Why are the men of the Night’s Watch called “Crows”?

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Why are the men of the Night's Watch called "Crows"?

Sunil Kumar Gopal

Votes: 3979

This is a conversation between Jon Snow and Maester Aemon from A Game of Thrones:

“Doves and pigeons can also be trained to carry messages,” the maester went on, “though the raven is a stronger flyer, larger, bolder, far more clever, better able to defend itself against hawks… yet ravens are black, and they eat the dead, so some godly men abhor them. Baelor the Blessed tried to replace all the ravens with doves, did you know?” The maester turned his white eyes on Jon, smiling. “The Night’s Watch prefers ravens.”

Jon’s fingers were in the bucket, blood up to the wrist. “Dywen says the wildlings call us crows,” he said uncertainly.

“The crow is the raven’s poor cousin. They are both beggars in black, hated and misunderstood.”

The members of the Night’s Watch always wear black, and the wildlings insult them by calling them crows. The respect is somewhat mixed when they call the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch as “Lord Crow”.

“You are a black-hearted bastard, Lord Crow.” Tormund Horn-Blower lifted his own warhorn to his lips.

While it was intended to be an insult, the Watch took the name for themselves, and the sting is mostly gone. Yoren, for example, is called the “Wandering Crow”.

Andrew Hagen

Votes: 2706

They’re called White Walkers in the books too, many times:

Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children are born and live and die all in darkness while the direwolves grow gaunt and hungry, and the white walkers move through the woods.”

“Mance be damned,” the big man cursed. “You want to go back there, Osha? More fool you. Think the white walkers will care if you have a hostage?”

Mance thinks he’ll fight, the brave sweet stubborn man, like the white walkers were no more than rangers, but what does he know?

“The giants I’ve seen, the children I’ve heard tell of, and the white walkers… why do you want to know?”

White Walkers, also known as The Others.

From Game of Thrones season one episode one: “Winter is Coming”.

In the HBO series they are more often called ‘White Walkers’, and in the books they are called The Others more often.

Aldyfa Raihan

Votes: 5303

Well, mate.

Did you pay attention to the series?

One of the event that stirred the entire turmoil in Westeros.

One that caused Catelyn Stark to go slightly insane and tries to murder the son of Westeros’ richest motherf-ker.

One that caused Tywin Lannister to dispatch The Mountain and plunder the Riverlands.

One that caused Jaime Lannister to break Eddard Stark’s leg and began one of the biggest large-scale conflict in Westeros.

Yes, Jaime notices that the kid he had attempted to kill years ago, survived.

Another reason is due to Theon Greyjoy sacking Winterfell. The news were quickly spread that Bran & Rickon were torched to crisp, and hanged by the courtyard, in full view of the people.

“Oh god he must have remembered me shagging my sister now.”

Jaime had thought Brandon was dead when he dropped him from the tower, but the kid survived.

Jaime had thought Brandon was actually dead, when Theon sacked Winterfell and burned their body to crisp, but the kid survived.

Probably after all this years, after numerous Starks were killed, and no news of Brandon Stark was heard, he thought he was dead and didn’t think that he would meet him again.


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Jakub Handlíř

Votes: 4608

Is Sam a kind of author surrogate for George R. R. Martin?


During one interview when Martin was asked to which character he’s the most similar to. He answered that Tyrion is who he would want to be (incredibly smart and witty) but that he’s most similar to Sam.

Kelsey L. Hayes

Votes: 2611

Robb Stark seemed to think so. So did Stannis Baratheon. Both of them planned to spring Jon Snow from the Night’s Watch based on their royal authority — Robb so that Jon could be his heir, Stannis so that Jon could take up lordship of Winterfell in Stannis’ name. Neither of these attempts actually came to anything; Robb’s will is in the wind and Jon would be able to leave the Watch on a technicality now even if it surfaced, and Jon refused Stannis’ offer outright.

It isn’t clear if Robb and Stannis’ thinking was based on any sort of precedent (if so it isn’t noted in any of the written material we have) or just their faith in their own authorities as kings. Robb was willing to pay for Jon’s freedom by sending other men to the Wall in his place, whereas Stannis was more of the “Jon’s out of here, deal with it” mentality.

We’ll never know if either attempt would have been successful. I’m guessing the concept in general is pretty fluid legally and based on pragmatism — it would be hard for the Watch in lean times to turn down 100 new men just to keep Jon, for example, and hard for the Watch, down to the bone right after fighting the wildlings, to refuse Stannis if Jon had accepted his offer — Stannis has the ability to press his will through violence if necessary. On the other hand, when the Watch had thousands of men in it and more respect in the country at large, it might have been able to better withstand royal decrees, if any came up. It’s a bit of a paradox really: When the Watch can refuse a royal decree if it wants, it could stand to lose a man to said decree without missing him much. When the Watch can’t refuse a royal decree — either because of a threat or because the payment is too good to pass up — it’s likelier to feel the loss of that one man.

In that case it isn’t a “yes or no” answer. It depends on who’s doing the asking, what they’re offering (if anything), and the Watch’s ability to say no.

Kelsey L. Hayes

Votes: 1680

“Ser” is an honorific given to someone who has been knighted. It is not necessarily tied to land ownership, lordship, etc. It is possible to be a lord who has never been knighted, and possible to be a knight with no inheritance. Knighthood is also closely tied to religion, since knights in the story by custom — if not always in practice — are anointed by a septon. This is why you see so few knights in the North and the Iron Islands: It’s a tradition tied to the Faith of the Seven.

We know the Night’s Watch does not eschew religious practices in general. New recruits take their vows with a septon or in front of a weirwood tree, depending on their faith. Given that religious observance in the Watch is still present and that a knighthood does not imply political authority outside the Watch, there’s no reason for the Watch to not refer to knights as “Ser.”

Dustin Nguyen

Votes: 3743

Loyalties change overtime. Plus, Randyll Tarly wasn’t fighting under House Targaryen. He was fighting under House Tyrell that fought for House Targaryen.

…Or more like screwed around with some token effort until there was a clear winner in the war. It’s ultimately clear House Targaryen was fighting a losing war with allies that honestly at best wouldn’t want to be allies if it weren’t potential consequences if they don’t display loyalty.

And well…House Targaryen lost and House Tyrell gladly shifted sides, Tarly joining them.

Season 7? House Tyrell is effectively extinct led by an old woman who threw her lot with Daenerys not because of genuine care of Daenerys’s cause but because of her potential to utterly destroy House Lannister and their allies with it very likely Olenna Tyrell didn’t bother consulting this to any of her bannermen. Olenna Tyrell is an interesting character with good dialogue but don’t tell me she’s some wise kindly old mentor. She’s ruthless as hell, with love for her family being one of her genuine redeeming traits…And that trait was gone and she knew she may as well croak convincing Daenerys to just kill everything around her since House Lannister is the target. Her final moments is basically mocking Jaime’s naivety of granting her a peaceful death when she knew she deserves far worse leaving Jaime at a total loss (Joffrey was a horrid shit but he was still Jaime’s son). Again, this woman was more Emperor Palpatine than Yoda.

Did people really expect Tyrell bannermen (or just House Tarly since none of the other banner houses mattered) to essentially throw their lot joining with someone with an infamous reputation that exceeds her deeds with all you know best is that people are dead at the end of it and her two infamous armies that were well known for the really nasty things they’ve done in recorded history? Call Randyll Tarly an abusive father jackass xenophobic snob but it can’t be helped there’s a sliver of a valid point why he couldn’t just jump ship with Olenna. The writing is on the wall, House Tyrell is done and it’s last member was ready to throw her forces into the fire if it meant dragging her enemies with her. Randyll wasn’t really gonna easily accept this as with many of the Reach.

Again, Tarly is just an ass but you gotta admit he stucked to his guns to the bitter end. I feel worse for Dickon Tarly since he’d rather die alongside his old man.

Jacob Chen

Votes: 2558

I’m not sure how you define “greatest,” but for me, it would have to be this guy:

Brynden Rivers was born the bastard son of King Aegon IV Targaryen (more commonly known as Aegon the Unworthy) and Lady Melissa Blackwood. Despite being a bastard, Brynden Rivers was legitimized as part of King Aegon the Fat’s final decree. But he decided to keep the name Rivers.

Years later, there was a great civil war in Westeros between Daemon Blackfyre, the oldest bastard legitimized, and Daeron Targaryen. Brynden stayed loyal to Daeron and played a central role in winning the war, killing both Daemon and Daemon’s two eldest sons in the Battle of the Redgrass Field.

A few years later, Brynden served as both the Hand of the King and also the master of whisperers. The reason he was master of whisperers was that Brynden was actually a greenseer and used his powers to see far and wide (more about that later) and helped preserve the peace – as much as possible.

Brynden served as Hand of the King for about 25 years, practically ruling Westeros as the most powerful man in the realm.

In the year 233, after the death of King Maekar, Brynden called a Great Council to discuss and select the next king. Aenys Blackfyre wanted to attend the Great Council to put his name into the ring. Brynden promised him safe passage. But as soon as Aenys arrived in King’s Landing, Brynden had him executed without trial and presented his head to the Great Council as a warning. The Great Council then selected Aegon V Targaryen (Aegon the Unlikely) as the new king.

Aegon sent Brynden to the Wall as punishment for the execution of Aenys Blackfyre.

So from the very beginning, Brynden Rivers was the most famous person to have ever joined the Night’s Watch. Brynden Rivers didn’t arrive alone. He was accompanied by his personal guard, the elite archers known as Raven’s Teeth, all the prisoners in the dungeons of King’s Landing at the time, and his nephew Aemon Targaryen (the maester who eventually served Jon Snow).

Brynden was the first Targaryen to have ever joined the Night’s Watch, and the first and only Hand of the King. His joining alone helped (temporarily) elevate the status of the Night’s Watch and increase their strength considerably (since he came with about 200 other men). And he brought with him the Targaryen Valyrian steel sword, Dark Sister.

In time, Brynden was elevated to Lord Commander.

This alone would already put Brynden up there as one of the greatest members of the Night’s Watch. What comes next is even more amazing.

While ostensibly Brynden was sent to the Wall as punishment, that might not have actually been the case. As mentioned earlier, Brynden was a greenseer. In reality, he might have actually wanted to go to the Wall.

One day, after decades of serving on the Wall, Brynden personally decided to go on a ranging. A bit unusual for the Lord Commander. Brynden disappeared during the ranging and was presumed dead.

But in truth, he found the Children of the Forest. He then became the Three-Eyed Raven. The same Three-Eyed Raven who then later reached out to Bran and helped Bran awaken his powers. He trained his greenseer powers for a century, alongside the Children of the Forest, and might have been fighting the White Walkers as well. And in the process, merged with a massive weirwood root network and became … well … a god of sorts.

Hard for anyone, even Jon Snow, to compete with that.

Caitlin Smith

Votes: 6018

Could the Night’s Watch’s vows be foreshadowing?

Personally I think everything the Watch forbids you to do (and some of the things it instruct you to do also) all have been or will be things that Jon Snow will actually accomplish, at least in the show. To remind you of the vows:

Jon lived and died at his post which allowed him to leave the watch and now he’ll accomplish everything he had vowed not to. He’s the Lord of Winterfell so held land. He won the Battle of the Bastards which allowed him to gain glory. Other parts of the vows he’d already fulfilled/started to achieve before his death so he will fulfil them as normal e.g. he is the fire

Ankush Saxena

Votes: 7127

The men of the Night’s Watch wear no shade of clothing save black. Crows are black. Ergo, the men of the Night’s Watch are sometimes called crows. It should be noted that this is generally considered derogatory and demeaning.

Kelsey L. Hayes

Votes: 8239

With annotation, since others have already shared the actual text:

Queen Daenerys Targaryen, First of Her Name [Tyrion leaves out the title fruit salad, LOL], invites you [not “orders you”] to Dragonstone. My Queen [Tyrion is careful to say he’s working for Dany] commands the combined forces of Dorne and the Reach, an Ironborn fleet, legions of Unsullied, a Dothraki horde and three dragons [could be construed as a show of power and/or as an enticement for Jon and Co. to join a “winning” side]. The Seven Kingdoms will bleed as long as Cersei sits on the Iron Throne [Cersei is your enemy, not us]. Join us. Together we can end her tyranny. [This is NOT a call for submission or fealty, it’s an offer of partnership and it may blow up in Tyrion’s face.] I appeal to you, one bastard to another, for all dwarves are bastards in their father’s eyes. [Tyrion is making sure Jon knows it’s him and that they’re still friends. On the other hand, he’s also reminding Jon that he’s still just a bastard.]

Tyrion Lannister, Hand of the Queen [Tyrion shares his bona fides]

Sunil Kumar Gopal

Votes: 5688

The ravens in A Song of Ice and Fire are indeed like homing pigeons – they only go to one castle, and they are manually carried back in cages. There are exceptions to this, of course, but those ravens are supposedly very rare.

“A maester’s raven flies to one place, and one place only. Is that correct?”

The maester mopped sweat from his brow with his sleeve. “N-not entirely, Your Grace. Most, yes. Some few can be taught to fly between two castles. Such birds are greatly prized. And once in a very great while, we find a raven who can learn the names of three or four or five castles, and fly to each upon command. Birds as clever as that come along only once in a hundred years.”

—- The Winds of Winter

In A Dance with Dragons, Bloodraven revealed that the raven-message system had magical origins. The Children of the Forest taught the First Men to send messages through ravens – the birds will have a part of a Child skinchanger in them, and would speak the message out loud.

“Do all the birds have singers in them?”

“All,” Lord Brynden said. “It was the singers who taught the First Men to send messages by raven… but in those days, the birds would speak the words. The trees remember, but men forget, and so now they write the messages on parchment and tie them round the feet of birds who have never shared their skin.”

—- A Dance with Dragons

Kelsey L. Hayes

Votes: 6867

In HBO’s Game of Thrones, why didn’t the “crows” immediately send ravens and human emissaries to inform the kingdoms of the impending White Walker invasion?

They did. Jeor Mormont sent Alliser Thorne to King’s Landing with the hand of a wight to beg for help from the Iron Throne. The Watch sends letters begging for help to all five kings, and only Stannis responds (this is how Stannis knew to go north to bail out the Wall from the wildling invasion).

Very, very, very few people south of the Wall believe the Others are a major threat. You might as well send ravens and human emissaries saying that you’re under attack from the Easter bunny.

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Also because they wear only black, but it is kind of a sarcastic nick name given to men of night watch by Wildlings. Only wildlings call them crow.

Reece Ansaa

Votes: 3020

What is the backstory on Xaro — the guy who vouches for Daenerys at the gates of Qarth?

There is a great degree of variation between book Xaro, and show Xaro. However, they both desire advancement and domination in Qarth.

Show Xaro is apparently a self made man and an immigrant to Qarth. He desires to use Dany and her dragons. He hatches a scheme with Pyat Pree to hand over Dany and the dragons to him, in return, Pree helps Xaro become the sole leader of Qarth. The King of Qarth. Qarth is a merchant city, presumably Xaro gets to control all the wealth and trade in Qarth.

In the books, Xaro is a native of Qarth, very wealthy and a member of the Thirteen. A bigger schemer and he neve

Kelsey L. Hayes

Votes: 6221

How can The Night’s Watch be Lightbringer?

The whole thing makes much more sense if you just think of it as a giant game of telephone. Only toss in translation and re-translation, thousands of years and a big helping of bias.

We have the Night’s Watch, led by a lord commander. The Night’s Watch has a vow that includes the following phrases: “I am the sword in the darkness … the fire that burns against the cold … the light that brings the dawn …”. The Watch members man a wall made of ice, forsake honor and personal glory and take a vow to not have a wife. This force defeats the Others 8,000-odd years ago. The feat is of such enorm

Marc Turcotte

Votes: 8822

Why couldn’t Aemon Targaryen recognize Jon Snow as his own blood when alive?

I think Aemon knew that Jon is a Taragaryen. Look back at the scene season 5 ep 5 when he mentionned “A Targaryen alone in the world is a terrible thing.”

Then Jon comes in and you see that he is pleased to see him. A little irony here. Jon asks him about what to do about something that will divide the nightwatch. Aemon tells him to do it because he knows that he has to do it.

But it is then that Master Aemon touches Jon’s face and hairs. That part right here is kind of telling. I doubt Aemon would have touched the face of any Lord Commander like he did. He knew he was dying and that it might be

Susan Bertolino

Votes: 5753

Do men of the Night’s Watch get compensation or salary?

I see the Night’s Watch as analogous to the modern United States military. Some people join because they see no other options in their lives. Some join as compulsory service: in the States there are people who have to choose between jail or the military. Some of the nobility join out of a sense of tradition: the Watch tends to reward the noble born with command and it becomes a good place for the second, third or fourth son of a large noble home. However, the Night’s Watch is underrepresented by the people of Westeros. I see that in the military as more people now choose not to serve, not to m

Eleftherios Tserkezis

Votes: 527

Shouldn’t Jon Snow realize as he grew up that he is a Targaryen as fire can’t affect him?

In the books, no human being is really immune to fire. That would be ridiculous and absurd. Some Targaryens are said to like heat and not sweat, but that’s all. Daenerys is not different. She survived Khal Drogo’s pyre thanks to Mirri’s magic and perhaps the overall magically charged atmosphere created by the birth of the dragons. It was an one-time miracle, which wasn’t and won’t be repeated. Therefore, Jon can also be burned and he has burned his hand while fighting with that wight in the first book, A Game of Thrones.

In the show, Daenerys does seem to have a unique, supernatural ability; sh

Jacob Chen

Votes: 2397

Why didn’t Jorah Mormont kill Daenerys and Viserys when he had the chance and go back to Westeros for his pardon as promised by Robert?

Jorah was initially offered a pardon in exchange for spying on Daenerys and Viserys. Murder was not a part of the deal.

Only after Daenerys became pregnant to a Dothraki Warlord did Robert order her assassination. That played right into Varys’ hands.

Varys wanted the Dothraki to be motivated to invade Westeros, especially after Viserys died. An attempted murder would do quite nicely.

By the time Robert wanted Daenerys dead, Jorah’s loyalties were starting to waver. Also it’s not clear if Varys actually communicated the truth to Jorah. It’s possible Varys never told Jorah that Robert would pardon


Votes: 1985

Why did Maester Aemon have to die? Why does George RR Martin kill off all the characters with the least bit of humanity?

While I fully agree with what Tamara wrote about the classic hero arc and a mentor part in it I’d like to add something :

When he woke he’d call for Sam, insisting that he had to tell him something, but oft as not he would have forgotten what he meant to say by the time that Sam arrived. Even when he did recall, his talk was all a jumble. He spoke of dreams and never named the dreamer, of a glass candle that could not be lit and eggs that would not hatch. He said the sphinx was the riddle, not the riddler, whatever that meant.

And also :

The dragon must have three heads.

Maester Aemon solved the r

Angel Gomez

Votes: 5404

Post-Game of Thrones, if Jon Snow married and had children, what kind of future and dangers might they face?

He is definitely going to become the leader of the wildlings and he will marry and have children. He might renew house Targaryen but in a different light, the wildings might become more civilized after their taste with the south.

The dangers are, what happens if a descendant of Jon decides to take an army south? Surely the stories will pass down that Jon was the heir to the iron throne. You can never escape inheritance and not all in Jon’s potential family will be good and honorable as Jon was.

I’m certain a new kingdom will form in the true north. Drogon might even visit him. House targaryen mi

Kelsey L. Hayes

Votes: 1461

Why is Jon Snow (and previously Robb Stark) called the King in the North? Shouldn’t it be King of the North?

This is tricky to verbalize but I’ll do my best.

I think it has to do with the North’s sense of identity and its relationship to the Starks. “Of” implies above, apart from or “over.” It implies someone who is apart from what he or she is ruling. But “in” implies that you’re among people and part of them. You’re not an outsider. So “King in the North” implies that Robb and Jon are among the northerners, people they’re going to rule, but not above them. But it’s in being among them that they draw their influence. And yes, some of it is down to isolationism; their king may be only a king in the No

Paulo Pereira

Votes: 6353

Because they’re dressed in black and their cloaks sort of resemble wings. It’s a derogatory term used by wildings.


Kelsey L. Hayes

Votes: 4857

Game Of Thrones: In the prologue of A Feast for Crows, a novice is killed. Do we know who the killer is or why he wanted the key?

The guy who kills Pate the novice (with the poisoned coin) is none other than Jaqen H’ghar. We know this because the description of the Alchemist is a perfect match to the description of Jaqen’s new face when he leaves Arya. (This is a deviation from the show, where Jaqen has the Kindly Man’s role in Arya’s Braavos arc.)

As for why Jaqen wanted the key, that’s a little more speculative. My best theory is that the Faceless Men are trying to learn more about dragons (how to hatch them, how to kill them, how to raise them, or all three), based on the info-drop that a single copy of “The Death of D

Lyss Mhu

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What was the big mistake Jorah Mormont made to his father?

Jorah Mormont, son of Jeor Mormont, was married to a woman that required alot of upkeep. In order to please his wife, it required for him to have a lot of money, which he didn’t have. Jorah decided to sell some men that he caught trespassing on his property, in order to make a few bucks. He was caught and exiled from Westeros for his crimes, Ned Stark.

Jorah’s crimes brought shame to his family’s name, which in turn caused his father to disown him.

Poor guy…..all he was trying to do was keep his wife happy!

To add salt to his injury, Jorah’s wife left him for another man, who was able to buy h

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