Jaremy Rykker

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Jaremy Rykker
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Title Ser
acting First Ranger
Allegiance Night's Watch
Died In 298 AC, at Castle Black
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Ser Jaremy Rykker is a ranger of the Night's Watch and a knight from House Rykker.

Appearance and Character

According to Tyrion Lannister, Jaremy has a noble face.[1] He is not known for his patience.[2]

History

Jaremy remained loyal to the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, during Robert's Rebellion. After the Sack of King's Landing, he was given the choice by Lord Tywin Lannister between the Wall or immediate death. Both he and Ser Alliser Thorne joined the Night's Watch.[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Jaremy is present when Tyrion Lannister has dinner at Castle Black with Lord Commander Jeor Mormont and other high officers of the Night's Watch. Jaremy mentions how, after the Sack of King's Landing, Tyrion's father, Lord Tywin Lannister, gave him and Ser Alliser Thorne the choice between joining the Night's Watch or their heads ending up on a spike the same day, because they had stayed loyal to the Mad King. Tyrion replies that his father is fond of heads on spikes and probably thought that a face as noble as Jaremy's would make a striking decoration for the city wall above the King's Gate. Jaremy thanks Tyrion for this comment with a sardonic smile.[1]

After First Ranger Benjen Stark goes missing beyond the Wall, Jaremy leads two sweeps in search of him, while Qhorin Halfhand leads another search party going north from the Shadow Tower. Nothing is found except a few blazes in trees that Benjen used to mark his way. The marks stop in the stony highlands to the northwest and all trace of Benjen vanishes.[3]

Jaremy serves as First Ranger in the absence of Benjen. He is present during the swearing-in ceremony for the new members of the Night's Watch at the sept of Castle Black and again when Jon Snow, Samwell Tarly and others are sworn in at the weirwood beyond the Wall.[4]

After the latter ceremony, the bodies of two rangers are found by Ghost and Jaremy identifies them as Othor and Jafer Flowers, who both belonged to Benjen's party. Lord Commander Mormont is displeased that Jaremy has no answers when he asks him where the rest of Benjen's party is and how two rangers can be killed close to the Wall without the rest of the rangers noticing. The implied accusation makes Jaremy angry and he points out that he lacks the men to do wider sweeps and that his men stayed closer to the Wall on Mormont's own orders. When they return to Castle Black, Mormont conveys an order to Jaremy through Jon Snow to put the dead men into a storeroom until Mester Aemon is ready to examine them.[2]

At Castle Back, Jafer Flowers rises as a wight and kills five people, including Jaremy. The knight manages to hack the wight's already loose head off with his sword, but is killed nonetheless when the headless wight pulls his dagger from its sheath and thrusts it into Jaremy's bowels.[5]

A Clash of Kings

Thoren Smallwood states he is First Ranger with Benjen lost and Jaremy killed, a claim rejected by Lord Commander Mormont.[6] Thoren receives Jaremy's clothing and armor, right down to the House Rykker emblem used as a clasp on Jaremy's cloak, as the Night's Watch does not waste things.[7]

The death of Jaremy by the hand of a wight is brought up by Lord Commander Mormont in his conversation with Craster.[8]

Ser Alliser Thorne mentions in front of the Iron Throne that Jaremy has been killed by a wight, when he appeals to the Crown to provide more men for the Night's Watch, causing people to snigger and Tyrion Lannister to mock Alliser.[8]

A Storm of Swords

When Mance Rayder questions Jon Snow at the Fist of the First Men, he asks him who had been in command there, suggesting, among others, that it might have been Jaremy. After some hesitation, Jon admits that the ranging was led by Lord Commander Mormont himself.[9]

A Dance with Dragons

As the wildlings are about to pass through the wall, Lord Commander Jon Snow has last doubts about his decision, thinking that a more experienced man should have dealt with Tormund Giantsbane. In this context, he thinks of Ser Jaremy, among others.[10]

References and Notes

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