Lord of Bones
Rattleshirt by John Aslarona©
Lord o' Bones
Bag o' Bones
|Died||In 300 AC, at Castle Black|
A Clash of Kings (appears)|
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
Edward Dogliani ~ Season 2 | Season 3|
Ross O'Hennessy ~ Season 5
|TV series||Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 5|
The Lord of Bones, also mocked as Rattleshirt, is a free folk leader of renown. His given name is unknown. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Edward Dogliani and Ross O'Hennessy.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Rattleshirt
The Lord of Bones is a small man with a knobby chin, thin mustache, and pinched cheeks. His eyebrows join over the bridge of his nose, he has a widow's peak and dark hair. He is considered sly, cruel and treacherous. The Lord of Bones distrusts wargs and the Night's Watch.
The Lord of Bones is mocked as Rattleshirt due to his armor, which is made up of loosely-tied bones that clatter as he moves. The bones come from aurochs, cows, elk, goats, humans, mammoths, and sheep. Rattleshirt wears a yellowed broken giant's skull as his helm, and his arms are covered with bearclaws sewn to boiled leather. Rattleshirt rides a goat-like horse and wields a sword.
A Clash of Kings
Rattleshirt leads a party of fourteen free folk and eight dogs that catches up with Qhorin Halfhand and Jon Snow in the Skirling Pass. He claims Ebben's steel battle-axe and orders Ragwyle to gut Jon. Qhorin has secretly encouraged Jon to join the wildlings, however, and the Lord of Bones reluctantly accepts Jon into his party after the youth slays Qhorin with the aid of his direwolf, Ghost. Rattleshirt claims some of the Halfhand's bones after his body is burned in a pyre.
A Storm of Swords
Rattleshirt brings Jon Snow to Mance Rayder's camp along the Milkwater. He is dismissed by Mance, but not before he casts suspicion on Jon's true motives. Mance tasks his Lord of Bones with doubling patrols and ensuring the free folk host continues south toward the Wall.
Shortly before the attack on Castle Black takes place, Rattleshirt is spotted near Long Barrow. He is captured by Cotter Pyke, however, and is trotted out at the meeting at Castle Black between Jon Snow and Lord Janos Slynt as a witness of the death of Qhorin Halfhand at the hands of Jon.
A Dance with Dragons
Jon Snow, now Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, hears rumors that Stannis Baratheon intends to grant lands and castles to Rattleshirt and Sigorn. Stannis and his red priestess, Melisandre, execute Mance for desertion from the Night's Watch and for trying to destroy the Wall with the Horn of Joramun. Before and while being burned in a cage, Mance denies being King-Beyond-the-Wall. Jon has his archers kill Mance to end his suffering.
After the Lord of Bones submits to Stannis, Melisandre controls the wildling raider with a magical ruby on his wrist. Stannis assigns him to serve the Lord Commander, and Rattleshirt surprisingly defeats Jon in a sparring session. Melisandre later tasks Rattleshirt with rescuing a girl she believes to be Jon's sister, Arya Stark. Jon is shocked to learn that Melisandre glamored Mance and Rattleshirt to each appear as the other, with the Lord of Bones actually the man burned in Melisandre's cage. Now using the name Abel, Mance travels with spearwives to rescue Arya from Ramsay Bolton at Winterfell.
Quotes by the Lord of Bones
—the Lord of Bones to Ygritte
—the Lord of Bones to Jon Snow
Might be you fooled these others, crow, but don't think you'll be fooling Mance. He'll take one look a' you and know you're false. And when he does, I'll make a cloak o' your wolf there, and open your soft boy's belly and sew a weasel up inside.—the Lord of Bones to Jon Snow
Jon: Qhorin told me to pretend to join the wildlings. 'You must not balk, whatever is asked of you,' he said. He knew they would make me kill him. Rattleshirt was going to kill him anyway, he knew that too.
Janos: So now you claim the great Qhorin Halfhand feared this creature?Rattleshirt: All men fear the Lord o' Bones.
Melisandre: So long as he wears the gem he is bound to me, blood and soul. This man will serve you faithfully. The flames do not lie, Lord Snow.
"Rattleshirt": I'll range for you, bastard. I'll give you sage counsel or sing you pretty songs, as you prefer. I'll even fight for you. Just don't ask me to wear your cloak.
Quotes about the Lord of Bones
Rattleshirt, we called him. Treacherous and bloodthirsty. If there's honor in him, he hides it down beneath his suit of bones.
A small, malicious, treacherous man, as stupid as he is cruel. Jon did not believe for a moment that he would keep faith.—thoughts of Jon Snow
Rattleshirt could wash his hands a hundred times a day and he'd still have blood beneath his nails.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 43, Jon V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 68, Jon VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 15, Jon II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 10, Jon III.
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 7, Jon I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 76, Jon XI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 73, Jon X.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 69, Jon IX.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 3, Jon I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 28, Jon VI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 31, Melisandre I.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Mance Rayder.