What are the richest houses in Westeros


No human is an island and the family houses are the main players in game of Thrones . Like the individual characters, their power changes, their loyalty changes, and they occasionally die out with astonishing violence. It can be difficult to keep track of, so we've got some of the most interesting facts about the noble houses of game of Thrones collected.

23. By the numbers

The seven kingdoms in Westeros are home to over 300 noble houses, but there are only nine "Big Houses", also known as Big Families. The others are known as "vassals" or "smaller" noble houses and serve the great houses.

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22. Sometimes Lesser is Greater

Some of the smaller houses are mightier than some of the smaller big houses. For example, House Hightower controls the second largest city in Westeros, Oldtown, and is able to raise massive armies; the house has its own fleet of ships.


21. Men first, mostly

Male birthright dictates inheritance for most noble houses, meaning that firstborn sons are the heirs. Women mostly act as regents for young sons. However, in Dorne, where House Martell and the Sand Snakes live, men and women are equal when it comes to inheritance.


20. Most fertile

The Freys, a small family with a huge army, got their name from the Norse god of fertility, Freya. They are also the most populous house in Westeros. A standing joke in the books says that Walder Frey could raise an army only of his own relatives, most of whom are his own descendants.


19. Unlucky Starks

The Stark tragedy did not begin with Eddard's beheading. The Starks have endured horrific murders over time, including the deaths of Ned's father and brother and their rivalry with the Boltons.

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18. Undefeated

House Martell is the only house that remained undefeated during Aegon's conquest of Westeros. They also beat the Targaryens twice.


17. Wild Card

They might be sworn enemies now, but the members of House Stark are part of Wilding. Brandon Stark married his daughter to Bael, King Beyond the Wall, and when the Stark Line was about to go away she came home with a newborn child, courtesy of her husband from Wilding.

16. Democratic election

House Greyjoy is the only house that chooses its ruler. Any Ironborn can go in front of the Kingsmoot (where the King is chosen) and ask to be made King of the Iron Islands.


15. Is the octopus coming?

Three of the Great Houses picked what we considered mythical monsters for their family crest. The Starks have direwolves, the Targaryens have dragons, and the Greyjoys have kraken. We now know the direwolves and dragons are safe and sound in Westeros, so there might be an octopus off its shores too.


14. Stuffed houses

Many former noble houses are now extinct. Houses like House Hoare died out before the series began, but the others like Tyrell, Bolton, Martell, Reyne, Baratheon (two branches), and Baelish were crushed in the endless battle for control of the Iron Throne.


13. Secrets of the Red Castle

The Targaryen conqueror, Aegon, had his son Maegor the Cruel build the Red Keep for House Targaryen. When it was done, Maegor beheaded everyone who had worked on it so that its secrets would never be revealed. Come on, the guy's name was "The Cruel".

12. House of Baratheon x 3

There are actually three houses in Baratheon. The original was House Baratheon of Storm's End, but when Robert I Baratheon took the Iron Throne, both House Baratheon of King's Landing and House Baratheon of Drachenstein were created.

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11. Popular name

Eleven members of the House of Targaryen were called Aegon. Some had interesting nicknames like "Unworthy" and "The Unlicely".

10. Dragonriders

The Targaryens aren't the only noble family who can tame and ride dragons. Many Valyrian noble families once held the title of "Dragon Lord", but the Targaryens were the only ones who survived the fall of Valyria.


9. Inverted Colors

Bastards of the noble houses wear house colors upside down. For example, Jon Snow wears a white wolf on a gray background while the rest of the Starks wears a gray wolf on a white background.


8. The history book

Grand Maester Malleon wrote a book on the history of all the great houses that The Lines and Stories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms s were called. Eddard Stark finds out the truth about Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen's parenting by examining the genetic clues in this book.

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7. Child leader

At least four of the noble houses were run by children during the series. Joffrey and his brother Tommen are both teenagers when they take the throne, Lyanna Mormont is one of the most formidable leaders in the north and she's only 10 or 11 years old, and Robert Arryn is still breastfed when he becomes ruler.

6. From Just Noble to Great

House Bolton and House Frey were both elevated to Great House status following the massacre known as the Red Wedding. In return for their betrayal of the Starks, House Bolton became Lords of the North (replacing the Starks) and the Freys took over the Riverlands (instead of the Tullys).


5. Family treasures

House Lanninster was once entitled to one of the most expensive swords in Westeros history. The sword known as the Brightroar was made from Valyrian steel and was worth as much as the gold it took to raise an entire army. It's been lost since the family.


4. The iron throne

The iron throne consists of the swords of the defeated houses defeated by Aegon Targaryen, the conqueror. Trivia: There are no House Stark, House Martell, or House Arryn swords on the throne. The Houses of Arryn and Stark submitted, and Aegon could never conquer the Martells.

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3. The house of learning

The citadel, a library, hospital and university combination and home to the wise maesters, was likely created by House Hightower.


2. Ascending

The Tyrells were originally the vassals of House Gardener, who ruled the Reach. When Home Gardener fought against Aegon the Conqueror, House Tyrell worked quietly together and was rewarded with the reach and status of a Great House.


1. Red Kings

House Bolton was once referred to as the Red Kings of Terror. For many years they were House Stark's bitter rivals, wearing cloaks made from the peeled skin of Ned's ancestors.

Guardians of the Wall Nobody is an island and the family houses are the main players in Game of Thrones. Like the individual characters, their power changes, their loyalty changes, and they occasionally die out with astonishing violence. It can be difficult to keep track of, so we've gathered some of the most interesting facts about Game of Thrones noble houses.