Battle of the Trident

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Battle of the Trident
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Location 4, Factions:Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. Lannister. Targaryen.
Conflict Robert's Rebellion
Date 283AL
Place The Trident
Result Rebel victory
Combatants
Rebel army of
The North
The Riverlands
The Vale
The Stormlands
Royal army of
King's Landing
Dragonstone
Dorne
Loyalist Riverland, Stormland, Vale Houses (Darry, Mooton, Ryger)
Commanders
Lord Robert Baratheon
Lord Eddard Stark
Lord Jon Arryn
Lord Hoster Tully
Prince Rhaegar Targaryen +
Prince Lewyn Martell +
Ser Barristan Selmy
Ser Jonothor Darry +
Strength
35,000 40,000
(10,000 Dornishmen)
Casualties
Unknown Significant, Force scattered Rhaegar Targaryen +Lewyn Martell + Jonothor Darry +

The Battle of the Trident was the battle that ultimately determined the outcome of Robert's Rebellion. The battle was fought between Rebel and Royal troops at the Green Fork of the Trident, across what would thereafter be known as the Ruby Ford. It ended in a victory for the rebels.

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Background

After the defeat at Stoney Sept, King Aerys II had at last realized that the Rebellion was a major threat to the Targaryens, perhaps the greatest threat to the dynasty since Daemon Blackfyre. The rebel forces were assembled on the east banks of the Green Fork and once the Baratheon forces joined with the Starks, Tullys and Arryns, they had sufficient strength to threaten King's Landing, commanded by Robert Baratheon they marched south along the Kingsroad to the main crossing point over the Trident.

By this time, Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen had reappeared to take command of the royalist army. King Aerys had gracelessly reminded the Martells that Princess Elia was in his power and dispatched her uncle, Prince Lewyn Martell of the Kingsguard, to assume command of 10,000 Dornish troops marching up the Kingsroad, and joined them to Rhaegar's royalist army enroute to the Trident. At the same time, Ser Barristan Selmy and Ser Jonothor Darry were sent to rally the scattered forces of Lord Jon Connington and joined them to Rhaegar's army as well. Additionally, Rhaegar persuaded his father to ask Lord Tywin Lannister for help.

Though a significant army and navy, under command of loyalist lords Mace Tyrell and Paxter Redwyne, was laying siege to Storm's End, few of the southron levies were called upon to march north. Finally the royal army, under command of Rhaegar, numbering some 40,000 men, marched up the Kingsroad to the main crossing point over the Trident, as this was the route most likely to be taken by the rebels.

Opposing armies

Battle of the trident by Abe Papakhian

Rebel army

The army of the rebels consisted of:

Total: Approximately 35,000.

Royal Army

The army of the royalists consisted of:

It was said that the royal army was larger, but that the rebels were more battle hardened. It was near 40,000 men, with a tenth of that knights. The rest were archers, freeriders, and foot soldiers. The infantry consisted of both spearmen and pikemen. [2]

The Battle

Robert Baratheon and Rhaegar Targaryen, by M.Luisa Giliberti

The Battle took place at the crossing of the Green Fork of the Trident that would later be known as the Ruby Ford. The Dornishmen, under the command of Prince Lewyn Martell was threatening Robert's left flank. Ser Lyn Corbray, picking up his wounded father's sword, led a charge and broke the Dornishmen. During the charge Ser Lyn encountered Prince Lewyn, who was already injured. In the ensuing fight, Ser Lyn killed Prince Lewyn.[3] During the battle, Ser Barristan killed several men[4]and Robert himself joined the fighting and met Rhaegar in single combat.

Though many great lords and knights either lost their lives or made names for themselves in the fighting, the battle was decided when Robert killed Rhaegar with a blow of his warhammer. The blow was so hard that the rubies adorning Rhaegar's armor were shattered free to litter the river, giving the Ruby Ford its name.[5] Leaderless, the Royal army broke and fled.[2]

Notable Casualties

Aftermath

The battle was the decisive engagement of the war. After the victory, Freys decide to join winner side, Hoster Tully calls this 'The Late Lord Frey'. The way to King's Landing was now open for the rebels, with the only significant loyalist force left was invested in the Siege of Storm's End. The rebels also learnt that Lannister forces were moving toward King's Landing at a fast-pace. Robert had been wounded during the battle, so Eddard Stark led the rebel army straight down the Kingsroad towards the capital, racing to reach it before the Lannisters.[6]

Ser Barristan was close to death when he was brought before Robert. Though he was counseled to kill him by Roose Bolton, Robert spared his life and sent his own maester to tend to his wounds.[4]


Quotes

I won my crown there. [6]

Robert Baratheon


Ned: You avenged Lyanna at the Trident.

Robert: That did not bring her back. The gods be damned. It was a hollow victory they gave me. A crown . . .[6]

Robert to Ned


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