Eagle

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Varamyr with a snow bear, wolves, a shadowcat, and Orell's eagle. Art by Elena María Vaca

Eagles are large birds of prey similar to real-life eagles.

Culture

House Mallister has an eagle in their sigil, and the Mallisters also control the Cape of Eagles. House Condon includes an eagle's head in their sigil, while double-headed eagles are included in the sigils of Houses Estren and Graves.

Lord Ardrian Celtigar is said to have a trained sea eagle,[1] and Lord Jason Mallister decorates his helm with eagle wings.[2] Some skinchangers can enter eagles.[3] For instance, Orell controls an eagle with great blue-grey wings[4] and golden eyes.[5]

History

The wood dancers of the children of the forest are said to have called upon eagles to fight on their behalf.[6]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

While traveling through the Skirling Pass, Jon Snow sees eagles nesting in the heights and hunting in the valleys of the Frostfangs.[3] Orell, a skinchanger of the free folk, spies with an eagle, but he is killed by Jon.[3] The bird remains with Rattleshirt's band[7] and gashes Jon's direwolf, Ghost.[8]

A Storm of Swords

Part of Orell's consciousness lives on within his eagle, which attacks Jon.[5] Varamyr Sixskins takes control of Orell's eagle, but he is later traumatized when Melisandre kills the bird during the Battle of Castle Black.[9][10]

Quotes

Eagles have sharper eyes than men.[8]
- Qhorin Halfhand to Jon Snow

References and Notes

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