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House Ryswell of the Rills is a vassal house of the North, holding fealty to House Stark of Winterfell. They rule over the Rills, a region located west of the Barrowlands.


In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Ryswell is a proud and large house sworn to House Stark. They have close ties to House Bolton thanks to the marriage between Roose Bolton and the late Bethany Ryswell. The current head of the family is Lord Rodrik Ryswell, father of both Lady Barbrey and Lady Bethany.

Their sigil is a black horse's head, eyes and mane red, on bronze within a black engrailed border. However, several Ryswells hold their own sigils, altering the color of the horse's head.

The Ryswells, alongside the Dustins, are the first to declare for House Bolton when Lord Roose is named Warden of the North, due to the kinship between them. They are among the very few truly loyal vassals House Bolton has, while many of the other Northern houses deeply hate the Boltons and would gladly welcome a chance to destroy them (indeed some of them join Stannis for that reason). Even Ramsay knows to be careful around members of these two houses: with them he is always courteous and smiling; what he is behind closed doors, however, is something else.

The Ryswells and Dustins assist the Boltons to retake Moat Cailin: they surprise the ironborn on the Fever River, burning their longships; as a result, the ironborn garrison at the fortress is left without reinforcements and without means of escape.

Known members

  • Lord Rodrik Ryswell, Lord of the Rills
    • Lady {Bethany Ryswell}, his eldest daughter, deceased. The second wife of Roose Bolton
    • Barbrey Ryswell, his younger daughter. Lady of Barrowton. Widow to the late Lord Willam Dustin
    • Roger Ryswell, his son
    • Rickard Ryswell, his son
    • Roose Ryswell, his son. Namesake of Roose Bolton
  • Unspecified Ryswell cousins of Rodrik's children

Without specified familiar relationship with the main branch, other Ryswells include:

See also