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Jeor Mormont with Longclaw, by Antonio José Manzanedo © Fantasy Flight Games

Longclaw is the ancestral Valyrian steel bastard sword of House Mormont.


See also: Images of Longclaw

Longclaw is a bastard sword or hand and a half sword, which means it is a good half a foot longer than a standard long sword, tapered to thrust as well as slash. With three fullers incised into the blade to reduce weight. There are ripples in the dark steel indicating it is of Valyrian steel. It has a bear's head for the pommel.[1]


The Mormonts have carried Longclaw for five hundred years. Lord Jeor Mormont gave the blade to his son, Jorah Mormont, when Jeor joined the Night's Watch. Lord Jorah later brought dishonor to the House by selling poachers to a slaver, however, but he had the grace to leave the sword behind before he fled Bear Island. His aunt, Lady Maege Mormont, returned the sword to her brother Jeor, by then Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, who put it aside at Castle Black since the sight of it reminded him of his son's shame.[1]

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A Game of Thrones

Jon Snow holding Longclaw, by John Moriarty © Fantasy Flight Games

While saving the life of Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, from a wight attack at Castle Black, Jon Snow sets a fire in the Lord Commander's Tower that damages Longclaw's hilt, melting silver on the bear's head pommel and burning the crossguard and grip.[2]

After finding the blade in the ashes of his bedchamber, Jeor has brothers of the Night's Watch repair the sword. The Lord Commander brings the sword to Donal Noye and Rudge in the forge. Halder helps Spotted Pate of Maidenpool carve stone for the pommel, which becomes a snarling wolf's head of pale stone to reflect Jon's Stark heritage. Samwell Tarly purchases garnets in Mole's Town so chips can be used for the wolf's eyes. The pommel is also weighted with lead to give better balance.[1] The sword has a soft leather grip.[3]

Jeor gives the blade to Jon, who notes the appropriateness of a bastard wielding a bastard sword. Jon's friends celebrate after he receives the blade.[1]

A Clash of Kings

Jon uses Longclaw in combat against wildlings[4] in the Frostfangs and later against Qhorin Halfhand.[5]

A Storm of Swords

Jon uses Longclaw when he escapes from Thenns at Queenscrown.[6] He also wields the blade during the attack on Castle Black.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

Jon, now Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, beheads Janos Slynt with the bastard sword for insubordination.[8]

Known wielders

Longclaw from the Valyrian Steel ® Collection


Longclaw is an apt name. Wolves have claws, as much as bears.[1]

The bastard blade glittered in the pale sunlight, dark and deadly.[1]

—thoughts of Jon Snow

The hilt had been fashioned new for him, adorned with a wolf's-head pommel in pale stone, but the blade itself was Valyrian steel, old and light and deadly sharp.[9]

—thoughts of Jon Snow

Godry: A man who bears Valyrian steel should use it for more than scratching his arse.
Jon: I use Longclaw when I must, ser.[10]