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The rainwood, with Storm's End looming in the background, as depicted by Paolo Puggioni in The World of Ice and Fire
The stormlands and the location of the rainwood
The stormlands and the location of the rainwood
The stormlands and the location of the rainwood

The rainwood is a large forest that lies on Cape Wrath in the stormlands.[1] Although it is rainy, the region is fertile enough.[2] The quiet rainwood is famed for its fur, timber, and amber.[3] Common trees include oaks, redwoods, sentinels, and soldier pines.[4] The wood is full of caves.[5]

Strongholds in the rainwood are often integrated with the surrounding forest.[3] Mistwood is located in the southern rainwood, while Rain House is found in its northeast.[6]


House Durrandon

The rainwood was once part of a primeval forest which also included what is now the kingswood and was inhabited by children of the forest. The children tolerated the building of First Men villages along the forest's streams, but conflict broke out over the First Men's use of timber.[4]

Durran Godsgrief of Storm's End claimed the forest for the First Men, leading to generations of warfare between House Durrandon and the children. The woods witch known as the Green Queen held the forest for almost a generation.[7]

Much of the rainwood was conquered during the Andal invasion, but King Baldric I Durrandon encouraged the Andal warlords to fight amongst each other. The children of the forest gradually disappeared from the rainwood after the First Men and Andals made peace.[8]

House Targaryen

Half of the rainwood burned in 8 AC after an attack by Dornishmen during the First Dornish War.[9]

Drought during the reign of King Aerys I Targaryen led to fires in the rainwood.[10]

Among King Aerys II Targaryen's unrealized schemes was the idea to bring water from the rainwood to Dorne via a canal beneath the Red Mountains.[11]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Ser Davos Seaworth receives the title "Lord of the Rainwood" from King Stannis Baratheon.[12]

A Feast for Crows

Ser Dermot of the Rainwood tells knightly stories of the forest while at Darry.[13]

A Dance with Dragons

During the landing of the Golden Company, their gathering point is a deserted coastal stretch near the edge of the rainwood. The Golden Company then marches against nearby Griffin's Roost.[14]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

At Ghost Hill Nymella Toland and Valena Toland tell Princess Arianne Martell there is talk of elephants in the rainwood.[15]

Princess Arianne Martell and her party travel through the rainwood on the way to the Griffin's Roost.[5]


Here the trees rule, it is said, and the castles oft seem as if they have grown from the earth instead of being built. But the knights and lords of the rainwood have roots as deep as the trees that shelter them, and have oft proved themselves steadfast in battle, strong and stubborn and immovable.[3]

- writings of maester Yandel

The very air seemed green.[5]

- Arianne Martell's thoughts in the rainwood

References and Notes