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Tormund
Tormund by Amok©
Tormund by Amok©

Title Tall-talker, Horn-blower and Breaker of Ice, Husband to Bears, the Mead-king of Ruddy Hall, Speaker to Gods and Father of Hosts
Culture Free Folk
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)

Played by Kristofer Hivju
TV series Season 3 | Season 4

Tormund, better known as Tormund Giantsbane or Tormund Thunderfist, is a famous wildling raider. He has four sons, Toregg, Torwynd, Dryn and Dormund and one daughter, Munda.[1] Tormund styles himself Tall-talker, Horn-blower and Breaker of Ice, Husband to Bears, the Mead-king of Ruddy Hall, Speaker to Gods and Father of Hosts.[2]

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Appearance

Tormund is a broad man with a white beard. He wears golden bands engraved with runes of the First Men on his arms.[2] He has a broad face.[3]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Tormund by Mike S Miller ©

Tormund is among those gathered in Mance Rayder's tent when Jon Snow is presented to him.[2] He shows Jon the giants. Jon is attached to Tormund's war party, with Ygritte and Longspear Ryk joining as well.

When Jon goes to treat with Mance for the Night's Watch after the first attack on Castle Black, Tormund is the first to greet him. He brings Jon to Mance's tent and defends Jon's right to speak to Mance. When Stannis Baratheon attacks the wildlings, Tormund leads a triple line of spearmen. They are attacked on the flank by Stannis's knights and break. After the battle he regathers the dispersed wildlings.

A Feast for Crows

With Mance Rayder captured, Tormund becomes the new leader of the remnants of the wildling army.

A Dance with Dragons

Tormund Thunderfist - by Brittmartin ©

Lord Commander Jon sends Val to retrieve Tormund and bring an offer of peace to him.[4] Tormund agrees to the terms and goes to the Wall. The wildlings do not like the terms offered by the Night's Watch, but with attacks of the Others constantly decimating their numbers and their people's suffering only increasing, they consent to the terms.[5]

Tormund has the wildlings hand over all their wealth or anything of value to the Watch, along with a son as a hostage from all the wildling chiefs. Tormund calls this Jon's "blood price". Tormund is the first wildling to hand over his wealth, giving over his gold wristbands. Jon states he may keep them if he wishes, but Tormund refuses; he will not let it be said he made the rest of his people give up their wealth while he kept his.

The peace means the wildling warriors will garrison the abandoned castles along the Wall to help the Watch defend the realm from the Others, while the non-martial Free Folk will be settled on the Gift and the New Gift. Jon Snow re-garrisons Oakenshield as Tormund's seat.

Jon asks Tormund to march with him to rescue Cotter Pyke and the stranded people at Hardhome. However, Jon changes his plans when he receives a letter from Ramsay Bolton. Tormund agrees to lead the ranging to Hardhome instead, after hearing the letter's contents.[6]

Quotes

Tormund Giantsbane by Paul Phillips©
See, lad, that's why he's king and I'm not. I can outdrink, outfight, and outsing him, and my member's thrice the size o' his, but Mance has cunning.[2]
– Tormund talking to Jon Snow about Mance Rayder


If a man does not use his member it grows smaller and smaller, until one day he wants to piss and cannot find it.[3]
– Tormund to Jon Snow


King o’ the Wildlings? Har! King o’ My Hairy Butt Crack, more like.[6]

– Tormund on Gerrick Kingsblood


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