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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

The party of Queen Alysanne Targaryen celebrated with meat and mead when they reached Winterfell in 58 AC. Lothor Burley served mead and stout to the queen when she arrived at Castle Black.[10]

Theon Greyjoy often drank mead with Farlen while discussing hounds and hunting.[11]

Tormund claims to have slept with a bear after consuming a cask of mead at Ruddy Hall.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14][15] Flagons of mead, milk, and golden wine are served at the breakfast feast when King Joffrey I Baratheon receives wedding gifts.[16] A fine light mead is served for the wedding of Lysa Arryn to Petyr Baelish at the Fingers.[17]

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.[18]

- thoughts of Duncan the Tall


I welcome you to our fires, and offer you meat and mead in honor of our friendship.[19]

- Bran Stark to northern lords


I never get drunk. Mead only makes me merry.[17]

- Marillion to Sansa Stark

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