Ghost by Carrie Best©
|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)
Ghost is an albino direwolf bonded to Jon Snow. He receives his name from Jon because of his white fur and the fact that he never makes a sound. Ghost is the litter-mate of Grey Wind, Lady, Nymeria, Summer, and Shaggydog.
- See also: Images of Ghost
Ghost has white fur and red eyes. Bran Stark thinks it curious that Ghost alone would open its eyes while the others were blind. Jon has noted that Ghost's red eyes are similar to the faces on carved weirwood heart trees by the children of the forest. At the outset, Ghost is the smallest of his pack, but he eventually grows to be larger than his litter mates.
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 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.
Ghost accompanies Jon to the Wall and through his adventures with the Night's Watch. Ghost exhibits a great deal of intelligence, and frequently works to Jon's benefit with a surprising amount of insight for an animal. Ghost wakes Jon by scratching at his door one night, alerting Jon to the presence of wights, and they are able to save Lord Commander Jeor Mormont from the undead Othor. 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 remarks that he believes Ghost is the one who deserves to be honoured. When Jon deserts the Night's Watch, Ghost betrays their position so that Jon's friends can bring him back.
A Clash of Kings
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. Ygritte's description of the warg's power may have helped him in accepting his own link with Ghost.
Ghost remains mostly at Jon's side and occasionally fights alongside him.
A Storm of Swords
Jon sends Ghost away with instructions to go to Castle Black. 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 himself returns to Castle Black, he seems to have attained at least a tentative acceptance of his warg powers. Ghost is still missing, however. After a few eventful days, Jon and Ghost are finally reunited, to their mutual joy.
A Dance with Dragons
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. Ghost seems to like Melisandre and Val, and Melisandre warns Jon to keep Ghost close.
Much like Grey Wind at the Red Wedding, Ghost senses the impending treachery of the Night's Watch, and lashes out. However, Jon believes his behavior is due to a giant boar that the wildling skinchanger Borroq brought to Castle Black, and keeps Ghost locked up in his quarters. As Jon is betrayed and stabbed by Bowen Marsh and his cronies in the mutiny at Castle Black, Ghost is unable to help his master. Ghost's fate remains unknown.
Quotes about Ghost
|“||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.||”|
|“||Jon's wolf, the white one, was Ghost. Bran wished he had thought of that first, even though his wolf wasn't white.||”|
|“||Will he howl for me when I’m dead, as Bran’s wolf howled when he fell? Jon wondered. Will Shaggydog howl, far off in Winterfell, and Grey Wind and Nymeria, wherever they might be? ||”|
– 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.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 5, Jon I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 10, Jon II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 70, Jon IX.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 34, Jon IV.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 53, Jon VII.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 68, Jon VIII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 26, Jon III.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 79, Jon XII.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 3, Jon I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 28, Jon VI.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 53, Jon XI.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 49, Jon X.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69, Jon XIII.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 9, Tyrion I.
- ↑ "Interview with the Dragon" Copyright © 2003 Robert Shaw.