First Ranger

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First Ranger of the Night's Watch - Illustrated by Lucas Soriana. © Fantasy Flight Games.

The First Ranger is a senior officer of the Night's Watch, commanding the order of rangers.[1] The First Ranger is based at Castle Black and reports to the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.


A Stane of Skagos once briefly served as First Ranger.[2]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

With First Ranger Benjen Stark missing during a ranging beyond the Wall, Ser Jaremy Rykker commands the rangers in Benjen's absence.[1] However, Jaremy is slain by a wight.[3]

A Clash of Kings

Thoren Smallwood declares he is First Ranger, but Lord Commander Jeor Mormont insists that Benjen will remain First Ranger until his fate is confirmed.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Thoren is killed during the fight at the Fist.[5] Ronnel Harclay commands the rangers after the death of Thoren's death.[6]

A Dance with Dragons

Black Jack Bulwer serves as First Ranger,[7] but he is slain by the Weeper while ranging north of the Wall.[8]