Tower of the Hand

Book 3, Chapter 8.
Jon is brought before Mance, who accepts him as one of the free folk.
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Jon and Ghost enter the main wildling camp with Rattleshirt's party, including Ygritte, Lenyl, Ragwyle, Longspear Ryk, and Orell, trapped in his eagle. They are met at the edge of the camp by a group of outriders led by the Weeper, who tells them to take Jon to Mance. They enter his tent, where a singer is performing while two men study a map. Jon mistakes one of them for Mance, but he is actually the singer. Mance introduces himself and recognizes Jon. He introduces the others present, Styr, Magnar of Thenn, Tormund Giantsbane, Mance's wife Dalla, who is pregnant with his child, Dalla's sister Val, and Val's current lover, Jarl. Mance asks him why he is there, and Jon lies that Qhorin was just on a ranging from the Shadow Tower. Mance sends the others away to talk further. He tells Jon that he knows him because he has seen him twice. The first time was when he was in the Watch and escorted the old lord commander, Qorgyle, to Winterfell. The second time was the welcoming feast for King Robert, which he secretly attended. Mance tells Jon the story of why he left the Watch. He was wounded by a shadowcat while on a ranging and, fearing they would not reach Maester Mullin at the Shadow Tower in time, his brothers took him to be healed by a wildling woman who also patched his black cloak with red thread. When he returned to the Shadow Tower, they refused to let him wear the cloak. Jon tells him that he deserted because of the low regard he was given as a bastard. Mance accepts him.


Active Characters

  1. Mance Rayder - He is of middling height, slender, and sharp-faced with brown eyes and long brown hair gone mostly to gray.
  2. Rattleshirt - He has a knobby chin, a thin mustache, and sallow pinched cheeks. He has close-set eyes, a sinle eyebrow, and a widow's peak.
  3. Styr - He is slender, wiry, and bald with no ears and gray eyes.
  4. The Weeper - He is fleshy and blonde with watery eyes.
  5. Tormund - He is large with a white beard.
  6. Val - She has blonde hair.


1.  Prologue 29.  Sansa III 57.  Bran IV
2.  Jaime I 30.  Arya V 58.  Daenerys V
3.  Catelyn I 31.  Jon IV 59.  Tyrion VII
4.  Arya I 32.  Jaime IV 60.  Sansa IV
5.  Tyrion I 33.  Tyrion IV 61.  Tyrion VIII
6.  Davos I 34.  Samwell II 62.  Sansa V
7.  Sansa I 35.  Arya VI 63.  Jaime VII
8.  Jon I 36.  Catelyn IV 64.  Davos VI
9.  Daenerys I 37.  Davos IV 65.  Jon VIII
10.  Bran I 38.  Jaime V 66.  Arya XII
11.  Davos II 39.  Tyrion V 67.  Tyrion IX
12.  Jaime II 40.  Arya VII 68.  Jaime VIII
13.  Tyrion II 41.  Bran III 69.  Sansa VI
14.  Arya II 42.  Jon V 70.  Jon IX
15.  Catelyn II 43.  Daenerys IV 71.  Tyrion X
16.  Jon II 44.  Arya VIII 72.  Daenerys VI
17.  Sansa II 45.  Jaime VI 73.  Jaime IX
18.  Arya III 46.  Catelyn V 74.  Jon X
19.  Samwell I 47.  Samwell III 75.  Arya XIII
20.  Tyrion III 48.  Arya IX 76.  Samwell IV
21.  Catelyn III 49.  Jon VI 77.  Jon XI
22.  Jaime III 50.  Catelyn VI 78.  Tyrion XI
23.  Arya IV 51.  Arya X 79.  Samwell V
24.  Daenerys II 52.  Catelyn VII 80.  Jon XII
25.  Bran II 53.  Arya XI 81.  Sansa VII
26.  Davos III 54.  Tyrion VI 82.  Epilogue
27.  Jon III 55.  Davos V
28.  Daenerys III 56.  Jon VII