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Czarny Zamek
Północ i lokalizacja Czarnego Zamku
Bird's eye view of Castle Black - by Matt Olson ©
Castle Black and look of the Mur (Serial TV)
Winch elevator used to get on top of the wall
Castle Black - Training yard (Serial TV)

Czarny Zamek to główna forteca Nocnej Straży. Zamek usytuowany jest przy Murze pomiędzy Bramą Królowej na zachodzie i Dębową Tarczą na wschodzie, na północnym końcu Królewskiego Traktu.[1] Vioska Mole's Town jest umiejscowiona pół mili na południe.

Despite there being nineteen strongholds along the Mur, Castle Black is one of only three still manned by the Nocna Straż, the others being the Wieża Cieni and Wschodnia Strażnica. The castle once held over five thousand men, but it now currently holds about six hundred brothers.

The Castle

Zobacz także: Images of Castle Black

Castle Black is not a true castle, as it has no walls to defend it to the west, east, or south. Only Mur stands to the north. It consists of several stone towers and timber keeps.[2] Beneath the keeps and towers, there is a series of subterranean passages called wormwalks which connect all of the buildings. They are rarely used during the summer, but in the winter it is the only way to travel to different parts of the castle.[3]

Castle Black has only a small sept and no Czardrzewo.[2] Men who follow the Starzy Bogowie have to travel beyond Mur, into the haunted forest, to a small grove of carven czardrzewos left by the Dzieci Lasu, to swear their vows.[4]


  • The King's Tower is a 100 foot tall round tower with merlons atop it, overlooking the gate and the foot of the wooden stair leading up Mur. The entry door is made of oak studded with iron.[5] Although it is reserved for honored guests and named for kings, no king has visited the tower in over a hundred years.
  • Hardin's Tower has a broken battlement, from which stone has spilled into the yard below. It has a severe lean. Jon Snow's cells are located in this tower before his ascension to Lord Commander.[2]
  • The Lance Tower is the tallest tower in the castle, though only a third of the height of Mur. It is slim and crumbling.
  • The Tower of the Guards is the strongest of the towers. It lies next to the kingsroad and Mur, and guards the wooden stair.[5]
  • The Silent Tower is a tower at Castle Black.[5]


  • The Common Hall is a great timbered keep where the brothers take their meals. Crows nest in the rafters.[2]
  • The Rookery is the nesting place of Castle Black's ravens. Consequently, the maester's quarters are located in a stout wooden keep beneath it.
  • The Armory is where the equipment for weapons practice is kept. Donal Noye forges weapons and armor here.
  • The Flint Barracks is where most of the brothers reside.
  • The Vaults, located underground, contain food stores and the library. The library contains records and old books that even the Cytadela does not have. Amongst other topics, it covers drawings of the faces in the weirwoods, the language of the children of the forest, and scrolls from Valyria.


  • The Shieldhall is a feast hall of dark stone. In years past, when the Nocna Straż was much larger in number, its walls had been hung with rows of brightly colored wooden shields. When a Rycerz took the black, his shield would adorn its wall and he would take up the plain black shield of the brotherhood.[6]


There are a series of tunnels underneath Castle Black called wormwalks or wormways, which connect the various keeps and towers. These tunnels are mostly used during the winter, when the cold and snow, sometimes forty or fifty feet deep, make it impossible to travel above ground.[7] The large library of Castle Black lies along one of these tunnels.[3]



Zobacz także: [[Mur


  • The Gate guards the tunnel through the wall, which is long, twisting and narrow. Three iron gates block the inner passage. Each of these gates is locked and has a murder hole above it. The outer door to the tunnel is solid oak, about nine inches thick.
  • The great switchback stair climbs its way up from Castle Black to the top of Mur. It is made of wooden stairs, anchored by huge beams frozen into Mur itself.
  • A winch elevator is used to take supplies and men up to the top of Mur. It is an iron cage attached to a winch to allow it to ascend and descend the face of Mur. It can hold ten men or an equal amount of supplies. It is located near Castle Black's well.
  • Facilities on top of Mur include a small warming shed for the men on watch located next to the crane.

Recent Events

Gra o Tron

Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly are trained by Ser Alliser Thorne as recruits of the Nocna Straż at Castle Black.Tyrion Lannister sleeps in the King's Tower during his visit to Mur.[2] Jon and Sam swear their vows at the nearby godswood north of Mur and are sworn in as new brothers of the Watch.[8] The bodies of Jafer Flowers and Othor, rangers killed beyond Mur, reanimate as wights at Castle Black. The Lord Commander's Tower burns down during Jon's fight with undead Othor when it tries to kill Lord Commander Jeor Mormont.[9]

Starcie Królów

Two hundred men from Castle Black accompany Lord Commander Mormont during the Wielka Wyprawa north of Mur. Maester Aemon remains at the castle because of his age. Samwell Tarly reads a report about a brother leading a ranging to the Frozen Shore before the Conquest in the library.[3]

Nawałnica Mieczy

Jon returns to Castle Black after being wounded by Dzicy south of Mur.[8] Jon and Donal Noye fortify Castle Black as best they can in anticipation of Styr, Magnar of Thenn. Styr's wilding raiders are defeated in a fire trap at the wooden stairs of the castle.[5]

Mance Rayder attacks Mur with multiple waves of wildings during the Battle of Castle Black. Jon leads the defenders atop Mur while Donal protects the tunnel through Mur. After the death of Donal, Aemon tells Jon that he must lead Castle Black until its garrison returns.[10] Jon is sent as an envoy to meet with Mance north of Mur. As they converse, the Rycerzs of King Stannis Baratheon appear and rout the wilding host.[11]

In the aftermath of the battle, Sam finds the common hall burned to the ground and the wooden stair a mound of broken ice and scorched timbers.[12] Stannis occupies the King's Tower, while the Lance, Hardin's Tower, the Grey Keep, the Shieldhall, and other buildings are also crowded with men. Jon Snow is selected as the new lord commander to replace the deceased Jeor Mormont.[13]

Uczta dla Wron

Samwell searches in Castle Black's library for information about the Inni. Sam learns from Lord Commander Jon Snow that he must escort Maester Aemon to Stare Miasto and then train at the Cytadela to become Castle Black's new maester.[7] Because Stannis Baratheon has claimed the King's Tower, and the Lord Commander's Tower has been gutted by fire, Jon Snow establishes himself in Donal Noye's modest quarters behind the armory. [7]

Taniec ze Smokami

Castle Black hosts the army of King Stannis. Jon Snow executes Janos Slynt for disobedience, while Melisandre burns "Mance Rayder". Jon allows thousands of captive Dzicy to cross through Mur to Castle Black, much to the consternation of some members of the Nocna Straż.[14] The officers worry there will not be enough rations for the additional mouths. Stannis departs to recruit the northern mountain clans, although Melisandre remains at Castle Black.[15] Some Dzicy are recruited by Jon to help the Nocna Straż defend Mur.[16]

Queen Selyse and her Ludzie Królowej stop at Castle Black on their way to the Nocny Fort.[17] Alys Karstark arrives seeking refuge and is married to Sigorn of Thenn by Melisandre.[18] Jon has Alys's relative Cregan Karstark imprisoned in an ice cell. Val brings Tormund Zabójca Olbrzyma and his four thousand Dzicy to Castle Black, but Bowen Marsh and the mountain clans disapprove of the Dzicy settling south of Mur.[19]

Lord Commander Snow agrees to disperse the wildings amongst the previously abandoned castles along Mur.[20][6] Jon receives a belligerent letter from Ramsay Bolton and, choosing to break his vow to the Nocna Straż to remain neutral, decides to go to Winterfell to confront Ramsay. As he prepares, the giant Wun Wun kills one of the Queen's Men, Patrek of King's Mountain. While Jon is trying to make sense of the situation, he is attacked by Bowen and other members of the Nocna Straż.[6]

Chapters that take place at Castle Black

References and Notes


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