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Ygritte by Amok ©

Allegiance Mance Rayder
Culture Wildling
Born In 280 AC[1]
Died In 299 AC, at Castle Black
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Played by Rose Leslie
TV series Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4

Ygritte is a wildling woman and spearwife who becomes a lover to Jon Snow.


See also: Images of Ygritte

Ygritte is eighteen when she is first introduced, and is described as short for her age, skinny but well-muscled, with a round face, small hands, a pug nose, crooked white teeth, and blue-grey eyes that are too far apart. Her most distinctive feature was her fiery red hair. The wildlings consider red hair to be lucky and describe those with it as having been "kissed by fire." [2]

Despite her unconventional features, Jon Snow sees her as beautiful.

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A Clash of Kings

Ygritte by Anja Dalisa ©

Ygritte is part of a wildling scouting party in Rattleshirt's band, including Orell and one other, that is ambushed in the Skirling Pass by men of the Night's Watch including Jon Snow and Stonesnake. Her companions are slain, but Ygritte is spared as Jon balks at killing a woman. She yields, but only offers very minimal information. As she and Jon wait for the arrival of Qhorin Halfhand, Jon reveals to her that he is Ned Stark's bastard, and she tells him the story of Bael the Bard, a song which insinuates that the Starks have wildling blood as well. Jon scoffs at this idea, calling the Bard a liar. She shrugs it off and is brought to the Halfhand, who instructs Jon to do what must be done with her. Presuming that to be an order to kill her, Jon nevertheless lets her escape.[3]

She is present when Jon Snow, under Qhorin's implicit command, slays the Halfhand and purports to turn his cloak.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Ygritte in battle, by Steamey©

After Jon meets with Mance Rayder and convinces him he has turned his cloak in truth, he is told to ride with Tormund Giantsbane. Ygritte follows him to Tormund's company and routinely beds down next to him, though he initially refuses her advances.

When the wildling band, now well on its way to the Wall, comes upon the scene of the slaughter at the Fist of the First Men, Mance is furious with Jon as he did not warn him of the Night's Watch force there. To save Jon, Ygritte lies and tells Mance that the two are sexually involved. This knowledge helps to convince Mance that Jon has turned his cloak in truth. That night, Ygritte seduces him, and the two begin a torrid, intensely sexual affair as they march for the Wall.

When Jon is commanded to join with Styr as part of the advance party for the assault on the Wall, which is to scale the Wall and attack Castle Black from the south, Ygritte joins him.

South of the Wall, at Queenscrown, Styr's band comes upon a lone knight, whom they capture. Styr, still suspicious of Jon's true loyalties, orders Jon to slay the man. Jon refuses, and Ygritte slits the man's throat instead. In the confusion created by a raging thunderstorm and the sudden emergence of Summer, Bran Stark's direwolf, Jon escapes, despite Ygritte shooting him in the leg with an arrow as he starts to run.

Ygritte continues to Castle Black with Styr's band, but Jon has forewarned the castle of their arrival and the attack is thwarted. Along with the rest of the wildling band, Ygritte is killed, mortally wounded by an arrow. Jon finds her on the battlefield, where she dies in his arms.[5]

Rose Leslie plays Ygritte

Quotes by Ygritte

You know nothing, Jon Snow
– Ygritte, to Jon Snow

Men can’t own the land no more’n they can own the sea or the sky.[6]
– Ygritte, to Jon Snow

You’re mine. Mine, as I’m yours. And if we die, we die. All men must die, Jon Snow. But first we’ll live.[6]
– Ygritte, to Jon Snow

Quotes about Ygritte

I know one thing. I know that you are wildling to the bone.[6]
Jon Snow's thoughts

References and Notes

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