Ice: Swords in Game of Thrones

Sword Name: Ice

Material: Valerian Steel

Maker:  Valyrian Freehold

Owner: House Stark/Ned Stark/Ilyn Payne/Tywin Lannister

Pasted down from generation to generation, Ice is the great sword of House Stark.  It was the largest sword that I can find in Game of Thrones.  Intended for Brandon Stark, Ice was passed down from Rickard Stark to his second oldest son Ned Stark after his father and brother were sentenced to death by the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen.  Ned then became the Lord of Winterfell and King of the North.

We first see Ice out on a grassy hillside at the beheading of a Night’s Watchmen who abandoned his post.  Here is the first time Bran Stark sees the true meaning of being a Lord and the responsibility that can not be pushed off on someone else:  This was not the first kill made with this sword and it won’t be the last.

Later in season one, Ned is accused of betraying the King. Littlefinger betrays him in search of more power and status. King Joffrey sentences Ned to death in front of a large crowd and in a cord of irony Ser Ilyn Payne beheads him with his own sword, Ice.  Both of his daughters are there to see the beheading and sparks a fire of revenge towards the Lannister’s that will last the rest of the series.  Due to Ned’s betrayal, Ice is kept in King’s Landing dishonoring House Stark.  It is not seen again until season 4.

Tywin Lannister finally decides the fate of Ice as it is melted and reforged into two swords, later to become Oathbreaker and Widow’s Wail.  To add insult to injury, he burns the wolf pelt scabbard that Ice was kept in.

Tywin gifts the first sword to Jaime Lannister who is told that the owner no longer needed it when asked how his father came into the Valarian steel. He later gave this sword to Brienne of Tarth for protection in her search of Sansa Stark.  Brienne names the sword “Oathbreaker” to remember her promise to Catelyn Stark.

Given as a wedding present, King Joffrey, a Lannister, is the recipient of the second sword.  It is not clear if Joffrey knows the heritage of his new sword but names it “Widow’s Wail” so he “can be reminded of cutting off Ned Starks head” every time he uses it.

Oathbreaker, in season six, is now protecting Starks once again.  Once finding Sansa, Brienne lays it at her feet and swore an oath in which Sansa accepts.  Widow’s Wail has not been seen in a while and it’s location is unknown.

What is your favorite Game of Thrones sword?


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