Owen the Oaf

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Alias Owen the Oaf[1]
Allegiance Night's Watch

Owen, called the Oaf[2] and Owen the Oaf,[1] is a steward of the Night's Watch.[3]

Appearance and Character

Owen is tall and blond, friendly, diligent, and a surprisingly good carpenter.[1] He sometimes has a sausage stuffed into his scabbard instead of a sword.[4] Owen plays the fiddle.[5]


Owen's mother dropped him on his head as a baby and left him dimwitted.[1]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Owen is among the men that Bowen Marsh leaves behind to defend Castle Black.[1] He is kissed by Zei when wildlings are repulsed during the battle beneath the Wall.[6] Owen often forgets that King Robert I Baratheon has died,[1] and he dreams that the king will ride to the rescue of the black brothers defending the Wall.[7] The late king's brother, Stannis Baratheon, does arrive to defeat the wildlings in the battle beneath the Wall, however.[8]

A Feast for Crows

Owen is stationed at Castle Black.[3]

A Dance With Dragons

Owen is one of the men brought along to assist Lord Commander Jon Snow in escorting Janos Slynt out of Castle Black to carry out his duties as garrison commander of Greyguard. After Janos's execution for disobedience, Owen asks if he can have his boots.[9]

Alongside two score other black brothers, Owen gathers at the gate through the Wall after rumors spread that the heads of three rangers were found impaled on spikes north of the Wall. When Jon and his party return from inspecting the heads, Owen asks if Dywen is among the dead, but Jon informs the gathered men that the heads belong to Jack Bulwer, Hairy Hal, and Garth Greyfeather, who had all been slain by the Weeper.[10]

Owen attends the wedding of Alys Karstark and Sigorn, and plays his fiddle at the wedding feast. He also dances with Patchface, which causes the other guests to laugh. He listens nervously with the rest of the attendees after two horn blasts are heard coming from the watchers on the Wall, and titters with relief after no third blast is heard.[5]

Owen stands sentry at the top of the Wall alongside Ty when Jon arrives upon the elevator with Leathers for a meeting with other officers of the Night's Watch.[4]


Owen: I had a dream that the king had come. Maester Aemon sent a raven, and King Robert came with all his strength. I dreamed I saw his golden banners.
Jon: That would be a welcome sight to see, Owen.[6]

—Owen and Jon Snow

Quotes about Owen

And through the smoke another wedge of armored riders came, on barded horses. Floating above them were the largest banners yet, royal standards as big as sheets; a yellow one with long pointed tongues that showed a flaming heart, and another like a sheet of beaten gold, with a black stag prancing and rippling in the wind. Robert, Jon thought for one mad moment, remembering poor Owen, but when the trumpets blew again and the knights charged, the name they cried was "Stannis! Stannis! STANNIS!"[8]

—thoughts of Jon Snow