- For the noble house of the Reach, see House Rowan.
|Died||In 300 AC, at Winterfell|
|Book(s)||A Dance with Dragons (appears)|
Rowan is tall and skinny, too lean and leathery to be called pretty. She has long legs and red brown hair.
A Dance with Dragons
Rowan accompanies Mance Rayder and five other spearwives to Winterfell on a mission to free "Arya Stark" (actually Jeyne Poole), who is to wed Ramsay Bolton. Mance disguises himself as "Abel", a singer, and the six spearwives are his mother, wife, two daughters and two sisters who perform the instruments with him. Abel and the spearwives play at the wedding feast. Rowan is the first of the washerwomen to contact Theon Greyjoy about how he took Winterfell.
After several men-at-arms and squires are found dead at Winterfell, Theon disbelieves the spearwives' claims of innocence. Rowan explains that Yellow Dick was a pig of a man. The free folk enlist the help of a reluctant and fearful Theon in freeing Jeyne.
Did the Bastard hurt you? Chopped off your fingers, did he? Skinned your widdle toes? Knocked your teeth out? Poor lad. There will be no more o' that, I promise. You prayed, and the gods sent us. You want to die as Theon? We'll give you that. A nice quick death, 'twill hardly hurt at all.—Rowan to Theon Greyjoy
—Theon Greyjoy and Rowan