Lord of Bones

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Lord of Bones
Rattleshirt by Amoka©
Rattleshirt by John Aslarona©

Alias Rattleshirt
Lord o' Bones
Bag o' Bones
Culture Free Folk
Died In 300 AC, at Castle Black
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)

Played by Edward Dogliani ~ Season 2 | Season 3
Ross O'Hennessy ~ Season 5
TV series Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 5

The Lord of Bones, also mocked as "Rattleshirt" by the brothers of the Night's Watch, is a wildling leader of renown. He is called Rattleshirt due to his armor, which is made up of loosely-tied bones that clatter as he moves. He wears a broken giant's skull as his helm.[1]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Rattleshirt

He is a small man, with a knobby chin, thin mustache and pinched cheeks. His eyebrows join over the bridge of his nose, he has a widow's peak and dark hair.[2] He is considered sly, cruel and treacherous.


Before Mance Rayder made peace between them, Rattleshirt warred with Harma Dogshead.[3]

Recent Events

Lord of Bones - by Amok ©

A Clash of Kings

When the Night's Watch plans for the coming battle with the gathered wildlings, they are wary of a few of the leaders, Rattleshirt among them. Rattleshirt leads the party that catches up with Qhorin Halfhand and Jon Snow. He commands Jon to kill Qhorin.[1]

A Storm of Swords

Rattleshirt by Mike S Miller ©

Rattleshirt brings Jon Snow to Mance Rayder. He is dismissed by Mance, but not before he casts suspicion on Jon's true motives. During the wildling assault on the Wall, Rattleshirt was spotted near Long Barrow.[4] Rattleshirt was captured by the Night's Watch and was trotted out at the meeting between Jon Snow and Lord Janos Slynt as a witness of the death of Qhorin Halfhand at the hands of Jon.[5]

A Dance with Dragons

When Mance Rayder is executed by Stannis and the Watch, the man who they killed was actually Rattleshirt, who was glamoured by Melisandre to appear as Mance. Meanwhile the real Mance, via an enchanted ruby worn around his wrist, appears as Rattleshirt.[6][7]

Quotes by the Lord of Bones

To crows I be the Lord o’ Bones.[1]

Might be you fooled these others, crow, but don’t think you’ll be fooling Mance. He’ll take one look a’ you and know you’re false. And when he does, I’ll make a cloak o’ your wolf there, and open your soft boy’s belly and sew a weasel up inside.[2]
– The Lord of Bones, to Jon Snow

Quotes about the Lord of Bones

Rattleshirt, we called him. Treacherous and bloodthirsty. If there’s honor in him, he hides it down beneath his suit of bones.[8]
Jon Snow

References and Notes

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