Mors Umber

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Mors Umber
Mors Umber Drawing by Robert O'Leary

Alias Mors Crowfood
Allegiance House Umber
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Mors Umber, better known as Mors Crowfood, is the uncle of Lord Greatjon Umber and joint castellan of Last Hearth. He is old and usually drunk.[1]


He is an old man, huge and powerful, with a ruddy face and a shaggy white beard.[2] He wears a chunk of dragonglass in place of a lost eye[1] or conceals the empty socket with a stained white leather eye patch.[3] He wears a cloak made of a snow bear with its head as a hood.[4]


Whilst sleeping by the side of a road, a crow had taken Mors for dead and so it pecked out his eye. According to Old Nan, he grabbed the raven at its feet and bit its head off, earning him the nickname Crowfood.[1] His wife died while in childbirth. Both of his sons were killed during the Battle of the Trident in the War of the Usurper and his only daughter was abducted by a wildling, leaving Mors with a deep hatred of the Free Folk [5].

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Mors Crowfood, with his brother, Hother Whoresbane, attends the harvest feast at Winterfell, where Mors puts himself forward as a possible match for the Lady of Hornwood, despite him being older than her father. He points out that his nephew Greatjon Umber is King Robb's strong right hand, making an Umber, and Mors in particular, the best choice to protect the widow's lands. As Maester Luwin knows that Lady Donella despises Mors, considering him a drunk brute, he points out that she is still in mourning, having lost her husband Halys and her son Daryn in the War of the Five Kings, to which Mors replies crudely that he could chase away her grief with his manhood. Luwin promises to pass the request on to Lady Donella and King Robb. When Luwin answers Hother's request for longships and men to sail them as protection against the influx of wildlings in the north with the suggestion to strike an alliance with Wyman Manderly on this, Mors is dismissive, calling Lord Manderly a "waddling sack of suet". However, Rodrik Cassel commands the Umbers in the name of King Robb to ally with Lord Manderly and they give in, but not without grumbling.[1] At the harvest feast, Mors and his brother Hother play a drinking game.

A Dance with Dragons

Mors Umber is one of the few representatives of the North to declare fealty to Stannis Baratheon. He agreed to serve Stannis if he was sent the skull of Mance Rayder. Mors also stated to Stannis that he would not fight his brother, Hother Whoresbane, who had joined House Bolton.[5] Hothor did this only because the Greatjon is a prisoner of the Iron Throne. Stannis agreed and promised to place Mors and his host on the opposite side of battle to his brother.

Mors camped outside Winterfell during a blizzard, his men repeatedly blowing warhorns to cause confusion and to draw out the Bolton host. There he was able to capture Theon Greyjoy and Jeyne Poole, when both were fleeing Winterfell and their depraved captor Ramsay Bolton, the heir of Roose Bolton. Also during this time, the Braavosi Banker Tycho Nestoris came looking for Stannis but met Mors instead. Mors sent Theon and Jeyne to Stannis with Tycho Nestoris and his escort.[6]

The Winds of Winter

Theon revealed that Mors asked Jeyne, who was still claiming she was Arya Stark, questions about Winterfell and even asked her to name the servants of the keep to confirm her identity. Since Jeyne lived at Winterfell for most of her life, she was able to answer them correctly. Also, Mors was only able to muster a few crippled men and green boys as part of his force, as most of the Umber strength had gone south with the Greatjon and the remaining guard had left with Hother.

Mors had his green boys dig a pit trap outside the Winterfell gates. Due to the blizzard, the sentries visibility was impaired and they were able to do it without detection. When the Freys rode out of Winterfell's gate, several of them fell into this trap. Hosteen Frey lost his horse and Aenys Frey broke his neck and died.[7]


At least
2 daughters

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
  2. The Winds of Winter, Theon's sample chapter, made available on GRRM's website as of Dec 28th, 2011
  3. The Winds of Winter, Theon's sample chapter, made available on GRRM's website as of Dec 28th, 2011
  4. The Winds of Winter, Theon's sample chapter, made available on GRRM's website as of Dec 28th, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon IV.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice.
  7. The Winds of Winter, Theon's sample chapter, made available on GRRM's website as of Dec 28th, 2011