Thoren Smallwood, by Natascha Röösli © Fantasy Flight Games
|Title||First Ranger (self-styled)|
|Died||In 299 AC, Fist of the First Men|
Appearance and Character
A Clash of Kings
According to Jon Snow, Thoren was a henchman of Ser Alliser Thorne, the former master-at-arms of Castle Black, and Thoren dislikes Jon and Samwell Tarly. Following the death of Ser Jaremy Rykker, command of the rangers falls to Thoren, who takes Jaremy's heavy breastplate and sable-trimmed cloak for himself. Thoren attempts to convince Lord Commander Jeor Mormont that he should command the upcoming great ranging, not Jeor. He is rebuffed by the Lord Commander, who insists that Benjen Stark is still First Ranger until his fate is confirmed.
Thoren recognizes the advantageous position of the Fist of the First Men, and Jeor restricts Thoren's rangers to patrolling the eastern bank of the Milkwater. During a meeting of the officers, Thoren argues that the Night's Watch should advance into the Frostfangs and battle Mance Rayder's host of wildlings. Lord Commander Mormont decides to send small scouting groups into the mountains to seek out the wildling camp, however. Qhorin Halfhand mentions Thoren as a possible leader for one of the scouting groups.
A Storm of Swords
Thoren leads one of the search parties looking for the wildling host, finding them along the Milkwater in the Frostfangs. His scouts include Kedge Whiteye and Bannen. After returning to the Fist, Thoren attempts to convince Ser Mallador Locke and Jeor Mormont that the Night's Watch should surprise Mance's host.
Before the Night's Watch departs the Fist, however, they are attacked by wights. During the fight at the Fist, Thoren coordinates the firing of fire arrows against the undead. As the Night's Watch is being defeated, Thoren advocates sending the reserve to hold the west wall of the Fist, but Lord Commander Mormont has him call them back to cut their way out. When a dead snow bear comes upon the commanders of the Night's Watch, Thoren charges the animal. He nearly takes the bear's head off with his longsword, but the beast then takes Thoren's own head from his shoulders.
As the Night's Watch retreats to Craster's Keep, Ronnel Harclay replaces Thoren as commander of the remaining rangers. After Jeor Mormont's death in the mutiny at Craster's Keep, Jon Snow briefly contemplates Thoren succeeding as Lord Commander, but Jon remembers that Thoren is dead.
Quotes by Thoren
Thoren: Send two hundred wolves against ten thousand sheep, ser, and see what happens.wildlings. No soldiers. A few hundred heroes, drunk most like, amidst a great horde of women, children, and thralls. We will sweep over them and send them howling back to their hovels.
—Thoren and Jarman Buckwell
This King-beyond-the-Wall will never look for us so far north. And this great host of his is a shambling horde, full of useless mouths who won't know what end of a sword to hold. One blow will take all the fight out of them and send them howling back to their hovels for another fifty years.—Thoren to Mallador Locke
Ottyn: We are the shield that guards the realms of men. You do not throw away your shield for no good purpose.
Thoren: In a swordfight, a man's surest defense is the swift stroke that slays his foe, not cringing behind a shield.—Ottyn Wythers and Thoren
Quotes about Thoren
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Thoren Smallwood.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 18, Samwell I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 13, Jon II.
- A Storm of Swords, Prologue.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 53, Jon VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 23, Jon III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 34, Jon IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 43, Jon V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 33, Samwell II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 48, Jon VI.