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House Bracken
House Bracken

"The proper course is clear: pledge fealty to King Renly and move south to join our forces with his."
―Jonos Bracken to the other northern and riverlords[src]

Lord Jonos Bracken is the head of House Bracken. He is fighting for his liege lord Hoster Tully and King Robb Stark in the War of the Five Kings.



Jonos Bracken is the head of House Bracken, a vassal family of House Tully of Riverrun. He is considered a loyal bannerman to Lord Hoster Tully.[1]

Game of Thrones: Season 1[]

Kurleket, a man-at-arms sworn to Lord Jonos, is among the men Catelyn summons to help her apprehend Tyrion at the Inn at the Crossroads.[1]

Lord Jonos Bracken, having presumably joined Robb Stark's army after the victory at the Battle of Whispering Wood, advocates joining forces with Renly. Robb points out that Renly is the late King Robert's youngest brother and he cannot become king before Stannis. Bracken asks if Robb means to join Stannis instead. Greatjon Umber then suggests they become independent altogether, and declares Robb as the King in the North. Bracken and the other lords present, even the river lords who have never been ruled from Winterfell, draw their swords and swear fealty to Robb as the King in the North.[2]

Game of Thrones: Season 2[]

During the War of the Five Kings, Stone Hedge is occupied by Lannister forces. Following the liberation of Riverrun at the Battle of the Camps, Robb tasks Greatjon with the expulsion of Lannister forces from the lands of the Riverlords. Greatjon first liberates Raventree Hall, the ancestral seat of House Blackwood, and then moves to restore Stone Hedge which is then reclaimed by its rightful lord, Jonos Bracken.[citation needed]

In the books[]

In A Song of Ice and Fire, Jonos Bracken is the ruling lord of House Bracken and its castle, Stone Hedge. He is a loyal bannerman to Lord Hoster. However, he has an enmity towards House Blackwood, part of an old feud going back a thousand years and which continues to cause unrest in the Riverlands.

Lord Jonos has fathered five daughters: Barbara, Jayne, Catelyn, Bess, and Alysanne, but no trueborn sons, leading some to question his masculinity. Although he claims Harry Rivers - "The Bastard of Bracken" - as his natural born son, there are those who doubt whether Jonos truly sired the boy, as Harry is fair haired and handsome, and Jonos is neither.

Following the Red Wedding, Lord Jonos is one of the Riverlords who bend their knee to Tywin Lannister, and is pardoned for his part in the War of the Five Kings by the Iron Throne. Although the Mountain stole his harvest, burned everything he could not carry off, put Lord Jonos's castle to the torch, and raped one of his daughters, Jonos still decides to yield, stating "I saw no sense in dying for the dead nor shedding Bracken blood in a lost cause".

Lord Jonos is persuaded by Tywin to attack Tytos Blackwood's seat, Raventree Hall, in return for lands historically claimed by Stone Hedge. Soon he besieges Raventree. The rivalry between Blackwood and Bracken goes back thousands of years, so neither side attempts parley. There are skirmishes at the start of the siege, but it develops into a stalemate. Jonos does not bother to build siege machines, preferring instead to starve the Blackwoods out. Half a year passes without any progress, while Jonos and his soldiers find entertainments to spend their time, like whoring and drinking. Finally, Jaime arrives, after successfully resolving the siege of Riverrun, and persuades Lord Tytos, non-violently, to surrender; Jaime demands that Tytos cede some of his lands to House Bracken. Jonos is rather satisfied with the lands that Tytos waived in favor of him, though he is displeased of Jaime's demand to deliver one of his daughters as a hostage to the Lannisters.



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