Jeor Mormont

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Jeor Mormont
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Jeor Mormont by Rene Aigner©

Alias The Old Bear
Title Lord Commander of the Night's Watch
Allegiance the Night's Watch
Culture Northmen
Born In 230 AC
Died In +/-299 AC, at Craster's Keep
Book(s) A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows

Played by James Cosmo
TV series Season 1 | Season 2

Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, also known as the Old Bear, is the 997th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, [1][2][3] which he commands from his headquarters the fortress of Castle Black. Jeor, previously head of House Mormont and Lord of Bear Island, abdicated his seat in favor of his son, Ser Jorah Mormont, and joined the Night's Watch[4].

Jeor Mormont, was deeply concerned by the declining power of the Watch, and the rising threat of the wildling beyond the Wall. He gave up the regular patrols used by his preprocessor Lord Qorgyle to replace it by a more random system, varying the number of patrols and the days of their departure, to make it more difficult for the wildlings to know their comings and goings. Sometimes sending a larger force to one of the abandoned castles for a fortnight or a moon's turn as well[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Commander Jeor has Jon Snow named his steward to groom him for command. When he informs Jon of his father's supposed treachery, he has him watched.[6]

After the discovery of two missing rangers near the Wall, Lord Commander Mormont has them brought back to Castle Black for further inspection. During the night, the corpses which are actually reanimated wights, attack the men of the Night's Watch, killing several men, including Ser Jaremy Rykker. Only the timely intervention of Jon Snow and his direwolf Ghost prevent one of the wights from killing Lord Commander Mormont.[7] For saving his life, Jeor gives Jon the bastard Valyrian steel sword Longclaw.[8]

A Clash of Kings

After informing Jon of his half-brother Robb kingship, he has Jon watched again, just in case he heads south to join his brother.[9]

With missing rangers, the dead walking, reports of abandoned wildlings villages, huge fires in the night and Mance Rayder the King Beyond the Wall gathering his people. Jeor, decides to lead a large expedition beyond the Wall to discover what's going on and to search for Benjen Stark, he takes three hundred men from the wall and march north.[10] at Craster's Keep, Jeor learns that Mance Rayder is gathering his people at the Frostfangs preparing to launch an assault on the Wall. Jeor leads the expedition to the Fist of the First Men, a good defensive position located on Mance's only route to the Wall and sends out three scouting parties to gather info.

James Cosmo as Jeor Mormont (TV series)

A Storm of Swords

While awaiting the return of the final scouting the Night's Watch is assaulted on the Fist of the First Men by wights. The Night's Watch force is broken and Mormont leads the survivors back to Craster's Keep, where Mormont was killed by his own men during a mutiny.[11]


Lord Jeor is balding and wears a shaggy grey beard down to his chest.[12]


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Lynesse Hightower

References and Notes