Rat Cook

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Rat Cook
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Art by Roman Papsuev

Alias Rat Cook
Allegiance Night's Watch
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

The Rat Cook is an infamous member of the Night's Watch. History has forgotten his real name.



According to legend, the man who would later be known as the Rat Cook was a simple cook at the Nightfort. He became infamous when he served an Andal King a pie that was made of bacon and, unknown to the King, the King's own son. The Cook killed the King's son, a Prince, in revenge for a wrong the King supposedly did to him. The King was unaware of this however as he ate and praised the taste and asked for a second piece. The gods, angry because the cook had slain a guest beneath his roof, cursed the cook and transformed him into a massive rat who was doomed to be unable to eat anything but his own young.

According to the story, he is an enormous white rat and all the other rats that inhabit the Nightfort are his descendants.[1]


Such is the infamy of the tale that there is a song about the Rat Cook that is still sung in the Seven Kingdoms, despite the fact that this incident was supposed to have happened hundreds of years before Aegon's landing. The song is used to represent the repercussions to those who violate the sacred laws of hospitality in the Seven Kingdoms, which is known as the Guest right.

A Dance with Dragons

At the wedding of Ramsay Bolton to the the fake Arya Stark, Lord Wyman Manderly asks Abel the Bard to sing about the Rat Cook after he serves three large pork pies.[2]

References and Notes

  1. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran.
  2. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell (Reek IV).
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