Jon Umber

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Jon Umber
Greatjon Umber by amoka.jpg
Greatjon Umber by amok©

Alias The Greatjon
Greatjon Umber
Title Lord of the Last Hearth
Allegiance House Umber
Culture Northmen
Born At the Last Hearth[1]
Spouse Unknown
Issue Smalljon Umber
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appendix)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)

Played by Clive Mantle
TV series Season 1

Jon Umber, known as Greatjon Umber[2] and the Greatjon,[3] is Lord of the Last Hearth and head of House Umber, a vassal family to the Starks of Winterfell.[4] His eldest son, also named Jon, is called the Smalljon. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones the Greatjon is played by Clive Mantle.[5]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Jon Umber (Greatjon)

Jon is a large man, nearly seven feet tall. He is heavily muscled and is a formidable warrior. Jaime Lannister regards him as one of the strongest living men in Westeros when thinking of who could match him in a fight.[6]

The Greatjon is proud, boisterous, and fierce, and impressed only by those who earn his respect. He wields the biggest, ugliest greatsword that Bran Stark has ever seen, which makes it bigger than Ice.[4] Jon surprisingly has a decent singing voice.[7] The Greatjon is a prodigious drinker.[7]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Greatjon - by John Matson ©

Jon leads his men when Robb Stark calls the bannermen of House Stark to Winterfell. At first he challenges the young lord's authority, threatening to take his forces home if he is placed behind Lords Halys Hornwood or Medger Cerwyn in the order of march. After being called out by Robb, the Greatjon draws his sword, only to have the direwolf Grey Wind knock the sword from his hands and bite off two fingers. Impressed with Robb's courage, the Greatjon makes a joke of it instead of becoming angry and becomes Robb's greatest champion.[4]

When the northern host splits at the Twins, Greatjon goes south with Robb's force along with his son, the Smalljon, leading the van of the army and participating in the battles of the Whispering Wood and the Camps, where he sets fire to the Ser Jaime Lannister's siege towers.[8][9] After Riverrun is relieved and news of Lord Eddard Stark's death arrives, the Greatjon is the first to declare Robb the King in the North.[2]

A Clash of Kings

Lord Jon is present when Robb Stark explains his terms for peace with the Iron Throne in the Great Hall of Riverrun. After participating in the Battle of Oxcross, the Greatjon goes on to capture the gold mines at Castamere, Nunn's Deep, and the Pendric Hills.[10]

A Storm of Swords

After Robb breaks his marriage contract with the Freys, Greatjon Umber offers to make marriage contracts for his uncles, Mors and Hother, in Robb's place.[3] He leads the van on the march to the Twins for the wedding of Lord Edmure Tully. In Robb's plan to retake Moat Cailin from the ironborn, the Greatjon is given command of the van and told to make his diversionary attack convincing, as Robb's own force is to circle behind Moat Cailin with the guidance of the crannogmen.

During the wedding feast at the Twins, the Greatjon drunkenly sings "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" while musicians perform "Flowers of Spring". He carries Edmure's bride, Roslin Frey, over his shoulder and takes her from the hall as part of the bedding customs.[7]

In preparation for the Freys' betrayal of House Stark, Petyr, Merrett, and Ser Whalen Frey were tasked with getting the Greatjon too drunk to fight. Despite consuming enough alcohol to kill three normal men, when the Red Wedding begins eight men are needed to subdue the Greatjon in chains. He takes the sword of the first man to attack him, kills one, wounds two others, and bites off half the ear of Ser Leslyn Haigh.[11] His son and heir, the Smalljon, is slain during the massacre.[7]

A Feast for Crows

The Greatjon is held captive at the Twins.[12] Following the siege of Riverrun, Jaime informs Ser Edwyn Frey and Walder Rivers that the King Tommen I Baratheon requires the transfer of all captives taken by House Frey in the Red Wedding.[13]

A Dance with Dragons

With the Greatjon still a captive of the Freys, a portion of House Umber, led by his uncle Hother Whoresbane, grudgingly swears fealty to House Bolton, though according to Lord Roose Bolton their loyalty is highly dubious.[14] The other half of the Umbers, under Mors Crowfood, take up the cause of Stannis Baratheon.[15]


Jon is mentioned as having "sons and brothers" with him when he answers Robb's calling of the banners.[4] He also has daughters.[16] His eldest son and heir, Smalljon Umber, is killed during the Red Wedding.[17]

At least
2 daughters

Quotes by Greatjon

Robb: My lord father taught me that it was death to bare steel against your liege lord, but doubtless you only meant to cut my meat.
Greatjon: Your meat is bloody tough.[4]

—Greatjon to Robb Stark after Grey Wind bites off two fingers

We'll shove our swords up Tywin Lannister's bunghole soon enough, begging your pardons, and then it's on to the Red Keep to free Ned.[18]

—Greatjon to Catelyn Stark

MY LORDS! Here is what I say to these two kings! Renly Baratheon is nothing to me, nor Stannis neither. Why should they rule over me and mine, from some flowery seat in Highgarden or Dorne? What do they know of the Wall or the wolfswood or the barrows of the First Men? Even their gods are wrong. The Others take the Lannisters too, I've had a bellyful of them. Why shouldn't we rule ourselves again? It was the dragons we married, and the dragons are all dead! There sits the only king I mean to bow my knee to, m'lords. The King in the North![2]

Leave off, Karstark, it was a mother's folly. Women are made that way.[3]

—Greatjon to Rickard Karstark

Your creepers best come fast, or my men will swarm those walls and win the Moat before you show your face. I'll make a gift of it to you when you come dawdling up.[19]

—Greatjon to Robb Stark

Quotes about Greatjon

I thought he was going to kill me. Did you see the way he threw down Hal, like he was no bigger than Rickon? Gods, I was so scared.[4]

Catelyn: Your father once told me that the Greatjon was as fearless as any man he had ever known.
Robb: Grey Wind ate two of his fingers, and he laughed about it.[18]

Catelyn would sooner Lord Umber had seen fit to stay sober, but telling the Greatjon not to drink was like telling him not to breathe for a few hours.[7]

—thoughts of Catelyn Stark


External Links

Greatjon Umber on the Game of Thrones wiki.