Thing that came in the night

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The thing that came in the night is a monstrous creature from tales of the Nightfort.[1]


Long ago, multiple apprentice boys at the Nightfort claimed to have seen something which came in the night, but their descriptions of it differed when they informed their Lord Commander. Three boys died within a year and a fourth went mad.[1] The thing is said to have returned a century later, this time with the apprentices shambling behind it in chains.[1]

Old Nan told the children of Lord Eddard Stark about the thing that came in the night, among other scary stories.[1] The legend may be included in Harmune's Watchers on the Wall.[2]

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A Storm of Swords

While at the Nightfort, Bran Stark tries to avoid thinking of the thing that came in the night and Mad Axe.[1] Bran is scared by a large figure emerging from a well, but it turns out to be Samwell Tarly.[1]


There was no thing that comes in the night, Maester Luwin had said so. If there had ever been such a thing, it was gone from the world now, like giants and dragons.[1]

—thoughts of Bran Stark


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran IV.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Wall and Beyond: The Night's Watch.