Craster

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Craster
Craster by Amok©
Craster by Amok©

Culture Wildling
Died In ~299AC, at Craster's Keep
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Played by Robert Pugh
TV series Season 2 | Season 3

Craster is a wildling and is the master of Craster's Keep, located beyond the Wall. Despite his unsavory reputation, he is regarded as friend to the Night's Watch. In the HBO TV series he is portrayed by Robert Pugh.[1]

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Character and Appearance

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Once a powerful-looking man, Craster is nearing the end of his life. His hair is grey turning to white. He has a flat nose and a drooping mouth, which gives him a cruel look. One of his ears is missing, which he has lost to the cold.[2]

Craster is one of the few wildlings not openly hostile to the Night's Watch. Although he shows the Watch no malice and offers sanctuary to those north of the Wall on rangings, he is regarded as a tenuous ally at best. This is due to his incestuous relationships with his daughter-wives and suspicions of kinslaying, sacrificing his male children.[2]

History

Craster's father was a man of the Night's Watch and his mother was a wildling woman from the village of Whitetree. His father abandoned his mother after Craster was conceived, and when his mother tried to bring him to Castle Black, she was chased off by members of the Watch. His father's name is never mentioned.[3]

Craster has a keep in the far north, where he lives with his nineteen wives, many of whom are his own daughters, including Gilly, Dyah, Ferny, and Nella. Any sons he has are sacrificed.

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Craster begrudgingly allows the Night's Watch to stay at his keep overnight during their ranging beyond the Wall. He provides Lord Commander Jeor Mormont with the missing information on the location of Mance Rayder. He also claims not to have seen Benjen Stark for three years. Craster is offered escort south to the Wall, but he refuses.[2]

A Storm of Swords

Following the Battle of the Fist of the First Men, Craster allows the survivors of the attack to stay overnight at his keep. This time, several members of the Watch, already mutinous, believe that Craster is holding back food and aid to the men. During the farewell feast hosted by Craster, a mutiny erupts during which both Craster and Lord Commander Mormont are killed. Craster is killed by Dirk.[4]

References and Notes

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