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Dagmer Cleftjaw, by Rafal Hrynkiewicz © Fantasy Flight Games.

Alias Dagmer Cleftjaw
Title Captain of Foamdrinker
Allegiance House Greyjoy
Culture Ironborn
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appendix)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Played by Ralph Ineson
TV series Season 2

Dagmer, better known as Dagmer Cleftjaw, is the ironborn captain of the longship Foamdrinker and the master-at-arms for House Greyjoy of Pyke.[1] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Ralph Ineson.

Character and Appearance

See also: Images of Dagmer

Dagmer has snow white hair and a hideous scar. A longaxe blow had nearly killed him as a child, splintering his jaw, smashing his front teeth and leaving him four lips instead of two. He has a shaggy beard, but the hair does not grow where the scar is. Dagmer wears many rings, gold and silver and bronze, set with sapphire and garnet and dragonglass, all of which he won by the iron price.[2]

Dagmer is proud but not prickly. He often smiles to show approval.[2]


In his youth, Dagmer Cleftjaw was the most dreaded warrior of the Iron Islands. Dagmer once spent a summer reaving in the Stepstones with a young Balon Greyjoy.[3] Dagmer trained Balon's son Theon Greyjoy in arms, riding, and boatmanship.[2] Theon gets on well with the old raider,[4] whom he calls "Uncle" on account of his having a female Greyjoy ancestor four or five generations back.[2]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Dagmer Cleftjaw leading a large crew of House Greyjoy warriors, by Tomasz Jedruszek © Fantasy Flight Games

Lord Balon Greyjoy sends Dagmer to Old Wyk to raise the Stonehouses and the Drumms.[4] After Dagmer successfully raises the houses, he is ordered to accompany Balon's son, Theon, and Balon's brother, Aeron, during the harrying of the Stony Shore.[5] When Theon attacks a northern village, Dagmer laughs and obeys when Theon orders him to stay behind and defend the eight longships.[2]

When Theon returns from the scene of the massacre, he convinces Dagmer to follow his plan to take Winterfell, playing on the old reaver's lust for glory. Aeron will take six ships, excepting Theon's Sea Bitch and Dagmer's Foamdrinker, and continue raiding the coast of the north. Dagmer is to attack Torrhen's Square and draw out the garrison from Winterfell when its castellan, Ser Rodrik Cassel, learns of the fearsome ironborn warrior. Dagmer objects that sieges are not the Old Way and he would have not enough men to storm Torrhen's Square or defeat Rodrik's garrison, but Theon says he intends to slip in and take the under-manned Winterfell while the garrison is away.[2]

Dagmer loses the fight at Torrhen's Square and leads the survivors back to the Stony Shore,[6] but his distraction of Rodrik allows Theon to seize Winterfell.[6]

A Storm of Swords

At some point after Rodrik and Leobald Tallhart, the castellan of Torrhen's Square, depart to retake Winterfell, Dagmer returns and his ironmen take the sparsely defended keep at Torrhen's Square.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

Dagmer continues to hold Torrhen's Square with his force of ironborn.[8]

Quotes by Dagmer

The day is won, and yet you do not smile, boy. The living should smile, for the dead cannot.[2]
– Dagmer to Theon Greyjoy

These old knights are more cunning than you think, or they would never have lived to see their first grey hair.[2]
– Dagmer to Theon Greyjoy

Quotes about Dagmer

He gave me more smiles than my father and Eddard Stark together.[2]
Theon Greyjoy's thoughts

His hair is white and his teeth are rotten, but he still has a taste for glory.[2]
Theon Greyjoy's thoughts

If I had a man like you in my service, I should not waste him on this child's business of harrying and burning. This is no work for Lord Balon's best man …[2]
Theon Greyjoy to Dagmer

References and Notes

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