Ghost

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Ghost
Ghost by carrie best.jpg
Ghost by Carrie Best©

Alias the white wolf[1]
Allegiance Jon Snow
Race direwolf
Born In 298 AC, at the north
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6

Ghost is an albino direwolf bonded to Jon Snow. Ghost is the litter-mate of Grey Wind, Lady, Nymeria, Summer, and Shaggydog.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Ghost

Ghost has thick white fur,[2] red eyes,[3] and a bushy tail.[4] At the outset, Ghost is the smallest of his pack, but he eventually grows to be larger than his litter mates.[5] He receives his name from Jon because of his fur color and the fact that he never makes a sound.[6] Jon has noted that Ghost's red eyes are similar to the faces on weirwood heart trees carved by the children of the forest.

Ghost enjoys tugging Jon's hand back and forth as a game,[7] and the direwolf enjoys rolling in fresh snow.[8]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Along with his litter-mates, Ghost is discovered by the Stark children after his mother was killed by a stag. Ghost was the first pup to open his eyes and had wandered off unnoticed by the time the Starks arrived. Jon Snow convinces his father, Lord Eddard Stark, to allow his children to keep the pups by noting that the five remaining pups match the five Stark children, excluding himself. Only afterwards does Jon hear Ghost nearby, the only one of the humans to do so. Theon Greyjoy wants to kill the albino pup, but Jon claims him.[9] During the feast for King Robert I Baratheon at Winterfell, the young Ghost defends his meal from a bitch three times his size.[6]

Ghost accompanies Jon to the Wall when the youth joins the Night's Watch. The direwolf joins Jon when he hunts for food for Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch,[3] and Ghost cheers Samwell Tarly by licking away the boy's tears.[3] Jon threatens Rast with Ghost to prevent further bullying of Sam.[3]

At the weirwood grove beyond the Wall, Ghost tears off the right hand of the dead Jafer Flowers. The growing direwolf wakes Jon by scratching at his door that night, alerting Jon to the presence of wights, and they are able to save Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, from the undead Othor. Ghost bites the wight's severed arm and tears into its belly.[10] In gratitude, Jeor gifts Jon with the Valyrian steel sword Longclaw, having replaced the ruined bear's head pommel with that of a white wolf's head in the likeness of Ghost, although Jon believes Ghost is the one who deserves to be honored.[11]

When Jon deserts the Night's Watch, Ghost disappears near Mole's Town. The direwolf later returns and betrays the hiding Jon's position so that his friends can bring him back to Castle Black.[12]

A Clash of Kings

During the great ranging, Ghost hunts well away from the main column of Night's Watch,[1] often at night.[13] Gilly is frightened by the direwolf, who kills two rabbits at Craster's Keep. Ghost gives one of the rabbits to Jon instead of Lark.[14]

Ghost discovers a cache of dragonglass weapons near the Fist of the First Men and leads Jon to it.[15]

Ghost accompanies Jon during Qhorin Halfhand's scouting mission into the Frostfangs. Sometimes during sleep, Jon inhabits Ghost's body through a warg bond, although he does not seem to fully understand it at first. He dreams of his lost siblings, and Jon hears Ghost howl mournfully in one dream.[16] The eagle of Orell gashes Ghost with its talons, but is unable to break the direwolf's neck.[16] Jon is captured by Rattleshirt's wildlings in the Skirling Pass. When Qhorin forces Jon into a duel, Ghost bites the Halfhand's calf and and Jon uses the distraction to kill the ranger.[17]

A Storm of Swords

After Jon is brought to Mance Rayder's host, the youth uses Ghost to keep Ygritte away from him at night. Ygritte eventually seduces Jon, however.[18]

Before ascending the Wall with Styr's group, Jon sends Ghost away with instructions to go to Castle Black.[19] He does not know if Ghost understands his instructions and does not hear of Ghost's whereabouts for a great while. By the time Jon returns to Castle Black, he seems to have attained at least a tentative acceptance of his warg powers.[20] Ghost is still missing, however. After a few eventful days, Jon and Ghost are finally reunited, to their mutual joy. Jon is chosen as the new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.[21]

A Dance with Dragons

Ghost sleeps on a rug in Jon's new quarters, once those of Donal Noye in the armory.[22] When Jon enters into Ghost, the direwolf knows that two of his siblings still live, being able to sense Nymeria sing to the moon with her pack of regular wolves in the riverlands and Shaggydog fighting a unicorn on Skagos. Even though Summer is alive, Ghost cannot sense him, presumably because Summer is beyond the Wall.[22] Ghost seems to like Melisandre[23] and Val,[24] and the former warns Jon to keep Ghost close.[22][25] Ghost accompanies Jon to the weirwood grove north of the Wall, where they meet Wun Wun and a group of free folk.[26]

Ghost growls at the giant boar later brought by the skinchanger Borroq to Castle Black, so Lord Commander Snow keeps Ghost locked up in his quarters. Queen Selyse Florent also wants Ghost to be penned up, claiming the direwolf scares Princess Shireen Baratheon. An angry Ghost bites at Mully, but Jon attributes his agitation to Borroq's boar and keeps Ghost within his chambers.[27] While being stabbed by Bowen Marsh and his cronies in the mutiny at Castle Black, Jon whispers the name of his direwolf.[27]

Quotes about Ghost

Benjen: A very quiet wolf.

Jon: He's not like the others. He never makes a sound. That's why I named him Ghost. That, and because he's white. The others are all dark, grey or black.[6]

Benjen Stark and Jon Snow


Jon's wolf, the white one, was Ghost. Bran wished he had thought of that first, even though his wolf wasn't white.[28]

Bran Stark


The direwolf's red eyes were darker than garnets and wiser than men.[11]
- thoughts of Jon Snow


He always slept better with the great white wolf beside him; there was comfort in the smell of him, and welcome warmth in that shaggy pale fur.[16]
- thoughts of Jon Snow


The smells are stronger in my wolf dreams, he reflected, and food tastes richer too. Ghost is more alive than I am.[29]
- thoughts of Jon Snow


A white wolf in a white wood, silent as a shadow.[8]
- thoughts of Jon Snow


Ghost was the only protection Jon needed; the direwolf could sniff out foes, even those who hid their enmity behind smiles.[24]
- thoughts of Jon Snow


Even in Winterfell, as a kid before the wolves, Jon was the bastard. He was the odd one out. The rest of them are all brothers and sisters. He's only a half-brother, so he's not as closely tied to them ... So he's of them, he's part of the family, he's part of the siblings, but he's a little bit apart too. Ghost is very similar to that. He's the albino, he's the one who makes no noise, so he's related to the other direwolves but one apart as well.[30]
- George R. R. Martin

References and Notes

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