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A Guide to the Great Houses of Westeros

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Westeros, the fictional continent in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin and the television series Game of Thrones, is divided into several regions and ruled by powerful noble families known as the Great Houses. 

These Great Houses have played a major role in the political and military conflicts that have shaped the world of Westeros. In this guide, we will explore each of the Great Houses and their history.

House Stark

Based in Winterfell, House Stark is known for its strong sense of honor and duty. Their words are Winter is Coming, reflecting the harsh climate of the North. They are descended from the legendary hero Bran the Builder and have a longstanding feud with House Bolton.

House Lannister

Based in Casterly Rock, House Lannister is one of the wealthiest and most powerful houses in Westeros. Their words are A Lannister Always Pays His Debts, reflecting their financial influence. They are known for their cunning and ambition, as well as their close ties to the Iron Throne.

House Targaryen

Once the ruling family of Westeros, House Targaryen was overthrown in Robert’s Rebellion, which began when Prince Rhaegar Targaryen abducted Lyanna Stark. After years in exile, the last surviving members of House Targaryen return to Westeros with the goal of retaking the Iron Throne. Their words are Fire and Blood.

House Baratheon

Based in Storm’s End, House Baratheon rose to power when Robert Baratheon overthrew the Targaryen dynasty in Robert’s Rebellion. Their words are Ours is the Fury, reflecting their fierce nature. They have a longstanding feud with House Lannister and have been split into multiple branches, including the royal line and the bastard line.

House Tyrell

Based in Highgarden, House Tyrell is known for their wealth and political influence. Their words are Growing Strong, reflecting their desire for power and growth. They are skilled at political maneuvering and have close ties to the ruling family.

House Greyjoy

Based in the Iron Islands, House Greyjoy is a seafaring family known for their piracy and raiding. Their words are We Do Not Sow, reflecting their belief that they should take what they want through force. They are led by a king or queen known as the Ironborn and have a strong culture of independence.

House Arryn

Based in the Eyrie, House Arryn is known for their isolation and defense. Their words are As High As Honor, reflecting their commitment to their mountain stronghold. They have a longstanding feud with House Lannister and are ruled by a Lord Paramount.

House Martell

Based in Dorne, House Martell is known for their fierce independence and unique culture. Their words are Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken, reflecting their refusal to submit to foreign rule. They have a longstanding feud with House Lannister and have a unique system of inheritance that allows women to inherit their titles.


The Great Houses of Westeros are a diverse group, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and histories. From the honorable and duty-bound Starks to the cunning and ambitious Lannisters, these families have played a major role in shaping the world of Game of Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire series. 

Whether you’re a fan of the books or the television show, understanding the Great Houses is key to understanding the complex politics and conflicts of Westeros.

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