Aemon Steelsong

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Aemon Steelsong
  • Aemon Battleborn
  • the wildling prince
  • born-in-battle
  • the little prince
Culture Free folk
Born In 300 AC, near Castle Black
Father Mance Rayder
Mother Dalla

Aemon Steelsong is the name to be given to the free folk son of Mance Rayder and his wife Dalla when he is two years of age.[1][2][3]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Dalla, the wife of Mance Rayder, the King-beyond-the-Wall, dies in childbirth during the battle beneath the Wall. Stannis Baratheon's men and the Night's Watchmen call the baby "wildling prince" and "the little prince" on account of his parentage, or "born-in-battle" for the moment of his birth. The infant is given to Gilly to nurse, alongside her own infant son.[4]

A Feast for Crows

By the design of Lord Commander Jon Snow, to protect the wilding prince from Melisandre (who might be interested in sacrificing him for his king's blood), he is secretly switched with Gilly's babe. He is sent with Gilly and Samwell Tarly to Oldtown, while Gilly's babe remains at Castle Black. Gilly suggests that when the baby turns two years old, he should be named Aemon Battleborn or Aemon Steelsong, in honor of the late Maester Aemon.[1]

Once they arrive at Oldtown, Sam leaves Gilly and the boy aboard the Cinnamon Wind. Before going to the Citadel, he tells Gilly that he will arrange for horses and a wagon to take her and the baby to his mother, Melessa Florent, at Horn Hill.[5] Gilly is supposed to tell the Tarlys that the boy is her bastard son with Samwell.


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