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Torrhen Stark yields to Aegon the Conqueror by kneeling before him.

Kneelers are what the free folk call the people South of the Wall. It is a derogatory name. In Westeros kneeling is a position of submission.

Beyond the Wall the Free Folk kneel for no man. Unlike the free folk the kneelers are subject to lords and kings. The free folk view the kneelers as lacking freedom, whereas the people of the Seven Kingdoms view the "wildlings" as savage, lawless and primitive killers, rapists and thieves.


I know your kneeler’s knees must be itching, for want of some king to bend to. [1]

Tormund, to Jon Snow

The free folk despise kneelers. [2]

Jon Snow, to King Stannis

Kneelers. Their lordly lord spoke, they must obey. [3]

- Willow Witch-eye

When your enemies defy you, you must serve them steel and fire. When they go to their knees, however, you must help them back to their feet. Elsewise no man will ever bend the knee to you.[4]

Tywin Lannister to King Joffrey Baratheon

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