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Allegiance House Stark
Culture Westeros
Died In 299 AC, at Winterfell
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Played by Donald Sumpter
TV series Season 1 | Season 2

Luwin is a maester in the service of House Stark at Winterfell.[1] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Donald Sumpter.

Character and Appearance

See also: Images of Luwin

A tireless maester,[2] Luwin is a small grey man with grey eyes and hair. He has a robe of grey wool with voluminous sleeves. In the sleeves are sewn pockets, from which Luwin is always drawing things.[3] His maester's collar is simple choker.[4] He often tugs at the chain around his neck when he is uncomfortable.[5] His turret at Winterfell is always so cluttered that it seems to Bran Stark a wonder that Luwin ever finds anything. He owns a bronze far-eye.[6]

Luwin is one of the few maesters who bothered to study for the Valyrian steel link.[7] He is skeptical of some of Old Nan's stories.[8]


Presumably the replacement at Winterfell for Maester Walys, Luwin delivered all of the children of Lord Eddard Stark and Lady Catelyn Tully: Robb, Sansa, Bran, Arya, and Rickon Stark.[3] Luwin educated the Stark children, as well as Eddard's bastard, Jon Snow, and Eddard's ward, Theon Greyjoy. For instance, he taught the stars to Jon,[9] the history of the Night's Watch to Bran,[10][8] and the historical lords of Winterfell to Theon.[11] Luwin also treated Arya's cuts and scrapes.[12]

Recent Events

Maester Luwin as depicted in the series

A Game of Thrones

At Winterfell Maester Luwin receives and brings Catelyn Stark a letter from her sister, Lysa Arryn, saying that Queen Cersei Lannister murdered her husband, Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King. After Catelyn reads the letter, Luwin joins Catelyn in urging Lord Eddard Stark to accept Lord Arryn's vacant post. The Starks decide that they must continue on as if nothing happened, with Ned continuing south with the king, Robert Baratheon.[3]

After Bran Stark is crippled, Luwin is part of the group Catelyn confers with about what to do next before she leaves for King's Landing.[13] When Robb Stark departs south after Lord Eddard has been taken prisoner, he advises Bran to listen to Luwin's counsel.[6]

A Clash of Kings

With Robb Stark's departure, the day-to-day rule of the North falls to Ser Rodrik Cassel, the castellan of Winterfell, and Maester Luwin, who are acting with Bran's voice.[14] They host the harvest feast, which is attended by many of the northern bannermen.[15][16] With Rodrik's departure to deal with Ramsay Snow, the fight over the Hornwood inheritance,[7] and Dagmer Cleftjaw threatening Torrhen's Square, the governance falls completely on Luwin's shoulders.

Luwin is wounded during the capture of Winterfell by Theon Greyjoy, although he manages to send one raven to White Harbor.[17] Luwin continues to serve in the ironborn-held castle.[18] He advises Theon to surrender to Rodrik's army and join the Night's Watch, which Theon considers. Rodrik is then betrayed by Ramsay Snow in the battle at Winterfell, however. Maester Luwin is then speared and run down during the sack of Winterfell by Bolton men.[19] Luwin is able to crawl to the godswood, however, where he is found by Bran and his companions after they leave the crypt of Winterfell. As he lies dying beneath the heart tree, Luwin instructs Osha to split Bran and Rickon Stark up. He is then given the gift of mercy by Osha after the children are led away.[20]

A Dance with Dragons

At Winterfell for the marriage of Ramsay to "Arya Stark", Theon notices that Luwin's ravens are living in the ruins of the maester's tower as well as in the castle's godswood.[21][11] Lord Roose Bolton brings three maesters, Henly, Medrick, and Rhodry, to tend to the ravens.[21]


Luwin: There are some who call my order the knights of the mind. You are a surpassing clever boy when you work at it, Bran. Have you ever thought that you might wear a maester's chain? There is no limit to what you might learn.

Bran: I want to learn magic. The crow promised that I would fly.
Luwin: I can teach you history, healing, herblore. I can teach you the speech of ravens, and how to build a castle, and the way a sailor steers his ship by the stars I can teach you to measure the days and marks the seasons, and at the Citadel in Oldtown they can teach you a thousand things more. But, Bran, no man can teach you magic.[6]

- Luwin and Bran Stark

The years pass in their hundreds and their thousands, and what does any man see of life but a few summers, a few winters?[7]
- Luwin to Bran Stark

Bran. And Rickon too. The gods are good.[20]
- the dying Luwin realizing the Stark princes still live

References and Notes

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