Hand's tourney

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Thoros of Myr is victorious in the melee.
Art by Jason Engle, © Fantasy Flight Games
The Tourney of the Hand, as depicted in the TV series.
He took the victory, and the champion's purse, and, for perhaps the first time in his life, the love of the commons. © FFG

The Hand's tourney[1][2][3] is held in King's Landing to celebrate the naming of Eddard Stark as Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon. The tournament contests of a joust, melee and archery contest. The prizes are 40,000 gold dragons for the winner of the joust, 20,000 dragons for the runner-up of the joust, 20,000 dragons to the winner of the melee and 10,000 to the winner of the archery contest. Eddard disapproves of the high winnings commanded by Robert.[4] The surrounding roads, inns[5] and the city[1] become busy.




  • Sandor Clegane is supposed to face Ser Loras Tyrell in the final tilt, but Loras, in gratitude to the Hound for saving his life from his brother Gregor, yields the match.[2]

Archery Competition

Anguy of the Dornish Marches defeats Ser Balon Swann and Prince Jalabhar Xho at a hundred paces after all other competitors are defeated at shorter ranges.[6]


Thoros of Myr wins the mêlée after a brutal three-hour fight against nearly forty other competitors. His flaming sword tends to frighten the mounts of the other competitors.[6]

Other Attendees

Patrek Mallister, Ser Hosteen Frey, Ser Danwell Frey, Ser Theo Frey, Ser Perwyn Frey, Ser Emmon Frey, Ser Jared Frey, Martyn Rivers, Ser Hobber Redwyne, Lord Yohn Royce, Joss Stilwood



As if the expense and trouble were not irksome enough, all and sundry insisted on salting Ned's wound by calling it "the Hand's tourney," as if he were the cause of it. And Robert honestly seemed to think he should feel honored![1]
- thoughts of Eddard Stark
High lords and fabled champions had come from all over the realm to compete, and the whole city had turned out to watch. [...] The days had rung to the sounds of trumpets and pounding hooves, and the nights had been full of feasts and song.
The splendor of it all took Sansa's breath away; the shining armor, the great chargers caparisoned in silver and gold, the shouts of the crowd, the banners snapping in the wind... and the knights themselves, the knights most of all. "It's better than the songs."[2]
- Sansa Stark

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