Mead

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Potent wildling mead by Nathan Furman © Fantasy Flight Games

Mead is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented honey. It has a sweet taste.[1]

Culture

The sharing of "meat and mead" is a common custom in the known world, including in Westeros,[2][3][4][5] by the free companies,[6] and at Vaes Dothrak.[7] The Dothraki prefer clotted mare's milk over mead, however.[8]

The mead and cider of the Quiet Isle are famous.[4]

Tormund's titles include Mead-King of Ruddy Hall.[9][5]

History

Theon Greyjoy often drank mead with Farlen while discussing hounds and hunting.[10]

Tormund claims to have slept with a bear after consuming a cask of mead at Ruddy Hall.[11]

Gilly drank sweet mead on the day she wed her father, Craster.[1]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Val and Jarl share a horn of mead when Jon Snow is introduced to Mance Rayder. Jon accepts the offer of mead from the King-Beyond-the-Wall.[9] After Donal Noye, Mag Mar Tun Doh Weg, and Ygritte are slain during the attack on Castle Black, Jon and Tormund share a skin of strong mead to honor their fallen comrades.[12]

Samwell Tarly tells Gilly that Dareon's singing is as sweet as mead.[1]

Casks and wagons of ale, mead, and wine are provided by House Frey during the Red Wedding.[13][14] Flagons of mead, milk, and golden wine are served at the breakfast feast when King Joffrey I Baratheon receives wedding gifts.[15] A fine light mead is served for the wedding of Lysa Arryn to Petyr Baelish at the Fingers.[16]

A Feast for Crows

Brother Clement sells mead from the Quiet Isle at Saltpans, but he is killed when the town is raided by outlaws.[4]

Quotes

At Standfast, "meat and mead" meant chicken and ale, but Ser Eustace ate the same plain fare himself.[17]

- thoughts of Duncan the Tall


I welcome you to our fires, and offer you meat and mead in honor of our friendship.[18]

- Bran Stark to northern lords


I never get drunk. Mead only makes me merry.[16]

- Marillion to Sansa Stark

References

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