- This article is about the special feature. For the episode, see: The Old Gods and the New
"The Old Gods and the New" is part of the Complete Guide to Westeros, a special feature from Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season. It is narrated by Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark and Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark.
Bran Stark: But there are some who still keep to the old way, worshiping the faceless gods of the Children of the Forest and the First Men. The old gods are countless, nameless spirits of nature. In ancient times, the Children of the Forest carved faces in the trunks of the weirwood trees, which became sacred symbols of their faith. In time, the First Men adopted the Children's gods as their own. Most castles at that time contained a godswood with a weirwood or a heart tree at its center.
Catelyn: Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, a new religion was born in the hills of Andalos. According to legend, the God of Seven revealed itself to the Andals, and the invasion of Westeros followed soon after.
The Andals sailed across the sea on ships, armed with weapons of steel. Some warriors carved a seven-pointed star into their skin as a symbol of their new faith.
Bran: The invaders destroyed most of the weirwoods in the southern land, slaughtered the Children of the Forest wherever they could find them, and conquered every kingdom of the First Men, save the North. In time, the Faith of the Seven spread like wildfire throughout the land.
The Seven is a single deity with seven aspects, each symbolizing a different area of life, though most people refer to the Seven as separate gods.
Catelyn: The Mother is prayed to for mercy and watches over fertility, childbirth, and peace. The Father sits in judgment over souls. The Warrior is prayed to for protection, valor, and skill in battle.
Finally, there is the Stranger, rarely prayed to, who represents death.
Bran: Still, in the North, where descendants of the First Men dwell, worship of the old gods continues to this day, and the sacred faces of the weirwood trees keep close watch over the faithful.
- Faith of the Seven
- Old Gods of the Forest