Dywen

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Dywen
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Allegiance Night's Watch
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Dywen is a veteran ranger of the Night's Watch.

Appearance and Character

Dywen has wooden teeth.[1] He has a leathery, wrinkled face and gnarled hands.[2]

He is well renowned for his tracking ability within the Night's Watch.[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

When Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly go to the haunted forest to swear their vows, Dywen is among the rangers who escort them. He is the first to notice the human hand that Ghost found.[3] Dywen accompanies Lord Commander Jeor Mormont when he goes to look at the corpses of Othor and Jafer Flowers in the haunted forest.[4]

A Clash of Kings

According to Dywen, giant bears can be found beyond the Wall. The Lord Commander Mormont doubts this.[5]

Dywen is among the great ranging, the two hundred brothers of the Night's Watch that leave Castle Black to search for the wildlings.[6] While camped out on the Fist of the First Men, Dywen senses the smell of cold, to the disbelief of his brothers with the exception of Jon, who also understands the cold as a sign of wights and the Others.[2]

A Storm of Swords

Dywen is one of those selected to die by Chett's conspirators on account of his excellent tracking abilities.[1] Before the plot can begin, however, the Fist of the First Men is attacked by wights. Dywen is among the survivors of the attack.

Once at Craster's Keep, Dywen is one of the few men that takes Samwell Tarly seriously when he tells the men he slew an Other with his dragonglass dagger. Dywen joins Dolorous Edd in making Sam and Grenn tell the Lord Commander the tale. [7]

Dywen stays loyal to the Watch during the mutiny at Craster's Keep, in which Lord Commander Mormont is slain. He is one of the few survivors of the ranging to make it all the way back to Castle Black.[8]

A Dance with Dragons

Dywen and Kedge Whiteye report that two of the Queen's Men, Ser Richard Horpe and Ser Justin Massey, rode south along the kingsroad.[9]

Dywen is one of the most outspoken rangers against the proposal to seal off the gates and other entrances of the Wall to prevent the Others and more wildlings from passing. He argues threats like Tormund Giantsbane and the Weeper would either cross the Bridge of Skulls or pass through an unseen gate, trapping the Night's Watch unnecessarily. He rallies most of the rangers under Jon, whereas the builders and stewards side with Bowen Marsh.[10]

Lord Commander Jon Snow appoints Dywen as the leader of one of three groups of three rangers sent ranging.[11] His group includes Ser Alliser Thorne. Melisandre warns Jon soon after their departure that in her visions she has seen three of the nine rangers return eyeless, weeping blood.[11]

When the decapitated heads of the group led by Black Jack Bulwer turn up north of Castle Black, Owen the Oaf inquiries if Dywen was among the casualties. Jon asks Melisandre if she has also seen the surviving six rangers, including Dywen, in her visions. Melisandre reveals she has not seen their fates just yet.[12]

Quotes

No man in Castle Black knew the woods as well as Dywen did, the trees and streams, the plants that could be eaten, the ways of predator and prey.[11]
- thoughts of Jon Snow

References and Notes

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