Donal Noye by Amoka©
|Died||In 300 AL, at The Wall, near Castle Black|
A Game of Thrones (Appears)|
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
A Game of Thrones
Donal Noye sees Jon Snow easily beating his fellow Night's Watch recruits in training. He lectures Jon that the youth does not fight fair. Jon has experience from capable trainers, such as Ser Rodrik Cassel, while the other recruits have little, if any practice. Furthermore, Jon humiliates them by showing how easily he can beat them, making the recruits fear and despise him.
Jon is initially angered by what Donal says, but he befriends the other recruits and begins training them. He also becomes on friendly terms with the smith. Jon begins to help Donal in the armory.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
Donal Noye is one of the few people to remain at Castle Black. When Jon escapes Styr's wildlings and runs to Castle Black to warn of the coming assault, Donal is concerned that Jon had deserted. However, he ends up trusting the boy and brings him to Maester Aemon for treatment of his wounds and to begin preparing for the defense of the Wall. Despite having only one arm, Donal carries Jon without difficulty up the stairs and holds Jon down when Aemon cuts out the arrow piercing him.
The remaining men of the Night's Watch at Castle Black retreat to the King's Tower, because the other buildings are not defensible. Donal, taking command, sends warning to Mole's Town and offers the villagers refuge in the King's Tower if they help defend it. During the fight the wildlings manage to claim the stairs despite severe losses and the remaining men of the Night's Watch flee to the Wall. Noye, having prepared for this by drenching the last landings with oil, has burning arrows fired. The attacking Thenns perish to a man.
Although the Night's Watch had defended the Wall against Styr's company of wildlings who had climbed the Wall, there is still the vast army under command of Mance Rayder north of the Wall to deal with. Donal again leads the defense. The wildlings have no ladders to climb the wall, so they attack the gate. When the giant Mag the Mighty begins to break it, Noye leaves with a few men to save it. Before he leaves Donal gives Jon Snow command of the Wall. Noye succeeds in stopping the wildlings at the gate, at the cost of his life and of the men who went with him. Jon finds that Mag had crushed Donal's spine and that Donal had impaled his sword in the giant's throat.
When the Night's Watch is on the brink of defeat, Stannis Baratheon appears with his army and defeats the wildlings in the Battle of Castle Black. According to Stannis, if the wildlings had already taken the Wall this may not have been possible.
A Dance with Dragons
Because Stannis is residing in the King's Tower, Jon Snow, now Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, moves into Donal's modest room with a narrow bed behind Castle Black's armory. The smith's possessions include a silver drinking cup, six pennies and a copper star, a niello brooch with a broken clasp, and a musty brocade doublet with the stag of House Baratheon. Jon later thinks that the Night's Watch needs leaders with the compassion of Donal Noye.
Quotes by Donal
- Donal Noye's opinion on the three Baratheon brothers.
Quotes about Donal
His treasures were his tools, and the swords and knives he made. His life was at the forge.
- Jon Snow thinking about Donal's personal effects
References and Notes
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 76, Jon XI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon III, pp 161-162.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 26, Jon IV, p 233.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 64, Jon VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 3, Jon I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69, Jon XIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 73, Jon X.