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 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
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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.

Appearance

See also: Images of Benjen Stark

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

History

Benjen attended the tourney at Harrenhal with his siblings, Brandon, Eddard, and Lyanna. At the tournament Lyanna rescued their 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 the song of the dragon prince, Rhaegar Targaryen.[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

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beron
 
Lorra Royce
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Donnor
 
Lyanne Glover
 
Willam
 
Melantha Blackwood
 
Artos
 
Lysara Karstark
 
Berena
 
Alysanne
 
Errold
 
Rodrik
 
Arya Flint
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brandon
 
 
Edwyle
 
Marna Locke
 
Jocelyn
 
Benedict Royce
 
Brandon
 
Benjen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House Royce
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rickard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lyarra
 
Branda
 
Harrold Rogers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brandon
 
Unknown
 
Eddard
"Ned"
 
Catelyn
Tully
 
Lyanna
 
Benjen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jon Snow
 
Robb
 
Jeyne
Westerling
 
Sansa
 
Tyrion
Lannister
 
Arya
 
Brandon
"Bran"
 
Rickon
 
 
 
 


References and Notes

External Links

Benjen Stark on the Game of Thrones wiki.

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