|Title|| Lord of Storm's End|
Master of laws
King of the Seven Kingdoms
|Born||In 277 AC|
|Died||In 299 AC, at Near Storm's End|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (Appears)|
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
|Played by||Gethin Anthony|
|TV series||Season 1 | Season 2|
Renly Baratheon is the Lord of Storm's End and the younger brother of King Robert and Lord Stannis Baratheon, all sons of Steffon Baratheon and Cassana Estermont. He also serves as master of laws on Robert's small council. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones Renly is played by Gethin Anthony.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Renly Baratheon
Renly is a handsome and charismatic man, winning friends easily, but also strikes some people as frivolous. Renly enjoys tournaments and hunting but isn't driven by the passion for food, drink, or wenching, as Robert Baratheon came to be.
He is twenty-one years old, tall, handsome man with black hair falling to his shoulders. He is thought to look eerily similar to a young Robert Baratheon, though several inches shorter, and far less muscular. Though in A Game of Thrones he is said to wear green to match his eyes, he is later described as having blue eyes. He wears a suit of enameled green armor with a helm that had a pair of golden antlers. He keeps his body trim and his thick, jet-black hair long but always neatly combed. He prefers to be clean-shaven.
Unbeknownst to the realm at large, and despite the many women who are attracted to him, Renly is homosexual. Although this is never explicitly stated, there are a number of oblique references that imply those who are close to him are aware of Renly's orientation and, more, that he and Loras Tyrell are involved. When Stannis and Renly are trading barbs in anticipation of battle, Stannis calls Renly's wedding to Margaery Tyrell a "mummer's farce" and in response to Renly's comment, "You'll be pleased to know she came to me a maid," Stannis replies, "In your bed she's like to die that way." When Jaime stops Loras from confronting Brienne, he threatens Loras: "Now sheathe your bloody sword, or I'll take it from you and shove it up some place even Renly never found." While contemplating Margaery's maidenhood, Cersei reflects on Margaery's marriage to Renly: "A man may prefer the taste of hippocras, yet if you set a tankard of ale before him, he will quaff it quick enough;" the implication being that although Renly prefers the company of men, he may nonetheless have bedded Margarey because she was available. According to Loras, although Renly disdained too much book learning, he owned books with "drawings that would turn a septon blind", implying some kind of pornography.
Renly was born the youngest son of three to Steffon Baratheon and Cassana Estermont. During Robert's Rebellion, Renly was a child, and was kept safe and secure to ensure he was not taken hostage. He spent the Siege of Storm's End in the castle, and was witness to the desperation of the starving garrison.
Though Renly is Robert's youngest brother, Robert gave the Baratheon seat of Storm's End to him rather than Stannis, who was given Dragonstone instead. During the Targaryen dynasty, the seat of Dragonstone was given to the heir to the Iron Throne. Stannis conquered the island, but not before Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen escaped, which angered Robert. The lands of Storm's End are considerably larger and richer than those of Dragonstone, giving Renly more power than his older brother.
During his time in Storm's End, Renly took Loras Tyrell as a squire, with whom he forged a close relationship. Although, not explicitly stated, it is strongly implied that Renly and Loras were lovers.
Some time after he became a man, Renly was named to the small council as master of laws. While at court, his castellan at Storm's End was Ser Cortnay Penrose, who was also responsible for rearing Robert's bastard son, Edric Storm. Brella ran Renly's household in King's Landing.
A Game of Thrones
While Robert's procession is returning from Winterfell, Renly meets up with them, accompanied by Ser Barristan Selmy, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, and the King's Justice, Ser Ilyn Payne. Deeply amused by Prince Joffrey Baratheon's accusations against Arya Stark's direwolf Nymeria, Renly is forced to leave the room, laughing at the thought of Joffrey being disarmed and beaten by a girl smaller and younger than him.
Renly performs well in the Hand's tourney, losing to the Hound, Sandor Clegane. Renly is quite popular with the smallfolk due to his good looks, friendly ways and charisma. Renly shows Lord Eddard Stark a painted portrait of Margaery Tyrell and asks if she looks like Lyanna Stark; Eddard is puzzled by this but states the girl looks nothing like Lyanna. Renly and Loras Tyrell want Robert to take Loras's sister, Margaery Tyrell, as his new queen and they think if Margaery looks like Lyanna it would make the plan easier.
Renly joins his brother Robert on his ill-fated hunting expedition in the kingswood. While Robert lies dying, Renly approaches Eddard and suggests they seize control of the royal children before Queen Cersei Lannister can strike. Eddard refuses the offer, and Renly flees the city along with Loras Tyrell.
A Clash of Kings
After Robert's death, through his charisma and familiarity with his Stormlands bannermen, Renly manages to win support from many houses, despite his elder brother Stannis Baratheon having the better claim. Renly also wins the support of the powerful Tyrells and many of their bannermen through a secret love affair with Loras and a marriage to his sister Margaery. Renly crowns himself King of the Seven Kingdoms at Highgarden, with his claim to the Iron Throne backed by the largest army in the War of the Five Kings.
Renly spends a great deal of time moving through the south, gaining support and men while waiting for the right moment to strike. He hosts tourneys for his men, including a great melee at Bitterbridge, and blocks the food supply to King's Landing, causing the capital to suffer starvation. All the while he waits for the Lannister and Starks to wear each other down. Brienne of Tarth, who is infatuated with Renly, joins the Rainbow Guard to be close to him.
Renly's plan goes awry, however, when Stannis besieges Storm's End, forcing Renly to respond. The northern envoy, Catelyn Stark, convinces the men to parley, but Renly makes light of the situation, refusing to back down from his claim and advising his older brother to give up and eat a peach. While preparing for battle with his brother's forces the next dawn, Renly is slain by an animated shadow conjured by his brother's sorceress adviser, Melisandre. Loras's brother, Ser Garlan Tyrell, later wears Renly's armor in the Battle of the Blackwater to make it appear that Renly's ghost has returned for vengeance against the kinslaying Stannis.
A Storm of Swords
Following King Joffrey Baratheon's wedding to Margaery, Hamish the Harper performs "Lord Renly's Ride" during the wedding feast. Hamish sings of Renly's ghost defending the realm from Stannis and returning to Highgarden to see his true love's face one last time, which brings tears to Margaery's eyes.
A Feast for Crows
Quotes by Renly
|“||Renly: Give me an hour and I could put a hundred swords at your command.
Eddard: And what should I do with a hundred swords, my lord?
- Renly and Eddard Stark
|“||Renly: Every moment you delay gives Cersei another moment to prepare. By the time Robert dies, it may be too late ... for both of us.
– Renly and Eddard Stark
|“||Renly: I propose that you dismount, bend your knee, and swear me your allegiance.
Stannis: That you shall never have.
– Renly and Stannis Baratheon
|“||Stannis: Do you think a few bolts of cloth will make you king?
Renly: Tyrell swords will make me king. Rowan and Tarly and Caron will make me king, with axe and mace and warhammer. Tarth arrows and Penrose lances, Fossoway, Cuy, Mullendore, Estermont, Selmy, Hightower, Oakheart, Crane, Caswell, Blackbar, Morrigen, Beesbury, Shermer, Dunn, Footly . . . even House Florent, your own wife’s brothers and uncles, they will make me king. All the chivalry of the south rides with me, and that is the least part of my power. My foot is coming behind, a hundred thousand swords and spears and pikes. And you will destroy me? With what, pray? That paltry rabble I see there huddled under the castle walls? I’ll call them five thousand and be generous, codfish lords and onion knights and sellswords. Half of them are like to come over to me before the battle starts. You have fewer than four hundred horse, my scouts tell me-freeriders in boiled leather who will not stand an instant against armored lances. I do not care how seasoned a warrior you think you are, Stannis, that host of yours won’t survive the first charge of my vanguard.
– Renly and Stannis Baratheon
|“||Why the oldest son, and not the best-fitted? The crown will suit me, as it never suited Robert and would not suit Stannis.||”|
– Renly, to Catelyn Tully
Quotes about Renly
|“||The bold little boy with wild black hair and laughing eyes was a man grown now, one-and-twenty, and still he played his games. "Look at me, I’m a king," Cressen thought sadly. Oh, Renly, Renly, dear sweet child, do you know what you are doing? And would you care if you did? is there anyone who cares for him but me?||”|
– Cressen's thoughts
|“||What has Renly ever done to earn a throne? He sits in council and jests with Littlefinger, and at tourneys he dons his splendid suit of armor and allows himself to be knocked off his horse by a better man. That is the sum of my brother Renly, who thinks he ought to be king.||”|
|“||The youngest of Lord Steffon's three sons had grown into a man bold but heedless, who acted from impulse rather than calculation. In that, as in so much else, Renly was like his brother Robert, and utterly unlike Stannis. ||”|
– Cressen's thoughts
|“||My brother is young and strong, and he has a vast host around him, and these rainbow knights of his.||”|
|“||Robert was the true steel. Stannis is pure iron, black and hard and strong, yes, but brittle, the way iron gets. He’ll break before he bends. And Renly, that one, he’s copper, bright and shiny, pretty to look at but not worth all that much at the end of the day.||”|
|“||He knew how to dress and he knew how to smile and he knew how to bathe, and somehow he got the notion that this made him fit to be king.||”|
|“||When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.||”|
|“||I will defend King Tommen with all my strength, I swear it. I will give my life for his if need be. But I will never betray Renly, by word or deed. He was the king that should have been. He was the best of them.||”|
|“||I would have given my life for King Renly, and died happy.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ See the Renly Baratheon calculation.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- ↑ HBO: Game of Thrones: cast and crew
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 3, Cersei.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 58, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 16, Eddard.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 32, Arya.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 62, Sansa.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei.
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 47, Eddard.
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 12, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne.
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen