King-Beyond-the-Wall, or King-beyond-the-Wall, or King Beyond the Wall, is the title given to a person who has united the many tribes of free folk (or wildlings) who dwell beyond the Wall. Despite its name, the title is not a hereditary or absolute position. It is not a position of any authority except that of the person who can establish it through persuasion and force. For long periods of time there have been no recognized kings.
The free folk leaders have been described in Maester Herryk's History of the Kings-Beyond-the-Wall.
Joramun, the legendary first King-Beyond-the-Wall, was a contemporary of the Night's King, the thirteenth Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Together with the King of Winter Brandon the Breaker they defeated the Night's King. Another story tells of how he found the Horn of Winter and woke the giants.
The brothers Gendel and Gorne were joint kings some three thousand years ago. They made a tunnel under the Wall and invaded the north. Gorne managed to slay the Stark king but was killed by his son and heir. According to the people of the north Gendel and the remaining wildling army were killed by the armies of the Starks, the Night's Watch, and the Umbers. In the free folk stories, Gendel led his people back to the tunnels, but they could not find the exit. His children and descendents are said to still live underground, and are always hungry.
The Horned Lord is said to have used magic to pass the Wall a thousand years after Gendel and Gorne.
Bael the Bard was a famous bard, raider and womanizer. According to free folk legend, he went to Winterfell as a bard and impregnated the daughter of the lord. When he was king, he led the free folk against the Wall, where he was killed by his own son, who had inherited Winterfell. Later, his son was skinned by the Boltons in their centuries-long struggle for dominance with the Starks.
In 81 AC, the fourteen-year-old Princess Saera Targaryen wanted to be a queen. She proposed several suitors, amongst them the King Beyond the Wall, to make it possible.
Raymun Redbeard gathered the wildlings in either 212 AC or 213 AC, and breached the Wall in 226 AC. They were defeated by the Starks and Umbers in a battle at Long Lake.
Mance Rayder, the most recent King-Beyond-the-Wall, is a man who competed against multiple other contenders, bribing and bargaining with the many tribes to recognize him as their leader.
A Game of Thrones
One of the goals of the great ranging of the Night's Watch is to defeat Mance Rayder.
A Storm of Swords
Mance leads a great host of free folk against the Wall, but is defeated by the Watch and Stannis Baratheon.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Prologue.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Wall and Beyond: The Wildlings.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Dawn Age.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran IV.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Wall and Beyond: The Night’s Watch.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 23, Jon III.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 15, Jon II.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 26, Jon III.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 51, Jon VI.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Lords of Winterfell.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 73, Jon X.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 70, Jon IX.