Lord Commander of the Night's Watch

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Jeor Mormont, the 997th Lord Commander of the Watch
Artwork by Rene Aigner©

Lord Commander of the Night's Watch is the title held by the most senior officer of the Night's Watch; his seat is at Castle Black. The Lord Commander is the final authority and oversees the entire organization. He is assisted by the maester of Castle Black, the First Ranger, the Lord Steward, the First Builder, and other high officers under him. The Lord Commander serves in office until the day he dies. The plural form includes "Lords Commander",[1][2] "lords commander",[3] and "lord commanders".[4]


When a Lord Commander dies, any sworn man of the Night's Watch can nominate himself or be nominated by his brothers for the position. To win the election the candidates are required to receive two-thirds of the votes of the Sworn Brothers of the Night's Watch.[5]

If no candidate receives two-thirds of the votes, the choosing is repeated on the next day, with no time limit set, in fact there was once a choosing that lasted near two years and seven hundred votes. All sworn brothers of the Night's Watch have a vote, but since it is impossible for everyone to attend, the garrison commanders of those not at Castle Black cast the vote for them.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Jon Snow becomes the steward of Lord Commander Jeor Mormont.[6]

A Clash of Kings

Jeor leads the great ranging of the Night's Watch beyond the Wall.[7]

A Storm of Swords

Jeor is slain during the mutiny at Craster's Keep.[8] Through the efforts of Samwell Tarly, Jon is elected as Jeor's successor as Lord Commander.[2][9]

A Feast for Crows

There have been 998 Lords Commander of the Night's Watch, as of Lord Commander Snow. The oldest list in Castle Black's vaults, as found by Samwell, mentions 674 Lords Commander.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Jon is attacked during the mutiny at Castle Black.[11]

Lords Commander during A Song of Ice and Fire

Historical Lords Commander

A chronological list of Lords Commander has not yet been published.


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