Benjen Stark

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Benjen Stark
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Benjen Stark by Amok ©

Alias The Wolf Pup
Ben Stark
Title First Ranger
Allegiance House Stark
Night's Watch
Culture Northmen
Born In 267 AC or later[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 other articles sharing the same title, please see this disambiguation page.Disambig.png
Benjen Stark - by Brittmartin ©

Benjen Stark, also known as Ben Stark,[3] is the younger brother of Lord Eddard Stark and First Ranger of the Night's Watch. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Joseph Mawle.


See also: Images of Benjen Stark

Benjen has sharp features and blue eyes. He is very thin.[4]


The youngest child of Lord Rickard Stark and Lady Lyarra Stark. Benjen attended the tourney at Harrenhal with his siblings, Brandon, Eddard, and Lyanna. At the tournament Lyanna rescued their father's vassal, Howland Reed, from an attack by some squires. Benjen offered Howland a horse and some armor so he could challenge his attackers. During the feast he teased Lyanna when she cried for a sad and beautiful song by the noted musician, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, he got wine poured over his head for it.[5][6] He also listened to a black brother, who 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 joined the Night's Watch, for reasons unknown.[7] A skilled ranger,[8] Benjen became the First Ranger for the Watch, a man considered the bane of the free folk by Mance Rayder.[9]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Benjen writes a letter to Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell, updating his brother on the strength of the Night's Watch and the threat of Mance Rayder.[10] When King Robert I Baratheon visits Winterfell to offer the position of Hand of the King to Eddard, Benjen is present for a feast the Starks hold for the king. Benjen talks with Eddard's bastard son, Jon Snow, 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.[11]

Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, sends Benjen with six rangers[3] to find Ser Waymar Royce, who has not returned after a ranging.[12] When there is no word from Benjen, Ser Jaremy Rykker leads two sweeps in search of him, while Qhorin Halfhand leads another search party going north from the Shadow Tower. Nothing is found except a few blazes in trees that Benjen used to mark his way. The marks stop in the stony highlands to the northwest and all trace of Benjen vanishes.[13]

The bodies of the rangers Othor and Jafer Flowers are later found, but there is no trace of Benjen.[3] His fate is one of the motivations for the great ranging of Lord Commander Mormont.

Quotes by Benjen

The Night's Watch is a sworn brotherhood. We have no families. None of us will ever father sons. Our wife is duty. Our mistress is honor.[4]

- Benjen to Jon Snow

Quotes about Benjen

My uncle is not dead. Do you hear me? My uncle is not dead![14]
Robb Stark to Yoren

There's not a man on the Wall knows the haunted forest better than Benjen Stark. He'll find his way back.[14]
– unnamed brother of the Night's Watch to Yoren

His blood ran black. Made him my brother as much as yours.[15]
Yoren to Eddard Stark


Lorra Royce
Lyanne Glover
Melantha Blackwood
Lysara Karstark
Arya Flint
Marna Locke
Benedict Royce
House Royce
Harrold Rogers
Jon Snow

References and Notes

External Links

Benjen Stark on the Game of Thrones wiki.

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