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[[File:Tourney hbo.jpg|thumb|400px|Tourney ([[Game_of_Thrones|TV Series]])]]
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[[File:Marc Simonetti Tournament.jpg|A splendid tourney in [[King's Landing]] during the [[Targaryen]] era - by Marc Simonetti © |thumb|400px|right]]
[[File:Knight of the Flowers HBO.jpg|thumb|400px|Knight of the Flowers at the [[History of_Tourneys in_Westeros#The Hand's tourney|Hand's tourney]] ([[Game_of_Thrones|TV Series]])]]
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[[File:Mark_Evans_tourney.jpg|400px|thumb|[[Knight]]s jousting during a tourney - by Mark Evans. © Fantasy Flight Games]]
'''[[w:Tournament (medieval)|Tourney]]s''' play a central role in [[A Song of Ice and Fire]]. Large parts of the plot are arranged around a number of major tourneys, and stylistically, they are used as an evocative medieval [[w:Trope (literature)#Literary use|trope]].
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[[File:T Jedruszek jousting steedII.jpg|400px|thumb|Jousting helps hone a [[knight]]'s skills for battle. © Fantasy Flight Games]]
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[[File:Tourney hbo.jpg|thumb|400px|[[The Hand's tourney]] from ''[[Game of Thrones]].'']]
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A '''tourney''' is a [[w:Tournament (medieval)|tournament]] popular in the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. They play a central role in ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]''. Large parts of the plot are arranged around a number of major tourneys, and stylistically, they are used as an evocative medieval [[w:Trope (literature)#Literary use|trope]].
  
 
==Significance==
 
==Significance==
  
The continent of [[Westeros]], where the largest parts of the books take place, has a culture and level of technology that is based on Northwestern Europe in the Middle Ages. The dozens of tournaments that are described or mentioned in the series are important social events, and form the background of many of the major plot developments. For the knights, the tourney outcomes are an important part of their personal history.
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The continent of [[Westeros]], where the largest parts of the books take place, has a culture and level of technology that is based on Northwestern Europe in the Middle Ages. The dozens of tourneys that are described or mentioned in the series are important social events, and form the background of many of the major plot developments. For the [[knight]]s, the tourney outcomes are an important part of their personal history.
  
[[George R. R. Martin|Martin]]'s descriptions of these tournament vary wildly. Some, like the [[Tourney of the Hand|Hand's tourney]] in [[A Game of Thrones]] or the [[Ashford tourney]] in [[The Hedge Knight]] are part of the basic plot, and narrated first hand. Martin describes their spectacular pageantry in vivid detail that is characteristic of his style in [[A Song of Ice and Fire]], often mentioning of the heraldry and the armour of individual entrants, and the results of every tilt. Other tourneys of pivotal significance, like the [[#Harrenhal Tourney|Harrenhal Tourney]], are described piecemeal in flashbacks by various characters, and the reader must assemble the information from numerous small fragments.
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[[George R. R. Martin]]'s descriptions of these tourneys vary wildly. Some, like [[the Hand's tourney]] in ''[[A Game of Thrones]]'' or the [[tourney at Ashford Meadow]] in ''[[The Hedge Knight]]'' are part of the basic plot and are narrated first hand. Martin describes their pageantry in detail that is characteristic of his style in ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'', often mentioning the heraldry and the armour of individual entrants and the results of every tilt. Other tourneys of pivotal significance, like the [[tourney at Harrenhal]], are described piecemeal in flashbacks by various characters, and the reader must assemble the information from numerous small fragments.
  
 
==Formats and rules==
 
==Formats and rules==
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Tourneys in Westeros vary according to the region in which the tourney is held, the desires of the hosting [[lord]], and the rules devised by the lord's master of the games.<ref name=TR>So Spake Martin: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Tourney_Rules Tourney Rules], April 29, 1999</ref> They may be held to celebrate a [[marriage]], such as the [[War for the White Cloaks]] at the [[Golden Wedding]].{{ref|FAB|The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC}} Many forms of competition are known, including [[w:jousting|jousting]] (also called the lists), mock battles between teams of knights, archery competitions, or the [[w:melee|melee]], in which many warriors fight individually in one large battle. Tourneys can be small events focusing on one competition held on a single day, or they can be large events that take several days and may include several different competitions.
  
The central event of most Westerosi tournaments is [[w:jousting|jousting]], where two armored knights aim to knock each other off their mounts with a [[w:jousting lance|jousting lance]], continuing on foot with a variety of blunted weapons. However, many forms of tournaments are known, including mock battles between teams of knights, archery competitions or mêlées, where many warriors fight individually in one large battle. Many tournaments are large events that take several days and may include several different competitions.
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The central event of many Westerosi tourneys is jousting, in which two armored knights aim to knock each other off their mounts with a [[w:jousting lance|jousting lance]], continuing on foot with a variety of blunted weapons. The loser of a joust must often forfeit his horse and armour to the winner, thus jeopardizing a considerable part of his possessions.
  
Many tournaments pit pairs of warriors in rounds, where the loser is eliminated and the winner proceeds to the next round. The winner of the last round is declared champion. This is similar to how many tournaments in real life were performed, with exception of the best-of-three rule; ''see [[w:jousting|jousting]]''. Another popular format was used at Ashford. This type of tournament starts with five champions who defend the honor of a woman, often a daughter of the Lord who arranges the tournament. Other participants can challenge one of the champions to a joust, and if successful take his place. At the end of the tournament, the five remaining champions either confirm the original Queen of Love and Beauty, or chose a new.
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Many tourneys pit pairs of warriors in rounds, where the loser is eliminated and the winner proceeds to the next round. The winner of the last round is declared champion. This is similar to how many tournaments in real life were performed, with exception of the best-of-three rule. Some ladies allow contestants to wear their favors during a tourney. The [[queen of love and beauty]] can be chosen from the ladies by the competition's victor.
  
In many tournaments, the loser of a joust forfeits his horse and armour to the winner, thus jeopardizing a considerable part of his possessions.
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Another format was used at Ashford Meadow. This type of tourney starts with five champions who defend the honor of a woman, often a daughter of the lord who arranges the tournament. Other participants can challenge one of the champions to a joust, and if successful take his place. At the end of the tourney, the five remaining champions either confirm the original queen of love and beauty, or chose a new one.{{ref|THK}}
 
 
Some Westerosi tournaments are open only to anointed knights, whose privileges are jealously guarded; this forms an important plot element in [[The Hedge Knight]]. Indeed, tournament culture is closely connected to chivalric tradition and its spiritual basis, the Andal Faith in the Seven Gods. These traditions dominate southern and central Westeros, and are uncommon in the North, where many follow the old gods. However, the rules for entering tournaments vary with time and place, and there have been many events where freeriders, squires, or followers of the old gods have entered the lists.
 
  
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Some Westerosi tourneys are open only to anointed knights, whose privileges are jealously guarded; this forms an important plot element in ''[[The Hedge Knight]]''. Indeed, tourney culture is closely connected to chivalric tradition and its spiritual basis, the [[Andals]]' [[Faith of the Seven]]. These traditions dominate southern and central Westeros, especially in the [[Reach]], but they are uncommon in the [[North]], where many follow the [[old gods]]. However, the rules for entering tourneys vary with time and place, and there have been many events where [[freerider]]s, squires, or followers of the old gods have entered the lists.<ref name=TR/>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
[[History of Tourneys in Westeros]], for listing of all known Tourneys in Westeros.
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Latest revision as of 09:03, 28 January 2019

A splendid tourney in King's Landing during the Targaryen era - by Marc Simonetti ©
Knights jousting during a tourney - by Mark Evans. © Fantasy Flight Games
Jousting helps hone a knight's skills for battle. © Fantasy Flight Games

A tourney is a tournament popular in the Seven Kingdoms. They play a central role in A Song of Ice and Fire. Large parts of the plot are arranged around a number of major tourneys, and stylistically, they are used as an evocative medieval trope.

Significance

The continent of Westeros, where the largest parts of the books take place, has a culture and level of technology that is based on Northwestern Europe in the Middle Ages. The dozens of tourneys that are described or mentioned in the series are important social events, and form the background of many of the major plot developments. For the knights, the tourney outcomes are an important part of their personal history.

George R. R. Martin's descriptions of these tourneys vary wildly. Some, like the Hand's tourney in A Game of Thrones or the tourney at Ashford Meadow in The Hedge Knight are part of the basic plot and are narrated first hand. Martin describes their pageantry in detail that is characteristic of his style in A Song of Ice and Fire, often mentioning the heraldry and the armour of individual entrants and the results of every tilt. Other tourneys of pivotal significance, like the tourney at Harrenhal, are described piecemeal in flashbacks by various characters, and the reader must assemble the information from numerous small fragments.

Formats and rules

Tourneys in Westeros vary according to the region in which the tourney is held, the desires of the hosting lord, and the rules devised by the lord's master of the games.[1] They may be held to celebrate a marriage, such as the War for the White Cloaks at the Golden Wedding.[2] Many forms of competition are known, including jousting (also called the lists), mock battles between teams of knights, archery competitions, or the melee, in which many warriors fight individually in one large battle. Tourneys can be small events focusing on one competition held on a single day, or they can be large events that take several days and may include several different competitions.

The central event of many Westerosi tourneys is jousting, in which two armored knights aim to knock each other off their mounts with a jousting lance, continuing on foot with a variety of blunted weapons. The loser of a joust must often forfeit his horse and armour to the winner, thus jeopardizing a considerable part of his possessions.

Many tourneys pit pairs of warriors in rounds, where the loser is eliminated and the winner proceeds to the next round. The winner of the last round is declared champion. This is similar to how many tournaments in real life were performed, with exception of the best-of-three rule. Some ladies allow contestants to wear their favors during a tourney. The queen of love and beauty can be chosen from the ladies by the competition's victor.

Another format was used at Ashford Meadow. This type of tourney starts with five champions who defend the honor of a woman, often a daughter of the lord who arranges the tournament. Other participants can challenge one of the champions to a joust, and if successful take his place. At the end of the tourney, the five remaining champions either confirm the original queen of love and beauty, or chose a new one.[3]

Some Westerosi tourneys are open only to anointed knights, whose privileges are jealously guarded; this forms an important plot element in The Hedge Knight. Indeed, tourney culture is closely connected to chivalric tradition and its spiritual basis, the Andals' Faith of the Seven. These traditions dominate southern and central Westeros, especially in the Reach, but they are uncommon in the North, where many follow the old gods. However, the rules for entering tourneys vary with time and place, and there have been many events where freeriders, squires, or followers of the old gods have entered the lists.[1]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 So Spake Martin: Tourney Rules, April 29, 1999
  2. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  3. The Hedge Knight.

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