[quote name='Roi Woodt' post='1308685' date='Apr 10 2008, 00.57']How about, he was a corpse, wightified by the Others. The children found the wandering (or sleeping/resting) corpse, were able to perform the dead-awakening ceremony, the kiss of fire. The corpse got his memory back (like Beric and Cat), the Others lost their abilty to "wight" coldhands, because he could think for himself again and won't allow the Others to take control over his body again. No new magic is needed. Didn't Coldhands have those blue, glowing eyes? If not, "the kiss of fire" alone could explain his autonomy as well.[/quote] Right, wightification is just an unnecessary extra step because a "kiss of fire" equivalent could have returned a frozen Benjen to post-life. And no, Coldhands did not have blue eyes: "He wasn't a green man. He wore blacks, like a brother of the Watch, but he was pale as a wight, with hands so cold that at first I was afraid. The wights have blue eys, though, and they don't have tongues, or they've forgotten how to use them." (Sam, p. 770 ASOS Spectra paperback.) In fact, I'm not at this moment sure his hands were black; maybe they were just cold. BTW, I seem to remember somebody saying about the weirwoods talking to all others via their roots - dwarf woman, Meera or Jojen? I like the idea of under-Wall communication.