This is a character listing for the members of House Mormont in A Song of Ice and Fire.
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House Mormont of Bear Island
The Mormonts are old, proud Stark bannermen descended from the blood of the First Men. Currently, their lady is Maege Mormont, ruling after her brother Jeor Mormont joined the Night's Watch (he's Lord Commander at the beginning of the series) and his son Jorah went into exile, currently serving under Daenerys Targaryen, leaving the house in an impoverished state to his aunt Maege. Maege has five daughters, and her current heir is the oldest, Dacey. Their seat, Bear Island, is an island in the Bay of Ice that is described as consisting mainly of mountains, forests and bears. It is also often attacked by Ironborn raiders and the occasional band of Wildlings, prompting the women to learn how to defend themselves from all these threats. Fittingly, their sigil is a black bear on a green field. The pine tree in the Hoare coat of arms signified the other side of Bear Island.
Legend states that King Rodrik Stark won Bear Island after he defeated the then Ironborn ruler at the time in a wrestling match, then awarding the lordship to the Mormonts. Previously, Bear Island had been ruled by the Woodfoots, who had been exterminated by the Ironborn. It's not known whether the Mormonts are originally from Bear Island in the first place or whether they coexisted with the Woodfoots at the island. Another theory is that the Mormonts were distaff Woodfoots from the female side. Up until the War of Conquest, Bear Island was part of the Kingdom of the Isles and Rivers under the Ironborn rule of House Hoare of Orkmont, having been given back to the Mormonts and placed once again under the wardenship of House Stark.
The Mormonts are the owners of the ancestral Valyrian steel sword Longclaw, given to Jon Snow by Lord Commander Jeor Mormont having received it from his son Jorah, who surrendered it when he fled Westeros.
- Action Girl: The women of House Mormont have a long warrior history, learning how to use weapons and wage war to defend themselves against raiding Ironmen while their brothers, husbands and sons are away at sea; more recently, since Jeor Mormont took the black, Jorah was outlawed and Maege was left with the hot seat with only daughters to follow her, the Mormont women have become, both de facto and de jure, the heads of the House (one of the few Houses outside of Dorne to have such an arrangement). Unlike with Brienne, their Island's history makes them far more comfortable with the fighting alongside whatever other traditionally "female" or "male" roles they best perform. Special mention to Dacey Mormont, specifically a member of Robb's guard, and Alysane "She-Bear" Mormont.
- Ancestral Weapon: One of the few houses to have one; they have a Valyrian steel bastard sword named Longclaw currently in Jeor Mormont's possession. He passes it on to Jon Snow.
- Animal Motifs: Bears — Jeor is called the "Old Bear" and Alysane the "She-Bear." Dany also refers to Jorah as her bear several times. You'll also find jokes about skinchanging into and/or mating with bears both used by and against the family. They actively play on the Mama Bear trope as a cultural anchor: on the gate of House Mormont's keep is an old carving of a bearskin-clad woman with a suckling baby cradled in one arm and a battleaxe held ready in her free hand. The message of that couldn't be clearer.Dacey: There's a carving on our gate. A woman in bearskin with a child in one arm suckling at her breast. In the other hand she holds a battleaxe. She's no proper lady, that one, but I always loved her.
- Badass Family: Not only is Jeor Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, but his sister Maege raised five Action Girls, was one herself before she became an Action Mom and then went on to progress to her current Never Mess with Granny status; she now has grandchildren willing to take up the family trade. Jeor's son Jorah is also an accomplished knight in his own right... however far from his home and background his path has taken him.
- Bears Are Bad News: They are a Badass Family; poking this lot is not wise and you will face losses if you do it.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Played for Laughs: Several times when Maege is mentioned, a character usually jokingly mentions rumors about her sleeping with bears, who apparently fathered her children. Alysane also claims that her children were fathered by bears and that all Mormonts are skinchangers. It's worth noting that both still have their own family name, indicating that they are not married, at least with nobles.
- Black Sheep: The best contender for the biggest ever pointless Mormont screw-up on record would currently be Jorah. Getting caught dabbling in the very illegal slave trade will do that; but even before that, he was an anointed knight in a Northern House. Any time he comes up in conversations with other Mormonts, you get their equivalent of sighs, rolled eyes and/or the solid opinion that he well and truly earned his exile (even though they still love him despite his screw-ups, you get the impression they'd still rather not take him back... because of the screw-ups).
- A Child Shall Lead Them: With her mom and four older sisters off at war, ten year old Lyanna is left in charge of Bear Island.
- The Ghost: Lyra and Jorelle have only been mentioned so far but are said to have gone to Greywater Watch with their mother to give Howland Reed the contents of Robb Stark's will. Lyanna's involvement has been limited to writing a letter to Stannis Baratheon.
- The Remnant: One of the very few hold-out houses who are still openly loyal to the Starks after the Red Wedding. They can afford this luxury by living in a remote ass-end of the world and thus being invulnerable to any punitive expeditions by Boltons, Freys or Lannisters.
- Had to Be Sharp: Due to the harsh conditions on Bear Island, scarce resources, and frequent Ironborn raids, everybody on the island has to have some skill at combat to defend what they have. In a conversation with Asha Greyjoy, Alysane Mormont points out this trope when discussing Bear Island with her.Asha Greyjoy: Mormont women are all fighters too.Alysane Mormont: What we are is what you made us. On Bear Island every child learns to fear krakens rising from the sea.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only Northern House with only women in charge.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Starks, because Bear Island was given to the Mormonts by King Rodrik Stark who won it in a wrestling contest from the Ironborn. They decline Stannis's demands for fealty due to this, although some members of the family do join him after he liberates Deepwood Motte from the Ironborn. Well, except for Jorah, considering Ned was going to kill him for violating the Westerosi law against participating in the slave trade. Even ten-year old Lyanna exemplifies this as shown by her letter to Stannis.Lyanna: Bear Island knows no king but the King in the North, whose name is STARK.
- The Un-Reveal: The Mormonts are the poorest noble house in Westeros (so far mentioned) to own a Valyrian Steel sword. How they came into possession of such a treasure has not been revealed in the books.
Lady Maege Mormont, Lady of Bear Island
- "We are stronger than we seem, my lady."
Current Lady of Bear Island and Head of House Mormont, inheriting the position from her nephew Jorah. She has five daughters: Dacey, Alysane, Lyra, Jorelle, and Lyanna.
- Action Mom: Her girls got their martial training from somewhere, after all.
- Alliterative Name: Maege Mormont
- Annoying Younger Sibling: How Jeor views her, hilariously enough:Jeor to Jon Snow: Maege is a hoary old snark, stubborn, short-tempered, and willful. Truth be told, I can hardly stand to be around the wretched woman, but that does not mean my love for her is any less than the love you bear your half-sisters.
- Apron Matron: She's in charge, alright.
- Carry a Big Stick: Uses a spiked mace as her weapon.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Sent to the Neck with Galbart Glover to find Lord Howland Reed, but hasn't been seen since.
- Cool Old Lady: Jeor may view her as a snarky old battleaxe, but she showed enough heart to Catelyn when she needed a boost.
- Good Parents: She raised her daughters to be fierce and loyal warriors and is shown to be extremely loving and protective of them.
- Iron Lady: She has worked extremely hard to bring House Mormont back to respectability after Jorah squandered their good name and most of their money.
- Kneel Before Frodo: She joins the declaration of Robb Stark as King in the North alongside the other Northern nobles and Riverlords and kneels before him, reviving a title and tradition that ended nearly three-hundred years prior.
- Mama Bear: Definitely. Exemplified when she tells Catelyn Stark after her devastatingly risky decision to release Jaime Lannister that she would have done the same if two of her daughters were held captive by the Lannisters.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Dacey, Alysane, Lyra, Jorelle and Lyanna
- Never Mess with Granny: You have two options: sharp tongue or sharp spikes. Choose wisely.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She has lost one daughter, Dacey, in the War of the Five Kings so far.
- Put on a Bus: When sent to The Neck halfway through A Storm of Sword and has only been mentioned since.
- Stout Strength: Is definitely not a willowy girl any more, being quite wide and, thus, giving the impression of stocky. Definitely not "unfit", though: not when carting that amount of hardware about.
- Unexpected Successor: She was never supposed to be the ruler of Bear Island, with Jeor passing that title onto Jorah, who had a young wife that was sure to produce more heirs. Her nephew's disgrace and exile from the Seven Kingdoms unexpectedly made Maege into one of the most powerful nobles in the North.
- "I've fought beside the Young Wolf in every battle, and he hasnt lost one yet."
Maege's oldest daughter and heir. She follows her mother south with the Northern army and quickly distinguishes herself as one of the fiercest warriors under Robb's command.
- Action Girl: She has fought in every battle with Robb and proven herself to be a distinguished warrior.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted, she's more interested in Nice Guy Edwyn Frey than his Jerkass brother Black Walder. Although it turns out Edwyn is just as much of a prick as his brother.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: She is the only woman in Robb's personal guard, something which other Northern nobles were reluctant to allow, but Robb and Catelyn overruled them, and Dacey became one of Robb's closest companions.
- Carry a Big Stick: Uses a morningstar as her weapon.
- Character Death: Despite her best efforts she's killed by Ryman Frey during the Red Wedding, courtesy of an axe to the gut.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has a few moments of snark:Catelyn: Only an evil rain would chill our hearts when most we need them to burn hot.Dacey: I would sooner have water raining down on me than arrows.
- Defiant to the End: Despite being unarmed and in an evening gown it takes two armed Freys to eventually kill her. She actually manages to fend off Ser Benfrey Frey by smashing him across the face with a flagon before her death. Notably Benfry is said to have died of his wounds after the massacre, meaning that she either softened him up for the next guy to kill him, or the wound she gave him with a flagon managed to kill him.
- Foil: To Brienne of Tarth. Where Brienne is tall, strong, and a great warrior, but ugly, ill-at-ease around others, and not accepted by men, Dacey is tall, strong, and a great warrior, while also being attractive, comfortable in her role as a warrior, and accepted by her comrades in arms.
- Lady of War: Catelyn describes her as graceful, and she can even fight in a gown.
- Improvised Weapon: She smashes in Benfrey Frey's face in with a flagon of wine; it's enough to kill him.
- Nice Girl: She is cheerful, snarky, and loyal, and Catelyn notes she is one of the few people who are understanding about her decision to free Jaime Lannister in exchange for her daughters.
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Averted. Dacey is as comfortable in a fancy gown as she is in her armor.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: To Alysane: Dacey is cheerful and snarky, while Alysane is very stoic.
- The Smurfette Principle: Of the thirty lords' children who personally ride with Robb, Dacey is the only woman.
- Spirited Young Lady: Being heiress to Bear Island doesn't stop her from riding with Robb and being quite handy in battle.
- Statuesque Stunner: Dacey is six feet tall and described as graceful and beautiful.
- True Companions: With Robb and the rest of his personal guard, which is why when her mom took the rest of the Mormont forces and her sisters into the Neck by boat to find Howland Reed, Dacey stayed behind with Robb and his other bodyguards.
- Undying Loyalty: To Robb.
The Young She-Bear
- "My children were fathered by a bear. Mormont women are skinchangers. We turn into bears and find mates in the woods. Everyone knows."
Maege's second daughter and new heir following Dacey's death. She joins House Mormont with Stannis Baratheon's forces after Roose Bolton is installed as Warden of the North. She is assigned by Stannis to guard Asha Greyjoy, who had been taken prisoner at Deepwood Motte.
- 24-Hour Armor: Asha notes that she even sleeps in her armor, wearing "ringmail under her furs, boiled leather under that, and an old sheepskin under the leather, turned inside out for warmth". Justified due to the extreme cold of the North during the Winter requiring a lot of layers to keep warm.
- Not to mention heavy armor being useful when things start to get ugly among Stannis' remaining soldiers, with morale sinking like a stone due to the blizzards and shrinking food stores. If more infighting breaks out, all those layers will keep her alive. No blade is getting through this Mormont's fur pelts.
- Action Girl: Oh, yes. Straight as you can get. She even has shades of being more The Squadette with it, rather than her older sister's more graceful and refined Lady of War — even considering her rank (and ability) making her rather more than a trooper. She certainly folds herself and her troops into a mainly male army quite easily and doesn't exactly stand out or expect special treatment simply due to her gender.
- Action Mom: Despite living a dangerous life and having two young children, Alysane does not shy away from being a warrior. She also gives you fair warning: Mama Bear turbo-mode is a cultural fixture she is equipped with.
- Better the Devil You Know: Asha and she seem to be... accommodating... each other using this reasoning. When it comes to picking devils to work with, Bear Island knows the Ironborn. R'hllor is a whole new barrel of burny-death.
- Colonel Badass: Commands the Mormont forces that join Stannis' army.
- Everyone Has Standards: While she has no liking for Asha or Ironborn, Alysane is disgusted by Ser Clayton Sluggs threatening to burn Asha alive to try and end the blizzard plaguing the army.Alysane: And if you burn her and the snows still fall, what then? Who will you burn next? Me?
- In-Series Nickname: The Young She-Bear.
- Lost My Appetite: After watching followers of R'hllor burn four cannibals alive as a sacrifice to end a blizzard.
- Must Not Die a Virgin: She's in her mid-twenties and admits to Asha that she probably had her children too young, but "better that than wait too late."
- Named After Somebody Famous: She is one of several noblewomen in the series named after Good Queen Alysanne Targaryen.
- Odd Friendship: She's not about to start liking Asha thanks to her being a hated Ironborn, who have a long history of raiding Bear Island. Yet, at the same time, the two women do seem to be forming some form of bond during their interaction. Even if it's simply a case of the impromptu formation of "The Action Girls' Anti-Red-God-Insanity League" combining with shared cultural understanding. Asha picks up a surprisingly intimate amount of knowledge about Northern religious practices and traditional mores all of a sudden when it comes to trying to convince Stannis to move the encampment to execute her brother honourably by the sword, rather than by burning. It doesn't take much to work out where the finer details of that probably came from, for all Asha probably wasn't a total ignoramus going in.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Led Mormont forces in sneaking aboard several Ironborn ships that were out at sea and captured them.
- The Quiet One: Described by Asha as taciturn.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: To Dacey: Alysane is stoic, while Dacey is very cheerful and snarky.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In-universe, the more widely-used spelling of her name is "Alysanne".
- The Stoic: The only time she shows much emotion is when mentioning her children.
- Stout Strength: Like her mother, she is short, heavy, and muscular.
- Teen Pregnancy: She is in her early-mid twenties, but has a nine year old daughter and two year old son. Alysane admits she was a little young when she had her first child, but that it was better to do it quickly rather than never get the chance.
- When She Smiles: Subverted. She has a mouthful of crooked teeth, and when she smiles it appears forceful, sycophantic and insincere even when she doesn't intend it so.
- "Bear Island knows no king but the King in the North, whose name is STARK."
The youngest daughter of Lady Maege. Serves as the de-facto Lady of Bear Island as her mother and elder sisters are not currently present at the family hall.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: She's ruling at Bear Island due to her mother Maege being at Greywater Watch along with her sisters Lyra and Jorelle, while Alysanne is with Stannis' army and Dacey is dead.
- Dead Guy Junior: Lyanna Mormont is named for Lyanna Stark, a sign of the Mormonts' Undying Loyalty.
- Little Miss Badass: If her defiance of Stannis's demands of allegiance is anything to go by, she's quite probably one.
- You Are in Command Now: As the sole Mormont currently in Bear Island.