The Free Folk are a race of people who live beyond the Wall. They are more commonly referred to as “wildlings” everywhere south of the Wall.

There are tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Free Folk split into hundreds of cultures, tribes, clans, villages and raiding parties, some reasonably cultured, others savage and hostile. The Free Folk refer to themselves in that way to difference themselves from the “kneelers,” the people south of the Wall, subject to lords and kings. The Free Folk view the “kneelers” as lacking freedom, whereas the people of the Seven Kingdoms view the “wildlings” as lawless and primitive killers, rapists and thieves.