House Lothston of Harrenhal is an extinct noble house of the Riverlands. Their sigil was a black bat on a field divided bendwise, silver and gold.

Their seat was the castle of Harrenhal, which was granted to them after the extinction of House Strong. However, the Lothstons also died out, like all the Houses to hold Harrenhal, and the castle was passed on to House Whent.

One of the members of House Lothston is the stuff of tales. Lady Danelle Lothston, also known as "Mad Lady Lothston", who was said to send a giant bat to capture children for her cookpots, to bathe in blood, and serve feasts of human flesh.

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Lothston's backstory is the same. They are considered an ill-omened house, and their sigil is reviled in several places. Descendants of the Lothstons still live in exile in the Free Cities.

Only one person whose last name is Lothston appears in the novels - Jon Lothston, a high-ranking officer of the Golden Company; it is uncertain whether he actually belongs to this house, since in the free companies a man can call himself whatever he chooses.

The Lothstons held Harrenhal during the time of the Tales of Dunk and Egg prequel novellas.

In "A Storm of Swords", Jaime Lannister finds an old shield in the armory of Harrenhal, whose chipped paint still shows most of the great black bat of House Lothston. Since the Lothstons died ages ago, Jaime figures that no one is likely to object to him bearing their arms. Later he gives the shield to Brienne of Tarth.

In "A Feast for Crows", while Brienne travels in the Riverlands, the bat sigil on her shield draws unpleasant comments from people whom she encounters, due to the negative reputation of the Lothstons; therefore, Brienne has the shield repainted.

Historical members

  • Ser Guy Lothston, called Guy the Glutton, one of King Maegor Targaryen's champions in his Trial by seven.
  • Lord Lucas Lothston, first Lothston to be Lord of Harrenhal, and Hand of the King to Aegon IV Targaryen.
    • Lady Falena Stokeworth, his wife, one of Aegon IV's mistresses.
      • Lady Jeyne Lothston, his daughter, one of Aegon IV's mistresses.
  • Lord Lucas Lothston, called the Pander.
    • Manfryd Lothston, called Manfryd o' the Black Hood, Lucas's son.
  • Manfred Lothston, a participant in the First Blackfyre Rebellion.
  • The Bastard of Harrenhal, a tourney participant.
  • Lady Danelle Lothston, called the Mad.

See also

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