The fallen-from grace knight exiled from Westeros, dashing escort to Danaerys Targarean. Estranged son of Lord Commander Mormont of the Night’s Watch. I can’t really say more about him without tearing up or gushing, so we shall stop there.
His rugged good looks, charming persona and obvious-yet-honorable infatuation with his Khaleesi are enough to make us adore him, but it’s his real spirit and enigmatic Westeros back story that gives an entirely new angle to the Dothraki story lines.
After the death of Viserys, Ser Jorah is Danaerys’ only tie to her homeland, and her only “Common Tongue” companion for much of her journey. It is Jorah who tells her “There is no word for thank you in Dothraki,” and we can then see the fear in Dany’s eyes as Khal Drogo lifts her up onto her white horse to begin their wedding night.
He admirably watches her grow and embrace the Dothraki ways, and heartbreakingly watches her with Khal Drogo during the first book. Their journey together takes many turns, and of course it’s Game of Thrones, and thereby unpredictable. His acting in the last scenes of the amazing season one finale was the perfect mix of anguish and enthralled wonder.
The brilliant Scottish-born actor Iain Glen brings warmth and generosity to Ser Jorah, and delivers his memorable lines with the perfect mixology of charisma and pallor.
He also appeared in the wildly popular Downton Abbey and played Otto Frank in the 2009 miniseries The Diary of Anne Frank. I was delighted to stumble across an old (as in 2007) movie starring Colin Firth, Ben Kinglsey, Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt!) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, the adorable little boy from Love Actually, in a totally washed out epic of the Roman Empire. I watched for a few minutes, enjoying the Uncle Jamie action and mini-Love Actually reunion between my two favorite characters, when what do I hear but the gruff, refined voice of Ser Jorah Mormont! Looking exactly the same as on the plains of Vaes Dothrak in his glittering armor, there was Glen, appearing in this film as Orestes. I must admit, the fabulous ensemble cast was not enough to keep my interest, and since Glen’s character soon left the screen, I soon switched the channel.
Anyway, Glen’s energy as Ser Jorah Mormont is one of my favorite elements of Game of Thrones. His line “I believe what my eyes and ears report. As for the rest, it was 300 years ago. Who knows what really happened?” speaks to Danaerys’ inner conflict but is also a major theme of the entire series.
Besides Ghost, he may be my favorite supporting character.
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