Tower of the Hand

Book 3, Chapter 47.
Sam and Gilly are surrounded by wights but saved by a mysterious man dressed in black and with hands cold as ice.
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Sam and Gilly come to an abandoned village that Sam prays is Whitetree, for otherwise they are hopelessly lost. Sam is in bad shape and on foot because his horse died three days into the journey. After a little poking around, he realizes with dismay that they are not at Whitetree. They take shelter in a long hall and go to sleep. Sam wakes up late that night in feeling extremely cold. He sees a shadow in the doorway. It is the wight of Small Paul and it comes toward them. He tells Gilly to get the horse while he faces Paul with the dragonglass dagger, which he took from Lord Commander Mormont after he died. Sam lunges at Paul and stabs him, but dragonglass proves useless against a wight and the blade shatters. Paul grabs him and begins to choke him, almost succeeding until Sam lurches and puts him off balance. He is able to grab an ember and destroy the wight. He goes outside to find Gilly surrounded by many more wights, including some of those lost on the Fist and after such as Lark, Softfoot, Ryles, Chett, and Hake. Suddenly, Sam notices thousands of ravens in the trees that descend upon the wights. A raven on Sam's shoulder tells him to go, and he grabs Gilly and flees. A strange cloaked figure riding an elk and dressed and hooded in blacks and grays calls Sam brother and bids them come to him. He helps them onto the elk, and when he grabs Sam, Sam realizes his hands are black and cold and hard as stone.



  1. The Faith - The seven gods each look over a different aspect of life. The Father sits in judgement over souls. The Mother is the goddess of life, fertility, childbirth, the hearth, and peace. The Warrior is the god of protection and of war. The Crone is the goddess of wisdom and also knows the fates of all men. The Smith is the god of building, smithing, farming, and other crafts. The Maiden is the goddess of love and beauty. The Stranger is considered the face of death.


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