Godswood of Riverrun
The godswood at Riverrun is an airy garden with streams and thick stands of great old elms and tall redwoods. The godswood's heart tree is a slender weirwood with a sad-looking face. Grass, wildflowers, and mint also grow in the garden. Songbirds have hidden nests in the godswood.
The shortest way from the Great Hall of Riverrun to the castle's central keep is through the godswood. Wind from the Red Fork blows through the higher branches of the godswood trees, and the ivy-covered Wheel Tower is nearby.
Hoster Tully, Lord of Riverrun, taught his eldest child, Catelyn, how to ride in the godswood. His son and heir, Edmure, broke his arm once after falling from an elm. Edmure would chase Catelyn through the damp godswood when it rained. Catelyn and her sister Lysa fed mud pies to Petyr Baelish, their father Hoster's ward. Petyr liked to chew the mint which grows in the godswood, and on one occasion he kissed the Tully sisters beneath a bower.
A Game of Thrones
After their victory in the Battle of the Camps, followers of the old gods—including Robb Stark, Lord Greatjon Umber, Lord Rickard Karstark, Lady Maege Mormont, Galbart Glover, and Lord Tytos Blackwood—pray in the godswood of Riverrun. During the war council held in the Great Hall, Robb is proclaimed King in the North by the assembled nobles.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
Lord Karstark commits treason by murdering two of Robb's prisoners, Willem Lannister and Tion Frey, after being denied his vengeance against Ser Jaime Lannister. Robb responds by publicly beheading Rickard before the godswood's heart tree in the rain the next morning.
A Feast for Crows
Ser Jaime Lannister is sent to resolve the siege of Riverrun and force the surrender of Brynden the Blackfish. Threatening the captive Edmure, Jaime says he will fell Riverrun's godswood if the besiegers are forced to assault the castle. Edmure negotiates the castle's surrender, but Brynden is able to escape the Lannister siege. With winter arriving in the Seven Kingdoms, Jaime sees snow piling up in the godswood.
—thoughts of Catelyn Stark
—thoughts of Catelyn Stark
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.