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This is a listing of the members of House Glover in A Song of Ice and Fire.

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House Glover of Deepwood Motte

A powerful noble house seated at Deepwood Motte, a small fortress and town located on a hill in the Wolfswood on the northwestern coast, near the Bay of Ice. They are one of the principal houses sworn to Winterfell and have several smaller houses sworn to them that reside in the Wolfswood, which include House Forrester, House Woods, House Branch, and House Bole. They once ruled as kings before being reduced to vassals by House Stark.

Their blazon is silver mailed fist on scarlet. Their words are not mentioned in the books.

Tropes related to House Glover:

  • Demoted to Dragon: The Glovers ruled as kings before becoming Stark vassals.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: With Galbart and Robett of fighting the War of the Five Kings, Deepwood Motte is ruled in all but name by its steward.
  • Famous Ancestor:
    • Two Glover women became Ladies of Winterfell.
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    • Benton Glover was First Ranger during the reign of King Jaehaerys.
  • The Ghost: An unnamed Glover married Jorah Mormont but died of miscarriage.
  • Power Fist: Their sigil is a fist.
  • Theme Naming: The minor houses sworn to House Glover all have tree related names due to being located in the Wolfswood.
  • Undying Loyalty: They only side with Stannis if Davos Seaworth brings Bran or Rickon to White Harbor for the North to rally around.
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     Lord Galbart Glover 

Lord Galbart Glover, Master of Deepwood Motte

Head of House Glover and Master of Deepwood Motte. He is unwed, but might be a widower according to semi-canon sources.

  • Alliterative Name Galbart Glover.
  • Badass Beard: A bearded man and proven commander, leading one of Robb's regiments in the Westerlands and his outriders in the march for the Twins, and later trusted - alongside Maege Mormont - with seeking out Howland Reed as well as Robb's will.
  • Cavalry Officer: Replaces Ser Brynden Tully as commander of Robb's outriders when Brynden is left behind to see to the defense of Riverrun while a large portion of the army heads to the Twins for Edmure Tully's wedding.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Sent to the Neck along with Maege Mormont to find Lord Howland Reed, but has not been seen or heard from since.
  • Colonel Badass: Commands the Glover forces in Robb's army.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: When declaring Robb as "King in the North".
  • Put on a Bus: When sent to The Neck.
  • Sibling Team: Works closely with his younger brother Robett, and described as "sick with grief" when Robett is captured at Duskendale.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Ser Jaime Lannister one, noting after the Battle of the Whispering Wood that the Kingslayer does not lack courage or skill.

    Robett Glover 

Robett Glover

Brother of Galbert Glover and the current heir to House Glover. He is one of Robb Stark's commanders and was assigned to fight under Lord Roose Bolton. Married to Sybelle Locke and has a son named Gawen and daughter named Erena.

  • Ascended Extra: Originally just another noble among dozens of others from the North, he plays a key role plotting with Wyman Manderly to locate Rickon Stark on Skagos and ally with Stannis Baratheon to free the North from the Boltons.
  • Badass Beard: A notable warrior and commander with a beard.
  • Badass Cape: Dyed scarlet, like the background for House Glover's sigil.
  • Badass in Distress: Gets captured twice during the series, although the first time was as part of a ruse to take Harrenhal from the inside. The second time he gets captured by Ser Gregor Clegane, but is quickly freed in a prisoner exchange.
  • Colonel Badass: Commands the Glover forces in Roose's army.
  • The Conspiracy: He is plotting with Wyman Manderly to find Rickon Stark and rally the North around him to overthrow Roose Bolton and ally with Stannis.
  • The Determinator: Over the course of the war, Robett is defeated twice, betrayed and sent to die by his commanding officer, captured by his enemies; he loses his castle and his king, his brother disappears, and his wife and children are taken hostage. But after his release from captivity, he's still trying to raise troops to fight for the Starks and conspiring with Wyman Manderly to restore them to Winterfell.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He considers Ramsay a monster beyond the pale, even by the standards of House Bolton.
    Robett Glover: The Boltons have always been as cruel as they were cunning, but [Ramsay] seems a beast in human skin.
  • Foil: to Roose Bolton. Both are respected Northern nobles and experienced commanders, suggested by Catelyn Stark as candidates to command the whole Northern army, who end up as Number Two to a more powerful lord. Both are pragmatic and not above deceitful tactics, and work together in some of the most intricate Northern military operations of the War of the Five Kings. However, Robett is by all appearances an honorable man, devoted father and husband, and very close to his brother, while Roose's personality, family life, and tactics are...unorthodox. Finally, Robett is a dogged Stark loyalist who plots towards Stark restoration even after Robb's death, while Roose betrays and supplants the Starks and murders Robb himself.
    • Noteworthy that they're introduced at the same time, asking Robb Stark for command of the Northern army – Roose brusquely, and Robett "with a smile and a jest." Also noteworthy that Roose routinely endangers Robett with his scheming, though it's likely less a personal grudge and more a matter of proximity.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: He tells Davos that while his loyalty to Stannis does him honor, they are loyal to different kings and that Robett will support Stannis so long as a Stark is in Winterfell and their liege lord.
  • Number Two: In Roose Bolton's host during the War of the Five Kings. And also in Wyman Manderly's plot to overthrow Roose Bolton.
  • Prisoner Exchange: Gets captured at the Battle of Duskendale but is exchanged for Martyn Lannister shortly afterwards.
  • The Reliable One: One of the North's most competent commanders, routinely in the middle of major operations and suggested by Catelyn Stark as a possible leader for the entire army.
  • Trojan Prisoner: Leads about a hundred other Northern soldiers in being "captured" by the defecting Bloody Mummers and taken to Harrenhall, which they take after being freed.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Roose Bolton, who sets him up to be defeated at the Battle of Duskendale, which costs a third of the North's infantry and forced Robb Stark to turn to the Freys for an alliance, setting up the Red Wedding.

    Sybelle Glover 

Lady Sybelle Glover (née Locke)

Wife of Robett Glover and mother to his son Gawen and daughter Erena. She is highly religious and prays often to the Old Gods.

  • Distressed Damsel: Captured by the Asha Greyjoy's forces early in the War of the Five Kings and held prisoner with her family in Deepwood Motte. She is freed when Stannis liberates Deepwood Motte from the Ironborn.
  • Housewife: She prefers taking care of her children over managing the affairs of House Glover when Robett and Galbart march to war, leaving the affairs of state in the hands of their steward.
  • I Warned You: When Northerners arrive at Deepwood Motte to reclaim it from the Ironborn, Sybelle reminds Asha that she had warned her that it would happen eventually.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Allies with Stannis to free the North from Bolton control, and when Tycho Nestoris arrives she sensibly ransoms her Ironborn prisoners to him, which provides him protection, gets rid of several mouths to feed at Deepwood Motte, and nets House Glover some much needed money.

     Gawen and Erena Glover 
Robett and Sybelle's children.

    Ethan Glover 

Ethan Glover

A member of House Glover who served as The Squire to Brandon Stark. His relationship to the main Glover family is unknown.

  • The Faceless: Ned Stark has trouble remembering his face.
  • Posthumous Character: He died at the Tower of Joy long before the main story starts.
  • Sole Survivor: He was the only one of Brandon's companions to survive captivity in the Red Keep.
  • True Companions: He could have gone home after his ordeal at the Red Keep but he instead goes with Ned to the Tower of Joy.


Clans Bole, Branch, Forrester, and Woods of the Wolfswood are sworn to the Glovers.

    Ned Woods 

Ned Woods

Noseless Ned

A member of House Woods who serves the Glover's as a scout. He guides Stannis Baratheon's army through the Wolfswood to the Bolton occupied Winterfell.

  • Army Scout: He is sent by Sybelle to guide Stannis' forces to Winterfell alongside several fellow men of the Wolfswood.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Noseless" Ned, after losing the tip of his nose to frostbite.
  • The Noseless: He lost his nose after getting frostbite two winters previous.

    Benjicot Branch 

Benjicot Branch

A member of House Branch who serves the Glover's as a scout and joins Stannis' army with Ned Woods.

  • Alliterative Name: Benjicot Branch.
  • Army Scout: He is sent by Sybelle to guide Stannis' forces to Winterfell alongside several fellow men of the Wolfswood.


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