Where did Robb Stark get his sword from?





Large, broad blade with a dark, smoky appearance
ice (in the original: Ice) was a two-handed Valyrian steel sword and heirloom of House Stark. The sword has been in the house for many generations. It was worn by the Lord of Winterfell during war and on ceremonial occasions.

In the series

season 1

Eddard Stark uses ice to behead Will, a deserter from the Night's Watch. It is handed to him by Theon Greyjoy, who holds the scabbard while Eddard pulls out the blade. After the execution, Eddard cleans the sword in Winterfell's Grove of the Gods.[1]

Ser Ilyn Payn, the executioner of King Joffrey Baratheon and before that of King Robert Baratheon, executed on the orders of King Eddard Stark with his sword Eis.[2]

Season 4

Ice is melted down by Tywin Lannister to forge two new swords from Valyrian steel. He gives one of them to his son Jaime Lannister. When Jaime asks where he got the Valyrian steel, Tywin replies that the former owner no longer needs it.[3]

Tywin gives the second sword to his grandson, Joffrey Baratheon, at his wedding. He baptized it with the name "Widow's Lament".[4]

Jaime gives his sword to Brienne von Tarth to help save Sansa Stark. He thinks it would be appropriate to use a sword to protect Stark's daughter, which was forged from her father's sword. Brienne then calls her sword "Oath Keeper" in honor of Catelyn Stark and the oath she swore to her.[5]

In the books

In the saga "A Song of Ice and Fire", ice is a hereditary greatsword of the Lords of Winterfell. The blade, forged from Valyrian steel, is considered the greatest treasure of the Stark family. It has been in their possession for over four centuries and impressively symbolizes the strength of the family.


Eis is a two-handed sword, as wide as a man's hand and larger than the growing Robb Stark. Its Valyrian steel blade has a dark and smoky exterior.


The name "ice" is a legend from the age of heroes and older than the actual sword itself. Over 400 years before the reign of Robert Baratheon, the sword was made in Valyria and got its name from Starks, based on this legend. It became the sword of the Lord of Winterfell. Eddard Stark wielded the sword himself when executing convicts.

A Game of Thrones

Lord Eddard Stark uses ice to execute Gared, a deserter from the Night's Watch. After Eddard was arrested for treason, it went to Ser Ilyn Payn, the royal executioner, who used it to behead Eddard with his own sword before the Great Septe of Baelor.

A Storm of Swords

After Eddard Stark was executed, ice was melted down on Lord Tywin's orders. He had two swords forged out of ice: widow's complaint and oath-keeper. Widow's Lament gave Lord Tywin to his grandson Joffrey and the other he gave to his son Jaime.


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