Tourney at Harrenhal

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Rhaegar crowning Lyanna by M.Luisa Giliberti©

The Tourney at Harrenhal was held in 281 AL by Lord Whent in honour of his daughter and to show off his house's power; it was the greatest tourney of its time and perhaps ever. The tourney was spread over ten days.

Barristan Selmy stated that the tourney was announced by Lord Whent shortly after he was visited by his brother Oswell Whent of the Kingsguard. Aerys II attended the tournament only because Varys warned him that his son Rhaegar arranged the tournament as a pretext to meet with several high lords to discuss removing his father as king.[1]

Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was champion, and in the end chose Lyanna Stark as Queen of Love and Beauty giving her a crown of blue winter roses. This was scandalous in that, not only was Rhaegar already married (to Elia of Dorne), but Lyanna herself was betrothed to Lord Robert Baratheon.[2] 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.[3]

The Joust

There were five days of jousting.[4]

32pxChampion: Prince Rhaegar Targaryen.

Arms unknown32pxUnknown jousters defeated the 4 sons of Lord Whent of Harrenhal
32px32pxThe Knight of the Laughing Tree defeated a member of House Haigh
32px32pxThe Knight of the Laughing Tree defeated a member of House Blount
32px32pxThe Knight of the Laughing Tree defeated a member of House Frey
32px32pxPrince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Lord Yohn Royce
32px32pxPrince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Brandon Stark
32px32pxPrince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Ser Arthur Dayne
32px32pxPrince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Ser Barristan Selmy

Other Attendees

Lord Commander Gerold Hightower, Ser Oswell Whent, Lord Robert Baratheon, Ser Richard Lonmouth, Lord Eon Hunter, Lord Jon Arryn, Lord Mace Tyrell, Brandon Stark, Eddard Stark, Benjen Stark, Lyanna Stark, Elia Martell, Lord Jon Connington, Ashara Dayne

Other Events

There was a seven-sided melee in the ancient style.[5][6] Robert Baratheon took part in the melee.[7]

There was also an archery contest, an axe-throwing contest, a horse race and a tourney of singers.[8] There was a mummer show.[9]

References and Notes