Samwell Tarly: "Did you know Lord Commander Osric Stark was elected at the age of ten?"
Gilly: "I know "S"."
Samwell Tarly and Gilly discuss Osric[src]
Osric Stark was a member of House Stark and later the Night's Watch.


Osric Stark is remembered by the Night's Watch since he was chosen as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch at the age of 10.[1] He was a close relative of a King in the North and served for 60 years.[2]

Osric's Hill, near Craster's Keep, may have been named after him.[3]

Season 5

Samwell Tarly, knowing that a Choosing will be occurring soon, decides to read about the history of past Lord Commanders. He is amazed that Osric was chosen at such a young age.[1]

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Osric Stark was elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch at age ten, four hundred years before the War of Conquest, though he ultimately served as Lord Commander for sixty years.

Samwell Tarly specifically brings up the example of Osric Stark to point out that in the centuries-long history of the Night's Watch, boys younger than Jon Snow (who is around 16 years old at that point) have been elected as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.

See also


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Lord: Jon Snow Heir: Sansa Stark
Seat: Winterfell Lands: The North
Title(s): Lord Paramount of the North · Warden of the North · Lord of Winterfell

As independent kingdom: King in the North

Ancestors:Brandon the Builder · Brandon the Breaker · Dorren Stark · Rickard Stark · Rodrik Stark · Karlon Stark · Theon Stark · Osric Stark · Torrhen Stark · Cregan Stark
Current members:Arya Stark · Bran Stark
Deceased members:Rickard Stark · Brandon Stark · Lyanna Stark · Eddard Stark · Robb Stark · Talisa Stark · Catelyn Stark · Rickon Stark · Benjen Stark
Household:{Maester Luwin} · {Ser Rodrik Cassel} · {Jory Cassel} · {Vayon Poole} · Jeyne Poole · {Septa Mordane} · {Old Nan} · {Hodor} · {Farlen} · {Mikken} · {Osha} · Meera Reed · {Jojen Reed} · Brienne of Tarth · Podrick Payne · Davos Seaworth · Maester Wolkan