Amory Lorch by Amok©
Castellan of Harrenhal
|Allegiance|| House Lorch|
|Died||In 299 AC, at Harrenhal|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
|Played by||Fintan McKeown|
|TV series||Season 2|
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Amory Lorch
Amory was responsible for the murder of the three-year old Princess Rhaenys Targaryen during the Sack of King's Landing. Alongside and in front of several House Lannister men-at-arms, he dragged the screaming toddler from under her father Rhaegar's bed and stabbed her dozens of times.
A Game of Thrones
At the onset of the War of the Five Kings, Lord Tywin Lannister orders his brother, Ser Kevan, to direct Ser Amory, along with his fellow bannerman Ser Gregor Clegane and the sellsword Vargo Hoat, to forage the riverlands and to burn what he does not take. Each of the raider captains is to have three hundred cavalry.
A Clash of Kings
Amory's raiding party encounters and attacks Yoren's group of recruits for the Night's Watch (with Arya Stark hidden among them) and is responsible for Yoren's death at the town by the Gods Eye. This attack is unprovoked as the Night's Watch takes no part in the wars of the realm.
Amory captures two innocent smallfolk, a beekeeper and his wife and threatens far and wide to hang them if Lord Beric Dondarrion does not surrender to him; when Beric surrenders, Amory hangs the beekeeper and his wife anyway with Beric strung up in the middle. Beric is later resurrected by Thoros of Myr.
Amory is made castellan of Harrenhal by Tywin Lannister when Tywin takes the majority of his army east to engage Stannis Baratheon. While castellan, Amory drinks a great deal of the best wine in the castle's cellars. He is eventually captured by Lord Roose Bolton when Roose persuades Vargo Hoat to betray House Lannister and to seize control of the castle. After the fall of Harrenhal, Amory is paraded naked before Roose and Vargo. Pleading and sobbing, he is kicked into the bear pit to be killed by the bear inside it. Arya Stark is present to witness Amory's death and notes, "The bear is all in black. Like Yoren".
A Storm of Swords
Tywin Lannister tells his son Tyrion Lannister of his plan to blame the deaths of Elia Martell and her children entirely on the deceased Amory, to circumvent giving Gregor Clegane over to Prince Oberyn Martell, who comes to King's Landing to seek justice for their deaths.
A Feast for Crows
Quotes by Amory
Young boys and old men die the same.
– Amory to Yoren
Quotes about Amory
I asked him afterward why it had required half a hundred thrusts to kill a girl of … two? Three? He said she’d kicked him and would not stop screaming. If Lorch had half the wits the gods gave a turnip, he would have calmed her with a few sweet words and used a soft silk pillow. The blood was in him.
Only a beast would harm a little girl.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 14, Arya IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 30, Arya VII.
- The World of Ice and Fire: The Westerlands (unabridged). georgerrmartin.com
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 38, Arya VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.