House Mormont

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House Mormont of Bear Island
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Coat of arms A black bear in a green wood
(wood vert, a bear sable)
Words Here We Stand
Seat Mormont Keep
Current Lord Maege Mormont
Region North
Title Lord of Bear Island
Heir Alysane Mormont
Overlord House Stark (AGOT)
House Baratheon of Dragonstone (ADWD)
Ancestral Weapon Longclaw (formerly; now gifted to Jon Snow)

House Mormont of Bear Island is an old, proud, and honorable house of the north,[1] one of the principal families sworn to House Stark.[2] Their seat is at Bear Island, located in the Bay of Ice far to the north-west of Winterfell. Their blazon is a black bear over a green wood[3][4] and their motto is "Here We Stand".[5]

House Mormont is one of the few houses to have an ancestral weapon of Valyrian steel: a bastard sword called Longclaw. However, due to Bear Island's lack of valuable resources, the Mormonts are a rather poor house. Their hall is made of huge logs, surrounded by an earthen palisade. On the gate is a carving of a woman in a bearskin with a child in one arm suckling at her breast and a battleaxe in the other. Like the other women of Bear Island, the women of House Mormont learn how to defend themselves from ironmen and wildlings.


Legend has it that King in the North Rodrik Stark won Bear Island in a wrestling match (presumably from the ironborn king who controlled it at the time) and gave it to the Mormonts.[6]

Presumably, when Lord Eddard Stark called his banners, to fight in Robert's Rebellion, Lord Jeor Mormont led the Bear Island men to war.[7] Jeor eventually abdicated his lordship to join the Night's Watch and was succeeded by his son, Jorah. In 288 AC, Jeor was chosen as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.[8]

Jorah went on to earn fame in Greyjoy's Rebellion and the subsequent tourney at Lannisport in 289 AC. However, he was driven from the north by Lord Eddard in 293 AC, after selling poachers to a Tyroshi slaver in order to pay for the tastes of his wife, Lynesse Hightower.[1][9] Jorah fled to the Free Cities and was succeeded by his aunt, Jeor's sister, Maege. Lady Mormont's heir is Dacey, a tall, lanky warrior-woman.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lady Maege Mormont answers Robb Stark's call to arms and she, her heir Dacey, and their bannermen follow him south against the Lannisters.[3] Maege acts as part of Robb's war councils and Dacey rides with his battle companions and guards, being the only woman of the group.[10] Both Mormont women are present when Robb is named King in the North at Riverrun.[11]

Jeor Mormont is Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, and is introduced when Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow arrive at the Wall.[12] Later he chooses Jon as his steward and acts as a mentor to young Jon.[13] Jeor gives Longclaw to Jon in gratitude for the youth having saved the Lord Commander's life from wights.[14]

The exiled Ser Jorah Mormont attends Magister Illyrio Mopatis's party in Pentos, where he gets to know Prince Viserys Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen.[15] Jorah becomes an advisor to Daenerys and the first of her Queensguard.[16]

A Clash of Kings

Lady Maege and Dacey accompany Robb into the westerlands. After the Battle of Oxcross, Maege captures thousands of livestock and drives them back to the riverlands.[17]

Jeor leads the Night's Watch in the great ranging beyond the Wall.[18]

A Storm of Swords

In preparation for King Robb's plan to recover Moat Cailin from the ironborn, Maege is sent by Robb on a Mallister longship to the Neck to contact the crannogmen.[19] Dacey is killed during the Red Wedding.[20]

After having survived the fight at the Fist, Jeor is slain by Ollo Lophand during the mutiny at Craster's Keep.[21] Maester Aemon sends a raven to Bear Island in a plea for help to defend Castle Black from wildlings.[22]

Jorah is exiled from Meereen by Queen Daenerys when she discovers that he had been spying on her for Varys.[23]

A Feast for Crows

Alysane is the new heir of House Mormont after the death of her elder sister, Dacey, at the Red Wedding.[24]

A Dance with Dragons

When Stannis Baratheon demands the fealty of the northern lords, young Lyanna Mormont sends Bear Island's denial.[25]

Alysane Mormont and men-at-arms of House Mormont launch an attack on the ironmen longships off the strand of Deepwood Motte, managing to take them unawares by hiding fighters inside a gaggle of fishing sloops. She burns and captures all ships, securing several ironborn captains, knights, warriors, and other nobility for ransom.[26]

After Stannis retakes Deepwood and restores it to House Glover, Alysane joins his army when it marches on Winterfell.[27] She becomes one of the guards of Asha Greyjoy during Stannis's march on Winterfell, which is held by House Bolton.[28]

Lyra and Jorelle Mormont are with their mother Maege,[27] whose location is unknown.

Jorah takes Tyrion captive in Selhorys[29] and travels with him to Slaver's Bay, where he hopes to present Tyrion to Daenerys in Meereen.[30]

House Mormont at the end of the third century

The known Mormonts during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Unknown Glover
Lynesse Hightower

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
  4. The Citadel. Heraldry: the North
  5. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  6. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.
  7. There is no confirmation that Jeor was still the Lord of Bear Island in 282 -283 AC. However, it is known that Jeor became Lord Commander of the Night's Watch in 288 AC and that he had been elected rather quickly, suggesting that he did not join too many years before.
  8. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Jeor Mormont.
  9. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn X.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 21, Tyrion III.
  13. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
  14. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 60, Sansa VI.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
  17. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
  18. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 13, Jon II.
  19. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
  20. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
  21. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 33, Samwell II.
  22. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
  23. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
  24. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  25. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 3, Jon I.
  26. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 35, Jon VII.
  27. 27.0 27.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize.
  28. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice.
  29. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 22, Tyrion VI.
  30. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 66, Tyrion XII.
  31. 31.0 31.1 It is currently unknown whether Alysane's children are trueborn, or bastardborn.

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