- Dec 11, 2006
I do not think he is who you think he is.
I know many people thought he was Benjen at first, but after ADWD he's obviously not.
Before ADWD, no one who knew Benjen had seen Coldhands. During ADWD Bran spends a lot of time with him, and didn't think he was Benjen. He only had a scarf over his face, not enough to conceal his identity from someone he's related to. A scarf also wouldn't conceal his voice.
One of the children of the forest said that Coldhands died a long time ago. When you consider how old they live, a long time ago to them, would be a very long time ago.
When Coldhands kills his Elk, he says a prayer in a language Bran doesn't recognize, most likely the Old Tongue. That does help rule out Benjen, and makes it more likely that Coldhands is from the distant past.
Coldhands being ancient, does explain why he knows about the Black Gate at the Nightfort, which has been abandoned for 200+ years.
If he was old enough to have fought against the others, it would also makes it likely that he's the one who buried the dragon glass and the Horn of Joramun.
Joramun, the Night's King, or the last hero all seem more likely candidates to be Coldhands than Benjen.
I agree that it's probably the Night's King. The main reasons: he was said to have been wiped out, he was once a commander of the Nights' watch (wears black), the woman who he loved fit the description of one of the others, and he was the 13th commander of the nights watch, which would have been soon after it was built (so he would know about secret tunnels and such). I think the other that he loved resurrected him after he died as a Wight but left him his free will.