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Kristian Nairn as Hodor

Alias Hodor
Allegiance House Stark
Book(s) A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons

Played by Kristian Nairn

Hodor is a simple-minded stableboy at Winterfell. He is memorable for his large size, said by Osha to be a result of giants blood, and the fact he only says the word 'Hodor'.[1] The Stark children believed this to be his name, until enlightened by Old Nan, his great-grandmother, that his real name was in fact Walder.[2] He has brown eyes[3] and a brown beard.[4] In the TV series, Hodor is played by Kristian Nairn.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

After Bran's fall, he needs a way to move about the castle. Maester Luwin designs a basket that can be strapped to Hodor's back and in which Bran can be placed. However, Hodor, being a simpleton, sometimes forgets that Bran is in the basket, which causes Bran moments of pain.[6]

A Clash of Kings

After Theon Greyjoy takes Winterfell, Hodor hides in the crypts along with Osha, Bran, Rickon, Meera Reed and Jojen Reed, faking their escape out of the castle. They eventually leave the crypts only to find the castle destroyed. After speaking to the dying Maester Luwin, it is decided that Bran and Rickon should be split up. Hodor goes with Bran, Jojen and Meera north to the Wall.[7]

A Storm of Swords

Hodor flees with Bran, Meera, and Jojen north toward the Wall. They eventually reach the Wall at the Nightfort and meet Samwell Tarly of the Night's Watch. He leads them through a secret door at the bottom of a well that takes them through to the north side of the Wall. There they meet Coldhands, an enigmatic figure of uncertain allegiance.[8]

A Dance with Dragons

They reach the cave of the three-eyed crow, but are ambushed by wights just outside the cave’s entrance. Bran wargs into Hodor to fight off the wights, but blacks out and wakes up again inside the cave. The cave is warded against White Walkers and wights, so Coldhands cannot accompany them inside. Inside the cave, the group meet the remaining Children of the Forest and the three-eyed crow.[9] While inside the cave, Bran continues to warg into Hodor to explore the deeper parts of the cave. Hodor has become used to Bran's presence in his mind, though he still feels fear when it happens and retreats to a place where Bran cannot reach him.[10]

References and Notes