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Brightroar was the ancient Valyrian steel greatsword belonging to House Lannister.


Brightroar, as depicted by Nutchapol Thitinunthakorn in The World of Ice & Fire

Brightroar came into the possession of the Kings of the Rock from House Lannister in the century before the Doom of Valyria, and it is said that the weight of gold they paid for it would have been enough to raise an army.[1]

Lancel IV Lannister is said to have beheaded the ironborn king Harrald Halfdrowned with Brightroar,[1] and he wielded his Valyrian sword against Ser Wilbert Osgrey.[2] This seems to be another sword with the same name, since Lancel IV Lannister's contemporary, King Gyles III Gardener lived at least a thousand years before the Conquest.[3]

Brightroar was lost little more than a century after it was acquired, when Tommen II Lannister carried it with him when he sailed with his great fleet to ruined Valyria, with the intention of plundering the wealth and sorcery he was sure still remained. The fleet never returned, nor Tommen, nor Brightroar.[1]

House Lannister has been searching for a replacement ever since. Lord Tywin Lannister attempted to buy a replacement from lesser, poorer houses, but was always rebuffed.[4]

Gerion Lannister went in search of the sword circa 291 AC, but never returned.[4]

Known wielders

Behind the Scenes

In an early draft of A Storm of Swords, the sword was named "Blackroar."[5]