- 1 Significance
- 2 Formats and rules
- 3 Individual tourneys
- 3.1 Tourney at Lannisport
- 3.2 Tourney at King's Landing
- 3.3 Hastilude for Lord Baratheon's grandson
- 3.4 Tourney at King's Landing
- 3.5 Maidenpool tourney
- 3.6 Ashford tourney
- 3.7 Whitewalls Tourney
- 3.8 Tourney at Blackhaven
- 3.9 Winter Tourney at King's Landing
- 3.10 Tourney at Silver Bridge
- 3.11 Tourney at Maidenpool
- 3.12 Oldtown tourney
- 3.13 Tourney at Lannisport
- 3.14 Melee at ???
- 3.15 Tourney at Storm's End
- 3.16 The Great Harrenhal tourney
- 3.17 King Robert's wedding
- 3.18 Unnamed tourney
- 3.19 Tourney in celebration of Balon Greyjoy's defeat
- 3.20 Lord Mace Tyrell's name day Tourney
- 3.21 Unnamed tourney
- 3.22 Tourney for Prince Joffrey's 12th Name Day
- 3.23 The Hand's tourney
- 3.24 Tourney for King Joffrey's 13th name day
- 3.25 Bitterbridge tourney
- 3.26 Melee at Runestone
- 3.27 Miscellaneous results
- 4 References
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.
Martin's descriptions of these tournament vary wildly. Some, like the 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, are described piecemeal in flashbacks by various characters, and the reader must assemble the information from numerous small fragments.
Formats and rules
The central event of most Westerosi tournaments is jousting, where two armored knights aim to knock each other off their mounts with a 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.
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 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.
In many tournaments, the loser of a joust forfeits his horse and armour to the winner, thus jeopardizing a considerable part of his possessions.
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.
The ordering below is roughly chronological. The dates are given in years after Aegon's Landing (AL).
Tourney at Lannisport
Tourney at King's Landing
Date: 193 AL
Hastilude for Lord Baratheon's grandson
Date: 200 AL
Tourney at King's Landing
Date: 206 AL
Date: 208 AL
Mêlée champion: Humfrey Hardyng
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Donnel of Duskendale
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Lord Royce
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Lord Arryn
Date: 209 AL
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 by battle that developed out of a confrontation between Duncan the Tall and Prince Aerion Brightflame, resulting in the death of crown prince Baelor Breakspear.
- Tybolt Lannister defeated Androw Ashford (6 tilts)
- Lyonel Baratheon defeated Robert Ashford (10 tilts)
- Leo Tyrell defeated Lord Damon Lannister (3 tilts)
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Lord Medgar Tully (2 tilts)
- Valarr Targaryen defeated Abelar Hightower (2 tilts)
- Leo Tyrell defeated Pearse Caron
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Joseth Mallister
- Valarr Targaryen defeated Lord Gawen Swann (2 tilts)
- Tybolt Lannister defeated Jon Penrose
- Leo Tyrell defeated Robyn Rhysling (4 tilts)
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Humfrey Beesbury (13 tilts)
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Aerion Targaryen (by forfeit)
Date: ca. 212 AL
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 Bloodraven attacked Whitewalls. Two knights entered the lists under false names: Duncan the Tall as the mystery “Gallows Knight,” Daemon II Blackfyre as “John the Fiddler.”
- Franklyn Frey defeated Harbert Paege (5 tilts)
- Glendon Flowers defeated Argrave the Defiant (1 tilt)
- Joffrey Caswell defeated Kyle the Cat of Misty Moor (1 tilt)
- Uthor Underleaf defeated Duncan the Tall (1 tilt)
- Uthor Underleaf defeated Addam Frey
- Glendon Flowers defeated Alyn Cockshaw
- Daemon II Blackfyre defeated Franklyn Frey
- Glendon Flowers defeated Lord Costayne
- Glendon Flowers defeated Mortimer Boggs
- Tommard Heddle defeated Clarence Charlton
- Uthor Underleaf defeated Theomore Bulwer (5 tilts)
- Daemon II Blackfyre defeated Galtry the Green (10 tilts)
Tourney at Blackhaven
Date: 248 AL
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.
- Prince Duncan Targaryen defeated Barristan Selmy (mystery knight)
Winter Tourney at King's Landing
Date: 254 AL
Tourney at 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 (mêlée)
- Barristan Selmy defeated the Blackshield, unmasking the mystery knight and revealing him to be the Bastard of Uplands
Tourney at Lannisport
Date: ca. 276 AL
- Rhaegar Targaryen defeated two of Cersei Lannister's uncles and about a dozen of Tywin Lannister's jousters.
Melee at ???
Date: ca. 279 AL
This may have been a squires-only melee.
- Champion: Jaime Lannister
Tourney at Storm's End
The information about this tourney is problematic because some details in A Storm of Swords conflict. The author has confirmed that the outlaw Simon Toyne did not attend this tourney, he was dead at that time and the elderly Ser Barristan misremembered.
Champion: Barristan Selmy
- Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Oberyn Martell
- Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Arthur Dayne broke 12 lances (13 tilts)
- Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Steffon Baratheon
- Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Jason Mallister
- Barristan Selmy defeated Robert Baratheon
- Barristan Selmy defeated Oberyn Martell
- Barristan Selmy defeated Leyton Hightower
- Barristan Selmy defeated Jon Connington
- Barristan Selmy defeated Rhaegar Targaryen
The Great Harrenhal tourney
Date: 281 AL
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 only few details have been disclosed so far. The tourney was held by Lord 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 of Dorne), 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, 15-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 honour of Howland Reed of Greywater Watch.
Champion: Rhaegar Targaryen.
- Unknown jousters defeated the 4 sons of Lord Whent of Harrenhal
- 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
King Robert's wedding
Date: 284 AL
Champion: Jaime Lannister
Date: Between 285 and 290 AL
Tourney in celebration of Balon Greyjoy's defeat
Date: 289 AL.
After King Robert's forces defeated the rebel Balon Greyjoy, 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.
Champion: Jorah Mormont
- Jorah Mormont defeated Jason Mallister
- Jorah Mormont defeated Yohn Royce
- Jorah Mormont defeated Ryman Frey
- Jorah Mormont defeated Hosteen Frey
- Jorah Mormont defeated Lord Whent
- Jorah Mormont defeated Lyle Crakehall
- Jorah Mormont defeated Boros Blount
- Jorah Mormont defeated Jaime Lannister in the final tilt. After 9 broken lances, King Robert awarded Jorah the victory.
- Also jousting: Lynesse's brothers
Lord Mace Tyrell's name day Tourney
Date: ca 294 AL
Champion: William Rykker
Date: ca 296 AL
Champion: Barristan Selmy (aged 57)
Date: 298 AL
Champion: Loras Tyrell
- Barristan Selmy defeated Sandor Clegane
- Some hedge knight defeated Danwell Frey
- Loras Tyrell defeated Hosteen Frey
- Loras Tyrell defeated Jaime Lannister
The Hand's tourney
Date: 298 AL
This tourney is described in great detail over a number of chapters in A Game of Thrones. It was held at King's Landing in honor of Eddard Stark, the newly appointed Hand of King Robert Baratheon. It included an archery tournament, a w:mêlée, and a round-based jousting competition. The jousting competition ended when Gregor Clegane attacked Loras Tyrell after their tilt. Sandor Clegane stepped in and saved Loras's life, fighting his own brother to an impasse. After King Robert put a stop to the fighting, Loras yielded the final tilt to Sandor in gratitude.
Champion: Sandor Clegane
- Jory Cassel defeated a member of House Frey
- Jory Cassel defeated Horas Redwyne
- Lothor Brune defeated Jory Cassel. After 3 tilts Lothor was awarded the victory.
- Meryn Trant defeated Harwin of Winterfell
- Balon Swann defeated Alyn of Winterfell
- Jaime Lannister defeated Andar Royce
- Jaime Lannister defeated Bryce Caron
- Jaime Lannister defeated Barristan Selmy
- Gregor Clegane defeated Hugh of the Vale, killing him in the process
- Gregor Clegane defeated Balon Swann
- Beric Dondarrion defeated a hedge knight in checkers, after the knight disgraced himself
- Thoros of Myr defeated Beric Dondarrion
- Aron Santagar jousted against Lothor Brune, but after 3 tilts they were awarded a draw
- Jason Mallister defeated Aron Santagar
- Robar Royce defeated Lothor Brune
- Loras Tyrell defeated a knight of the Kingsguard
- Loras Tyrell defeated another knight of the Kingsguard
- Loras Tyrell defeated a third knight of the Kingsguard
- Loras Tyrell defeated Robar Royce
- Loras Tyrell defeated Gregor Clegane in the semi-final tilt. Loras rode a mare in heat that distracted Gregor's stallion.
- Sandor Clegane defeated Renly Baratheon
- Sandor Clegane defeated Jaime Lannister in the semi-final tilt
- Sandor Clegane defeated 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
Mêlée champion: Thoros of Myr
Tourney for King Joffrey's 13th name day
Date: 299 AL
This tourney happens in the first Sansa chapter of A Clash of Kings. It was held at King's Landing in honour of the young King Joffrey Baratheon. It was called off prematurely by the King after the knight Ser Dontos Hollard shamed himself by appearing drunk.
- Meryn Trant defeated Hobber Redwyne (2 tilts)
- Balon Swann defeated Morros Slynt (1 tilt)
- Lothor Brune defeated Dontos Hollard (by forfeit)
Date: 299 AL
Only the end of this event, a large mêlée of 116 knights, is described in the books, a Catelyn chapter in A Clash of Kings. The tourney was arranged by the self proclaimed king Renly Baratheon (younger brother of the late Robert Baratheon) on his march towards King's Landing during the War of the Five Kings.
Champion: Brienne of Tarth.
- Brienne of Tarth defeated Richard Farrow, Edmund Ambrose, Big Ben Bushy, Mark Mullendore, Raymond Nayland, Will the Stork, Harry Sawyer, Robin Potter, Ronnet Connington, and Loras Tyrell.
Melee at Runestone
Date: 300 AL
This was a melee for squires only.
- Champion: Harrold Hardyng.
The remaining results cannot be tied to a specific event. These encounters may have happened at the same tourney or not.
Champion: Denys Mallister.
- Thoros of Myr defeated Kevan Lannister (melee)
- Thoros of Myr defeated Sandor Clegane thrice (melee)
- Denys Mallister defeated Randyll Tarly's father
- Denys Mallister defeated Alester Florent
- Daven Lannister defeated Marq Piper (melee)
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