Game of Thrones Respect Threads #8: Jorah Mormont

Looks like Jorah is about to get back to business so now's a good a time as any to make this thread.

Ser Jorah Mormont:

Jorah is the son of Jeor Mormont (who was introduced in the show as the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch). Jorah was supposed to inherit his father as the head of House Mormont and Lord of Bear Island, however he was exiled from Westeros by Lord Eddard Stark as punishment for selling poachers into slavery.

As a young man, Jorah was known as a skilled and tenacious warrior. He earned his knighthood after the siege of Pyke, in which he fought bravely and was one of the first through the breach in the final battle (the second to be more precise, right after Thoros of Myr). He was anointed by King Robert Baratheon himself right as the battle ended. Not long after, at the Tourney of Lannisport, Jorah reached the finals in which he rode against Ser Jaime Lannister. Jorah and Jaime broke 17 lances against each other with neither of them unhorsing the other, however Robert declared Jorah the champion of the tourney (mostly to spite Jaime though).

After his exile, Jorah traveled to Essos and fought in the ranks of a famous company of sellswords called 'The Golden Company". He then became a sworn ally and protector of Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen, when Daenerys married Khal Drogo. He has remained by Daenerys's side after Viserys's death, Drogo's death and throughout her rise in power. He developed a huge crush on her (which is creepy considering he is like 30 years older than her) only to be savagely friendzoned. At some point, it is discovered by Ser Barristan Selmy that Jorah has been secretly giving away information about Daenerys to Robert's regime for a long time, which resulted in Daenerys exiling him. However, Jorah was keen to prove his loyalty and return to her side ever since.

While Jorah is getting pretty old and is certainly not the fighter he used to be when he was younger, he is still not to be underestimated. He has tons of experience and skill, and he can endure a lot of punishment before going down.

In the series, Jorah is portrayed by the actor Iain Glen.

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Skill/experience:

Jorah is a very skilled and resourceful fighter. He has many years of experience, which are evident not only in his fighting but also in other areas, which I will show you in this segment here.

When visiting the market of Vaes Dothrak, a Westerosi wine merchant gives Daenerys a cask of wine as a gift. Jorah, who witnesses it from afar, grows suspicious of the merchant and tells him to drink a cup of this wine himself first. Jorah's suspicions prove to be true when the merchant tries to run away. Thanks to Jorah's wisdom, Daenerys was saved from being poisoned:

Khal Drogo then gifts Jorah with a fine horse as a token of his gratitude for saving Daenerys. It is worth noting however that since Jorah was spying and giving away information on Daenerys to King Robert, he knew that Robert might try something like that.
Khal Drogo then gifts Jorah with a fine horse as a token of his gratitude for saving Daenerys. It is worth noting however that since Jorah was spying and giving away information on Daenerys to King Robert, he knew that Robert might try something like that.

Here, Jorah teaches one of Daenerys's bloodriders - Rakharo - on the advantages and disadvantages of armor:

In this scene, he also explained to him about the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional Dothraki weapon - the arakh - compared to a traditional broadsword.
In this scene, he also explained to him about the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional Dothraki weapon - the arakh - compared to a traditional broadsword.

The above is perfectly demonstrated in Jorah's fight against Qotho. Qotho was a bloodrider to Khal Drogo - which means he was one of the most elite fighters in the entire Khalasar, not far behind Drogo himself. Qotho was younger, faster, stronger and more agile than Jorah, but Jorah beat him after Qotho's arakh got jagged in Jorah's plate armor:

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Ser Barristan Selmy recalls Jorah's valor during the siege of Pyke:

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Jorah, Grey Worm and Daario Naharis sneak into Yunkai in order to open the main gates so Daenerys's army can charge in and conquer the city. On their way, they are confronted by a large group of soldiers. The three warriors dispatch them with ease despite being heavily outnumbered, and Jorah himself does very well:

After that, they were confronted by another wave of soldiers, even larger than the first. The fight was off-screen, but they were all seen unscathed after that.
After that, they were confronted by another wave of soldiers, even larger than the first. The fight was off-screen, but they were all seen unscathed after that.

Daenerys values (or valued, at least) Jorah very highly:

Friendzoned
Friendzoned

After Daenerys exiles him, Jorah finds Tyrion Lannister and Lord Varys in a brothel in Volantis. He kidnaps Tyrion in order to bring him to Daenerys as a "gift" in hopes that she will pardon him. A lot of shit goes down and Jorah and Tyrion find themselves being sold into slavery. The man who bought them arranges a melee among his slaves to determine which of them gets to fight in Daznak's Great Pit. When Jorah hears that Daenerys herself came to see them fight, he rushes into the fighting arena and starts taking all the other men down one by one with contemptuous ease. Here for example he counters a man's strike and dislocates his arm:

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He then faces a man wielding a ball-and-chain, which is a very hard weapon to counter. Jorah throws his own sword at the man's face, grabs a shield from the floor and takes the man out with it:

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His final opponent then charges at him with a mace, so Jorah (who is now unarmed) counters his blow and knocks him out with his own helmet:

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Shortly after that fight, Jorah is brought before Daenerys again, and she exiles him once more. He returns to the man who bought him originally and asks him to let him fight for him at Daznak's Great Pit, so he may once again try and return to Daenerys's side. In Daznak's Great Pit, Jorah fights in a free-for-all against numerous enemies. His first enemy is a huge Summer-Islander with a longaxe, and after some back and forth Jorah kills him with his dagger:

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Jorah's final enemy in this match was a Meereenese Champion. After some back and forth, Jorah kills him with this nice move:

Take note that this fight happened after Jorah took some bad hits from the Summer-Islander and the Braavossi Water-Dancer as well.
Take note that this fight happened after Jorah took some bad hits from the Summer-Islander and the Braavossi Water-Dancer as well.

After that, dozens upon dozens of Sons of the Harpy swarm into the pit and start slaughtering people left and right. Jorah, alongside Daario and the Unsullied, protect Daenerys and slaughter Sons left and right:

It looked like they're all about to die until Drogon came along.
It looked like they're all about to die until Drogon came along.

Jorah ventures north of the Wall as part of a team of badasses lead by Jon Snow on an expedition to capture a wight and bring it to King's Landing. After capturing the wight, The team gets trapped on a small island in the middle of a frozen lake, surrounded by god knows how many wights, a few White Walkers and the Night King himself. After a while, the wights start swarming the small all-star team, who have no choice but try and survive for as long as they can. In that battle, Jorah (and everyone else on the team) killed wights by the dozens:

Just a small part of the insanity that went on there.
Just a small part of the insanity that went on there.

Physicals:

While his strength or speed are rarely anything worth noting, he has great endurance.

After their boat is sunk in the Smoking Sea, Jorah and Tyrion continue their way to Meereen on foot. At some point, they run into a group of slavers who capture them and intend to sell them into slavery. The slavers' captain punches Jorah repeatedly, but Jorah still gets back up (most of it is off screen):

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In his first pit-fight, Jorah knocks out 2 men in a short span of time. One with a kick and a punch, and the other with just a punch:

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One of Jorah's foes in Daznak's Great Pit was a Braavossi Water-Dancer. He kinda stomped Jorah to be honest, but Jorah did show great endurance, being able to get up and fight the Meereenese Champion after receiving many injuries from the Braavossi:

Jorah took some more injuries from him other than that. The dude abused him.
Jorah took some more injuries from him other than that. The dude abused him.

After beating his last opponent in Daznak's Great Pit, Jorah notices a Son of the Harpy trying to creep up on Daenerys. He grabs the spear of his fallen foe, and throws it with great accuracy straight into the heart of the assassin. The throw was over a considerable distance and was still able to knock the Son of the Harpy back with great force:

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After the skirmish at Daznak's Great Pit, Daenerys flies away on Drogon's back. Jorah and Daario go on an expedition to rescue her and track her path to Vaes Dothrak. After rescuing her, Jorah tells Daenerys about his Greyscale. Daenerys then commands him to find a cure, so Jorah goes to the only place in the world where he might find a cure - the Citadel in Oldtown, the greatest center of knowledge in the known world. In the Citadel, Jorah meets Samwell Tarly. After Sam finds out that Jorah is the son of Jeor Mormont, former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch who saved Sam's life, he is keen to repay his debt by curing Jorah's Greyscale, even though there isn't a known cure to the disease. Despite the Archmaester forbidding him from doing so, Sam comes to Jorah's chamber in the middle of the night and starts conducting an experimental medical procedure on him that involves great pain. Jorah, for all intents and purposes, was enduring torture:

And it was all without screaming.
And it was all without screaming.

Personality:

He has a crush on Daenerys. That's about it.

Honestly though, Jorah's personality isn't too much to talk about. Most of it can be seen in the feats that I already posted. He doesn't show too much character and doesn't really have an interesting enough personality to be able to pinpoint specific moments that I can show you.

Epic quotes by Jorah:

To Daenerys:

"There's a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand."

To Barristan:

"Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, and Rhaegar died."

To Barristan:

"Proudest moment of my life. One knee in the dust, the king's sword on my shoulder, listening to the words: "In the name of the Warrior I charge you to be brave..." all I could think of was how badly I had to piss."

To Tyrion:

Tyrion: "Fine, fine, I suppose he can join us. Just as long as he promises not to kill me in my sleep."

Jorah: "If I ever kill you, your eyes will be wide open."

Fights:

All in all, Jorah is a great character. He doesn't have much in the way of personality but he is a fighter that is very fun to watch and his wisdom and experience have proved to be invaluable to Daenerys many times in the past. Looks like he's about to get back to business soon, assuming Sam's treatment works as intended, and we will certainly see more of him.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed!

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