House Mormont

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House Mormont of Bear Island is an extinct vassal house from the North that held fealty to House Stark of Winterfell. They ruled Bear Island, an island far to the northwest of Winterfell. The head of the house was the Lord of Bear Island. The family possessed the Valyrian sword Longclaw, which later was given to Jon Snow.

House Mormont’s sigil shows a rampant black bear on a white field, surrounded by a green escutcheon.

Their house words are “Here We Stand.”

History

Background

House Mormont’s ancestral home of Bear Island is said to have been a gift from their liege lords House Stark, which earned them the everlasting loyalty of House Mormont. The Starks are said to have won the lands in a wrestling match between King Rodrik Stark and an iron born. House Mormont is one of the oldest and proudest Northern houses, but their reputation and honour have been tarnished somewhat by their former lord, Ser Jorah Mormont, who committed the inexcusable crime (in Westeros) of dabbling in the slave trade. The house has found it difficult to shake off this disgrace, especially Jorah’s father Jeor Mormont.

Season 1

Lord Eddard Stark is imprisoned by the yet to be crowned King Joffrey Baratheon. Eddard’s son Robb Stark calls his banners, and Lady Maege Mormont answers with a force joining Robb’s army. Maege serves as a member of Robb’s war council in the ensuing conflict.

Maege and the other Northern lords declare Robb the King in the North after the execution of Eddard Stark.

Season 2

Maege no longer appears on King Robb’s war council.

Season 3

House Frey takes vengeance against Robb for breaking their marriage contract, in collusion with his banner men in House Bolton and his enemies in House Lannister. They orchestrate a massacre behind the facade of a wedding at the Twins. The Northern army including the forces of House Mormont are wiped out, apart from the turncoats in Houses Bolton and Frey.

Roose Bolton is named Warden of the North by King Joffrey, meaning that House Mormont now owes him allegiance, lest they remain enemies of the Iron Throne.

Season 5

Lady Lyanna Mormont rules the house from Bear Island. She refuses to pledge allegiance to Stannis Baratheon against House Bolton. She replies to a letter from Stannis with a missive asserting her continuing loyalty to House Stark.

Season 6

Sansa Stark and Jon Snow visit Bear Island to recruit House Mormont to their army, intending to march on House Bolton and retake Winterfell. Lyanna is initially skeptical but renews her house’s allegiance to the Starks when she is informed that the army will also need to face the White Walkers. Jon and Sansa are taken aback when they find that the entire strength of Bear Island is 62 fighting men, but she assures them that every one of them “fights with the strength of ten mainlanders.”

Lyanna joins Jon, Sansa, Tormund, and Davos for the parley with Ramsay Bolton, the recently-made Warden of the North. She intensely stares him down.

The 62 Mormont soldiers subsequently fight for Winterfell in the Battle of the Bastards and a shield bearing the sigil of House Mormont is used by Jon to finally bring down Ramsay.

Lyanna is among the many northern nobles and allies during the meeting in Winterfell after the battle. As the Knights of the Vale and the Free Folk bicker, she stands up and berates the northern houses that didn’t participate in the battle for cowardice and disloyalty, personally singling out Lords Wyman Manderly, Robett Glover, and Cley Cerwyn for refusing to fight the house that had wronged their families and liege lords. She then professes her loyalty to House Stark, and joins the others in proclaiming Jon the King in the North.

Season 7

Lyanna is the first of the Northern leaders to agree to train both boys and girls in combat.

In the Great Hall of Winterfell, Lyanna is amongst the Stark loyalists who disagree with King Jon Snow’s decision to accept Daenerys Targaryen’s invitation to Dragon stone. She boldly speaks out against Jon’s decision, stating that the North needs their king at home during the winter.

Season 8

Lyanna is heavily displeased when she learned that Jon has bent the knee to Daenerys, thus giving up on his title of King in the North. She recalls that House Mormont declared him their only monarch, but eventually accepts his decision and still remains at his side for the upcoming war against the White Walkers.

As both Jorah Mormont and Lyanna are in Winterfell, they have an argument over the future of House Mormont. Jorah, who was the rightful leader of House Mormont before his exile, does not attempt anything whatsoever to restore his position. He insists that Lyanna should remain far from the battle to safeguard their family’s legacy and further it, but Lyanna strongly disagrees, stating that she will fight alongside her people.

During the Battle of Winterfell, Lyanna is killed when a wight giant breaks through the Winterfell gate and crushes her to death, though not before she manages to stab it in the eye with a dragon glass blade, killing it. Jorah saves Daenerys from wights following her confrontation with the Night King, but is stabbed repeatedly and later succumbs to his wounds. With their deaths, House Mormont is rendered legally extinct.

Military

House Mormont commanded a sizeable military before the War of the Five Kings started. They could raise about 3,000-5,000 men due to countless raids from the iron born and the wildling’s. At the beginning of the War of the Five Kings, Lady Maege Mormont answered the call of Robb Stark.

It is still unknown how capable is House Mormont in terms of warfare, but it is likely well-trained since Maege Mormont was among the lieutenants of Robb Stark. However, the Red Wedding significantly weakened House Mormont. The death of Maege and the mass slaughter at the Twins has greatly affected House Mormont’s position in the North. However, they still remain staunch Stark loyalists by refusing Stannis Baratheon. Lyanna Mormont agreed to help Jon Snow and Sansa Stark’s request in reclaiming Winterfell from House Bolton, by offering 62 men in the Battle of the Bastards.

Mormont soldiers are quite distinguishable from other Northern soldiers. Their uniforms consist of wearing thick leather padding and chainmail for protection, as well as using oval shields in battle.

Members

  • Lord Commander {Jeor Mormont}, the former head of the family and Lord of Bear Island who later served as the 997th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Killed by Rast in the mutiny at Craster’s Keep.
    • Ser {Jorah Mormont}, his son and heir. Called “Jorah the Andal” by the Dothraki. The disgraced former lord of Bear Island who fled to the Free Cities after attempting to sell poachers into slavery. Swore himself to Daenerys Targaryen and acted as her principal advisor. Killed by wights during the Battle of Winterfell.
      • Lady Lynesse, his estranged wife of House Hightower.
  • Lady {Maege Mormont}, Jeor’s sister. The former head of the family and Lady of Bear Island following her nephew’s disgrace. Killed during the War of the Five Kings.
    • Lady {Lyanna Mormont}, her daughter and heir. Head of the family and Lady of Bear Island following her mother’s death. Killed by a wight giant during the Battle of Winterfell.

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