A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 1) Chapter 71 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 71 Summary

Catelyn recalls how she carried Robb, an infant, from Riverrun to Winterfell. The journey began in a small boat, much like the one she and Robb are in now as they arrive at Riverrun. When they arrive in Riverrun, Catelyn goes immediately to see her father, Lord Hoster Tully. He is dying and complains about the pinching crabs in his belly. He inquires about Robb and asks to see him. When Catelyn tells Lord Hoster that his brother Ser Brynden has returned as well, the dying man bitterly recalls how Brynden refused to marry the woman he had arranged for her. When Catelyn leaves, she learns that Robb has already gone to the godswood to cleanse himself. He is like Ned, she thinks, not for the first time. That night, Robb listens as the lords of the north and the riverlands argue over what to do next. Some advise that they merely wait and let the Lannisters battle against Renly. Others propose that they swear allegiance to Renly. However, Robb refuses to acknowledge Renly's claim. Joffrey is the rightful heir, and Tommen after him. Catelyn suggests that they return to the north and trade their hostages for Sansa and Arya, but the men ignore her. The Greatjon Umber concludes the argument when he declares Robb the King in the North. The call is taken up by the other lords.