Horn (instrument)

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An ancient warhorn with runes carved into it © FFG
A sentry sounding the horn to signal dragons attacking. © FFG
Summoning Season. © FFG

A horn is a popular instrument in A Song of Ice and Fire for quick and easy communication. To sound a horn people blow air into it. Horns are used during times of peace and during times of war.


A horn is often made from the horn of a horned animal, such as an aurochs[1] and even a dragon.[2][3]. Horns can come in various sizes. They can be banded with metals, such as bronze or gold. A Valyrian dragon horn can have Valyrian glyphs written upon it.[2]

Horns can be used for different purposes, such as to announce arrival, as in for example, the Night's Watch where a sentry’s horn is sounded when rangers return to the Wall, a single blast means rangers returning.[4]. To sound the alarum [5], to rouse a camp [6]. To herald the coming of a pit fighter.[7]. A warhorn’s sound can be long and low.[8] and can carry far and wide.

Some horns


Rory lifted his great horn to his lips and blew. AAAAhooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. [10]
Jon Snow’s thoughts

A sentry’s horn greeted them as they approached, sounding from on high like the cry of some, huge, deep-throated bird, a single long blast the meant rangers returning. [4]
Jon Snow’s thoughts

AHooooooooooooooooooooooo, the warhorn cried, long and loaw, a sound to curdle blood. Asha began to hate the sound of horns. On Old Wyk her uncle’s hellhorn had blown a death knell for her dream, and now Hagen was sounding what might well be her last hour on earth. [8]
Asha Greyjoy’s thoughts

The gate tuned out to be closed but not barred; it gave way at the second blow, and Ser Franklyn’s men were halfway up the throat before a warhorn sounded the alarum from the castle proper. [5]
. – Jon Connington’s thoughts

References and Notes

  1. A Clash of Kings, Bad reference param2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  3. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 35, Jon VII.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 59, The Discarded Knight.
  8. 8.0 8.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  10. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 53, Jon XI.

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