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This is a listing of members of House Crakehall who appear in A Song of Ice and Fire.

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House Crakehall of Crakehall

"None So Fierce"
Crakehall House Words

House Crakehall of Crakehall is one of the primary noble houses from the Westerlands. Their seat, Crakehall, is located along the Ocean Road, at the south of the Westerlands, between the Sunset Sea and a large forest. The Crakehalls are known for their uncommon robustness.

Their arms depict a black and white brindled boar on brown.

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  • Badass Family: All Crakehall men are knights.
  • Bit Character: Lord Roland's youngest son Ser Merlon accompanies Tyrion as part of the group that welcomes Prince Oberyn and his Dornish delegation to the capital.
  • The Big Guy: Crakehalls tend to be robust and large.
  • Famous Ancestor: Ser Roland Crakehall, a member of the Kingsguard during the reign of Daeron II and Aerys I.
  • The Ghost: The current heir to Crakehall Ser Tybolt. The same with Shiera Crakehall, the wife of Ser Damion Lannister, and Melesa Crakehall, the wife of Lyonel Frey.
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  • Full-Boar Action: Their sigil, and they are a famously robust and strong family.
  • Heroic Lineage: From Crake the Boar Killer.
  • Lord Country: The seat of the Crakehalls is called Crakehall.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Of the West.
  • Really Gets Around: Crakehalls are rumored to be promiscuous. Lord Walder married Amarei Crakehall and remarked that she and every girl in the family are sluts. Mind you, if ever there were a case of a particularly smutty pot calling kettles black...

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    Lord Roland Crakehall 

Lord Roland Crakehall

The Lord of Crakehall and father of Tybolt, Lyle, and Merlon.

  • Frontline General: During Robert's Rebellion, Roland was one of the commanders of the Lannister army that sacked King's Landing at the end of the war and personally led soldiers in capturing the Red Keep alongside Ser Elys Westerling. During the War of the Five Kings, his propensity for leading from the front causes some to believe he perished at the Battle of Oxcross, although he later turned up alive.
  • Minor Major Character: He is one of the more powerful and important Lannister bannermen, but has very few appearances.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Believed dead at the Battle of Oxcross. Later shows up at King Joffrey's first audience following the Battle of the Blackwater.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Roland and Ser Elys were the first to arrive at the Red Keep during the Sack of King's Landing and fought their way to the throne room just as Jaime Lannister was preparing to sneak out after assassinating the Mad King. Their catching Jaime in the act made it impossible for him to deny the deed and leave the identity of Aerys' killer unknown, forever cursing him with the title of Kingslayer.

    Ser Lyle Crakehall 

Ser Lyle Crakehall


"I need a fight. I want the Hound, Jaime. Him, or the marcher lord."

Second son of Roland Crakehall. He serves under Ser Jaime Lannister in his campaign to end resistance in the Riverlands during A Feast for Crows.

  • And the Adventure Continues: The last we see of him, he and Jon Bettley leave in search of Sandor Clegane, Beric Dondarrion, and a new fight to win.
  • Ascended Extra: Is mentioned a few times before becoming a major supporting character to Jaime in A Feast For Crows.
  • Badass Boast: Makes one when trying to convince Jaime to let him duel Ser Brynden Tully:
    Strongboar: The Blackfish deserves a nobler death, and I'm the man to give it to him. I will challenge him to single combat. Mace or axe or longsword, makes no matter. The old man will be my meat.
  • Badass in Distress: He is held captive at Pinkmaiden Castle after being captured at the Battle of the Fords, but is eventually released.
  • The Brute: For Jaime's force when subduing outlaws in the Riverlands and ending the last resistance to the Lannisters.
  • Blood Knight: He longs for a glorious battle against a worthy opponent.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Even though quite a brutal fighter, he does seem to be in it mainly because he thoroughly enjoys a good fight. He's also not that nasty a guy, certainly when compared to others who love their jobs.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he is a glory seeking Blood Knight, Strongboar is disgusted to hear about the massacre at Saltpans and vows to bring those responsible to justice. He's also disgusted by the Freys' plan to kill Brynden Tully with poisoned arrows to end the siege of Riverrun.
  • Foregone Conclusion: He doesn't know that his mission to find either Beric, the Hound, or Sandor is doomed to failure: Sandor is either dead or redeeming himself as the gravedigger on the Quiet Isle; Beric is dead, having given up his life to resurrect Lady Stoneheart; and the Hound who raided Saltpans- Rorge- met his end thanks to Brienne. That said, Lem Lemoncloak has taken upon the Hound persona, so Lyle's attempt to find Beric may lead him to inadvertently succeed in finding the Hound.
  • Glory Seeker: He goes with Jaime to the Riverlands mostly to gain glory by defeating outlaws and the remnants of resistance. He's annoyed that Jaime solves the siege of Riverrun peacefully, and heads to Castle Darry to assist the garrison there in tracking down outlaws.
  • Hidden Depths: He might come across as a dumb fighter who relies on strength instead of his head, but he's smart enough to realise that Tyrek Lannister is worth far more alive than dead, and also has an interest in his family history. Jaime considers him smart enough to sit on his war council.
  • Hot-Blooded: Generally very excitable and passionate.
  • Kick the Dog: Demands the tongues of the peasants who lied about the Brotherhood's location. (Although it's worth noting he only said this in anger the moment he found out about it, and never goes through with his threat)
  • Literal-Minded: When Ser Kennos of Kayce jokingly opines that Ser Roger Hogg might be a long lost Crakehall on account of his boar-like appearance and demeanor, Strongboar takes it as a serious remark and spends a good hour talking with Ser Roger about his ancestry.
  • Mighty Glacier: Jaime describes Strongboar's fighting style like this: strong but slow.
  • Pet the Dog: He comforts Pia after her horrendous ordeal at the hands of the Mountain. He's also disgusted by the hanging of surrendered Lannister soldiers.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He is very proud to be a warrior.
  • Red Baron: He is called Strongboar more often than his actual name.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Ser Brynden Tully to be one and tries to convince Jaime to let him end the Siege of Riverrun by challenging The Blackfish to a duel.

    Ser Burton Crakehall 

Ser Burton Crakehall

Lord Roland's younger brother.

  • Badass Boast: He boasts of killing Beric Dondarrion.
  • Carry a Big Stick: He wields a mace in combat, which he used to smash in the side of Beric's head.
  • Karmic Death: He's later killed by the resurrected Lord Beric.
  • Red Shirt: Has a very minor role and littler personality established before being killed off.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He appears briefly in A Game of Thrones and is killed off-page in A Clash of Kings.

    Lord Sumner Crakehall 

Lord Sumner Crakehall

Head of House Crakehall twenty years before the series began.

  • The Mentor: To Jaime Lannister, who served as his squire.
  • Nice Guy: Merrett Frey remembers Sumner letting him down easily when his head injury made being a knight impossible.
  • Posthumous Character: Jaime reminisces about serving under him several times.
  • Uncertain Doom: Roland Crakehall is lord by the end of Robert's Rebellion, implying Sumner met his end at some point during the fighting.

Historical Crakehalls

    Ser Aubrey Crakehall 

Ser/King Aubrey Crakehall

A knight of House Crakehall who commanded the Westerlands army during a war between the Westerlands and King Hagon Hoare of the Iron Islands.

  • All There in the Manual: He is only mentioned in The World of Ice & Fire.
  • Human Sacrifice: He was sacrificed to the Drowned God by the Shrike, a priest of the Drowned God.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He mutilated Hagon Hoare in the same manner in which the Ironborn king had done to Lelia Lannister before hanging him.
  • Mercy Kill: Considered restoring Harmund Hoare to power, but he decided to give him milk of the poppy after seeing how horribly he had been tortured.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After defeating King Hagon, Ser Aubrey declared himself King of the Iron Islands. This infuriated both the Ironborn and the Lannister king, who recalled his army and fleet from the Iron Islands, leaving Aubrey to try and hold onto the Iron Islands with those few soldiers who had remained with him. He was deposed and killed in less than sixth months.

     Ser Clarent Crakehall 

Ser Clarent Crakehall

Clarent Crakehall was a knight of House Crakehall during the Dance of the Dragons.


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