Boars are common in the forested areas of Westeros, including the kingswood, the wolfswood, and Wat's Wood. Boars live beyond the Wall in the haunted forest, and, according to Othell Yarwyck, the woods north of Stonedoor have an abundance of wild boar.
In Essos, boars can be found in the dark forests surrounding Norvos, and the Forest of Qohor is said to have boars of monstrous size. Big black boars have also been seen on the Isle of Cedars.
Boar hunting is a common activity among the male nobility of Westeros. It is not considered to be a sport for ladies, who generally hawk instead. A hunting party usually includes men to flush the boar from its lair, dogs to gather the prey, and men on horses equipped with boarspears to kill the animal. Hunted boar may be served at a feast, roasted, often with its head displayed and an apple in its mouth.
During the Dance of the Dragons, Trystane Truefyre attempted to appeal to smallfolk by granting them the right to hunt rabbits, hares, and deer in the kingswood, but he forbade them from hunting elk or boar in the royal forest.
Barristan Selmy was knighted at the age of sixteen by King Aegon V Targaryen after participating in a tourney at King's Landing. During the feast following the tournament, Barristan ate boar prepared with dragon peppers.
A Game of Thrones
King Robert hunts in the kingswood, chasing a white hart. Disappointed to find that wolves have killed his prey before him, Robert later hears talk of a monstrous boar living deeper in the forest. Set on the idea of killing the animal himself, Robert commands everyone to not intervene, but he is intoxicated due to being served strongwine by his squire, Lancel Lannister, and is mortally gored in the process. On his deathbed, Robert asks his friend, Lord Eddard Stark, to serve the boar during his funeral feast.
After Robert's death, one rumor spreading in King's Landing says that he had been killed by a boar while hunting, while another story says that he had died eating a boar, stuffing himself so full that he ruptured.
When the new king, Joffrey I Baratheon, is serving justice, one case he hears is that of a singer accused of ridiculing the late king Robert. The song is about Robert fighting a pig, and while some verses appear to be talking about the boar that killed him, others sound as if the pig is supposed to be Queen Cersei Lannister. Joffrey decides that the singer may keep either his fingers or his tongue.
A Clash of Kings
In King's Landing, Cersei confesses to her brother Tyrion how she had made certain Robert's squire Lancel gave him strongwine while hunting the boar, leading to his death. She tells Tyrion that the boar was served at Robert's funeral feast with mushrooms and apples, and tasted like triumph.
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
During the reopening of the fighting pits of Meereen, Barsena Blackhair fights a boar, with a dagger as her only weapon. Despite her quickness and skill, the boar manages to rip her open. Moments later Drogon descends into Daznak's Pit, kills the boar, and begins to devour both corpses.
Borroq, a skinchanger of the free folk, can inhabit the body of a boar as large as a bull with tusks as long as swords. Because his boar does not get along with Ghost, the direwolf of Jon Snow, Borroq takes up residence in an ancient tomb near Castle Black's lichyard, where the boar roots amongst the graves.
The Winds of Winter
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Serve the boar at my funeral feast. Apple in its mouth, skin seared crisp. Eat the bastard. Don't care if you choke on him. Promise me, Ned.
When Lancel saw that Robert was going after boar, he gave him strongwine. His favorite sour red, but fortified, three times as potent as he was used to. The great stinking fool loved it. He could have stopped swilling it down anytime he cared to, but no, he drained one skin and told Lancel to fetch another. The boar did the rest. You should have been at the feast, Tyrion. There has never been a boar so delicious. They cooked it with mushrooms and apples, and it tasted like triumph.
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- The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Qohor.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 47, Eddard XIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran II.
- The Sworn Sword.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 7, Jon I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69, Jon XIII.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Norvos.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
- The Citadel: Heraldry
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 3, Tyrion I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Prologue.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands.
- Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
- The Mystery Knight.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 45, Eddard XII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 67, Sansa VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
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- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.
- The Winds of Winter, Mercy