Lord Commander of the|
|Born||In 283 AL, at Unknown|
A Game of Thrones|
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
|Played by||Kit Harington|
Jon Snow is presumably the bastard son of Eddard Stark, by a mother whose identity is not widely known. He was raised by his father alongside his true-born half-siblings, but joins the Night's Watch when he reaches adulthood. He is constantly accompanied by his albino direwolf Ghost.
A Game of Thrones
Ned brought Jon back from Robert's Rebellion and insisted on raising him with the rest of the Stark family. Jon got along with most of the Stark family, but Catelyn always considered him an outsider and his presence served as a constant reminder of her husband's infidelity. When the family encountered the direwolf pups after Gared was executed for deserting the Night's Watch, Jon took the albino pup, as it was an outcast from its litter. Jon's position both inside and outside the family subtly chafed him over the years until, when he neared adulthood, he joined the Night's Watch.
Tyrion Lannister accompanied Jon to the Wall, and their friendship was fostered by their shared position as noble outsiders. Jon was initially resented by the other Watch recruits because of his noble background, but he eventually learned to fit into the crowd, although at the cost of lasting enmity from the caustic master-at-arms, Alliser Thorne. Jon also protected Samwell Tarly from bullying by some other recruits.
Lord Commander Jeor Mormont appointed Jon as his personal steward and squire in order to groom him for command. During a wight attack on Castle Black, Jon saved Mormont's life and received serious burns on his hand. Mormont gave him the Valyrian steel bastard sword, Longclaw, of House Mormont, and had a direwolf head engraved onto the pommel in honor of House Stark.
Although Jon had learned to fit in with the Watch, he had difficulty seperating from his old life. At the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings, he tried to desert to join Robb's army, even though the common penalty for deserting the Night's watch is death. His new friends brought him back, however, and saved him from this fate. Jon finally decided to honor his bonds and abandon his Stark past.
A Clash of Kings
When Mormont mounted an expedition to investigate the goings-on in the haunted forest beyond the wall after disappearances of several rangers, including Benjen Stark, Jon went ahead with a small group of scouts led by the famous Qhorin Halfhand. Along the way, Jon released a captured wildling woman, Ygritte, instead of killing her. The party was later discovered and pursued by wildlings led by Rattleshirt. Before they were overtaken, Qhorin commanded Jon to join the wildlings and discover their plans, ordering Jon to duel and kill him in front of the wildings so that Jon would appear to be a traitor. Ygritte was part of Rattleshirt's band and believed that Jon had abandoned his former ways after killing the Halfhand.
A Storm of Swords
Jon met with Mance Rayder and convinced him that his defection was sincere. During their conversation, Jon learned Mance's plans to invade the Seven Kingdoms. For a time, Jon broke his vows of chastity and became Ygritte's lover, and hesitated between betraying her or leaving the Night's Watch. Jon joined Styr's mission to scale the Wall and ambush the skeleton crew left manning Castle Black, but eventually fled his wildling comrades to rejoin the Watch. He survived and reached Castle Black, where he learned that his brothers, Bran and Rickon, had died at the command of Theon Greyjoy. There he led the defence of Castle Black against Styr's raiders. All of the raiders were killed, including Ygritte. Jon then received command of the Wall's defences against Mance's direct assault. Using his natural leadership, Jon successfully held the Wall against overwhelming odds for several days. However, upon the arrival of Alliser Thorne and Janos Slynt to Castle Black, Jon was arrested for his earlier defection and forced to make an assassination attempt on Mance during a parley. Before Jon could attack, Stannis Baratheon's forces made a surprise appearance and routed the wildlings.
Jon's service defending the Wall earned him popular support and his release from imprisonment. Due to the efforts of Samwell Tarly, Jon was voted as a compromise candidate between rival factions of the Watch for the post of Lord Commander. Though Stannis offered to make him Lord of House Stark if he would recognize Stannis as king, Jon refused and became the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. His earliest acts as Lord Commander served to frustrate the plots of Stannis's priestess Melisandre by secretly sending Mance's child away from the wall and impersonating it with another.
A Dance With Dragons
The earlier part of the novel desrcibes events from A Storm of Swords but from Jon's POV. Jon has taken up residence within Donal Noye's quarters, following the blacksmith's death in the previous Novel. Jon is continually harassed, predominantly by Stannis' men who have taken up residence within Castle Black and the Nightfort, which Jon had granted to Stannis as thanks for his aid against the wildling assault. Jon rebukes all demands from Stannis to settle his men within the gift, claiming the land and all of the 16 unoccupied castles along the wall as belonging to the Nights Watch. Jon continually displeases his fellow commanders of the Nights Watch by sending Val to treat with Tormund Giantsbane which results in a fragile alliance between the Nights Watch and the wildlings who are then settled in the gift, the warriors given oppurtunity to guard the wall by garrisoning unoccupied castles against the Others. As the wildings are moved into the gift Mance Rayder is given to the flames by Melisandre (so it appears), but it is later revealed that the burned man was in fact Rattleshirt under a glamour created by Melisandre. Mance is sent by Jon to rescue his sister Arya Stark from Ramsay Bolton. Stannis soon departs accompanied by the Northern mountain houses to go to war with House Bolton upon hearing of Ramsay's impending marriage to Arya Stark who is in fact Sansa's childhood friend Jeyne Poole. Jon is warned throughout the novel by Melisandre of what she has seen in her flames- firstly of A Girl on a dying horse (Alys Karstark fleeing from her uncle who is then captured by the Nights Watch) and then of daggers in the dark, to which Jon pays no heed. In Jon's final chapter of the novel he recieves a letter from Ramsay Bolton entitled 'Bastard' which mentions that Stannis has been defeated and Mance Rayder captured, and that fealty is demanded from Jon to House Bolton if the Nights Watch is to survive. Jon responds to this letter by giving command of an impending ranging to Tormund Giantsbane in his stead and announces he is journeying south to battle the Bolton's, requesting and aid that can be given from his men or the wildlings of their free will. Jon's decision however causes great discontempt within the watch's leadership and he is stabbed (to death?) by Bowen Marsh and three other men of the watch. It is possible that Jon survives this encounter, but the story is vague and we will not know until The Winds of Winter!
Jon has strong Stark features. He has a lean build and a long face, with dark hair and grey eyes.
Jon Snow's parentage remains a mystery, as Eddard rarely spoke of the matter. When Catelyn confronted him about the rumor that Jon's mother was Ashara Dayne, Eddard would not answer. Years later, when queried by Robert, he claimed that a lowborn woman named Wylla is Snow's mother. Both possibilities have been mentioned by outside sources. Cersei Lannister believes his mother to be Lady Dayne, while Edric Dayne, who was wet-nursed by Wylla, told Arya that he and Jon are milk-brothers.
References and Sources
This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at House Stark.