Benjen Stark by Amok ©
|Alias|| The Wolf Pup|
|Title||First Ranger of the Night's Watch|
|Born||In 267 AC or later, at Winterfell|
|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|
- See also: Images of Benjen Stark
He has sharp features and blue eyes. He is very thin.
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. 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. 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.
A Game of Thrones
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. 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. 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.
Later, Lord Commander Jeor Mormont sends Benjen with a force of rangers to find Ser Waymar Royce, who has not returned after a ranging. 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 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.||”|
- Benjen on being a sworn brother of the Night's Watch
Quotes about Benjen
|“||My uncle is not dead. Do you hear me? My uncle is not dead!||”|
|“||There’s not a man on the Wall knows the haunted forest better than Benjen Stark.||”|
|“||His blood ran black. Made him my brother as much as yours.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ See the Benjen Stark calculation.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, "Benjen Stark".
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 5, Jon I.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
- ↑ CONQUEST (KANSAS CITY, MO; MAY 27-29)
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon III.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Prologue.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.