Owen the Oaf

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Alias Owen the Oaf
Allegiance Night's Watch
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Owen, better known as Owen the Oaf, is a steward of the Night's Watch. He is tall and blond, friendly, diligent, and a surprisingly good carpenter, but his mother dropped him on his head as a baby and left him dimwitted.

Appearance and Character

He sometimes has a sausage stuffed into his scabbard instead of a sword.[1]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Owen was among the men that Bowen Marsh left behind to defend Castle Black.[2] He has a prophetic dream about "Robert Baratheon" (whom he could not remember was dead) coming to the rescue of the black brothers defending the Wall.

A Feast for Crows

He is stationed at Castle Black.[3]

A Dance With Dragons

Owen is one of the men brought along as muscle to assist Lord Commander Jon Snow in escorting Janos Slynt out of Castle Black to carry out his duties as garrison commander of Greyguard. After Slynt's execution, Owen asks if he can have Slynt's boots.[4]

Alongside two score other Watchmen, Own gathers at the gate through the Wall after rumors spread that the heads of three rangers were found impaled on spikes on the other side of the Wall. When Jon and his party return from inspecting the heads, Owen asks if Dywen is among the dead, but Jon informs the gathered men that the heads belong to Jack Bulwer, Hairy Hal, and Garth Greyfeather, who had all been slain by the Weeper.[5]

Owen attends the wedding of Alys Karstark and Sigorn, and plays his fiddle at the wedding feast. He also dances with Patchface, which causes the other guests to laugh. He listens nervously with the rest of the attendees after two horn blasts are heard coming from the watchers on the Wall, and titters with relief after no third blast is heard.[6]

He stands sentry at the top of The Wall alongside Ty when Lord Commander Jon Snow arrives upon the elevator with Leathers for a meeting with other officers of the Night's Watch.[1]

References and Notes