- "My ancestor, Axel Tully, bright man that he was, realized that most soldiers can't swim, and raised his castle of Riverrun where the Red Fork and the Tumblestone rivers meet. He built right up to the water on each side, daring attackers to force a crossing."
- ―Brynden Tully
Lord Axel Tully was the founder of Riverrun.
Due to the Riverlands' lack of natural defenses, Axel decided to construct the castle Riverrun for House Tully. He raised it where Red Fork and the Tumblestone rivers meet. The castle was built with water to each side. This forced soldiers to cross the river in order to breach the castle. Those wearing armor would drown, and would otherwise be within range of archers placed on the battlements.
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Axel Tully was the first Lord of Riverrun. He was the son of Ser Edmure Tully, a turncoat who supported the Andal warlord Armistead Vance following the death of the King of the Rivers and Hills, Tristifer IV Mudd. It was from Vance that Axel received the grant of lands upon which he built Riverrun.
|Lord:||Edmure Tully||Heir:||Unidentified son|
|Title(s):||Lord Paramount of the Riverlands · Lord of Riverrun|
|Current members:||Roslin Tully|
|Deceased members:||Catelyn Stark · Hoster Tully · Minisa Tully · Lysa Arryn · Brynden Tully|