Ottyn Wythers

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Ottyn Wythers
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Title Ser
Culture Reach
Born In 230 AC (roughly)[1]Reach[2]
Died In 299 AC, the Fist of the First Men

Ottyn Wythers is a knight from House Wythers and a ranger of the Night's Watch.[3]

Appearance and Character

Considered an old, done man by Chett,[4] Ottyn has a weathered face like a prune, is small, and always looks tired.[5] He has a thin voice[6] and is cautious.[6][4]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Ottyn is part of the great ranging that leaves Castle Black in search of the wildlings. He commands the rearguard in the column.[7]

A Storm of Swords

Ottyn is one of the commanders of the Night's Watch at the Fist of the First Men. He urges retreat when the wildling masses are discovered. He is second in command on the ranging behind Lord Commander Jeor Mormont.[4] Chett plans to have Jeor assassinated, expecting that the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch would be succeeded by an ineffective Ottyn unwilling to pursue conspirators.[4]

Ottyn is killed during the fight at the Fist when a riderless horse kicks his face as he stares at the chaos and death, kneeling in the snow.[4][8] Jon Snow briefly contemplates Ottyn as a possible successor to Jeor, but then remembers he is dead.[9]


This wet has soaked my bones, and even my saddle sores complain of saddle sores.[5]

—Ottyn to Jon Snow

We are the shield that guards the realms of men. You do not throw away your shield for no good purpose.[4]

—Ottyn to Thoren Smallwood