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|“||Once a horse is broken to the saddle, any man can mount him. Once a beast’s been joined to a man, any skinchanger can slip inside and ride him. Orell was withering inside his feathers, so I took the eagle for my own. But the joining works both ways, warg. Orell lives inside me now, whispering how much he hates you. And I can soar above the Wall, and see with eagle eyes.||„|
|~ Varamyr to Jon Snow|
Varamyr Sixskins is a minor antagonist in the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. He also serves as the protagonist villain in the prologue of the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons. He is a warg of the Free Folk who was part of the army of Mance Rayder.
Varamyr was originally named Lump by his parents. When he was six, he skinchanged into a dog and killed his younger brother, Bump. His father killed the dogs and took Varamyr to a tribe of wargs, led by Haggon. Haggon taught him how to be a warg, and instructed him on the rules of being a warg, such as not to mate with animals while warging, and not to warg a human. Eventually, he took on the name Varamyr. When he wss known as Varamyr Theeskins, Haggon was dying. Haggon tried to have a second life in his wolf, Greyskin, but Varamyr stole the wolf. Varamyr had six animals and was called Varamyr Sixskins. He was known for riding a thirteen-foot tall snow bear. Varamyr become the lord of a free folk village. He would have his shadowcat stalk women and force them to have sex with him. If someone tried to rescue her, Varamyr would kill him. Some of the women became pregnant, though none of the children became wargs. Mance Rayder recruited Varamyr for his army.
A Storm of Swords
After Jon killed Orell, Varamyr took his eagle. Since Orell hated Jon, Orell hated Jon too. Varamyr knew Jon was a warg. he wanted to take Ghost from Jon, but Mance forbade him. Varamyr used the eagle to scout for Mance. When Stannis Baratheon attacked the Free Folk, Melisandre set the eagle on fire, causing Varamyr to go insane and lose control of his animals.
A Dance with Dragons
Varamyr had lost control of all of his animals except his three wolves, as wolves and wargs share a lifelong bond. He joined a group of other Free Folk and called himself Haggon. All of the others left except an old woman named Thistle. Varamyr had been stabbed and Thistle was treating his wounds. As he was dying, he tried to take control over Thistle, but he resisted. In the end, Varamyr died, but he managed to live a second life in one of his wolves. Later on, Bran, while warging Summer, took control of Varamyr's wolf pack.