Oswell Kettleblack

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Oswell Kettleblack
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Alias Kettleblack
Allegiance House Kettleblack
House Baelish of Harrenhal
Culture Crownlands
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Oswell Kettleblack is a member of House Kettleblack and is one of Petyr Baelish's servants.[1] A grizzled man-at-arms, he is the father of Ser Osmund, Osfryd, and Osney.[2]


Oswell has a wind burnt face, hooked nose, white hair, huge knuckled hands, and crooked teeth.[1]


Little is known of Oswell except he has been in Baelish's service for quite some time.

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Under his master Petyr Baelish's direction Oswell hires the dwarf jousters, Penny and Oppo, as entertainers for King Joffrey Baratheon's wedding.

After Joffrey dies at his own wedding feast, Oswell waits for Ser Dontos Hollard and Sansa Stark on a small skiff in Blackwater Bay to take them to the Merling King, where Petyr awaits.

A Feast for Crows

It is likely that Oswell knows that Alayne Stone is really Sansa Stark. When Sansa says as much to Petyr, he remarks that if Oswell is as half as clever as a sheep pellet he will know. However, Oswell has been in his service for a long time and he has Lothor Brune watching him – and vice versa.[3]

Oswell hears interesting news in Gulltown from the crew of the Merling King, who have just returned. He shares the news with Petyr, but Sansa does not ask for details.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

Penny mentions Oswell to Tyrion Lannister - with regard to who hired her and her brother to joust at Joffrey's wedding - although she is fuzzy about his actual name.