Eddison Tollett

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Edd Tollett by JB Casacop ©FFG
Edd Tollett by JB Casacop ©FFG

Culture Valemen
Born Vale of Arryn[3]

Played by Ben Crompton
TV series Game of Thrones:
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Eddison Tollett, better known as Dolorous Edd, is a squire from House Tollett and a steward of the Night's Watch.[1] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, he is portrayed by Ben Crompton.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Eddison Tollett

Eddison is a thin man, dour and grey-haired.[1][2] He has a long face, like a mule's.[4] He has a dry and pessimistic sense of humor.[1][5] He is well-liked by his brothers in the Night's Watch.[6]


Dolorous Edd appears to have been born to a lesser branch of House Tollett, as he speaks of being raised in a crude house such as the poorer of the smallfolk might have. Per George R.R. Martin, he was recruited to the Night's Watch by Yoren, who told him women could not resist a man in uniform, leaving out the Night's Watch vow of celibacy.[7] Edd once lost track of his white horse while it was snowing.[2]

Dolorous Edd - by Amok ©

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Edd is part of the great ranging beyond the Wall.[5] Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, trusts his horse to Edd, and he also has Edd retrieve his axe to give as a gift to Craster.[5] When Jon Snow joins Qhorin Halfhand's mission into the Frostfangs, Qhorin reminds Jeor that Edd can serve the Lord Commander as his steward.[8]

A Storm of Swords

Edd and other brothers of the Night's Watch - Grenn, Jon Snow, Pyp, Satin, and Samwell Tarly - by chillyravenart ©

Edd survives when wights attack the Fist of the First Men, helping Samwell Tarly retreat.[9] They are among the survivors to make it back to Craster's Keep.[10]

Once at Craster's Keep, Edd is one of the few men that takes Sam seriously when he tells the men he slew an Other with his dragonglass dagger.[9] Edd, along with Dywen, makes Sam and Grenn tell Lord Commander Mormont the tale.[10] After the death of the Lord Commander during the mutiny at Craster's Keep, Edd flees with Grenn, Giant and other loyalists back to the Wall for fear of being killed by the mutineers.[11]

When the Weeper starts his assault near the Shadow Tower, Bowen Marsh assembles the garrison of Castle Black, along with Edd, to aid Ser Denys Mallister.[12] During the battle beneath the Wall, the defenders name a straw sentinel after Edd.[13]

Against his wishes, Edd receives a few votes during the election of the new Lord Commander.[12] Edd later puts forth Jon Snow's name instead, and Jon is chosen by the black brothers.[14]

A Feast for Crows

When Samwell Tarly leaves Castle Black, Edd says farewell to him.[15]

A Dance with Dragons

Edd carries on his duties as Lord Commander Snow's steward. He is one of the men brought along as muscle to assist Jon in escorting Janos Slynt out of Castle Black to carry out his duties as garrison commander of Greyguard. When Janos refuses to obey the order, Edd and Iron Emmett escort Janos outside for his execution, and Edd fetches Jon a block per his request.[16]

While riding to Mole's Town, Jon jokes that the solemn face carved by wildlings on an ash heart tree resembles Edd.[17]

Eventually, Lord Commander Snow assigns Emmett to Long Barrow, where Jon sent wildling spearwives, with Edd as his steward and second in command.[18] Satin replaces Edd as the Lord Commander's steward.[19]

Edd briefly returns to Castle Black with six wagons so that more spearwives can be transported to Long Barrow.[4]

Quotes by Edd

Dolorous Edd, by pojypojy ©

The dead are likely dull fellows, full of tedious complaints—the ground's too cold, my gravestone should be larger, why does he get more worms than I do...[1]

—Edd to Jon Snow

Some dogs crawled atop me during the night. My cloak was almost dry when one of them pissed in it. Or perhaps it was Brown Bernarr. Have you noticed that the rain stopped the instant I had a roof above me? It will start again now that I'm back out. Gods and dogs alike delight to piss on me.[5]

—Edd to Jon Snow

There are worse ways to die than warm and drunk. I knew a brother drowned himself in wine once. It was a poor vintage, though, and his corpse did not improve it.[20]

—Edd to Jon Snow

Once they figure a way to work a dead horse, we'll be next. Likely I'll be the first too. 'Edd' they'll say, 'dying's no excuse for laying down no more, so get on up and take this spear, you've got the watch tonight.' Well, I shouldn't be so gloomy. Might be I'll die before they work it out.[10]

—Edd to Samwell Tarly

Edd: I never win anything. The gods always smiled on Watt, though. When the wildlings knocked him off the Bridge of Skulls, somehow he landed in a nice deep pool of water. How lucky was that, missing all those rocks?

Grenn: Was it a long fall? Did landing in the pool of water save his life?

Edd: No. He was dead already, from that axe in his head. Still, it was pretty lucky, missing the rocks.[12]

—Edd and Grenn

I just want to say to whoever is voting for me that I would certainly make an awful Lord Commander. But so would all these others.[12]

—Edd to his black brothers

Cotter: We'll defend the Wall to the last man.
Edd: Probably me.[21]

Cotter Pyke and Edd

Samwell: Jon wants to see me?
Edd: As to that, I could not say. I never wanted to see half the things I’ve seen, and I’ve never seen half the things I wanted to. I don’t think wanting comes into it. You’d best go all the same.[15]

Samwell Tarly and Edd

My old septon used to say that books are dead men talking. Dead men should keep quiet, is what I say. No one wants to hear a dead man's yabber.[16]

—Edd to Jon Snow

Place was overrun with rats when we moved in. The spearwives killed the nasty buggers. Now the place is overrun with spearwives. There's days I want the rats back.[4]

—Edd to Jon Snow

Quotes about Edd

Edd, fetch me a block.[16]

Jon Snow during the execution of Janos Slynt


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