Eddison Tollett

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Eddison Tollet
Edd Tollett by Amok©
Edd Tollett by Amok©

Alias(es) Dolorous Edd
Allegiance House Tollett
Night's Watch
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Appears)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)

Played by Ben Crompton
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3

Eddison Tollet, known as Dolorous Edd to his fellow black brothers,[1] is a squire from House Tollett and a steward of the Night's Watch. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Ben Crompton.

Character and Appearance

Eddison is very thin.[1] He is dour, and grey-haired.[2] He has a dry and pessimistic sense of humor.


Dolorous Edd appears to have been born to a lesser branch of the House Tollet, as he speaks of being raised in a crude house such as the poorer of the smallfolk might have. He was a squire[1] recruited to the Night's Watch by Yoren.

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Tollett is part of the the great ranging beyond the Wall.[3]

A Storm of Swords

Dolorous Edd - by Amok ©

Edd survives the fight with the wights at the Fist of the First Men. He is among the survivors to make it back to Craster's Keep.

Once at Craster's Keep Edd is one of the few men that takes Samwell Tarly seriously when he tells the men he slew an Other with his dragonglass dagger. Edd, along with Dywen, makes Sam and Grenn tell Lord Commander Jeor Mormont the tale.[4] After the death of the Lord Commander during the mutiny over food, Edd flees with Grenn, Giant and other loyalists back to the Wall.

When the Weeper starts his assault near the Shadow Tower, Bowen Marsh assembles the garrison of Castle Black, along with Edd, to aid Denys Mallister.

Edd receives two votes during the election of the new Lord Commander,[5] but when Jon Snow becomes a viable candidate Edd backs him instead.[6]

A Dance with Dragons

Edd carries on his duties as the Lord Commander's steward. He is one of the men brought along as muscle to assist Lord Commander Jon Snow in escorting Janos Slynt out of Castle Black to carry out his duties as garrison commander of Greyguard. Edd and Iron Emmett escort Slynt outside for his execution.[7]

Eventually, Lord Commander Snow re-assigns Edd chief steward of Long Barrow, where Jon sent the spearwives, under the command of Iron Emmett.[8]


The dead are likely dull fellows, full of tedious complaints—the ground's too cold, my gravestone should be larger, why does he get more worms than I do...[1]

- Edd to Jon Snow

He said for you to join him. Best leave the wolf outside, he looks hungry enough to eat one of Craster’s children. Well, truth be told, I’m hungry enough to eat one of Craster’s children, so long as he was served hot. Go on, I’ll see to your horse. If it’s warm and dry inside, don’t tell me, I wasn’t asked in.[9]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Eddison: Does this mud look like shit to you? Could it be that this whole hill is made of Craster’s shit?

Jon: Well, I hear he’s been here a long time.

Eddison: You cheer me not. Go see the Old Bear.[9]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Eddison: I’d give all the gold in Casterly Rock to sleep in a bed again.

Jon: You’d call that a bed?

Eddison: If it’s softer than the ground and has a roof over it, I call it a bed.[9]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Does it rain in hell, I wonder? Perhaps Craster would like a nice hat instead.[9]

- Edd to Jon Snow

See, the Old Bear’s clever. If we get the wildling well and truly drunk, perhaps he’ll only cut off an ear when he tries to slay us with that axe. I have two ears but only one head.[9]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Some dogs crawled atop me during the night. My cloak was almost dry when one of them pissed in it. Or perhaps it was Brown Bernarr. Have you noticed that the rain stopped the instant I had a roof above me? It will start again now that I’m back out. Gods and dogs alike delight to piss on me.[9]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Grenn: I know this wood as well as any man alive, and I tell you, I wouldn’t care to ride through it alone tonight. Can’t you smell it?
Eddison: All I smell is the shit of two hundred horses. And this stew. Which has a similar aroma, now that I come to sniff it.[9]

- Edd to Grenn

Do you know the difference between a wildling who's a friend to the Watch and one who's not? Our enemies leave our bodies for the crows and the wolves. Our friends bury us in secret graves.[3]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Eddison: There are worse ways to die than warm and drunk. I knew a brother drowned himself in wine once. It was a poor vintage, though, and his corpse did not improve it.

Jon: You drank the wine?

Eddison: It’s an awful thing to find a brother dead. You’d have need of a drink as well, Lord Snow.[10]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Eddison: Brother, just because it happened that way for you doesn’t mean Samwell will suffer the same.

Chett: What are you talking about, Tollett?

Eddison: The axe that split your skull. Is it true that half your wits leaked out on the ground and your dogs ate them?[2]

- Edd to Chett

Once they figure a way to work a dead horse, we'll be next. Likely I'll be the first too. 'Edd' they'll say, 'dying's no excuse for laying down no more, so get on up and take this spear, you've got the watch tonight.' Well, I shouldn't be so gloomy. Might be I'll die before they work it out.[4]

- Edd to Samwell Tarly

Eddison: I never win anything. The gods always smiled on Watt, though. When the wildlings knocked him off the Bridge of Skulls, somehow he landed in a nice deep pool of water. How lucky was that, missing all those rocks?

Grenn: Was it a long fall? Did landing in the pool of water save his life?

Eddison: No. He was dead already, from that axe in his head. Still, it was pretty lucky, missing the rocks.[11]

- Edd to Grenn

Cotter: We’ll defend the Wall to the last man.
Eddison: Probably me.[11]

- Edd to Cotter Pyke

I just want to say to whoever is voting for me that I would certainly make an awful Lord Commander. But so would all these others.[11]

- Edd

Samwell: Jon wants to see me?
Eddison: As to that, I could not say. I never wanted to see half the things I’ve seen, and I’ve never seen half the things I wanted to. I don’t think wanting comes into it. You’d best go all the same.[12]

- Edd to Samwell Tarly

If my wet nurse looked like her, I’d still be on the teat. Mine had whiskers.[12]

- Edd

And to you, Sam, your boat’s not like to sink, I don’t think. Boats only sink when I’m aboard.[12]

- Edd to Samwell Tarly

My old septon used to say that books are dead men talking. Dead men should keep quiet, is what I say. No one wants to hear a dead man’s yabber.[13]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Careful of the rats, my lord. They make an awful squeal if you step on them. My mother used to make a similar sound when I was a boy. She must have had some rat in her, now that I think of it. Brown hair, beady little eyes, liked cheese. Might be she had a tail too, I never looked to see.[13]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Eddison: Now I understand why King Stannis let the wildlings through the Wall. He means for us to eat them.

Jon: It will not come to that.

Eddison: Oh, good. They look a stringy lot, and my teeth are not as sharp as when I was younger.[13]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Eddison: I had a frightening dream last night, m’lord. You were my steward, fetching my food and cleaning up my leavings. I was lord commander, with never a moment’s peace.
Jon: Your nightmare, my life.[13]

- Edd to Jon Snow

Place was overrun with rats when we moved in. The spearwives killed the nasty buggers. Now the place is overrun with spearwives. There’s days I want the rats back.[13]

- Edd

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