Andalos is a region on the continent of Essos, located on the coast between the Free Cities of Pentos and Braavos, west of the Rhoyne River. It is the ancestral home of the Andals, an ancient people who, according to tradition, invaded Westeros six thousand years ago and are the ancestors of most of the people living in the southern half of the continent.
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Andalos was once a powerful kingdom extending across much of northwestern Essos west of the Rhoyne River, including the Velvet Hills and the Flatlands. It was a contemporary of the early Rhoynar kingdom, and according to Rhoynish histories the Rhoynar taught the Andals how to forge iron (disputing Andal legends, which insist they were directly taught by The Smith). The area was originally home to a race of Hairy Men who were related to the men of Ibben. The Andals, who had previously been living further east in the Axe peninsula, displaced them through warfare. The Faith of the Seven was born in Andalos when The Father gave Hugor of the Hill a crown made of seven stars, while The Maiden gave Hugor his wife, who bore him forty-four sons.
Some time later, the Andals abandoned the region to colonize Westeros across the Narrow Sea. They overran and conquered most of the western continent, leaving Andalos deserted, and various other migrations of different Easterners moved into the region over the course of the subsequent six thousand years. The Valyrians established the city of Pentos there millennia later, in the south of the region. The northern coast became part of the Braavosian coastlands. Even in the present day, the inhabitants of Pentos seem quite similar in appearance to the Andals of Westeros, and it is theorized that many of them descend from local Andals who were conquered by the Valyrians and incorporated into their new colony there.
The term "Hills of Andalos" has gained some traction in fan circles, as a term originating from George R.R. Martin reading a chapter from A Dance with Dragons some years ago. However, in the published novels the term "Velvet Hills" was used instead.
Andalos is located south of Braavos and the Braavosian Coastland, west of the narrow sea, and east of the Hills of Norvos. Western Andalos near the narrow sea appears to be plains, while further east it becomes hilly and includes the Velvet Hills. The heart of the ancient kingdom of Hugor of the Hill lay in the hills of Andalos. South of the hills were the southern marches of the kingdom, now called the Flatlands. A Valyrian road in the Flatlands runs east from Pentos to Ghoyan Drohe and then northeast to Norvos.
The headwaters of the Upper Rhoyne and the Little Rhoyne lie in Andalos
A Game of Thrones
Sour Andalish wine is sold in the markets of Vaes Dothrak.
A Dance with Dragons
Tyrion Lannister and Illyrio Mopatis travel through the Flatlands of southern Andalos after leaving Pentos.
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