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Jaqen H'ghar
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Jaqen H'ghar by Amok©
Jaqen H'ghar by Amok©

Alias Lorath
Allegiance Faceless Men
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Played by Tom Wlaschiha and Patrick O'Kane (as Jaqen's new face)[1]
TV series Season 2 | Season 5 | Season 6

Jaqen H'ghar is a sly Lorathi criminal who is taken by Yoren from the black cells of the Red Keep King's Landing, to bring him to the Wall. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Tom Wlaschiha.

Appearance

See also: Images of Jaqen H'ghar

Jaqen H'ghar has shiny long, straight hair streaming down across his shoulders, colored white on one side and red on the other.[2][3] He is a slender, handsome young man with fine features, who always smiles. His voice is friendly.[3] He speaks in the traditional manner of Lorathi,[citation needed] omitting names and avoiding first and second grammatical persons.

He later changes his appearance, making his cheeks fuller, his eyes closer together, and his nose hooked. His hair is changed into a cap of tight black curls, whereas a scar appears on his right cheek. In his new appearance, he has a shiny golden tooth.[4] His new appearance largely resembles the appearance of the alchemist.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

When no knights at the court of the Red Keep volunteer to join the Night's Watch following the plea of wandering crow Yoren, Lord Eddard Stark, the Hand of the King, gives Yoren his pick of the king's dungeons.[6] Jaqen is one of the three men Yoren takes from the black cells.[7]

A Clash of Kings

Jaqen chained to the wagon - by Amok ©

Jaqen is transported to the Wall in a cage by Yoren. He is locked in together with Rorge and Biter,[3] who had been in the black cells with him. He is polite to Arya Stark despite his situation. Yoren remains caged with Biter and Rorge when the group of recruits decides to spend the night in the holdfast of |a deserted town on the southern shore of the Gods Eye. The whole town is burned down that night by men under the command of Ser Amory Lorch. Jaqen is saved from the fire by Arya Stark, who hands him an axe to break free with, before fleeing through a tunnel.[8][9]

Arya gives Jaqen a name - by mustamirri ©

Jaqen joins the Brave Companions alongside Rorge and Biter. He serves at Harrenhal under Vargo Hoat, where he meets Arya Stark again. He seeks her out, insisting that, as she had helped him, Rorge, and Biter escape death, he now owes her the three deaths to repay those she stole from the "Red God". Per her request, Jaqen arranges the deaths of Chiswyck[2] and Weese.[10] Jaqen refuses to aid Arya in freeing the captive northmen, until she names him as her third death. Promising to unsay his name if he helps her, Jaqen aids in freeing the northmen.[4]

With his debt to Arya fulfilled and his name unsaid, Jaqen informs her it is time for him to "die". He changes his appearance, comparing it to 'killing Jaqen', and tells Arya that it is "no harder than taking a new name, if you know the way." When Arya requests that he teach her, he tells her that she must come with him across the narrow sea. When she admits she cannot go, he gives her a small iron coin, claiming it has great value. He promises that, should she ever wish to find him again, she should give the coin to any man from Braavos, and tell him "valar morghulis". He then departs Harrenhall.[4]

A Feast for Crows

A man claiming to be an alchemist, whose appearance matches the appearance of Jaqen's new face, approaches Pate, a novice of the Citadel, in Oldtown. He promises Pate a gold dragon in exchange for Archmaester Walgrave's key. They make the exchange, but Pate dies after biting the coin.[5] When Samwell Tarly later arrives at the Citadel he is welcomed by a novice who introduces himself as Pate.[11]

Quotes

The Red God has his due, sweet girl, and only death may pay for life. This girl took three that were his. This girl must give three in their places. Speak the names, and a man will do the rest.[2]
- Jaqen to Arya Stark

Theories

Main article: Jaqen H'ghar/Theories

Jaqen's ability to change his appearance at will and his possession of the iron coin of the House of Black and White imply an association with the Faceless Men of Braavos. It has been theorized that Jaqen, in the appearance of the Alchemist, killed the novice Pate, and is now impersonating him at the Citadel.

References

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