Gargoyles and grotesques are decorative statues in Westerosi architecture.[N 1]
The First Keep, the oldest part of Winterfell, is decorated with shapeless, rain-worn gargoyles. At least one appears to sightlessly snarl.
Instead of simple crenellations, the Valyrian Freehold decorated the ancient walls of Dragonstone with a thousand different gargoyles and grotesques. Dragonstone's designs include basilisks, cockatrices, demons, griffins, hellhounds, manticores, minotaurs, and wyverns, among other creatures. The middle and inner walls have guardian gargoyles. A waist-high stone gargoyle is also found outside the castle before an inn at the island's port.
When Ser Eustace Osgrey held Standfast, parts of the castle's roof had ancient stone grotesques which were so weather-worn their original designs had become indiscernible.
During the fierce storm which raged amid the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, gargoyles were ripped from the walls of Dragonstone to crash upon the royal fleet below. Maester Cressen has become fond of the monstrous decorations at Dragonstone.
Bran Stark enjoys climbing gargoyles to reach the roof of the First Keep at Winterfell. The boy also swings from the gargoyles so he can reach the broken tower.
A Game of Thrones
While moving from the gargoyles of the First Keep toward the broken tower within Winterfell, Bran Stark discovers Queen Cersei Lannister and her brother, Ser Jaime Lannister, within the First Keep. The knight pushes Bran out the window, crippling the boy. After recovering from his coma, Bran has a dream involving climbing a tower and seeing red-eyed gargoyles which may once have been lions. Rickon Stark later uses the far-eye of Maester Luwin to look at the gargoyles atop the First Keep from the maester's turret.
A Clash of Kings
Ser Davos Seaworth pats the stone head of the gargoyle at Dragonstone's port for good luck.
Lord Petyr Baelish claims a Lysene trade envoy once compared the disfigured Princess Shireen Baratheon to the gargoyles on Dragonstone's walls.
Following the sack of Winterfell, Bran sees shattered gargoyles across the yard.
A Storm of Swords
Queen Cersei Lannister insults her younger brother Tyrion, a dwarf, by referring to him as a gargoyle. Sandor Clegane also refers to Tyrion as a twisted little gargoyle.
While at the Eyrie, Sansa Stark makes a snow castle of Winterfell. Petyr suggests she depict snow-covered gargoyles as white lumps on her version of the First Keep.
A Dance with Dragons
When Ramsay Bolton weds "Arya Stark" (actually Jeyne Poole) in the godswood of Winterfell, Theon Greyjoy thinks that Hother Umber resembles a gargoyle in the mists.
When first he came to Dragonstone, the army of stone grotesques had made him uneasy, but as the years passed he had grown used to them. Now he thought of them as old friends.—thoughts of Cressen
The nightfire burned against the gathering dark, a great bright beast whose shifting orange light threw shadows twenty feet tall across the yard. All along the walls of Dragonstone the army of gargoyles and grotesques seemed to stir and shift.—thoughts of Davos Seaworth
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran II.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 4, Bran I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- ↑ The Sworn Sword.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 9, Tyrion I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 17, Bran III.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran VII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 63, Davos VI.