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Alias Old Nan
Allegiance House Stark
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 Margaret John
TV series Season 1

Nan, generally referred to as Old Nan, is a servant woman at Winterfell.



See also: Images of Nan

She is an ugly old woman. She is toothless, shrunken and wrinkled. Almost blind, she is too weak to climb stairs and has only a small amount of hair left to cover her head.[1]


She is Hodor's great-grandmother, and tells the Stark children wild tales from beyond the Wall. While terrifying them, it may also have opened their minds to the truth on what manner of creatures survive beyond the Wall. In the TV series she is played by Margaret John.[2]

She is the oldest person at Winterfell. She came to Winterfell to nurse a Brandon Stark, which one is unsure, only that his mother had died birthing him. This Brandon Stark is believed to be either the brother of Lord Rickard Stark or a brother of his father. Nan lost both of her sons during Robert's Rebellion, her grandson during the Greyjoy Rebellion, and her daughters moved away and died. Her only living relative is Hodor.[1]

Other persons

Arya Stark uses the alias Nymeria, or Nan for short after introducing herself as such to Lord Roose Bolton. [3]

Old Nan’s Tales

Some of Old Nan’s tales include those about:

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Bran Stark remembers the stories that Old Nan told him about those who live beyond the Wall while watching the execution of a deserter of the Night's Watch.[6]

A Feast for Crows

After the fall of Winterfell, she is among the captives being held at the Dreadfort.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

According to Theon Greyjoy Old Nan is most likely dead, but this has not been confirmed yet.

References and Notes

See also the article on the Game of Thrones wiki.

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