Jon Umber (Greatjon)

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Jon Umber
Greatjon Umber by amoka.jpg
Greatjon Umber by amok©

Alias The Greatjon
Greatjon Umber
Title Lord of the Last Hearth
Allegiance House Umber
Culture Northmen
Born At the Last Hearth[1]
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 (mentioned)

Played by Clive Mantle
TV series Season 1

Jon Umber, better known as the Greatjon, is Lord of the Last Hearth and head of House Umber, a loyal vassal family to the Starks of Winterfell.[2] His eldest son is Smalljon Umber. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones the Greatjon is played by Clive Mantle.[3]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Jon Umber (Greatjon)

Jon Umber is a large man, nearly seven feet tall. He is heavily muscled and is a formidable warrior. Ser Jaime Lannister regards him as one of the strongest living men in Westeros when thinking of who could match him in a fight.[4]

Jon is proud, boisterous, and fierce, and impressed only by those who earn his respect. The Greatjon wields the biggest, ugliest greatsword that Bran Stark has ever seen, which makes it bigger than Ice.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Greatjon - by John Matson ©

Jon leads his men when Robb Stark calls the bannermen of House Stark to Winterfell. At first he challenges the young lord's authority, threatening to take his forces home if he is not given a proper place in the battle order. After being called out by Robb Stark, the Greatjon draws his sword, only to have the direwolf Grey Wind knock the sword from his hands and bite off two fingers. Impressed with Robb's courage, the Greatjon makes a joke of it instead of becoming angry and becomes Robb's greatest champion.[2]

When the northern host splits at the Twins, Greatjon goes south with Robb's force along with his son, the Smalljon, leading the van of the army and participating in the battles of the Whispering Wood and the Camps, where he sets fire to the Ser Jaime Lannister's siege towers.[5][6] After Riverrun is relieved and news of Lord Eddard Stark's death arrives, the Greatjon is the first to declare Robb Stark the King in the North.[7]

A Clash of Kings

Lord Jon is present when Robb Stark explains his terms for peace with the Iron Throne in the Great Hall of Riverrun. After participating in the Battle of Oxcross, the Greatjon goes on to capture the gold mines at Castamere, Nunn's Deep and the Pendric Hills.[8]

A Storm of Swords

After Robb Stark breaks his marriage contract with the Freys, Greatjon Umber offers to make marriage contracts for his uncle's in Robb's place.[9] He leads the van on the march to the Twins for the wedding of Lord Edmure Tully. In Robb's plan to retake Moat Cailin from the ironborn, the Greatjon is given command of the van and told to make his diversionary attack convincing, as Robb's own force is to circle behind Moat Cailin with the guidance of the crannogmen.

During the wedding feast at the Twins, the Greatjon carries Edmure's bride, Roslin Frey, over his shoulder and takes her from the hall as part of the bedding customs. In preparation for the Freys' betrayal of House Stark, Petyr, Merrett and Ser Whalen Frey were tasked with getting the Greatjon too drunk to put up a fight. Once the Red Wedding begins, however, the Greatjon is only subdued after eight men grapple with him. He still manages to kill one man, wound two others and bite off half the ear of Ser Leslyn Haigh.[10] His son and heir, the Smalljon, is slain during the massacre.[11]

A Feast for Crows

After the Red Wedding, the Greatjon is held captive at the Twins.[12]

A Dance with Dragons

With the Greatjon still a captive of House Frey, a portion of House Umber, led by his uncle Hother Whoresbane, grudgingly swears fealty to House Bolton, though according to Lord Roose Bolton their loyalty is highly dubious. The other half of the Umbers, under Mors Crowfood, take up the cause of Stannis Baratheon.


Jon is mentioned as having "sons and brothers" with him when he answers Robb's calling of the banners.[2] He also has daughters.[13] His eldest son and heir, Smalljon Umber, is killed during the Red Wedding.[14]

Unknown Umber
At least
2 daughters

Quotes by Greatjon

Robb Stark: My lord father taught me that it was death to bare steel against your liege lord, but doubtless you only meant to cut my meat.

Greatjon: Your meat, is bloody tough.[2]

– Greatjon, to Robb Stark before becoming his right hand and his staunchest champion.

We’ll shove our swords up Tywin Lannister’s bunghole soon enough, begging your pardons, and then it’s on to the Red Keep to free Ned.[15]

– Greatjon, to Catelyn Tully

MY LORDS! Here is what I say to these two kings! Renly Baratheon is nothing to me, nor Stannis neither. Why should they rule over me and mine, from some flowery seat in Highgarden or Dorne? What do they know of the Wall or the wolfswood or the barrows of the First Men? Even their gods are wrong. The Others take the Lannisters too, I’ve had a bellyful of them. Why shouldn’t we rule ourselves again? It was the dragons we married, and the dragons are all dead! There sits the only king I mean to bow my knee to, m’lords. The King in the North![7]

Leave off, Karstark, it was a mother’s folly. Women are made that way.[9]

– Greatjon, to Rickard Karstark

King crabs, I hope, to sup upon such royal jelly, eh?[16]

– Greatjon, about the crabs eating Balon Greyjoy's eyes

Your creepers best come fast, or my men will swarm those walls and win the Moat before you show your face. I’ll make a gift of it to you when you come dawdling up.[16]

– Greatjon, to Robb Stark

Quotes about Greatjon

I thought he was going to kill me. Did you see the way he threw down Hal, like he was no bigger than Rickon? Gods, I was so scared.[2]

Robb Stark, to Bran Stark

Your father once told me that the Greatjon was as fearless as any man he had ever known.[15]

Catelyn Tully, to Robb Stark

Grey Wind ate two of his fingers, and he laughed about it.[15]

Robb Stark

Now, will you go to Renly for me, or must I send the Greatjon?[17]

Robb Stark, to Catelyn Tully

You shall have one task and one task only, Merrett, but I believe you are well suited to it. I want you to see to it that Greatjon Umber is so bloody drunk that he can hardly stand, let alone fight.[10]

Lothar Frey

I failed at. He’d cozened the huge northman into drinking enough wine to kill any three normal men, yet after Roslin had been bedded the Greatjon still managed to snatch the sword of the first man to accost him and break his arm in the snatching. It had taken eight of them to get him into chains, and the effort had left two men wounded, one dead, and poor old Ser Leslyn Haigh short half a ear. When he couldn’t fight with his hands any longer, Umber had fought with his teeth.[10]

Merrett Frey's thoughts

References and Notes

External Links

Greatjon Umber on the Game of Thrones wiki.

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