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Eddard Stark cleaning Ice underneath the Winterfell Heart tree - by Michael Komarck©
Ice. © FFG

Ice is the ancestral Valyrian steel greatsword of House Stark.


See also: Images of Ice

Ice is a greatsword, as wide across as a man's hand and taller than an adolescent Robb Stark. Its Valyrian steel blade has a dark and smokey appearance.[1]


The name "Ice" is a legacy from the Age of Heroes, and predates the current sword. About four hundred years before Robert Baratheon's reign, the Valyrian steel greatsword was spell-forged in Valyria and acquired by the Starks, who named it after that legacy.[2] It became the sword of the Lord of Winterfell. Eddard Stark used the sword to personally execute condemned prisoners.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Eddard Stark uses Ice to execute Gared, a deserter from the Night's Watch.[1] After Eddard is arrested for treason, the royal executioner, Ser Ilyn Payne, is given the sword and uses it to execute Eddard himself at the Great Sept of Baelor.[3]

A Storm of Swords

Ilyn carries the blade until Lord Tywin Lannister takes it from him and has Tobho Mott re-forge Ice into two longswords, Widow's Wail, and the longsword later called Oathkeeper.[4][5]


Depiction of Ice

The blade was Valyrian steel, spell-forged and dark as smoke. Nothing held an edge like Valyrian steel.[1]

- Bran Stark

What has Ser Ilyn done with my father's sword?[6]

- Sansa Stark to Tyrion Lannister