First Ranger

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First Ranger of the Night's Watch - Illustrated by Lucas Soriana. © Fantasy Flight Games.

The First Ranger is a senior officer of the Night's Watch, commanding the order of rangers.[1] The First Ranger is based at Castle Black and reports to the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.


A Stane of Skagos once briefly served as First Ranger.[2]

Benton Glover was First Ranger when Queen Alysanne Targaryen visited the Wall in 58 AC.[3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

With First Ranger Benjen Stark missing during a ranging beyond the Wall, Ser Jaremy Rykker commands the rangers in Benjen's absence.[1] However, Jaremy is slain by a wight.[4]

A Clash of Kings

Thoren Smallwood declares he is First Ranger, but Lord Commander Jeor Mormont insists that Benjen will remain First Ranger until his fate is confirmed.[5]

A Storm of Swords

Thoren is killed during the fight at the Fist.[6] Ronnel Harclay commands the rangers after the death of Thoren's death.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

Black Jack Bulwer is officially appointed as First Ranger,[8] but he is slain by the Weeper while ranging north of the Wall.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Stoneborn of Skagos.
  3. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 18, Samwell I.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 33, Samwell II.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 31, Melisandre I.