33 Facts About Roose Bolton


Roose Bolton's family is notorious for their cruelty and custom of flaying their enemies; he frequently has himself leeched, leading him to be known as the Leech Lord across Westeros.

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Roose Bolton later appears in A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Dance with Dragons.

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Roose Bolton joins Robb Stark's rebellion as one of his chief lieutenants.

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Roose Bolton is portrayed by Irish actor Michael McElhatton in the HBO television adaptation.

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Lord Roose Bolton is a significant vassal of Lord Eddard Stark.

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Roose Bolton's seat is the Dreadfort and his sigil is a flayed man, a homage to the ancient Bolton tradition of flaying enemies.

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Roose Bolton is nicknamed the Leech Lord for regular leechings meant to improve his health.

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Roose Bolton illicitly practiced an ancient and banned tradition called the first night, in which a lord had the right to bed a commoner's wife.

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One day, prior to Robert's Rebellion, Roose Bolton was fox hunting along the Weeping Water when he came across a young woman washing clothes in the stream, who was married to the old miller without Roose Bolton's knowledge.

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Roose Bolton considered having the woman whipped and the baby killed before realizing that the baby is indeed his, owing to its pale, cold eyes.

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Roose Bolton gave the woman money and annual supplies as payment to raise Ramsay, and had the tongue of the miller's brother cut out to prevent Lord Rickard Stark from being informed of his illegal activities.

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Roose Bolton sent his odious and depraved servant Reek to the young Ramsay and his mother after the latter demands a servant to help raise the boy, an act he considers to be highly amusing.

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Roose Bolton later participates in Robert's Rebellion and the Greyjoy Rebellion.

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Roose Bolton, left without a trueborn heir, brings Ramsay to the Dreadfort, where he later serves as the fortress's castellan and has thus far refused to legitimize or otherwise acknowledge him as his true heir.

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Roose Bolton considers his bastard son foolhardy and tactless, with "tainted blood [that] would poison even the leeches".

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Roose Bolton is most often described as an oddly average and unassuming-looking man, clean-shaven with pallid skin.

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Roose Bolton is often described as ageless, with an apathetic demeanor that betrays nothing.

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Roose Bolton's personal motto is "A peaceful land, a quiet people", a lesson he has thus far failed to instill into his bastard son; he doesn't care about the welfare of his people, he just seek to avoid any possible rebellion.

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Roose Bolton is amongst the lords who travel to Winterfell to aid Robb Stark in his campaign against the Lannisters.

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Roose Bolton chooses "Fat" Walda Frey, the fattest female member of House Frey.

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Roose Bolton makes an alliance with the Brave Companions, Essosi sellswords employed by Tywin, to help the Northerners capture Harrenhal from the Lannister force occupying it.

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Hoat brings Jaime Lannister to Harrenhal, having cut off Jaime's hand in hope of blaming Roose and preventing the Boltons allying with the Lannisters.

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Roose Bolton has Jaime sent back to King's Landing after Jaime assures Roose Bolton that he will not blame him.

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Lady Barbrey Dustin of Barrowton, the younger sister of Bethany Ryswell, tells Theon that Roose Bolton has no feelings and plays with people for amusement.

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Roose Bolton is forced to send them both out of Winterfell to encounter Stannis, in order to weaken both Frey's and Manderly's armies.

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Roose Bolton is played by Michael McElhatton in the HBO television adaption of the series of books.

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Roose Bolton declares for King in the North Robb Stark and serves as a chief member of his war council, although Robb sternly admonishes Roose Bolton when he advocates flaying Lannister prisoners to obtain information.

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Roose Bolton agrees to let Jaime go, but keeps Brienne as a hostage, though Jaime later returns to secure her release.

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Roose Bolton then meets up with the Stark army at the Twins for the wedding of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey.

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Roose Bolton reveals that Winterfell was actually sacked by his bastard Ramsay, who subsequently flayed the Ironborn garrison there and took Theon prisoner, for his own amusement.

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Roose sends Ramsay and Reek to lift the siege of Moat Cailin; when Ramsay is successful, Roose presents him with a royal decree of legitimisation as a trueborn Bolton.

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In doing so, Roose seemingly secures an alliance with the forces of the Vale and its Lord Protector Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.

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However, later Roose Bolton privately reassures Ramsay of his position as his heir, and asks him to assist in defeating Stannis Baratheon's army.

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