Hallis Mollen

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Hallis Mollen
House Mollen.svg
Alias Hal
Title Captain of the guard at Winterfell
Allegiances
Culture Northmen
Born North[1]
Books

Hallis Mollen, called Hal, is a member of the household guard of Lord Eddard Stark at Winterfell.[2]

Appearance and Character

Hallis is muscular and has a square brown beard.[2] He has a tendency to state the obvious[3][4] and has a loose tongue.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

While Lady Catelyn Stark is unconscious following the attempt on Bran Stark's life, Robb Stark names Hallis the new captain of the guards at Winterfell. He succeeds Jory Cassel, who accompanied Lord Eddard Stark to King's Landing when Ned was appointed Hand of the King by Robert I Baratheon.

Hallis accompanies Robb on visits to distant holdfasts in Catelyn's absence, making Bran in his sickbed believe that Robb spends more time now with Hallis and Theon Greyjoy than with his own brothers. He also guards Robb while he is receiving Tyrion Lannister upon Tyrion's return from the Wall.[6]

Lord Eddard is injured in King's Landing at the hands of House Lannister guards led by Ser Jaime Lannister. When Winterfell is informed, Hallis, Theon, and Maester Luwin counsel Robb before he calls his bannermen.[7]

When Bran goes on his first ride outside Winterfell since his fall, Hallis assigns several guards to accompany him and Robb, to Bran's dismay.[7]

Robb decides to lead the army going south to hold the Neck and assist the Tullys in their fight against the Lannisters. Bran muses that Robb could have given command of the forces to Hallis, Theon, or one of his bannerman, as urged by Luwin, but Robb has decided to lead the men himself, leaving Bran as acting Lord of Winterfell. When Lord Jon Umber threatens Robb over a disagreement in the Great Hall of Winterfell, Hallis moves to intercept the Greatjon before he reaches Robb with a drawn greatsword but is knocked down by the much larger man. Hallis carries the banner of House Stark when the forces are leaving Winterfell.[8]

During the battle in the Whispering Wood, Hallis personally commands the guards protecting Catelyn, after asking for the honor. Catelyn notes that he has a tendency of stating the obvious when he identifies sounds used as signals as indication that the westermen led by Jaime are approaching. When Jaime is brought before Catelyn, Hallis introduces him as the Kingslayer.[3]

A Clash of Kings

Robb, now King in the North, sends Hallis, twenty guards, and five lordlings to protect Catelyn when she goes south to meet Renly Baratheon and negotiate a possible alliance. When they approach Renly's host at Bitterbridge, Hallis notices noise that turns out to come from a melee held among Renly's men.[4]

Hallis accompanies Catelyn to a parley between Renly and his brother Stannis Baratheon at Storm's End. After the parley fails, he plays dice with some Stark men, informing them about the outcome and that there is going to be a battle between Renly's and Stannis's forces at dawn. When Catelyn is asked about this by Lucas Blackwood, she confirms Hallis's words but notes by herself that her guard has a loose tongue.[5]

After Renly has been murdered and his camp is in uproar, Hallis asks Catelyn about the upcoming battle, receiving the answer that there is not going to be one. Catelyn commands her escort to lead her and Brienne of Tarth out of the camp fast, before Renly's men start to look for the two women who were with their king when he died.[9]

Upon their return to Riverrun, Hallis points out the Lannister men that have been hanged in their absence with their bodies dangling from the walls of the castle now. They turn out to be men who escorted Ser Cleos Frey when he returned from King's Landing with peace terms set by Tyrion Lannister, the acting Hand of the King; they were hanged for their plot to free Jaime Lannister. Cleos has also brought the remains of Lord Eddard with him. Catelyn gives orders for the silent sisters to transport them to Winterfell, guarded by Hallis, and to bury them in the castle's crypt.[10]

Unbeknownst to Catelyn, ironmen led by Victarion Greyjoy have already moved to take Moat Cailin, and Theon Greyjoy is on his way to take Winterfell as well.[11][12]

A Storm of Swords

Hallis continues north toward Winterfell with Quent, Jacks, and Shadd.[13]

While on the way to the wedding of Lord Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey at the Twins, the force led by Robb comes through the Whispering Wood. Spotting skeletons of soldiers who died in the earlier battle, Catelyn wonders what happened to her husband's remains after she sent them north with Hallis.[14]

A Feast for Crows

Hallis and his party continue their journey.[15]

A Dance with Dragons

At Winterfell, Barbrey Dustin, Lady of Barrowton, tells Theon that should Ned Stark's bones emerge from the Neck, the escorts will be prevented from going north of Barrowton.[16]

Quotes by Hallis

They're coming, my lady. Gods be with us.[3]

—Hallis to Catelyn Stark
—Hallis to Catelyn Stark

Quotes about Hallis

He had asked for the honor of protecting her in the battle to come; it was his right, as Winterfell's captain of guards, and Robb had not refused it to him.[3]

—thoughts of Catelyn Stark

He had a penchant for loudly announcing the obvious.[4]

—thoughts of Catelyn Stark

It made her wonder where Ned had come to rest. The silent sisters had taken his bones north, escorted by Hallis Mollen and a small honor guard. Had Ned ever reached Winterfell, to be interred beside his brother Brandon in the dark crypts beneath the castle? Or did the door slam shut at Moat Cailin before Hal and the sisters could pass?[14]

—thoughts of Catelyn Stark

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