This glossary serves as a quick reference to all of the people and places referenced in our Game of Thrones coverage. We’ll be updating the glossary with each episode of HBO’s show.
Eddard (Ned) Stark – Lord of Winterfell and old friend of King Robert Baratheon, he becomes the Hand of the King
Catelyn (Cat) Stark – Eddard’s wife
Bran Stark – Eddard and Catelyn’s second son, climber
Robb Stark – oldest son of Eddard and Catelyn
Arya Stark – Eddard and Catelyn’s tomboy daughter
Sansa Stark – Eddard and Catelyn’s girly daughter, she hopes to marry Prince Joffrey
Jon Snow – bastard son of Ned Stark
Benjen Stark – Ned’s younger brother, Ranger of the Night’s Watch
Theon Greyjoy – teenaged ward of Ned Stark, heir to Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands
Roz – prostitute at Winterfell
Cersei Lannister – Queen and twin sister to Jaime
Jaime Lannister – the beautiful golden knight and twin brother to Cersei
Tyrion Lannister (aka The Imp) – Cersei’s “clever” dwarf brother
Joffrey Baratheon – the young Prince, son of Cersei Lannister and Robert Baratheon
Jon Arryn – Robert’s Hand of the King, deceased
Khal Drogo – leader of the Dothraki
Jorah Mormont – Exiled knight who used to serve Daenerys’ father
Daenerys Targaryen – sister to Viserys, wife to Khal Drogo
Viserys Targaryen – brother to Daenerys, desperate to reclaim the throne
Sandor (Dog) Clegane – Joffrey’s bodyguard and retainer for House Lannister
Maester Luwin – the Advisor for House Stark, currently at Winterfell
Doreah – One of Daenerys’ handmaidens, a slave and former whore.
Ilyn Payne – the mute King’s Justice, executioner.
Grand Maester Pycelle – the highest ranking member of the order of the Maesters.
Petyr Baelish – also called Littlefinger. He serves the realm as Master of Coin(treasurer). He has feelings for Catelyn.
Varys – the spymaster for the kingdom who sits on the Small Council.
Renly Baratheon – younger brother of Robert Baratheon.
Syrio Forel – instructs Arya in the Braavosi water dancing style, similar to fencing.
Alliser Thorne – serves as the master-at-arms at Castle Black.
Jeor Mormont – the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He is also known as The Old Bear.
Barristan Selmy – aka Barristan the bold and the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
Lancel Lannister – squire to Robert Baratheon.
Yoren – Night’s Watch recruiter.
Hodor – the massive stableboy who serves House Stark.
Samwell Tarly – also often simply Sam. The fat and cowardly boy is forced by his father to join the Night’s Watch.
Jory Cassel – Captain of the guard for House Stark.
Ser Rodrik Cassel – Master-at-arms in Winterfell, companion to Lady Stark on her journeys
Septa Mordane – nanny helping Ned Stark look after Arya and Sansa
Gendry – Robert’s bastard child who works as a blacksmith.
Ser Gregor (The Mountain) Clegane – the older brother of the Hound and one of the most fearsome knights in Westeros.
Ser Loras Tyrell, Knight of the Flowers – fabulous young knight, heir of the second richest House in Westeros, linked to Renly Baratheon
Bronn – common fighter, champion of Tyrion Lannister
Ser Vardis Egen – captain of the guard in the Eyrie
Ser Beric Dondarrion – charged with bringing Ser Gregor Clegane to justice
Lysa Arryn – Regent of the Vale and House Arryen, sister to Catelyn Stark, widow of Jon Arryn
Janos Slynt – commander of the Gold cloaks
Tywin Lannister – patriarch of House Lannister, former Hand of the King under Mad King Aerys
Osha – Wilding from north of the Wall
Mirri Maz Durr – Godswife to the lamb people, witch to the Dothraki.
Meryn Trant – a knight of the Kingsguard.
Robin – Robert Arryn, son of Lysa and Jon Arryn.
Grey Wind – direwolf of Robb Stark.
Jon “Greatjon” Umber – head of House Umber and sworn to House Stark.
Ghost – white direwolf of Jon Snow.
Places & Things
Westeros – the main continent where the Seven Kingdoms are
Winterfell – the home of the Stark family
The Wall – Separating the Seven Kingdoms from the uncivilized north
Night’s Watch – Men who’ve sworn to protect the Wall, always wear black
White Walkers (aka The Others) – legendary enemies from beyond the Wall
Wildlings – the uncivilized people who live beyond the Wall
King’s Landing – the home of King Robert Baratheon
Pentos – a free city “across the narrow sea” from Westeros
Dothraki – the horse warriors of the West, led by Khal Drogo
Iron Throne – a rather cold and hard throne constructed from surrendered swords.
Vaes Dothrak – the only permanent settlement of the Dothraki.
Small Council – akin to a cabinet of advisors.
Needle – Arya’s sword. “Stick em with the pointy end.”
First Ranger – leader of the rangers of the Night’s Watch. The rangers are the members of the Night’s Watch that actually defend the wall.
Gold Cloaks – the city watch of King’s Landing.
Bloodriders – men who serve the Khal, swearing that if he should die they only live long enough to avenge him.
Maester – the learned scholars from the Citadel that frequently advice,teach and heal throughout the kingdom.
The Eyrie – seat of House Arryn, former Hand of the King