|House Swyft of Cornfield|
|Coat of arms||
A blue bantam rooster, on a yellow field|
(Or, a cock close azure)
|Head||Ser Harys Swyft|
|Heir||Ser Steffon Swyft|
House Swyft of Cornfield is a knightly house from Cornfield in the westerlands. They are among the principal houses sworn to House Lannister of Casterly Rock.
Their arms depict a blue bantam rooster on yellow. According to semi-canon sources, their words are "Awake! Awake!".
Ser Addison Hill, the Bastard of Cornfield, was a legendary brother of the Kingsguard during the reign of Aegon I Targaryen, who eventually rose to the position of Lord Commander.
During the Dance of the Dragons, House Swyft was apparently a full-fledged noble house. Lord Swyft fought for the greens and died in the Battle by the Lakeshore.
Ser Harrold Swyft participated in the tourney at Ashford Meadow in 209 AC.
A Game of Thrones
Tyrion Lannister sees the bantam rooster of House Swyft among Lord Tywin Lannister's army. Cornfield men form part of the Lannister right during the battle on the Green Fork, with heavy lancers under command of Ser Addam Marbrand.
Tyrion is upset at Ser Harys Swyft for criticizing Ser Jaime Lannister's tactics during the siege of Riverrun, and considers Harys a craven lickspittle whose greatest accomplishment was marrying his daughter Dorna to Ser Kevan Lannister.
A Clash of Kings
Arya Stark overhears in Harrenhal that the cooks despise Ser Harys and spit in all his food. Arya spots the bantam rooster in Tywin's army leaving Harrenhal. Harys's squire is stabbed to death in a quarrel with the Bloody Mummers in Harrenhal.
During the Battle of the Blackwater, Harys becomes trapped beneath his dying horse until a grizzled man-at-arms in his service named Willit pulls him out and defends him against a dozen attackers.
A Storm of Swords
Ser Harys is among the nobles gathered to greet the Dornish party headed by Prince Oberyn Martell when they arrive at King's Landing.
A Feast for Crows
Jocelyn Swyft is one of Queen Regent Cersei Lannister's ladies in-waiting. Cersei considers her a slow-witted fool. Ser Humfrey Swyft is seen by Jaime scoring a solid hit while training at the Red Keep.
Ser Harys is named Hand of the King by Cersei Lannister. While she does not have a high opinion of him, she chooses him due to the fact that he does not argue with her and can be used as a hostage against his son in-law and her uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister. Harys is later demoted to master of coin after the death of Gyles Rosby; he is replaced as Hand by Lord Orton Merryweather.
Ser Steffon Swyft is part of Jaime's army recruited to resolve the Siege of Riverrun. He is entrusted with the task of protecting the baggage train.
After Cersei is seized in the Great Sept of Baelor, Ser Harys takes the reigns of the Seven Kingdoms along with Grand Maester Pycelle. They invite Kevan Lannister to become Lord Regent.
Brienne of Tarth and her companions see the corpses of the perpetrators of the raid on Saltpans hanged from trees. Among the dead are men with bantams badges sewn on their breasts, presumably Swyft men-at-arms who became broken men during the War of the Five Kings.
A Dance with Dragons
Harys continues to serve as master of coin, attempting to deal with the debt issues created by Queen Cersei. Kevan suggests that Harys travel to Braavos and meet with the Iron Bank.
House Swyft at the end of the third century
The known Swyfts during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Ser Harys Swyft, the Knight of Cornfield.
- Dorna Swyft, his daughter. Married to Ser Kevan Lannister and mother to his three sons: Lancel, Willem and Martyn, and daughter: Janei Lannister.
- Ser Steffon Swyft, his son and heir.
- Joanna Swyft, his daughter.
- Shierle Swyft, his daughter. Married to Ser Melwyn Sarsfield.
With unspecified familial relationship to the main branch there are also:
- Jocelyn Swyft, a lady attendant of Cersei Lannister.
- Ser Humfrey Swyft, a knight.
- Ser Addison Hill, known as the Bastard of Cornfield, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard during the reign of Aegon I Targaryen.
- Lord Swyft, a green supporter during the Dance of the Dragons
- Ser Harrold Swyft, participant of the tourney at Ashford Meadow.
- ↑ At the start of the series, House Swyft is a knightly house holding the title of "Knight of Cornfield". As there is a "Lord Swyft" during the Dance of the Dragons, it is possible the Swyfts were once a lordly house who held the title of "Lord of Cornfield".
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 38, Arya VIII.
- ↑ The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Westerlands
- ↑ The Citadel. Heraldry: House Mottoes
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 The Hedge Knight.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 30, Arya VII.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 37, Brienne VII.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.