First Battle of Tumbleton

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First Battle of Tumbleton
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Conflict Dance of the Dragons
Date 130 AC
Place Tumbleton
Result victory for the greens
greens blacks
Lord Ormund Hightower
Ser Ulf White (switched)
Ser Hugh Hammer (switched)
Ser Garibald Grey
Lord Roderick Dustin
significantly more than 9,000
Vermithor (post-betrayal)
Silverwing (post-betrayal)
between 6,000 and 12,000
Lord Ormund Hightower
Ser Bryndon Hightower
Ser Garibald Grey
Lord Roderick Dustin
Ser Pate of Longleaf
Ser Merrell the Bold

The Battle of Tumbleton,[1] First Battle of Tumbleton,[2] or simply First Tumbleton[2] was a battle fought between the greens and the blacks at Tumbleton in the Reach during the Dance of the Dragons. It was known for the Treasons of Tumbleton, in which the Two Betrayers burnt the town with dragonfire. It was followed by another battle, the Second Battle of Tumbleton.[3]


Lord Ormund Hightower led an army of greens from the Reach toward King's Landing, which at the time was held by Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and the blacks. Ulf White and Hard Hugh Hammer were sent with their dragons, Vermithor and Silverwing, to Tumbleton, the seat of House Footly and the last stronghold of Rhaenyra's between the capital and Ormund's advancing army.

The blacks defending the market town including thousands from House Caswell of Bitterbridge, House Merryweather of Longtable, and lands farther south. Ser Garibald Grey, Ser Pate of Longleaf, Red Robb Rivers, and the Winter Wolves of Lord Roderick Dustin arrived victorious from the Butcher's Ball. Other defenders came from the Blackwater Rush, including Moslander of Yore, Ser Garrick Hall, Ser Merrell the Bold, Ser Roger Corne, and Lord Owain Bourney. Total numbers vary between six thousand and twelve thousand, with True Telling using nearly nine thousand.[1]

The greens greatly outnumbered the blacks. Some greens infiltrated the town as refugees, and Roger and Owain were secretly loyal to King Aegon II Targaryen.[1]


At the start of the battle, Ser Garibald Grey led six thousand blacks against the troops of Lord Ormund Hightower, whose archers thinned Garibald's ranks. The bowmen of Robb Rivers defended Garibald's men as they retreated from Ormund's heavy horse. Lord Roderick Dustin then lead the Winter Wolves out a postern gate against the Hightowers. Although the northmen were outnumbered ten-to-one, the Winter Wolves managed to reach the commander of the greens. Roderick slew Lord Ormund and his cousin, Ser Bryndon Hightower, before succumbing to his wounds.[1]

The appearance of the dragon Tessarion, mount of Prince Daeron Targaryen, across the field did not dismay Tumbleton's defenders, as Tessarion was smaller than Vermithor and Silverwing. The defenders of Tumbleton thought the battle was won when the Hightowers were killed, but the Two Betrayers, Hugh Hammer and Ulf White, turned their dragons upon the town.

Buildings throughout Tumbleton burned to ash. Thousands burned to death or drowned trying to cross the Mander.[3] Outside of the walls, Ser Pate of Longleaf was unhorsed and trampled, while Garibald was burned by Tessarion's dragonflame. Ser Roger Corne's men opened Tumbleton's gates to the greens, and Lord Owain Bourney betrayed Ser Merrell the Bold within town's castle. Lord Footly's men yielded, but were beheaded by the greens. Girls as young as eight were raped by the victors.[1]


After hearing of the Battle of Tumbleton, Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower is said to have laughed, promising, "All they have sowed, now shall they reap." Many in King's Landing tried to flee, fearing that the same would happen to the capital, but Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen had the gold cloaks seal the city's gates. Ser Hobert Hightower took command of the greens at Tumbleton, which later saw a second battle.[3]


It was the Field of Fire writ small.[1]

—writings of Munkun

The Two Betrayers scourged the town with whips of flame from one end to the other. The sack that followed was as savage as any in the history of Westeros.[3]

—writings of Gyldayn


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Princess and the Queen.