Squirrel

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Squirrel
Allegiance Mance Rayder
Culture(s) Free folk
Born At beyond the Wall[1]
Died In 300 AC, at Winterfell
Book(s) A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Squirrel is a spearwife of the free folk.[2]

Appearance and Character

Squirrel has mousy brown hair. She always walks soft-footed.[3]

The spearwife gained her name because of her natural climbing skills.[3]

History

Squirrel was twelve when she first climbed the Wall with her brother to raid in the Seven Kingdoms.[3]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Squirrel accompanies Mance Rayder along with five other spearwives to Winterfell on a mission to free "Arya Stark" (the girl is actually Jeyne Poole), who is to wed Ramsay Bolton. Mance disguises himself as "Abel", a singer, and the six spearwives are his mother, wife, two daughters and two sisters who perform the instruments with him.[4] Squirrel is one of the daughters.[3]

The wildlings play at the wedding feast and are responsible for the deaths of several Bolton men-at-arms. They later enlist the help of a reluctant and fearful Theon Greyjoy in freeing Jeyne.[5][3] The six spearwives, disguised as maids and accompanied by Theon, walk into Jeyne's room under the pretext of bringing hot water so Jeyne can have a bath. Squirrel switches clothes with Jeyne so the girl can leave disguised as a maid with the other five. Squirrel is then to climb down the tower once they are gone.[3]

According to a letter Ramsay sends to Jon Snow at Castle Black, Mance has been captured and now wears the skins of the six women who accompanied him to Winterfell.[6]

Quotes

I was twelve the first time my brother took me raiding south o' your Wall. That's where I got my name. My brother said I looked like a squirrel running up a tree. I've done that Wall six times since, over and back again. I think I can climb down some stone tower.[3]

—Squirrel to Theon Greyjoy

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