of the main series, making him the only character to appear in both the prequels and the main saga, though Aemon is also mentioned.

In the books, Lord Walder isn't named the new Lord of Riverrun after the Red Wedding. Instead, Riverrun is granted to Emmon Frey, Walder's second son. Then again, the Lannisters' grant of Riverrun to the Freys is nominal for the moment, as in the immediate aftermath of the Red Wedding the House Tully garrison still holds the castle.

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Lord: Lord Walder Frey Heir: Ser Stevron Frey
House-Frey-heraldry
Seat: The Twins · Riverrun Lands: Riverlands
Title(s): Lord of the Crossing · Lord of Riverrun
Ancestors:Frey (founder)
Current members:Arwaya Frey · Derwa Frey · Freya Frey · Janeya Frey · Lothar Frey · Marianne Frey · Merry Frey · Neyela Frey · Olyvar Frey · Roslin Frey · Sarra Frey · Serra Frey · Shirei Frey · Walda Frey · "Fat Walda" Frey · "Black Walder" Frey · Waldra Frey · Waldron Frey · Ser Walder Rivers
Deceased members:Joyeuse Erenford
Overlord:House Baelish

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