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Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones below! Proceed with caution.
When Samwell Tarly gifts Jorah Mormont with a special piece of weaponry in the latest episode of Game of Thrones, titled "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," it's far more than a simple act of generosity — it's a particularly meaningful, full-circle moment for the formerly disgraced son of House Mormont.
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To remind any of you who 1.) didn't read the books, or 2.) read the books and watched the show, but can't remember what happened early on in either (no judgment — it's been a while, people) Jorah had quite the checkered past before he crossed paths with Daenerys Targaryen. The shameful decisions he made years earlier that resulted in his exile are actually why receiving the Valyrian steel sword from Sam made for such a heartfelt scene. Need a refresher on what went down? Let's dive in.
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Why Was Jorah Exiled From House Mormont?
He is the son of the late Jeor Mormont of House Mormont, who are the Lords of Bear Island and vassals of House Stark (yes, he and little badass Lyanna Mormont are related). Jorah made a name for himself early on in his career, participating in the Siege of Pyke during the Greyjoy Rebellion, which is what earned him a position as a knight from then-King Robert Baratheon.
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Unfortunately, his good reputation didn't last after marrying Lynesse Hightower, who had very expensive tastes that Jorah struggled to find a way to fund. To please his wife, Jorah resorted to engaging in slavery, despite it being illegal in Westeros. He ended up getting caught and was promptly stripped of his Lordship, leaving both him and his father disgraced.
While Jorah fled to the Free Cities to avoid being executed by Ned Stark, his father ended up abandoning Bear Island to voluntarily...
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