Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In the Game of Thrones wiki is says:

It was supposedly constructed using both magic and mundane means some eight >millennia ago, in the aftermath of the Long Night to defend the realm against the White Walkers...

But who called for it to be built? And who exactly built it and how did they manage to create such a structure?

share|improve this question
The answer is literally on that page you link to in your question. Search the page (ctrl+f or cmd+f) for built by and it's the only result. – Daft Apr 9 '15 at 14:56
up vote 22 down vote accepted

The construction of the Wall happened during a period known as the Age of Heroes, which was about 8000 years before the events of the current story. All that modern Westerosi know about this period are legends passed down through the ages. Westerosi historians have no idea how valid these legends are.

That being said, the legend goes that the Others (AKA the White Walkers) invaded the realms of men in a dread event known as The Long Night. Eventually, the Others were defeated and pushed back into the northern wastes where they came from. Then a man named Brandon the Builder (who also founded the Stark dynasty) built the Wall to prevent the Others from invading the realms of men again. Legends say that he infused the Wall with magic spells to hold it together and prevent the Others from passing through it. The Night's Watch were founded to man the Wall, and they continued working on it. With each subsequent Lord Commander raising the Wall higher than his predecessor. However, at some point, the Night's Watch became too small to continue that and work on the Wall stopped, leaving it at it's current height of 700 feet.

share|improve this answer

The page you linked says

The Wall was allegedly built by Brandon the Builder after the War for the Dawn to defend against the return of the Others.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.