Fight at Torrhen's Square

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Fight at Torrhen's Square
Conflict War of the Five Kings
Date 299 AC
Place Torrhen's Square
Result Stark victory
House Greyjoy House Stark
House Cerwyn
House Tallhart
Dagmer Cleftjaw Ser Rodrik Cassel
Lord Cley Cerwyn
Leobald Tallhart
200 600 from Winterfell
300 from Cerwyn
garrison of Torrhen's Square
significant unknown

The fight at Torrhen's Square[1] occurs during the War of the Five Kings. Forces of House Greyjoy led by Dagmer Cleftjaw are defeated at Torrhen's Square by a northern army led by Ser Rodrik Cassel.


Theon Greyjoy and Dagmer Cleftjaw plot to take Winterfell. They plan to besiege Torrhen's Square, the seat of House Tallhart, as a diversion, drawing away Winterfell's garrison and leaving it defenceless. Theon sends Dagmer with most of their ironmen to Torrhen's Square,[2] whose castellan is Leobald Tallhart.

In response Ser Rodrik Cassel raises Winterfell's levies and marches with six hundred Stark men to relieve Torrhen's Square, where he is joined by three hundred Cerwyns led by Lord Cley Cerwyn. Dagmer is still besieging Torrhen's Square when the northmen arrive.[1]


Rodrik knows the land intimately, while Dagmer does not. Rodrik leads the gathered northmen to victory. The ironborn are not disciplined enough to stand a charge by mounted horsemen and their shield wall breaks. Dagmer leads the remnants of his force back to the Stony Shore.[1]


With Winterfell's levies away at Torrhen's Square, Theon Greyjoy is able to capture the undefended Winterfell.[3] After defeating Dagmer's attack on Torrhen's Square, Rodrik redirects his levies to retake Winterfell from Theon and his ironborn.[1] However, Ramsay Snow and the Boltons betray Rodrik's army in a battle at Winterfell, during which Leobald, Rodrik, and Cley are slain.[4] Dagmer then returns to Torrhen's Square and is able to capture the lightly-defended castle.[5]

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