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I haven't read the books and I don't even know if he is a character in the books (I assume he is) so I'm curious to know if he says anything apart form that one word (which seems to be the case in the TV version).

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Hodor Hodor Hodor. – CandiedMango May 14 '14 at 15:30
@Richard One does not simply walk into Hodor. – CandiedMango May 14 '14 at 15:36
You'd think it'd get old, but there's a couple of dramatic parts in the books where a simple unexpected "Hodor!" makes for some solid comedy. – coburne May 14 '14 at 15:48
I really wanted to create a new account with the username "Hodor", a multi-paragraph 'About Me' full of the word "Hodor," and then post an answer below consisting entirely of punctuation and "Hodor". We really need to implement 20% Trolling time here so good ideas like this one aren't squandered in the future. – Jaydles May 14 '14 at 19:23
George RR Martin himself has you all beaten to the punch! Plus what I would consider an authoritative answer to the question: – etheranger May 15 '14 at 0:57
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No, in the books this is the only word he says. Interestingly, Old Nan points out that Hodor is not even his real name:

Theon Greyjoy had once commented that Hodor did not know much, but no one could doubt that he knew his name. Old Nan had cackled like a hen when Bran told her that, and confessed that Hodor’s real name was Walder. No one knew where ‘Hodor’ had come from, she said, but when he started saying it, they started calling him by it. It was the only word he had.

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@Mkalafut - His real name is Walder, which has lead to a crazy theory that he's an unknown Walder Frey bastard. – System Down May 14 '14 at 18:21
@SystemDown It's pretty clear that Walder Frey is a GoT style hulk, who turns into Hodor when he gets angry. HODOR SMASH. – Parrotmaster May 15 '14 at 7:50
Could "Hodor" actually be a mispronouncement of his name "Walder"? – TheMathemagician May 15 '14 at 12:24
Also interesting is that Old Nan is his great-grandmother. I think fans should demand an Old Nan/Hodor family tree from GRRM. – YonkeyDonk64 May 15 '14 at 13:49
@JustinEthier - Except when it comes to remembering which Brandon Stark she actually nursed. My own tin-foil theory is that she's an immortal child of the forest who nursed Bran the Builder and passed down he warging magic to the Stark bloodline through her milk. Note, we never see her die when Winterfell falls! Dun dun dunnnn! – System Down May 15 '14 at 17:27


Even when Bran possesses his body to fight the wrights outside of the three-eyed crow's cave. He screams with rage as he fights with Hodor's body and something like "HODOR HODOR HODORRRRR!!" is what comes out. Bran doesn't want them to know of this ability so he doesn't attempt to talk outside of a "Hodor" here and there to convince the others that nothing is amiss. I suspect that even if he did though he wouldn't be able to, much like trying to speak as a wolf.

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Hodor's name was Wylis (or Walder in the books) when he was young and he could talk like most people (Home, season 6, episode 2). But since a traumatic event his only word is "Hodor", as shown in The Door (season 6, episode 5).

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This is true, although this happened in the show so technically in the books he has still only said "Hodor". Hopefully we get to see this event when TWOW is released... – Justin Ethier May 27 at 15:29

I truly think I have the discovered the "real" reason and it simply has to do with the character that he is base upon "Loial" from the Wheel of Time series. There comes a time in the series where Loial tells "Perrin" that he will guard a door with his life if need be beyond which "Faile" lies unconscious. Perrin is the character who Bran is based upon and Faile is the character who Meera is based upon. Loial is an Ogier who is a giant compared to men. Perrin has a strong attraction to Faile at this point in the story the same as Bran towards Meera. The differences. Where Loial is a bookworm and very intelligent; Hodor appears to be a simpleton on the surface. Faile lies unconscious in TWOT where it will be Bran in ASOIAF. If you substitute "Guard the Door" for "Hold the Door" you get "HODOR". Bran wargs Hodor to Hold the door to protect Meera and that is his only thought. Bran's only thought at that Moment to protect the girl that he loves gets transported back in time to the young Hodor due to Bran's ability to time jump and sort of leaves the seemly intelligent Hodor with a form of PTSD allowing him to only say the words "HODOR" from that moment on.

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Welcome to SFF. While this may make an interesting theory, we are looking for answers that can be supported by the works. Take the tour to see what kind of answers we are looking for. – Skooba May 19 at 13:52
It is now revealed in Season 6 of the show, that his name was Wylis. And he talked. We will see what happens to him maybe in this season or next, perhaps. – Sorrel Vesper May 19 at 14:39
Mother fucker you were right – FiringSquadWitness May 24 at 5:29

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