Roose Bolton is the Lord of the Dreadfort and head of House Bolton. He is convinced that regular leechings improve a person's health, and as such frequently has himself leeched, which has led to some calling him the Leech Lord.  In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Michael McElhatton . Contents
- Behind the scenes
- In the books
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Roose Bolton was the head of House Bolton, a vassal family to House Stark of Winterfell. He was the Lord of the Dreadfort. Roose takes pride in his house sigil; the flayed man.
Roose Bolton's image in the HBO viewer guide.
Roose Bolton confers with King Robb in "Garden of Bones."
Robb Stark and his bannermen, among them Roose, in "A Man Without Honor".
Promotional image of Roose Bolton.
Roose toys with Jaime, demonstrating his penchant for emotional cruelty.
Roose kills Robb in "The Rains of Castamere".
Spoken by Roose
"In my family we say: A naked man has few secrets; a flayed man, none."
"The high road is very pretty, but you'll have a hard time marching your army down it."
―Roose Bolton to Robb Stark
"A touch of mercy is a virtue, Your Grace; too much..."
Roose narrates the Histories & Lore videos "House Bolton" on the Season 3 Blu-ray and "Winterfell" on the Season 5 Blu-ray.
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Roose Bolton is noted for his practice of having regular leechings, which he believes improves his health and has earned him the nickname of "the Leech Lord". He is extremely pale skinned, some say due to his leechings. As in the TV series, he is also a teetotaler, refusing wine and ale and drinking only hippoc...
Roose Bolton on A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Roose Bolton on Wikipedia
↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 4: "Garden of Bones"
↑ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Stark - Roose Bolton entry
↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 5: "Kill the Boy"
↑ Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episode 8: "The Pointy End"
↑ 5.0 5.1 Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episode 10: "Fire and Blood"
↑ 6.0 6.1 Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 6: "The Old Gods and the New"
Lord Roose Bolton is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones . Introduced in 1996's A Game of Thrones, Roose, a Northern lord with his seat at the Dreadfort, is a retainer of Lord Eddard Stark.
- Appearance and Character
Roose Bolton is a man of average height with a soft and hairless body, a plain face and short fingers. His eyes are pale and frightening, paler even than his son Ramsay's. In combat, he wears dark mail and a pink fur cloak. He is extremely hard to read.
He is a cunning, mysterious and intimidating man, almost as authoritative as Tywin Lannister himself. Even his allies are terrified of him, and find him hard to trust. Loyal to himself and his house's success, Roose is pitiless and completely imp
Roose serves as a bannerman to Robb during the War of the Five Kings. He marches his men on Tywin Lannister's men but suffers a defeat at their hands and retreats, losing a sizable portion of his forces but managing to scrap together the remaining troops. His other troops are held at Harrenhal.
Roose secures an alliance with House Frey by marrying Walda Frey, Walder Frey's granddaughter. Roose's men remain at Harrenhal. However, when Tywin Lannister vacates the castle, Arya Stark secretly liberates the men held captive, who proceeded to take over the castle. Arya goes on to be his cupbearer under the name Nan for a brief time. When Robb Stark declares himself King in the North, Roose pledges allegiance to him.
Secretly, Roose plots with Tywin Lannister against his liege and executes a stunning betrayal during Edmure Tully's marriage and personally murders Robb Stark. Roose becomes Warden of the North, and the de jure lord of Winterfell, due to his bastard son's marriage to Jeyne Poole, who was disguised as Arya Stark.
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“\tBolton's silence was a hundred times more threatening than Vargo Hoat's slobbering malevolence. Pale as morning mist, his eyes concealed more than they told.\t„\t~ Jaime's thoughts about Roose
“\tRoose has no feelings, you see. Those leeches that he loves so well sucked all the passions out of him years ago. He does not love, he does not hate, he does not grieve. This is a game to him, mildly diverting. Some men hunt, some hawk, some tumble dice. Roose plays with men. You and me, these Freys, Lor
Roose in the books.
Roose, a calculating man.
Roose betrayed and stabbed Robb.
Roose with one his leeches.
In the show, Roose Bolton says "The Lannisters send their regards." In the books, he says "Jaime Lannister sends his regards." Roose says this because Jaime jokingly told him to give Robb his regards. This is significant because it causes Catelyn to think Jaime is responsible for the Red Wedding, which he was not.
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Michael McElhatton (born 12 September 1963) is an Irish actor and writer. He is best known for playing the role of Roose Bolton in the HBO series Game of Thrones.  He joined the series as a guest star in the second season, and continued to play this role until the sixth season, promoted to a regular cast member from the fifth season onwards.