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Allegiance Night's Watch
Culture Westeros
Died In 299 AC, at Riverlands
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)

Played by Francis Magee
TV series Season 1 | Season 2

Yoren is a sworn brother of the Night's Watch. He is a recruiter, or "wandering crow," he travels the Seven Kingdoms, responsible for collecting recruits and prisoners, who would take the black, and escorting them to Castle Black for training.

Character and Appearance

Yoren is hard and grim, and has little patience for fools.[1] Due to his shoulder injury he cannot fight well anymore and for the past thirty years he has been traveling the Seven Kingdoms recruiting for the Night's watch. In all that time, he only lost three. Yoren is not the most refined member but loyal and trustworthy. His travels frequently bring him to Winterfell, and he knows the members of House Stark and has a certain loyalty to them.[2]

Yoren is stooped and sinister with a twisted shoulder. His coarse and ugly features are hidden behind a thick and matted black beard. He is lice-ridden and smells foul, wearing garments that are tattered and long since faded to grey.[3][1] He chews sourleaf.


A Game of Thrones

Yoren joined Benjen Stark's party as it headed north to the Wall[3] and later accompanied Tyrion Lannister back south on the road to King's Landing.[4] After Catelyn Stark arrest Tyrion, Yoren continues on to King's Landing to inform Eddard Stark about what happened.[5]

Yoren remains in the city to gather more recruits. At some point, Yoren was approached by a man who gave him some gold to take a boy with him to the wall (later revealed as Gendry) and after Eddard's imprisonment Yoren was told to be ready to take Eddard to the Wall.[6] Yoren was present at the Great Sept of Baelor where Eddard confessed and was executed instead of being banished to the Wall. Yoren recognizes Arya Stark amidst the crowd and seizes her after her father’s execution, calling her "boy" dragging her away.[7]

A Clash of Kings

Yoren returning north to the Wall with approximately thirty recruits mostly culled from the dungeons of the Red Keep. After disguising Arya as boy, cutting her hair with a blade, he takes Arya with him, he plans to drop her off in Winterfell along the way.[6]

On their way north the party arrives at a town on the edge of Gods Eye with the intention of taking a ferry across the lake, however the town is deserted. Yoren decides to stay in the abandoned keep for the night. During the night, a party led by Ser Amory Lorch, part of the Lannister campaign in the Riverlands, arrives and attacks the keep despite Yoren's protestations that they are of the Night's Watch and take no part in the ongoing war. Yoren is killed during the assault.[8]

When Tyrion is told by Bronn that a black brother has arrived from the Wall, he inquires whether it is Yoren and is disppointed to find out that it is Ser Alliser Thorne instead.[9]

Yoren gives the command to leave for the Wall.

Yoren's Last Crows

These are the last recruits that Yoren tried to bring to the Wall before his demise.

References and Notes