“The common people pray for rain, healthy children and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace.”
“What do you pray for, Ser Jorah?” she asked him.
“Home,” he said. His voice was thick with longing.
—Jorah Mormont & Daenerys Targaryen, A Game of Thrones
I was thinking about these lines today and the significance they hold for Jorah, personally. Obviously he’s giving Dany a lesson about the people who would be her subjects, but considering what we know of Jorah—how his goals in life are both single-minded and simple—home, at first, and eventually, Dany—and that he has no aspirations for power or even wealth (“The island lies far to the north, and our winters are more terrible than you can imagine, Khaleesi. Still, the island suited me well enough…” (A Clash of Kings)) beyond what was necessary to keep Lynesse happy—I’m struck with a sense of Jorah’s sense of rugged individualism. Perhaps because he’s a lowborn lord of a poor house, he relates more to the common people than to the other noblemen.
Also interestingis the fact that while we see repeatedly throughout the series that Jorah is a skilled swordsman and a gifted military strategist, he only wins his knighthood nine years prior to the start of AGOT. He’d have been over 30 then, which, in comparison to other knights in ASOIAF, seems rather late in life to be knighted. Even more significant is that fact that Jorah wins his spurs for his valor not in Robert’s Rebellion, in which he’d surely have fought as a bannerman of Eddard Stark, but in the Battle of Pyke, in the Greyjoy Rebellion, which would have had no little amount of personal significance for a Mormont. (“Every child growing up on bear island learns to fear Krakens rising from the sea” (A Dance with Dragons.)
All that to say: I don’t think Jorah much cares who sits the Iron Throne (whether he truly believes Daenerys can or will is another discussion for another day), so long as he is allowed to live freely in his own land.
How fitting a Scotsman was cast in the role. ;) (Because Mormonts are Scots and Greyjoys are totes Vikings.)
Should GRRM be kind enough to let Jorah survive and be one of the few left standing in the end, I really hope he gets to go home to Bear Island.