A Clash of Kings-Chapter 21
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Bran is hosting the remaining lords in the North for the harvest feast, when Meera and Jojen Reed arrive. Bran knows them as Crannogmen, from the Neck, and the children of his father’s bannerman Howland Reed. Many mock the crannogmen as frog eaters and thieves, but Maester Luwin tells Bran that Howland Reed was a great friend of his father. Meera and Jojen were sent by their father to renew their oaths, for Lord Howland has not set foot from Greywater Watch in over 15 years, since the war ended. Jojen asks Bran where the direwolves were, knowing of them even though he had just arrived. The singers in the Great Hall sing of "The Night That Ended", where the Night's Watch rode forth to fight the Others in the Battle for the Dawn.
That night, while Bran lies in bed, he remembers asking his father if the Kingsguard were the finest knights in the realm, and Eddard had replied, "No longer. But once they were a marvel, a shining example to the world." Bran asked who the best of them was, and Ned replied, "The finest knight I ever saw was Ser Arthur Dayne, who would have killed me but for Howland Reed." His father had become sad then and would not speak any further. Later, Bran dreams through the eyes of Summer, and sees Meera and Jojen enter the godswood. When Jojen reaches out his hand to touch Summer, Bran loses contact and feels like he is falling again.