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House Hornwood

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House Hornwood

The sigil of House Hornwood from Game of Thrones.

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Based on George R.R. Martin’s famous series of novels (collectively known as “A Song of Ice and Fire”), the television series “Game of Thrones” first premiered in 2011 on the channel HBO. It is set in a fantasy world heavily based on the society and culture of the European Middle Ages. Two primary continents, known as Westeros and Essos, make up the bulk of the visible landmass in this world, with the former being featured in storylines much more frequently. While typical elements from fantasy stories, such as dragons and various forms of magic, are seen throughout the series, in the long run these generally take a backseat to the military conflicts, political machinations and family dynamics that are the principle focus of the story.

The continent of Westeros is made up of many different regions, each of which has its own culture and history. Most of these regions form constituent parts of a single political realm, which is presided over by a ruling monarch. While the monarch holds ultimate power over the realm, local governance of each region is handled by a “Great House”, a noble family whose members answer directly to the sovereign. Each region also possesses any number of “Vassal Houses” who owe their loyalty to the governing Great House in one capacity or another. House Hornwood is one of the Vassal Houses in The North. Their ancestral keep- also known as Hornwood- is located to the southeast of Winterfell, the ancestral stronghold of their overlords, House Stark. The sigil of House Hornwood is a brown moose head on a field of orange, and their motto is “Righteous in Wrath”.

In the history that George R.R. Martin developed for his world, he does not explicitly state why a moose head serves as House Hornwood’s sigil, but he does offer clues as to why this may be. Since the terms “horns” and “antlers” are sometimes used interchangeably (moose actually have the latter), this could be a specific reference to the moose itself. Also, the house’s stronghold is in a part of The North that is heavily forested, and animals such moose, deer and elk are often associated with woodland environments, hence “horn” “wood”. While this interpretation is never mentioned in an official capacity, it could give additional significance to the imagery of the sigil of House Hornwood.

Graphical characteristics:
Symmetric, Closed shape, Colorful, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.

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