Benjen Stark

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Benjen Stark
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Benjen Stark by Amok ©

Alias The Wolf Pup
Title First Ranger
Allegiance Night's Watch
Culture Northmen
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Played by Joseph Mawle
TV series Season 1
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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.[1]

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. [2] During Robert's Rebellion, Benjen was the Stark in Winterfell. He joined the Night's Watch shortly after 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Later, Lord Commander Jeor Mormont sends Benjen with a force of rangers to find Ser Waymar Royce, who has not returned after a ranging.[6] Benjen does not return either. The first reference of his disappearance and speculation of his fate occurs in the 19th chapter of A Game of Thrones, the third Jon chapter.[7] 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!” [8]
- Bran Stark, on Benjen Stark who is missing beyond the wall

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
Willam
 
Artos
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edwyle
Deceased
 
Unknown
Female
 
Lady of
Clan Flint
 
Unknown
Male
 
Brandon
Deceased
 
 
Unknown
Female
 
 
 
Member of
House Royce
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rickard
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
Female
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three
daughters
 
Vale Lords
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brandon
261-282
 
Unknown
 
Eddard "Ned"
263-298
 
Catelyn Tully
264-299
 
Benjen
Unknown
 
Lyanna
267-283
 
 
 
 
 
Offspring
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jon Snow
 
Robb
283-299
 
Jeyne
Westerling
 
Sansa
 
Tyrion
Lannister
 
Arya
 
Brandon
 
Rickon
 
 


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