Shadow Tower

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The north and the location of the Shadow Tower
The north and the location of the Shadow Tower
Shadow Tower
The north and the location of the Shadow Tower

The Shadow Tower is one of three castles along the Wall that are still inhabited by the Night's Watch. It is located next to mountains at the western end of the Wall.[1] It lies west of Sentinel Stand and east of Westwatch-by-the-Bridge,[2] both abandoned castles.

The Shadow Tower is commanded by Ser Denys Mallister and its maester is Mullin. Two hundred men of the Watch are stationed at the Shadow Tower.[3] Most wear leather and fur, although some are armored with bronze or steel.[4] Some are armed with longaxes and eight-foot spears.[5] Free folk sometimes descend into the Gorge to bypass the Shadow Tower.[6]


Redwyn wrote about his journey from the Shadow Tower to Lorn Point.[7]

Ser Denys Mallister has commanded the Shadow Tower since 267 AC.[8] Mance Rayder served at the Shadow Tower before he abandoned the Night's Watch. Torn by a shadowcat during a ranging beyond the Wall, Mance's black cloak was mended with red silk by a free folk woman. When Denys ordered Mance to wear an all-black cloak instead, Mance fled the Shadow Tower the next morning.[9]

Lord Commander Qorgyle sent patrols from Castle Black to the Shadow Tower every second day.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

The Shadow Tower, by Franz Miklis © Fantasy Flight Games

Ser Denys Mallister writes that increasing numbers of wildlings are slipping past the Shadow Tower,[3] and his rangers find abandoned villages beyond the Wall.[11]

Qhorin Halfhand ventures forth from the castle in search of Benjen Stark, but is unable to find the First Ranger.[12] Ser Endrew Tarth travels from the Shadow Tower to become the new master-at-arms at Castle Black after Ser Alliser Thorne leaves for King's Landing.[13]

A Clash of Kings

Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, considers re-garrisoning Stonedoor using men from the Shadow Tower.[4]

One hundred men from the Shadow Tower—including lead rangers Qhorin Halfhand, Ebben, Dalbridge, and Stonesnake—arrive at the Fist of the First Men to augment the main force from Castle Black.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Qhorin's second-in-command, Blane, commands the Shadow Tower men in his absence during the fight at the Fist.[14]

Maester Aemon sends ravens to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea and the Shadow Tower to warn of Thenns.[15] Men from the Shadow Tower make up the bulk of the Night's Watch who fight at the fight at the Bridge of Skulls.[16] Maester Mullin treats Bowen Marsh after the battle.[16] Denys, Bowen, and other men from the Shadow Tower ride toward Castle Black, picking up Samwell Tarly and Gilly en route.[17]

After the battle beneath the Wall, Shadow Tower men are housed in the Lance.[8]

A Dance with Dragons

The Shadow Tower, by Juan Carlos Barquet © Fantasy Flight Games

The Weeper is said to be gathering free folk to cross the Bridge of Skulls and threaten the Shadow Tower.[18]

A grizzled steward from the Shadow Tower is re-assigned as commander of the newly-formed garrison at Greyguard.[19]

Denys sends regular ravens to Castle Black requesting additional men for the Shadow Tower.[20] Lord Commander Jon Snow re-assigns Halder and Toad to meet his demands, as well as ten untrained men from Mole's Town.[19][21]

The garrison of the Shadow Tower spot multiple fires in the night north of the Gorge. Denys believes wildlings are amassing to force the Bridge of Skulls once more.[22] When free folk are allowed to cross the Wall at Castle Black, sixty hostages are sent to the Shadow Tower and Eastwatch.[23]