Continuing my Game of Thrones Noble Houses inspirational bracelets is a feature on House Stark. Definitely a fan favorite, the Starks are known for their honor and bravery. They were the Wardens of the North and their motto is the most famous of the books – “Winter is Coming”. As the winters in Westeros can be extremely brutal and last decades, this adage generally means to be prepared for the hardships ahead.
The Starks of Winterfell is where the story starts off and these characters are what initially drew me into the TV series and books. There is Eddard Stark, Catelyn, Robb, Sensa, Arya, Bran, Rickon and their bastard brother Jon Snow. It’s difficult to discuss this family without going into spoilers but let’s just say that this House suffers many tragedies and they each have their own special storyline.
A few unique characteristics of the Starks is that they are closely linked to their house mascot, the direwolves. They are larger than average wolves and each child adopts one at the beginning of the series. They are also very devout to the old gods as they may be descendants of the Children of the Forest. They worship at the weirwood trees which have faces carved on them and red sap that look like blood.
Of course, I started with the Troll Tree which is one of my absolute favorite pendants from Trollbeads, and the Iron Wolf from the World Tour Baltic States. I added the Snowballs, Snowflake, and Blizzard beads to represent their house saying. I also used the unique red braid to symbolize the blood-like sap that seeps from the weirwood trees and all the tragedies that the Starks have suffered. What are your thoughts on this family? Are you rooting for them?
Bead index (starting from left): troll tree lock, blizzard tassel, unique grey dots, perfect balance, snowballs, LE tourmaline quartz, squirrel (retired), snowflake, blizzard, stone flower, unique red braid, troll tree, white bubbles, sand beach, WT iron wolf, zebra (retired), unique grey scallops, forest treasures, labradorite, black spot.