History of tourneys in Westeros

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This article lists the history of known tourneys in Westeros. The ordering below is roughly chronological. The dates are given in years after Aegon's Conquest (AC).


Legendary tourneys

The first tourney in Westeros is said to have been held in the Reach. According to legend, fifty lords competed for the hand of Maris the Maid, a daughter of Garth Greenhand. Argoth Stone-Skin is said to have won the tourney, but Maris wed Uthor of the High Tower before Argoth could claim her.[1]

Loreon II Lannister, King of the Rock, is said to have held and been undefeated in the first tourney in the westerlands.[2]

Royal tourney of 28 AC

Date: 28 AC[3]

Tourney of the Field of Roses

House Tyrell held this tourney during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. It was regarded as the finest tournament in a generation.[4]

Tourney to celebrate the fiftieth year of King Jaehaerys's reign

Date: 98 AC[5]

Tourney for King Viserys I's accession

Date: 104 AC, Main article: Tourney for King Viserys I's accession[6]

At Maidenpool, Criston Cole gave the melee victor's laurel to Rhaenyra Targaryen, who gave him her favor for the joust.



Great tourney on the fifth anniversary of King Viserys I and Queen Alicent's marriage

Date: 111 AC[7][6]

During this tourney, Queen Alicent dressed in green, whilst Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen dressed in black, creating the origin of the names greens and blacks for respective parties.[7] Prince Daemon Targaryen returned to King's Landing during this tourney from his wars at the Stepstones to swear fealty to his brother, King Viserys I Targaryen.[6]

Tourney at King's Landing for the wedding of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Ser Laenor Velaryon

Date: 114 AC[6]

Other participants:

Mêlée at Last Hearth

Date: 170 AC, Main article: Mêlée at Last Hearth[8]

This mêlée is known for having 18 men killed and 27 maimed during its proceedings.[8]

Unnamed tourney

Tourney at Lannisport

Princess Daenerys's wedding tourney

Date: 187 AC[11]

Tourney at King's Landing

Date: 193 AC[10]

Hastilude for Lord Baratheon's grandson

Date: 200 AC[10]

Tourney at King's Landing

Date: 206 AC[10]

Reigniting the age-old feud between houses Blackwood and Bracken, Ser Otho "the Brute of Bracken" slew Lord Blackwood at this tourney, smashing his helm and face with a blow from a blunted longaxe.

Tourney at Maidenpool

Date: 207 AC, Main article: Tourney at Maidenpool[10]

Melee champion: Humfrey Hardyng

  • Humfrey Hardyng defeated Donnel of Duskendale
  • Humfrey Hardyng defeated Lord Royce
  • Humfrey Hardyng defeated Lord Arryn

Tourney at Ashford Meadow

Date: 209 AC, Main article: Tourney at Ashford Meadow[10]

The Ashford tourney provides the setting for The Hedge Knight and is presented in great detail in the short story, as well as in a graphic novel adaptation. The tournament was arranged by Lord Ashford in honour of his daughter, who reigned as queen of love and beauty and was defended by five champions. The outcome of the tournament is unknown to us, and the event itself came to be overshadowed by the trial of seven that developed out of a confrontation between Duncan the Tall and Prince Aerion Brightflame, resulting in the death of Crown Prince Baelor Targaryen.

Wedding tourney at Whitewalls

Date: 211 AC, Main article: Wedding tourney at Whitewalls[12]

The tourney at Whitewalls provides the setting for The Mystery Knight and the Second Blackfyre Rebellion. It was arranged by Lord Ambrose Butterwell to celebrate his second marriage, to a daughter of House Frey. The format was a standard knock-out tournament; only few outcomes are known to us, and the tourney was aborted prematurely when an army led by Brynden Rivers surrounded Whitewalls. Two knights entered the lists under false names: Duncan the Tall as the mystery “Gallows Knight,” Daemon II Blackfyre as “John the Fiddler.”

Tourney at Blackhaven

Date: 246 AC/247 AC

This tournament is notable as the first appearance of Barristan Selmy. Selmy, then a squire of ten years, acquired a suit of armor and entered the lists as a mystery knight. He jousted well until being defeated by Duncan Targaryen and unmasked. He was dubbed Barristan the Bold for his deeds that day.

Winter Tourney at King's Landing

Date: 252 AC/253 AC

King Aegon V Targaryen knighted the 16-year-old Barristan Selmy for his great acts of prowess at this event.

Tourney of the Silver Bridge

Only Ser Barristan's entry in the White Book tells of this tourney. He defended the passage against all comers.

Champion: Barristan Selmy

Tourney at Maidenpool

Champion: Barristan Selmy

Oldtown tourney

  • Barristan Selmy defeated Blackshield, unmasking the mystery knight and revealing him to be the Bastard of Uplands

Unknown tourney

Champion: Denys Mallister.

Unknown tourney

Date: prior to 267 AC

Anniversary Tourney

Date: 272 AC, Main article: Anniversary Tourney

Tywin Lannister hosted a tourney at King's Landing to celebrate the tenth year of King Aerys II Targaryen's reign.[13]

Tournament in honor of Viserys's birth

Date: 276 AC, Main article: Tournament in honor of Viserys's birth

Champion: Ser Arthur Dayne

Tywin Lannister held a tourney at Lannisport to honor the birth of Prince Viserys Targaryen. King Aerys II Targaryen refused Tywin's offer to marry Prince Rhaegar Targaryen to Cersei Lannister.[14][13]

Tourney at Storm's End

Date: between 276 AC and 281 AC, Main article: Tourney at Storm's End

The information about this tourney is problematic because some details in A Storm of Swords conflict. In response, George R. R. Martin suggested that the outlaw Simon Toyne was already dead by this time and the elderly Ser Barristan misremembered.[15]

Champion: Barristan Selmy [16]

Unnamed melee

Date: 279 AC

This may have been a squires-only melee.

Great tourney at Harrenhal

Date: 281 AC, Main article: Tourney at Harrenhal

Possibly the most pivotal event prior to A Song of Ice and Fire, this tourney took place more than a decade before the events in A Game of Thrones, and few details have been disclosed so far. The tourney was held by Lord Walter Whent in honor of his daughter and to show off his house's power; it was the greatest tourney of its time and perhaps ever. Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was champion, and in the end chose Lyanna Stark as queen of love and beauty. This was scandalous in that, not only was Rhaegar already married (to Elia Martell), but Lyanna herself was betrothed to Robert Baratheon. Rhaegar's indiscretion culminated in his abduction of Lyanna a year later, which touched off the War of the Usurper and brought an end to Targaryen rule. Also at this occasion, fifteen-year-old Jaime Lannister was admitted into the order of the Kingsguard, and a mystery knight, the "Knight of the Laughing Tree", appeared in the lists to fight for the honor of Howland Reed of Greywater Watch.

Joust : Champion: Rhaegar Targaryen.

  • Unknown jousters defeated the four sons of Lord Walter Whent of Harrenhal
  • Unknown defeated Oswell Whent
  • The Knight of the Laughing Tree defeated a member of House Haigh
  • The Knight of the Laughing Tree defeated a member of House Blount
  • The Knight of the Laughing Tree defeated a member of House Frey
  • Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Yohn Royce
  • Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Brandon Stark
  • Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Arthur Dayne
  • Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Barristan Selmy

Melee :

King Robert's wedding

Date: 284 AC

A tourney was held in celebration of King Robert I Baratheon's marriage to Cersei Lannister.

Champion: Jaime Lannister

Unnamed tourney

Date: Between 285 AC and 290 AC

Tourney in celebration of Balon Greyjoy's defeat

Date: 289 AC, Main article: Tourney at Lannisport

After King Robert's forces defeated Greyjoy's Rebellion, a tourney was arranged in celebration at nearby Lannisport. Jorah Mormont, recently knighted for his valorous acts in the final battle at Pyke, won the tournament and with it the hand of Lynesse Hightower, whose favor he wore.[17]

Champion: Jorah Mormont

  • Also jousting: Lynesse's brothers

Unnamed tourney in King's Landing

Date: 294 AC

Champion: Barristan Selmy[18] (aged 57)[19]

Unnamed tourney

Date: 297 AC

Tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day

Date: 298 AC, Main article: Tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day

Champion: Loras Tyrell

The Hand's tourney

Date: 298 AC, Main article: Hand's tourney

This tourney is described in great detail over a number of chapters in A Game of Thrones. It is held at King's Landing in honor of Eddard Stark, the newly appointed Hand of King Robert I Baratheon. It includes an archery tournament, a melee, and a round-based jousting competition. The jousting competition ends when Gregor Clegane attacks Loras Tyrell after their tilt. Sandor Clegane steps in and saves Loras's life, fighting his own brother to an impasse. After Robert puts a stop to the fighting, Loras yields the final tilt to Sandor in gratitude.

Champion: Sandor Clegane

  • Jory Cassel defeats a member of House Frey
  • Jory Cassel defeats Horas Redwyne
  • Lothor Brune jousts Jory Cassel. After three tilts Lothor is awarded the victory.
  • Meryn Trant defeats Harwin of Winterfell
  • Balon Swann defeats Alyn of Winterfell
  • Jaime Lannister defeats Andar Royce
  • Jaime Lannister defeats Bryce Caron
  • Jaime Lannister defeats Barristan Selmy
  • Gregor Clegane defeats Hugh of the Vale, killing him in the process
  • Gregor Clegane defeats Balon Swann
  • Beric Dondarrion defeats a hedge knight in checkers, after the knight disgraces himself
  • Thoros of Myr defeats Beric Dondarrion
  • Aron Santagar jousts against Lothor Brune, but after 3 tilts they were awarded a draw
  • Jason Mallister defeats Aron Santagar
  • Robar Royce defeats Lothor Brune
  • Loras Tyrell defeats Meryn Trant
  • Loras Tyrell defeats another knight of the Kingsguard
  • Loras Tyrell defeats a third knight of the Kingsguard
  • Loras Tyrell defeats Robar Royce
  • Loras Tyrell defeats Gregor Clegane in the semi-final tilt. Loras rides a mare in heat that distracts Gregor's stallion.
  • Sandor Clegane defeats Renly Baratheon
  • Sandor Clegane defeats Jaime Lannister in the semi-final tilt
  • Sandor Clegane defeats Loras Tyrell in the final tilt, as Loras yielded the match

Other participants: Yohn Royce, Hobber Redwyne, Patrek Mallister, Jared Frey, Hosteen Frey, Danwell Frey, Emmon Frey, Theo Frey, Perwyn Frey, Martyn Rivers, Jalabhar Xho, Arys Oakheart, Mandon Moore, Preston Greenfield

Archery champion: Anguy the Archer, defeating Balon Swann and Jalabhar Xho at the final distance

Melee champion: Thoros of Myr

Tourney on King Joffrey's name day

Date: 299 AC, Main article: Tourney on King Joffrey's name day

This tourney happens in the first Sansa chapter of A Clash of Kings. It is held at King's Landing in honor of the young King Joffrey I Baratheon. It is called off prematurely by the king after the Ser Dontos Hollard shames himself by appearing drunk.

Melee at Bitterbridge

Date: 299 AC, Main article: Melee at Bitterbridge

Only the end of this event, a large melee of 116 knights, is described in the books, Chapter 22 in A Clash of Kings and Chapter 20 in A Feast for Crows. The tourney is arranged by the self-proclaimed King Renly Baratheon (younger brother of the late Robert I Baratheon) at Bitterbridge on his march towards King's Landing during the War of the Five Kings.

Champion: Brienne of Tarth.

Melee at Runestone

Date: 300 AC

This is a melee for squires only.


The remaining results cannot be tied to a specific event. These encounters may have happened at the same tourney or not.


  1. The World of Ice and Fire, The Reach: Garth Greenhand.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, The Westerlands.
  3. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, The Reach: Highgarden.
  5. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 The Rogue Prince.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Princess and the Queen.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The North.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 The Hedge Knight.
  11. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
  12. The Mystery Knight.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  14. 14.0 14.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
  15. So Spake Martin: Some Continuity Oddities, February 12, 2001
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  17. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  18. 18.0 18.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard V.
  19. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  20. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard

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