House Charlton

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House Charlton
House Charlton.svg
Coat of arms Three sprigs of mistletoe, green and red, on a gold field within a green border
(Or, three sprigs of mistletoe vert, fructed gules, within a bordure of the second)
Head Unknown
Region Riverlands
Title River king (historical)
Overlord House Frey

House Charlton is a noble house from the riverlands. They are a vassal house of House Frey of the Crossing.[1] They blazon their arms with three sprigs of mistletoe, green and red, on gold within a green border.[2][1]


House Charlton fought other riverlords for control of the riverlands in the century after the fall of House Justman.[3]

Lord Theo Charlton supported Harwyn Hoare, King of the Iron Islands, against the Storm King Arrec Durrandon in the battle at Fairmarket.[3]

Lord Charlton supported Prince Aegon Targaryen against King Maegor I Targaryen in the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye.[4]

During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Jon Charlton fought for the blacks at the Battle by the Lakeshore, where he died.[5]

Ser Clarence Charlton took part in the wedding tourney at Whitewalls. He was soundly defeated by Ser Tommard Heddle.[6]

At some point the Charltons became vassals of House Frey,[1] who began construction of the Twins six hundred years ago.[7]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Ser Andrey Charlton and his squire, Lucas Roote, are killed by the forces of House Lannister during the War of the Five Kings.[8]

A Feast for Crows

The banners of Lord Charlton are spotted by Ser Jaime Lannister among the Frey camp at the siege of Riverrun.[1]

House Charlton at the end of the third century

The known Charltons during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Historical Members

Behind the Scenes

House Charlton may be a reference by George R. R. Martin to Charlton Comics, which Martin read while growing up.[9][10] Many of Charlton's characters, including the Blue Beetle and Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, were acquired by DC Comics in 1983, which may mirror the once-powerful House Charlton becoming vassals of House Frey.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
  2. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Mystery Knight.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 34, Arya VI.
  9. Not A Blog: More Hugo Ruminations, December 22, 2015
  10. Not A Blog: Superheroes v Aces, reply on October 16, 2018