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Alias Marwyn the Mage
Title Archmaester
Book(s) A Game of Thrones
A Feast for Crows

Marwyn, better known as Marwyn the Mage, is an archmaester of the Citadel. He has a thick neck and a strong jaw. He is short and squat with a thick chest and a hard ale-belly. He has white hair coming out of his nose and ears. His nose has been broken more than once and his teeth are stained red.[1] His ring, rod and mask are made of Valyrian steel.[2]


He traveled the lands beyond the Narrow Sea. He encountered Mirri Maz Duur in his travels and taught her the secrets of the human body and the Common Tongue.[3]

He spent eight years mapping distant lands, searching for lost books and studying with warlocks and shadowbinders. He was nicknamed 'Marwyn the Mage' by Archmaester Vaellyn after his return.[4] Qyburn claims that Marwyn calls the rest of the maesters the 'grey sheep'.[5] He is the author of the book, Book of Lost Books.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Mirri Maz Duur mentions that she was taught about human anatomy by a maester named Marwyn.

A Storm of Swords

In conversation with Jaime Lannister Qyburn explains how he came to believe in the possibility of ghosts and mentions that of all the archmaesters only Marwyn gives the matter any thought.[7]

A Feast for Crows

Leo Tyrell tells the group of novices and acolytes assembled at the Quill and Tankard that Marwyn believes the tales of dragons are true.[8] Alleras brings Samwell Tarly to meet with Marwyn after talking to him at the Seneschal's Court. Marwyn listens to Samwell's story and then declares that he is off to meet Daenerys Targaryen. He orders Samwell to finish his studies and then get back to the Wall as fast as possible before leaving to catch the Cinnamon Wind.[9]

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