The Citadel

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1.2. The Children of the Forest
  • The children first worshiped the nameless gods which the First Men later adopted (I: 19)
  • The children are said to have carved the faces in the weirwoods during the dawn centuries before the coming of the First Men across the narrow sea (I: 19)
  • The children have not been seen in thousands of years (I: 209)
  • The Dawn Age was long before the time of the Andals and their new religion (I: 432)
  • The children are said to have once called the nameless gods to send the hammer of the waters from the Children's Tower (I: 498)
  • The children are said to have known much of dreams, knew the songs of trees and the speech of animals, could fly like birds and swim like fish. Their music was so beautiful it would make one weep to hear it (I: 616)
  • The children used obsidian (also called dragonglass by smallfolk) arrowheads and blades. The Children worked no metal, wearing shirts of woven leaves and bark leg-bindings (I: 616. IV: 10)
  • The children of the forest were people of the Dawn Age, the very first before kings and kingdoms. There were no cities, castles, or holdfasts, not even towns. (I: 617)
  • The children of the forest are considered to be different from men, no larger than children at their tallest, dark and beautiful (I: 617)
  • The children lived in the woods, in caves, crannogs, and secret tree towns (I: 617)
  • Male and female would hunt together using bows made of weirwood and flying snares (I: 617)
  • The gods of the children were those of forest, stream, and stone whose names were secret (I: 617)
  • The wise men of the children were named greenseers. It is said they carved the faces in the weirwoods to keep watch on the woods (I: 617. II: 323)
  • No one knows how long the children reigned in the lands that would become the Seven Kingdoms, nor where they came from (I: 617)
  • The children went to war with the First Men because of the destruction of the carved weirwoods (I: 617)
  • The greenseers were supposed to have a used powerful magic to make the seas rise and sweep away land, shattering the Arm. It was too late, however (I: 617)
  • The wars between the children and the First Men went on, in the favor of the larger, stronger, and more technologically advanced First Men, until the wise men of both races forged the Pact at the Isle of Faces (I: 617)
  • The greenseers and wood dancers met with the First Men on the Isle of Faces (I: 617)
  • The Pact gave the children the deep forests forever, and the First Men promised not to cut down any more weirwoods (I: 617)
  • The sacred order of green men that tended the Isle of Faces was created after the making of the Pact, when all the weirwoods on the isle were carved with faces to witness the agreement (I: 617)
  • The Pact began four thousand years of friendship between the children and the First Men (I: 617)
  • The Pact ended the Dawn Age and began the Age of Heroes (I: 617)
  • The Andals burned out all the weirwood groves, hacked down the faces, and slew the children when they found them (I: 618)
  • Some of the children of the forest reputedly had the greensight and that these wise men were the greenseers (II: 323)
  • Maesters believe that the greensight was not magic, simply another kind of knowledge. They believe that their wisdom had something to do with the faces in the trees (II: 323)
  • The First Men believed that the greenseers of the children of the forest could see through the eyes of the carved weirwoods, which is why they cut down the trees when they warred upon them (II: 323)
  • Supposedly, the greenseers had power over the beasts of the wood, the birds in the trees, and even fish (II: 323)
  • The maesters believe that the children of the forest are now forgotten, just as their lore is (II: 325)
  • Histories say the crannogmen grew close to the children of the forest when the greenseers tried to bring the waters down upon the Neck (II: 534-535)
  • All greenseers had the greensight and were wargs as well, and the greatest of them could wear the skins of any beast that flies, swims, or crawls. They could also see through the eyes of the weirwoods and see the truth that lies beneath the world (III: 107)
  • High Heart is a huge hill a day's ride from Sallydance in the Riverlands. About its top stand the stumps of thirty-one once-mighty weirwoods, so wide around that a child could use one for a bed (III: 249)
  • High Heart was sacred to the children of the forest, and their magic is said to linger, protecting anyone who sleeps there from harm (III: 249)
  • The smallfolk shun High Heart, saying it was haunted by ghosts of the children who had died there when the Andal king Erreg the Kingslayer had cut down the grove (III: 249)
  • The green men, the guardians of the Isle of Faces, are said to have dark green skin and leaves instead of hair, and sometimes they have antlers as well (III: 283)
  • The green men are said to ride on elks (III: 636)
  • It is recorded that the children of the forest used to give the Night's Watch a hundred daggers of dragonglass each year during the Age of Heroes (IV: 80)