Kissed by fire

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Kissed by fire[1][2][3][4] or fire-kissed[2] are terms used by the free folk to describe people with red hair.


The free folk consider red hair to be lucky and attractive. It is rare among the people who live beyond the Wall, and those who have it are said to be kissed by fire.[1]


Ygritte lost her maidenhead to a red-haired youth.[2]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Ygritte, a spearwife, is considered common looking by Jon Snow at first, but when he joins the free folk he soon learns she is considered a great beauty due to her red hair.[1]

Del tells Jon that he intends to steal a wildling girl with fire-kissed hair.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

Melisandre's red hair reminds Jon of the fire-kissed Ygritte.[5][6]

Known free folk kissed by fire


The wildlings seemed to think Ygritte a great beauty because of her hair; red hair was rare among the free folk, and those who had it were said to be kissed by fire, which was supposed to be lucky.[1]

—thoughts of Jon Snow

Tormund: That hair she had. Well, the hottest fires burn out quickest. To Ygritte, kissed by fire!
Jon: To Ygritte, kissed by fire.[11]