Who is the Night King?

Night King (legend)

This article applies to the character from the legends, for other uses see: Night King.

Night King

The Night King (in the original: Night's King) is a legendary Lord Commander of the Night's Watch who lived in the Age of Heroes.

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The Night King lived in the Age of Heroes, not long after the Wall was built. He was a fearless warrior and the 13th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. He later fell in love with a woman with cold blue eyes who was apparently a white traveler. He brought her to the wall. He declared himself king and she his queen and ruled the night festivals as his own castle for 13 years.

Terrible atrocities took place during the dark years of his reign, including human sacrifices. Only when Brandon Stark, the king of the north, and Joramun, the king-beyond-the-wall, came together to overthrow the Night King and free the Night's Watch, could he be overthrown and his queen killed.[1]

In the books

The King of the Night is a legendary lord commander of the Night's Watch who lived in the Age of Heroes.

history

According to legend, the King of the Night lived in the Age of Heroes not long after the wall was completed. He was a fearless warrior who was made the thirteenth Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Later he fell in love with a woman with skin as white as the moon and eyes as blue as the stars. He chased her and loved her even though her skin was as cold as ice, and when he gave her his semen, he gave her his soul too.

He brought her back with him to the night festival, and after this unholy union he proclaimed himself king and she his queen. They ruled overnight as their own castle for the next thirteen years. Terrible atrocities were committed during the dark years of their reign, which are still narrated in the north. It was not only Brandon the Smashers, the King of Winter, but also Joramun, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, who united their troops, brought down the King of the Night and freed the Night's Watch. After his fall, when it was discovered that he was making sacrifices to the other, all records about him were destroyed and his real name was ostracized and forgotten. It is likely that this led the lords of the north to forbid the Night's Watch from building walls around their fortifications, ensuring that they were always accessible from the south.

Maesters are skeptical of this legend and believe that the Queen of the Night may have been a daughter of the Hill King from the hill country. Some fan theories associate them with the others based on their description.

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