Jorah Mormont

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Jorah Mormont
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Alias Jorah the Andal
Ser Bezoar
Title Ser
Lord of Bear Island (stripped)
Allegiance House Mormont
House Targaryen
Second Sons
Culture Northmen
Born In 254 AC (roughly)[1]
Spouse 1st: Unknown Glover
2nd: Lynesse Hightower
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
The Winds of Winter (appears)

Played by Iain Glen
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6

Ser Jorah Mormont is an exiled knight, the former head of House Mormont and Lord of Bear Island. He fled Westeros to escape execution for trading in slaves and took up work as a mercenary in the Free Cities, eventually entering the service of the last Targaryens. He becomes one of the most trusted companions of Daenerys Targaryen. He is portrayed in the television adaptation Game of Thrones by Iain Glen.


See also: Images of Jorah Mormont

Jorah is a large middle-aged man, swarthy and very hairy. He is balding, but still strong and fit.[2][3] Daenerys Targaryen considers him not particularly handsome.[4] After being identified as a disobedient slave by his new owner, he has a demon face tattooed on his cheek, which, according to Tyrion Lannister, makes him look even more fearsome.[5]


Jorah was married at a young age to a girl from House Glover as his father, Lord Jeor Mormont, desired. While they were married for ten years, Jorah's wife was unable to carry a child to term. She eventually died following her third miscarriage.[6] Presumably prior to Robert's Rebellion,[N 1] Jorah's father Jeor had given up the lordship of House Mormont by joining the Night's Watch, which made Jorah the Lord of Bear Island in his own right.[7] During Robert's Rebellion, Jorah fought on the side of the rebels, and was present during the Battle of the Trident in 283 AC.[8]

After the death of his first wife, Jorah received multiple marriage offers from other houses. Before he made his decision, however, Balon Greyjoy rose in rebellion.[7] Jorah fought in this war as well, during which he distinguished himself by showing exemplary courage on the battlefield, being one of the first men through the breach during the siege of Pyke. He received a knighthood from King Robert I Baratheon in recognition of his bravery.[9][7] According to Illyrio Mopatis, Jorah was anointed by the High Septon when he became a knight,[10] though it is unknown which religion Jorah follows, nor even whether the High Septon was present on Pyke.

A tourney was held at Lannisport to celebrate the victory over the Greyjoy rebels. There, Jorah met Lynesse Hightower, and was immediately smitten with her beauty. When Jorah asked for her favor to wear during the tournament, she gave her permission. Jorah fought remarkably well during the tourney, winning an improbable victory over all challengers. He faced Ser Jaime Lannister last, and after they broke nine lances to no result, King Robert I Baratheon granted Jorah the victory. Jorah named Lynesse his queen of love and beauty, and asked Lynesse's father, Lord Leyton Hightower, for her hand in marriage that same night. Surprisingly, Lord Leyton agreed. Jorah and Lynesse were married at Lannisport, after which they returned to Bear Island.[7]

The marriage did not remain happy for long. Having spent her entire life up to that point as part of wealthy House Hightower in the mild, prosperous and densely populated Reach, Lynesse was unprepared for life on the harsh and isolated Bear Island and quickly grew miserable. Jorah attempted to reproduce the lifestyle his wife was accustomed to by lavishing her with expensive gifts, but only succeeded in driving himself into financial ruin.[7]

Desperate to pay off his debts, Jorah resorted to breaking one of the Seven Kingdoms' oldest taboos: participating in the slave trade. When House Mormont's liege, Lord Eddard Stark, learned that Jorah had sold poachers to a Tyroshi slaver, he condemned him to the traditional penalty: death. However, when Eddard arrived on Bear Island to execute him, Jorah had already fled.[11]

Rather than join his father in taking the black, Jorah took Lynesse with him into exile. While Jorah wanted to go to Braavos, Lynesse wanted a warmer home,[12] so they fled to Lys instead, where Jorah sold his ship. Within half a year, however, they had no money left anymore, so Jorah sold his service as a sellsword. However, while Jorah was fighting the Braavosi on the Rhoyne, Lynesse took Tregar Ormollen as her lover, and moved into his manse.[7] When Jorah returned to Lys, Ormollen informed him that he would be enslaved for his debts, unless he gave up Lynesse and left Lys. Heartbroken, Jorah went to Volantis, where he spent the better part of a year.[12] He remained near the Free Cities[7] travelling as far east as Vaes Dothrak,[13] an, having spend time with the Dothraki, eventually came to speak their language and learn their customs.[13][14]

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A Game of Thrones

Jorah pledges to Daenerys Targaryen - by Amok ©

At the wedding of Daenerys Targaryen to Khal Drogo in Pentos, Viserys Targaryen takes Ser Jorah into his service. Hoping to earn a royal pardon, Jorah secretly reports the Targaryens' movements to Varys. After the wedding, he travels east with the khalasar through the Dothraki sea and into Vaes Dothrak. He holds Viserys in contempt, saying that Rhaegar was the last true dragon, while Viserys is "less than the shadow of a snake."[4] However, he increasingly comes to admire Daenerys for her courage and integrity. While in Vaes Dothrak, he stands by and watches as Khal Drogo kills Viserys by pouring molten gold over him.[14] Expecting a letter from Magister Illyrio Mopatis, Jorah and Daenerys, along with her escort, travel to the Western Market, not knowing at this time that King Robert Baratheon is offering a lordship to anyone that assassinates Daenerys. While at the market, a wine merchant attempts to give Daenerys poisoned wine, but is stopped by Ser Jorah, who has just received the letter from Illyrio warning of King Robert's offer.[15]

Jorah stays loyal when Khal Drogo is near death, urging Daenerys to flee with him to the east in order to save herself and her unborn child, and he slays Drogo's bloodrider Qotho in single combat when he rebels against Dany's orders. When she refuses to flee, Jorah fears that she plans to commit suicide upon Drogo's pyre, and begs her to promise him that she will not. Jorah is the only one of Daenerys's followers to willingly swear fealty to her even before the birth of her dragons, and she names him the first of her Queensguard, promising to give him a sword of Valyrian steel upon their return to Westeros. He is the first to come and find her after the fires of Drogo's pyre died down, and falls to his knees in shock upon seeing her nursing the dragons.

A Clash of Kings

Jorah gifts Daenerys with a peach at Vaes Tolorro - by Dorota Pijewska ©

In Vaes Tolorro, for the first time, Jorah tells Daenerys of his ill-fated marriage to Lynesse Hightower. He mentions that Daenerys resembled his dead wife, and Dany realizes for the first time that Jorah loves her romantically. Although she does not speak of her realization, she increasingly begins to worry that Jorah sees her primarily as either the child she once was or as a potential romantic partner, rather than truly respecting her as a queen.

Falling more and more in love with Daenerys, Jorah eventually stops sending reports,[16] sending the final one from Qarth. There he attempts to dissuade Dany from placing too much trust in the Qartheen, particularly Xaro Xhoan Daxos and the warlocks of the House of the Undying. When Dany declares her intention to enter the House of the Undying against his advice, Jorah begs her to allow him to accompany her, as do her bloodriders, but Daenerys refuses them and enters alone.

Afterward, Dany discusses the visions she has in the House of the Undying with Jorah. He accompanies her to the city docks, seeking a ship that will take them to Westeros. In the market near the docks a Sorrowful Man makes an attempt on Dany's life, but it is thwarted by two strangers. The pair introduce themselves as Arstan Whitebeard and Strong Belwas, and claim that they have been sent by Illyrio Mopatis with three ships to escort Daenerys and all her companions back to Pentos. Whitebeard, a Westerosi, mentions having seen Jorah fight at Pyke and Lannisport; Jorah finds him vaguely familiar, but is unable to recognize him. Jorah distrusts the duo, particularly Whitebeard; nevertheless, Daenerys accepts them into her service.

A Storm of Swords

Jorah finally makes his move, kissing Daenerys when they are alone. He confesses his love and repeatedly suggests they marry, but she always refuses. Although Dany still treasures Jorah's friendship and advice, his advances begin to make her uncomfortable.

Jorah suggests they sail for Slaver's Bay to buy Unsullied. He commands her army to victory against Yunkai.

When "Arstan Whitebeard" is revealed to be Ser Barristan Selmy, he reveals Jorah's former status as an informer to Daenerys. Ser Jorah pleads that he stopped sending reports long ago when he fell in love with her, and Daenerys decides to send them both on a dangerous mission into the sewers of Meereen as punishment and a chance at redemption. The mission succeeds, and upon their return to court, Ser Barristan begs Daenerys' forgiveness and she gladly gives it. Jorah, however, insists that she owes him forgiveness on account of his love and history of faithful service. Although Dany wishes to forgive him, she knows that as long as he maintains this attitude she cannot do so without undermining her own authority. She banishes Jorah from her service, swearing to kill him if she ever sees him again. Crushed by her rejection, Jorah leaves.

A Feast of Crows

Heartbroken and exiled, Ser Jorah travels west toward Volantis.

A Dance with Dragons

Jorah, marked with a demon's masked after being enslaved
By Mike Hallstein

While in a dingy brothel in Selhorys, the banished Ser Jorah hires a beautiful whore with silver hair. He spots the dwarf Tyrion Lannister in the same brothel and takes him prisoner.[17] Ser Jorah plans to bring Tyrion to Daenerys Targaryen to regain her favor and forgiveness.

Once in Volantis with his captive, at the Merchant's House, he arranges passage to Meereen with the help of the widow of the waterfront. Shortly thereafter, a female dwarf performer named Penny, blaming Tyrion for her brother Oppo’s death, tries to kill him.[12] Tyrion takes pity on Penny and she ends up joining Jorah and Tyrion as they travel aboard the Selaesori Qhoran to Meereen and Daenerys. Jorah makes it clear to Tyrion that Penny will be Tyrion's responsibility. During the voyage Tyrion realises Jorah is hopelessly in love with Daenerys and desperate to get back into her good graces. Jorah drinks and spends most of his waking hours pacing the forecastle or leaning on the rail, gazing out to sea.

Tyrion Lannister and Jorah - by Jamga ©

When the Selaesori Qhoran is captured by slavers from Yunkai, Jorah resists the slavers, meeting them with longsword in hand and slaying three before being overwhelmed. For that they chain him to an oar, starved him and beat him to within an inch of his life. They also burn a demon’s mask on his right cheek to mark him as a dangerous and disobedient slave.[18] Tyrion reflects that Jorah had never been what one might call a comely man, but the brand has transformed his face into something frightening.[19]

The trio ends up on the auction block outside of Meereen. Brown Ben Plumm attempts to buy Jorah so he can present his head as a "wedding gift" to Daenerys, but Jorah, Tyrion, and Penny are purchased by Yezzan zo Qaggaz. Tyrion manages to get the slave overseer, Nurse, to convince Yezzan to purchase Jorah by lying and telling Nurse that Jorah is part of their show – the bear and the maiden fair. Jorah is the bear, Penny is the maiden, and Tyrion is the brave knight who rescues her. On their way to their new master’s tent Tyrion observes that all the fight went out of Jorah when he heard the news that Daenerys had wed Hizdahr zo Loraq. Witnessing Jorah's confinement in an iron cage and evening beatings, Tyrion concludes the knight has become a shell.[5]

As Yezzan zo Qaggaz lies dying of the pale mare, Jorah, Tyrion, and Penny escape and reach the camp of Brown Ben Plumm and the Second Sons. Tyrion arranges for himself and Jorah to join the sellsword company, and Penny becomes attached to the Second Sons through Tyrion. Along with Tyrion, Jorah signs the company's leather-bound book.

Jorah clads himself from head to heel in company steel. His greaves are mismatched, his gorget is spotted with rust, his vambraces rich and ornate, inlaid with niello flowers. On his right hand is a gauntlet of lobstered steel, on his left a fingerless mitt of rusted mail. The nipples on his muscled breastplate have a pair of iron rings through them. His greathelm sports a ram’s horns, one of which is broken.[19]

Jorah tells Tyrion they need to bring the Second Sons over to the side of Daenerys's Meereen, as Yunkai does not realize it has lost the war yet. Tyrion tells Jorah that the Seconds Sons need to turn their cloaks again and to leave it to him.[19]

The Winds of Winter

When a Yunkish nobleman sent by Morghaz zo Zherzyn commands the Second Sons to attack Daenerys's Unsullied in the Battle of Meereen, Jorah kills him.[20]

Quotes by Jorah

The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are.[4]
– Jorah, to Daenerys Targaryen

I lived for her smiles.[7]
– Jorah, to Daenerys Targaryen, regarding Lynesse Hightower

There are ghosts everywhere. We carry them with us wherever we go.[7]
– Jorah, to Daenerys Targaryen

Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, Rhaegar fought honorably. And Rhaegar died.[21]
– Jorah, to Daenerys Targaryen

Quotes about Jorah

His crime had dishonored the north.[11]
Eddard Stark's thoughts

So the slaver has become a spy. I would rather he become a corpse.[11]
Eddard Stark, to Robert Baratheon

A knight of my Queensguard. And my true friend and good counselor.[22]
Daenerys Targaryen, to Jorah

Ser Jorah was a slaver himself, Your Grace.[21]
Arstan Whitebeard, to Daenerys Targaryen

He lied to me, informed on me, but he loved me too, and he always gave good counsel.[23]
Daenerys Targaryen's thoughts

Twice exiled, and small wonder. I’d exile him too if I could. The man is cold, brooding, sullen, deaf to humor. And those are his good points.[24]
Tyrion Lannister's thoughts

Ser Jorah dreams of rescuing his dragon queen and basking in her gratitude, but I know a thing or two about the gratitude of kings, and I’d sooner have a palace in Valyria.[25]
Tyrion Lannister, to Penny

One whispered word had done what fists and clubs could not; it had broken him. I should have let the crone have him. He’s going to be about as useful as nipples on a breastplate. [18]
Tyrion Lannister's thoughts after Jorah received the news of Daenerys's marriage

The man is a shell.[5]
Tyrion Lannister's thoughts

He looks every inch a sellsword and not at all like the half-broken thing we took from Yezzan's cage.[19]
Tyrion Lannister's thoughts after Jorah joins the Second Sons


Unknown Glover
Lynesse Hightower


  1. Jeor states that he has been in the Nigth's Watch longer than Alliser Thorne, who joined the Night's Watch at the conclusion of Robert's Rebellion (A Game of Thrones, Tyrion III), implying that Jeor had joined prior to the war's start. While Jeor states that he had been Lord Commander at the time Alliser joined, more recent sources, both canon (A Storm of Swords, Jon I & Jon VIII) and semi-canon (George R.R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire) contradict this statement, making at least the fact that he was Lord Commander at the time invalid. It is still likely, however, that Jeor had already joined the Night's Watch at the time.


  1. See the Jorah Mormont calculation.
  2. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
  3. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 57, Tyrion XI.
  6. A Clash of Kings, Bad reference param2, 12.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 57, Daenerys V.
  9. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Jorah Mormont.
  10. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion VII.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  14. 14.0 14.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 54, Daenerys VI.
  16. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
  17. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 22, Tyrion VI.
  18. 18.0 18.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 47, Tyrion X.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 66, Tyrion XII.
  20. The Winds of Winter, Chapter , Tyrion II.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 23, Daenerys II.
  22. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
  23. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 30, Daenerys V.
  24. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 33, Tyrion VIII.
  25. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 40, Tyrion IX.
  26. 26.0 26.1 It is currently unknown whether Alysane's children are trueborn, or bastardborn.

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