Amory Lorch

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Amory Lorch
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Amory Lorch by Amok©

Alias The Manticore
Title Ser
Castellan of Harrenhal
Allegiance House Lorch
House Lannister
Died In 299AC, at Harrenhal
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Played by Fintan McKeown
TV series Season 2

Ser Amory Lorch is a landed knight of House Lorch and bannerman of House Lannister. His arms are a black manticore on a red field.[1] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Fintan McKeown.


Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Amory Lorch

Amory is a portly man of average height described as having a piggy face with small pig-like eyes.[1][2] He is regarded as a cruel, simple and small man.


Amory was responsible for the murder of the three-year old Princess Rhaenys Targaryen during the sack of King's Landing. Alongside and in front of several House Lannister men-at-arms,[3] he dragged the screaming toddler from under her father Rhaegar's bed and stabbed her dozens of times.[4]

When Lord Tywin Lannister, who ordered the killing, later asked Amory why it had taken half a hundred sword thrusts to kill a girl of three, Amory's reply was she kept screaming and would not be quiet. Tywin later stated if Amory had the wits the gods gave a turnip he would have used sweet words and a soft pillow to kill the girl instead.[4]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

At the onset of the War of the Five Kings, Lord Tywin Lannister orders his brother, Ser Kevan, to direct Ser Amory, along with his fellow bannerman Ser Gregor Clegane and the sellsword Vargo Hoat, to forage the Riverlands and to burn what he does not take. Each of the raider captains is to have three hundred cavalry.[5]

A Clash of Kings

Amory's raiding party encounters and attacks Yoren's group of recruits for the Night's Watch (with Arya Stark hidden among them) and is responsible for Yoren's death at a town by the Gods Eye.[1] This attack is unprovoked as the Night's Watch takes no part in the wars of the realm.

Amory captures two innocent smallfolk, a beekeeper and his wife and threatens far and wide to hang them if Lord Beric Dondarrion does not surrender to him; when Beric surrenders, Amory hangs the beekeeper and his wife anyway with Lord Dondarrion strung up in the middle. Beric is later be resurrected by Thoros of Myr.[6]

Ser Amory is made castellan of Harrenhal by Lord Tywin Lannister when Tywin takes the majority of his army east to engage Stannis Baratheon.[7] While castellan, Amory drinks a great deal of the best wine in the castle's cellars.[8] He is eventually captured by Lord Roose Bolton when Roose persuades Vargo Hoat to betray House Lannister and to seize control of the castle. After Harrenhal's fall, Amory is fed to a bear as entertainment to Bolton, Hoat, and the Brave Companions. Arya Stark is also present to witness Amory's death and notes that the bear that kills Amory...

is a big black bear, just like Yoren.[9]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Tywin Lannister tells his son Tyrion Lannister of his plan to blame the deaths of Elia Martell and her children entirely on the deceased Ser Amory, to circumvent giving Ser Gregor Clegane over to Prince Oberyn Martell, who comes to King's Landing to seek justice for their deaths.[4]

A Feast for Crows

Ser Roger Hogg tells Ser Jaime Lannister how Ser Amory attacked his towerhouse at Sow's Horn even though he was sworn to House Hayford, who are sworn to King's Landing.[10]


Young boys and old men die the same.[1]
- Amory to Yoren

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