Tower of the Hand

Book 2, Chapter 51.
Bran and Rickon escape from Winterfell. Theon and his men ride out to find them.
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Theon awakes in the dead of night next to Kyra, whom he has brought to Winterfell to please him. He has a sense that something is wrong, but cannot put his finger on it. Suddenly, he realizes that the constant howling of the direwolves has stopped. He sends Urzen to see what is happening and wakes Wex to make sure Bran and Rickon are where they are supposed to be. Wex and Urzen report that Bran, Rickon, Summer, and Shaggydog are gone. He tells them to rouse the castle and have Lorren check the gates. He hopes Stygg reaches Asha soon; he is worried he does not have enough men. The people of the castle resent him. Palla was raped, and even though he beat the men that did it, he was blamed. They are also angry that he gave Septon Chayle to the Drowned God by throwing him down a well. Lorren brings Theon to the Hunter's Gate, where he sees that the guards, Drennan and Squint, are missing. They soon find them dead. Theon decides they cannot go after the boys until morning.

Theon goes to address his assembled subjects. Reek1 tells him that Jojen, Meera, Hodor, and Osha are also missing. Aggar said that all the horses are accounted for, so the party is on foot. Theon addresses the crowd, which includes Gage, Nan, Joseth, Farlen, and Barth, the brewer's wife and the first woman he ever had sex with, and demands to know where the boys are and who helped them. The crowd is silent. Theon orders Joseth to saddle Smiler and a horse for himself. Murch, Gariss, Poxy Tym, Aggar, Gynir Rednose, Gelmarr, Reek, Wex, Farlen, and Maester Luwin will also accompany him on the hunt. Little Walder asks to come as well, despite Big Walder's voiced disdain, and Theon gives permission. Lorren is in charge until Theon returns. They head out at dawn and follow the trail to a stream before losing it. Wex, through gestures, is able to point out that the tracks have all disappeared save for those of the direwolves. He splits his party into three groups to try and relocate the trail, but they cannot do so. After searching until evening, he realizes with horror that he will not find them. Reek speaks up and says that he thinks they are at a nearby mill. He shows Theon some things he is carrying in a sack, and Theon suddenly agrees.2 He sends everyone back save Gelmarr, Aggar, Rednose, and Reek and heads for the mill.



Active Houses

  1. House Bolton of the Dreadfort - The Boltons used to flay their enemies and wear the skins. This supposedly ended when they bent the knee to House Stark one thousand years ago.


  1. Winterfell - The castle is surrounded by two walls with a moat in between. The outer wall is eighty feet high while the inner is more than a hundred feet high.


Warning: Footnotes may contain spoilers from later chapters or books.
  • 1 - This footnote contains details from a later chapter (ACOK 67). Click to show.
  • 2 - This footnote contains details from a later chapter (ACOK 57). Click to show.


1.  Prologue 25.  Theon II 49.  Daenerys IV
2.  Arya I 26.  Tyrion VI 50.  Tyrion XI
3.  Sansa I 27.  Arya VI 51.  Theon IV
4.  Tyrion I 28.  Daenerys II 52.  Jon VI
5.  Bran I 29.  Bran IV 53.  Sansa IV
6.  Arya II 30.  Tyrion VII 54.  Jon VII
7.  Jon I 31.  Arya VII 55.  Tyrion XII
8.  Catelyn I 32.  Catelyn III 56.  Catelyn VII
9.  Tyrion II 33.  Sansa III 57.  Theon V
10.  Arya III 34.  Catelyn IV 58.  Sansa V
11.  Davos I 35.  Jon IV 59.  Davos III
12.  Theon I 36.  Bran V 60.  Tyrion XIII
13.  Daenerys I 37.  Tyrion VIII 61.  Sansa VI
14.  Jon II 38.  Theon III 62.  Tyrion XIV
15.  Arya IV 39.  Arya VIII 63.  Sansa VII
16.  Tyrion III 40.  Catelyn V 64.  Daenerys V
17.  Bran II 41.  Daenerys III 65.  Arya X
18.  Tyrion IV 42.  Tyrion IX 66.  Sansa VIII
19.  Sansa II 43.  Davos II 67.  Theon VI
20.  Arya V 44.  Jon V 68.  Tyrion XV
21.  Tyrion V 45.  Tyrion X 69.  Jon VIII
22.  Bran III 46.  Catelyn VI 70.  Bran VII
23.  Catelyn II 47.  Bran VI
24.  Jon III 48.  Arya IX