Jon Umber

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Jon Umber
Greatjon Umber by amoka.jpg

Alias The Greatjon
Greatjon Umber
Title Lord of Last Hearth
Allegiance House Umber
Book(s) A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons

Played by Clive Mantle
TV series Season 1

Lord Jon Umber, better known as Greatjon Umber, to distinguish him from his son and heir, the Smalljon, is the head of House Umber, a loyal vassal family to the Starks of Winterfell. [1] In the TV series he is played by Clive Mantle.[2]

Appearance and Personality

Jon Umber is a a large man, nearly seven feet tall. His body is covered in muscle and he is a formidable warrior. Jon is proud, boisterous and fierce, and impressed only by those who earn his respect. He lost two of his fingers to Robb Stark's direwolf Grey Wind in a moment of defiance. Instead of becoming angry and turning on the Starks, he got to his feet and made a joke of it. Since then he has become one of Robb's fiercest supporters. The Greatjon wields the "biggest, ugliest greatsword" than Bran has ever seen.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Greatjon in the TV series

Jon, led his men, when Robb Stark called the bannermen of House Stark. At first he challenged the young lord's authority, threatening to take his forces home if he was not given a proper place in the battle order. After being called out by Robb Stark, he drew his sword, only to have Grey Wind knock the sword from his hands and bite off two fingers. The Great Jon was impressed with Robb's courage and then became Robb's greatest champion.[1]

When the northern host split at the Twins, Greatjon went south with Robb Stark's force, leading the van of the army and participating in the battles of the Whispering Wood and the Camps, where he set fire to the Kingslayer's siege towers.[3][4] After Riverrun was relieved and news of Lord Eddard Stark's death arrived, the Greatjon was the first to declare Robb Stark the King in the North.[5]

A Clash of Kings

Lord Jon is present when Robb Stark explains his terms for peace with the Iron Throne in the Great Hall of Riverrun. After participating in the Battle of Oxcross, Lord Jon goes on to capture the gold mines at Castamere, Nunn's Deep and the Pendric Hills.[6]

A Storm of Swords

After Robb Stark broke his marriage contract with the Freys, Greatjon offered to make marriage contracts for his uncle in Robb's place.[7] Greatjon Umber led the van on the march to the Twins for the wedding of Lord Edmure Tully. In Robb Stark's plan to take Moat Cailin from the ironmen, the Greatjon was given the command of the van and told to make the attack convincing.

Jon Umber by Wouter Bruneel.

During the Red Wedding, Petyr, Merrett and Ser Whalen Frey were tasked with getting the Greatjon too drunk to put up a fight. However, the Greatjon was only subdued after eight men grappled with him. He still managed to kill one man, wound two others and bite half the ear off Ser Leslyn Haigh.[8]

A Feast for Crows

After the Red Wedding, the Greatjon was held captive at the Twins.[9]

A Dance with Dragons

With the Greatjon still a captive of House Frey, a portion of House Umber led by his uncle Hother Whoresbane grudgingly swears fealty to House Bolton, though according to Roose Bolton their loyalty is highly dubious. The other half of the Umbers, under Mors Crowfood, take up the cause of Stannis Baratheon.


Unknown Umber
Mors "Crowfood"
Hother "Whoresbane"
At least
2 daughters

Jon is mentioned as having "sons and brothers" with him when he answers Robb's calling of the banners. [1]

References and Notes

External Links

Greatjon Umber on the Game of Thrones wiki.

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