House Clegane

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House Clegane
House Clegane.png
Coat of arms Three dogs on a yellow field
(Or, three dogs courant in pale sable)
Seat Clegane's Keep
Current Lord Extinct
Region the Westerlands
Title Ser
Overlord House Lannister
Founder Clegane

House Clegane is a house of landed knights that holds fealty to House Lannister of Casterly Rock, and are among their primary bannermen.[1] Their lands are southeast of Casterly Rock[2] and include a towerhouse, which, according to a semi-canon source, is named Clegane's Keep.[3] Their sigil is three dogs on a yellow field.


The first knight of House Clegane was kennelmaster at Casterly Rock until one autumn year when he saved Lord Tytos Lannister from a lioness and lost a leg and three dogs in the effort. As a reward, Tytos gave him lands and a towerhouse and took his son as his squire. The three dogs on the Clegane sigil represent those that died saving Tytos.[4][5]

The kennelmaster's son, the father of Gregor and Sandor, died in a hunting incident shortly after King Robert Baratheon was crowned. Their sister died young under queer circumstances.[6] Gregor is known for his unspeakable cruelty; this is mirrored in his men, who casually commit atrocities during their campaigns. Sandor was driven away by this behavior, taking service with House Lannister and refusing to take a knight's vows to avoid association with his elder.

During the Sack of King's Landing, Gregor murdered the infant Prince Aegon Targaryen before raping and murdering his mother, Princess Elia Martell.
The kennelmaster Clegane and Lord Tytos Lannister

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Sandor Clegane, known as the Hound, accompanies the royal party to Winterfell when King Robert Baratheon offers Lord Eddard Stark the position of Hand of the King. On the return journey, Sandor kills Mycah, the butcher's boy whom Prince Joffrey Baratheon claims struck him.

At the Tourney of the Hand, Sandor defends Ser Loras Tyrell against his brother Gregor Clegane when Gregor tries to kill Loras for riding a mare in heat. In gratitude, Loras cedes the final round and the tourney purse to Sandor.

Gregor begins what comes to be known as the War of the Five Kings by raiding the Riverlands, slaughtering the smallfolk of Sherrer, Wendish Town, and the Mummer's Ford. In retribution, Lord Beric Dondarrion is sent to kill Gregor, who ambushes Beric's party in the Battle at the Mummer's Ford. Gregor also attacks Stone Hedge.

Gregor commands the left and the vanguard of the Lannister army at the Battle of the Green Fork.

After the dismissal of Ser Barristan Selmy, Sandor is made a brother of Joffrey's Kingsguard, though he refuses to take a knight's vows.

A Clash of Kings

Gregor and his troops perpetrate the Sack of Darry. The Mountain's men capture Arya Stark and her companions, although they are not aware of her identity. Gregor skirmishes continuously with Beric Dondarrion's brotherhood without banners.

Joffrey's sending the Hound against the crowd sparks the Riot of King's Landing. Sandor is at first thought dead along with Sansa Stark, but he returns with the girl in tow.

Gregor makes progress during the Battle of the Fords, but he is thrown back by Ser Edmure Tully at the Stone Mill.

During the Battle of the Blackwater, Sandor flees the wildfire-covered battlefield. He offers to take Sansa from the Red Keep, but she refuses to leave.

A Storm of Swords

When Randyll Tarly repulses the northmen during the Battle of Duskendale, their retreat is cut off by Ser Gregor's forces. When Lord Roose Bolton leaves Harrenhal to march north to the Twins for the wedding of Lord Edmure Tully, Gregor leads the retaking of Harrenhal. He then attacks Roose's rearguard in the Battle of the Ruby Ford.

Sandor is caught by the brotherhood without banners and brought to the hollow hill. He defeats Beric Dondarrion in a trial by combat and is allowed to leave. Sandor later captures Arya Stark and intends to ransom her to her brother, King Robb Stark, at the Twins, but his efforts are ruined by the Red Wedding. He then tries to ransom Arya to her aunt, Lady Lysa Arryn, at the Eyrie, but they are unable to pass the Mountains of the Moon. Injuries that Sandor receives in fighting Polliver and the Tickler at the inn at the crossroads later become infected; Arya refuses him "the gift of mercy" and leaves him to die near Saltpans.

In Tyrion Lannister's trial by combat for the murder of King Joffrey Baratheon, Gregor is named the royal champion. Against him stands Prince Oberyn Martell, brother of the princess he slew during Robert's Rebellion, Elia Martell. Gregor barely manages to defeat Oberyn.

A Feast for Crows

Gregor suffers a tortuous death from the poison the Red Viper had used during their duel.

The Elder Brother of the Quiet Isle tells Brienne of Tarth that the Hound is dead and that he buried his helm, although Brienne sees a large gravedigger on the isle.

Sandor is charged with the murder of an old septon and a young girl pledged to the Faith of the Seven during the sack of Saltpans. However, it was actually Rorge wearing Sandor's hound helm. After Rorge and Biter are killed at the crossroads, Lem takes the helm.

A Dance with Dragons

Gregor's head is sent to Prince Doran Martell of Dorne.

House Clegane at the end of the third century

Artist’s impression of the unnamed Clegane daughter – by Heliotropa ©

The known Cleganes during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Founder of House Clegane
Unknown Clegane
Gregor "the Mountain"
Sandor "the Hound"
Unknown daughter

The Mountain's men

Gregor's men are known as the Mountain's men and include:

The three dogs that died saving Lord Tytos Lannister - by Heliotropa ©

References and Notes

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