June 15, 2009

Song of Ice and Fire- The Wall & Beyond

The Wall is a massive wall of ice that stretches across the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, separating it from the wild lands beyond. It extends from the Frostfangs mountain range in the west to the Bay of Seals in the east. It was reputedly created over 8,000 years prior to the present setting by Brandon the Builder after the Long Night to defend the realms of man from the wildlings and Others. Approximately 300 leagues in length and 700 feet in height, the Wall is protected by the Night's Watch. Several mentions in the text suggest that the Wall was much smaller at the time, having been built upon by the Night's Watch over the centuries to its present size. However, the severely reduced Night's Watch at the time of the books is limited to maintenance duty. A total of nineteen fortresses have been built along the Wall though only three, The Shadow Tower, Castle Black and Eastwatch-by-the-sea are occupied at the times of the books.


Benjen Stark

DC: Garrett Dillahunt
HBO: ?

Benjen Stark is Lord Eddard's younger brother, and the First Ranger of the Night's Watch. He is Eddard's last surviving sibling. He is described as "sharp-featured and gaunt as a mountain crag, but there was always a hint of laughter in his blue-grey eyes."

Samwell Tarley

DC: James Corden
HBO: ?

Samwell Tarly is the elder son of Lord Randyll Tarly. Although fat, timid, and unsure of himself, he is intelligent and thoughtful. He is a steward of the Night's Watch.

Maester Aemon

DC: Peter O'Toole
HBO: ?

Maester Aemon is the third son of King Maekar I Targaryen. He has served as a maester to the Night's Watch for so long that the rest of the Seven Kingdoms has forgotten about his Targaryen blood. An ancient man, Aemon is bald, wrinkled, shrunken and blind.

Lord Commander Joer Mormont

DC: Alan Scarfe
HBO: ?

Known as "The Old Bear", Jeor gave up his lands to serve as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Brother of Lady Maege Mormont and father to Ser Jorah Mormont. He has an "immense bald hear and a shaggy gray beard."

Mance Ryder

DC: Mads Mikklesen
HBO: ?

Mance was once a man of the Night's Watch before breaking his vows and abandoning his post. He has since become extremely influential among the wildlings, and called "The King Beyond the Wall". He is an unremarkable-looking man in his middle years, with a fondness for music.


DC: Alice Henley
HBO: ?

Ygritte is a red-haired wildling girl of nineteen. Red hair is considered lucky beyond the wall and is often referred to being 'fire-kissed'. She's tough as nails, a good fighter, fiercely protective of what's hers, and ready to stand toe to toe with men.

DC: James Cosmo
HBO: ?

Craster, holds a keep near the Wall and gives begrudging aid to rangers. He has many wives, most of whom are his daughters. When one of his wives gives birth to a boy, Craster sacrifices the baby to the gods of the North. If the baby is a girl, he keeps the baby until she comes of age and marries her as well.

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