Benjen Stark

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Benjen Stark by Amok ©

Alias The Wolf Pup
Ben Stark
Title First Ranger of the Night's Watch
Allegiance Night's Watch
Culture Northmen
Born In 267AC or before[1], at Winterfell[2]
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Played by Joseph Mawle
TV series Season 1
For the articles sharing the same title, please see this disambiguation page.Disambig.png

Benjen Stark is the younger brother of Lord Eddard Stark and a sworn brother of the Night's Watch. He is the First Ranger, or leader of the rangers, of the Night's Watch.

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Appearance

He has sharp features and blue eyes. He is very thin.[3]

History

Benjen attended, with his siblings, the Tourney at Harrenhal. At the tournament his sister rescued their vassal, Howland Reed, from an attack by some squires. Benjen offered Reed a horse and some armor so he could challenge his attackers. During the feast he teased Lyanna when she cried for the song of the dragon prince.[4] He also listened to a black brother, who at the feast tried to convince the gathered people to join the Night's Watch, a plea that Benjen took to heart.[2] During Robert's Rebellion, Benjen was the Stark in Winterfell, but once his brother Eddard returned to Winterfell shortly after the end of the Rebellion, with an heir of his own, Benjen joins the Night's Watch, for reasons unknown.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Benjen Stark - by Brittmartin ©

Benjen wrote a letter to Eddard at Winterfell updating his brother on the strength of the Night's Watch and the threat of Mance Rayder.[5] When King Robert visits Winterfell the Starks give a feast in his honour. Benjen is present as well. He talks with Jon and the boy asks to be allowed to join the Night's Watch. Benjen tells Jon to wait a few years until he is certain but Jon insists.[6] When back at the Wall Benjen is busy with his duties as First Ranger and does not have much time for Jon. He reminds Jon that the men of the Night's Watch leave their families and loyalties behind when they join the brotherhood.[7]

Later, Lord Commander Jeor Mormont sends Benjen with a force of rangers to find Ser Waymar Royce, who has not returned after a ranging.[8] Benjen does not return either. The men of the Watch speculate about his fate; that is one of the motivations for the Great Ranging of Jeor Mormont.

Quotes

“The children will help him, the children of the forest!” [9]
- Bran Stark, on Benjen Stark who is missing beyond the wall

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
Willam
 
Artos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edwyle
 
Unknown
wife
 
Lady of
Clan Flint
 
Unknown
husband
 
Brandon
 
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
Member of
House Royce
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rickard
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three daughters
 
Vale Lords
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brandon
 
Unknown
 
Eddard
"Ned"
 
Catelyn
Tully
 
Lyanna
 
Benjen
 
 
 
 
 
Offspring
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jon Snow
 
Robb
 
Jeyne
Westerling
 
Sansa
 
Tyrion
Lannister
 
Arya
 
Brandon
"Bran"
 
Rickon
 
 
 
 


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