Why do the Starks worship weirwood trees

Weirwood tree

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A Weirwood tree or Weir tree (in the original: Weirwood) is a species of deciduous tree. They occur primarily in the north of Westeros. As trees of the heart, they are the center of the grove of gods, in which the ancient gods of the forest are worshiped.


Weirwood trees have a white bark and dark red leaves. In addition, all the leaves are five-pointed.


Weirwood trees are not very widespread and are sometimes located in quite distant places, away from the population in Westeros.

There are significantly more weirwood trees on the other side of the wall than south of the wall. The trees, regardless of their location, have the same properties.


season 1

Eddard Stark is sitting in the gods' grove under a weirwood tree and washes the executed deserter's blood off his sword when his wife Catelyn arrives and tells him about Jon Arryn's death. The weirwood tree reminds Catelyn, who believes in the seven gods, that she still feels like a stranger in the north.[1]

When the new recruits join the Night's Watch, they must take an oath in the presence of their gods. As a follower of the seven gods you take the oath in the sept of the black fortress, as a follower of the ancient gods of the forest you do this at a weirwood tree a mile north of the wall.

Jon Schnee and Samwell Tarly are the only two recruits from their group who go to the Wehrholzbaum to be sworn in. They kneel down in front of the tree and speak their lines. They then rise as the official brothers of the Night Watch.[2]

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In the books

Extermination of the weirwood trees

During the war of the First Men against the Children of the Forest, the weirwood trees were felled by the First Men because the green seers of the Children of the Forest could see through these trees. That is why there are fewer weirwood trees in the south than in the north.

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