List of tourneys in Westeros

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This article lists the history of known tourneys in Westeros. The ordering below is roughly chronological. The dates are given in years after Aegon's Conquest (AC).

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Tourneys

Legendary tourneys

The first tourney in Westeros is said to have been held in the Reach. According to legend, fifty lords competed for the hand of Maris the Maid, a daughter of Garth Greenhand. Argoth Stone-Skin is said to have won the tourney, but Maris wed Uthor of the High Tower before Argoth could claim her.[1]

Loreon II Lannister, King of the Rock, is said to have held and been undefeated in the first tourney in the westerlands.[2]

Royal tourney of 28 AC

Date: 28 AC[3]

War for the White Cloaks

Date: 49 AC[4]

Melee tournament to fill five vacancies in the Kingsguard. It was seven days long and held at the Golden Wedding.[4]

Completion of the Dragonpit

Date: 55 AC

Joust, grand melee and a squire's tourney to celebrate the completion of the Dragonpit.[5]

Tourney at White Harbor

Date: 58 AC

Tournament at White Harbor to celebrate Queen Alysanne's visit to the North.[5]

Tenth year anniversary of Jaehaerys I's coronation

Date: 58 AC

Wedding tourney at Duskendale

Date: 72 AC

Tourney at Old Oak

Date: 73 AC

Tourney of the Field of Roses

House Tyrell held this tourney during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. It was regarded as the finest tournament in a generation.[6]

Tourney at Oldtown in honor of King Jaehaerys

Date: 89 AC[7]

Lord Hightower staged a tourney at Oldtown in honor of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, who was visiting the city during one of his royal progresses. Ser Ryam Redwyne defeated all comers and was crowned champion of the tourney.[7]

Champion: Ser Ryam Redwyne

Tourney to celebrate the fiftieth year of King Jaehaerys's reign

Date: 98 AC[8]

Tourney for King Viserys I's accession

Date: 104 AC[9]

At Maidenpool, Ser Criston Cole gave the melee victor's laurel to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, who gave him her favor for the joust.

Melee:

Joust:

Great tourney on the fifth anniversary of King Viserys I and Queen Alicent's marriage

Date: 111 AC[10][9]

During this tourney, Queen Alicent Hightower dressed in green, whilst Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen dressed in black and red, creating the origin of the names greens and blacks for respective parties.[10] Prince Daemon Targaryen returned to King's Landing during this tourney from his wars on the Stepstones to swear fealty to his brother, King Viserys I Targaryen.[9]

  • Ser Criston Cole unhorsed Ser Gwayne Hightower, Queen Alicent's youngest brother
  • Ser Criston Cole unhorsed two cousins of Queen Alicent (specific names unknown)
  • Ser Criston Cole unhorsed all other champions of Queen Alicent (specific names unknown)

Tourney at King's Landing for the wedding of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Ser Laenor Velaryon

Date: 114 AC[9]

Other participants:

Mêlée at Last Hearth

Date: 170 AC[11]

This mêlée is known for having eighteen men killed and twenty-seven maimed during its proceedings.[11]

Unnamed tourney

Tourney at Lannisport

Princess Daenerys's wedding tourney

Date: 187 AC[14]

Tourney at King's Landing

Date: 193 AC[13]

Hastilude for Lord Baratheon's grandson

Date: 200 AC[13]

Tourney at King's Landing

Date: 206 AC[13]

Reigniting the age-old feud between houses Blackwood and Bracken, Ser Otho "the Brute of Bracken" slew Lord Quentyn Blackwood at this tourney, smashing his helm and face with a blow from a blunted longaxe.

  • Ser Otho Bracken defeated Lord Quentyn Blackwood, killing him in the process

Tourney at Maidenpool

Date: 208 AC[13]

Melee champion: Ser Humfrey Hardyng

Tourney at Ashford Meadow

Date: 209 AC[13]

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. Lord Ashford arranged the tourney in honor 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 of seven that developed out of a confrontation between Ser Duncan the Tall and Prince Aerion Brightflame, resulting in the death of Crown Prince Baelor Targaryen.

Wedding tourney at Whitewalls

Date: 212 AC[15]

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 a few outcomes are known to us, and the tourney was aborted prematurely when an army led by Lord Brynden Rivers surrounded Whitewalls. Two knights entered the lists under false names: Ser Duncan the Tall as the mystery “Gallows Knight,” Daemon II Blackfyre as “John the Fiddler.”

Tourney at Blackhaven

Date: 246 AC/247 AC

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 Prince Duncan the Small 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: 252 AC/253 AC

King Aegon V Targaryen knighted the 16-year-old Barristan Selmy for his great acts of prowess at this event.

Tourney of the Silver Bridge

Only Ser Barristan Selmy's entry in the White Book tells of this tourney. He defended the passage against all comers.

Champion: Ser Barristan Selmy

Tourney at Maidenpool

Champion: Ser Barristan Selmy

Oldtown tourney

Unknown tourney

Champion: Ser Denys Mallister

Unknown tourney

Date: prior to 267 AC

Anniversary Tourney

Date: 272 AC

Lord Tywin Lannister, the Hand of the King, hosted a tourney at King's Landing to celebrate the tenth year of King Aerys II Targaryen's reign.[16]

Tournament in honor of Viserys's birth

Date: 276 AC

Lord Tywin Lannister, the Hand of the King, held a tourney at Lannisport to honor the birth of Prince Viserys Targaryen. King Aerys II Targaryen refused Tywin's offer to marry Prince Rhaegar Targaryen to Cersei Lannister.[17][16]

Champion: Ser Arthur Dayne

Tourney at Storm's End

Date: between 276 AC and 281 AC

The information about this tourney is problematic because some details in A Storm of Swords conflict. In response, George R. R. Martin suggested that the outlaw Simon Toyne was already dead by this time and the elderly Ser Barristan Selmy misremembered.[18]

Champion: Ser Barristan Selmy[19]

Unnamed melee

Date: 279 AC

This may have been a squires-only melee.

Great tourney at Harrenhal

Date: 281 AC

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 few details have been disclosed so far. The tourney was held by Lord Walter 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 Princess Elia Martell), but Lyanna herself was betrothed to Lord 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, fifteen-year-old Ser 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 honor of Howland Reed of Greywater Watch.

Joust: Champion: Prince Rhaegar Targaryen

  • Unknown jousters defeated the four sons of Lord Walter Whent of Harrenhal
  • Unknown defeated Ser Oswell Whent
  • 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
  • Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Lord Yohn Royce
  • Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Brandon Stark
  • Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Ser Arthur Dayne
  • Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Ser Barristan Selmy

Melee:

  • Lord Robert Baratheon

King Robert's wedding

Date: 284 AC

A tourney was held in celebration of King Robert I Baratheon's marriage to Cersei Lannister.

Champion: Jaime Lannister

Unnamed tourney

Date: Between 285 AC and 290 AC

Tourney in celebration of Balon Greyjoy's defeat

Date: 289 AC

After King Robert I Baratheon's forces defeated the Greyjoy's Rebellion, a tourney was arranged in celebration at nearby Lannisport. Lord 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.[20]

Champion: Lord Jorah Mormont

Other participants: Lynesse's brothers

Unnamed tourney in King's Landing

Date: 294 AC

Champion: Ser Barristan Selmy[21] (aged 57)[22]

Lord Tywin's tourney

Date: 295 AC

Lord Tywin Lannister hosted a tourney in the westerlands. According to rumors, King Robert I Baratheon slept with a servant at Casterly Rock during the tourney. After the servant gave birth to twins, Queen Cersei Lannister had the infants killed and the mother sold to a slaver.[23]

Unnamed tourney

Date: 297 AC

Tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day

Date: 298 AC

Lord Tywin Lannister had brought a retinue to watch his son, Ser Jaime Lannister, in the tourney.[24]

Joust: Champion: Ser Loras Tyrell

  • A hedge knight defeated Ser Danwell Frey
  • Ser Loras Tyrell defeated Ser Hosteen Frey
  • Ser Loras Tyrell defeated Ser Jaime Lannister

Melee

The Hand's tourney

Date: 298 AC,

This tourney is described in great detail over a number of chapters in A Game of Thrones. It is held at King's Landing in honor of Lord Eddard Stark, the newly appointed Hand of the King to Robert I Baratheon. It includes an archery tournament, a melee, and a round-based jousting competition. The jousting competition ends when Ser Gregor Clegane attacks Ser Loras Tyrell after their tilt. Sandor Clegane steps in and saves Ser Loras's life, fighting his own brother to an impasse. After King Robert puts a stop to the fighting, Ser Loras yields the final tilt to Sandor in gratitude.

Champion: Sandor Clegane

  • Jory Cassel defeats a member of House Frey
  • Jory Cassel defeats Ser Horas Redwyne
  • Lothor Brune jousts Jory Cassel (after three tilts Lothor is awarded the victory)
  • Ser Meryn Trant defeats Harwin of Winterfell
  • Ser Balon Swann defeats Alyn of Winterfell
  • Ser Jaime Lannister defeats Ser Andar Royce
  • Ser Jaime Lannister defeats Ser Bryce Caron
  • Ser Jaime Lannister defeats Ser Barristan Selmy
  • Ser Gregor Clegane defeats Ser Hugh of the Vale (killing him in the process)
  • Ser Gregor Clegane defeats Ser Balon Swann
  • Lord Beric Dondarrion defeats a hedge knight in checkers (after the knight disgraces himself)
  • Thoros of Myr defeats Lord Beric Dondarrion
  • Ser Aron Santagar jousts against Lothor Brune (after three tilts they are awarded a draw)
  • Lord Jason Mallister defeats Ser Aron Santagar
  • Ser Robar Royce defeats Lothor Brune
  • Ser Loras Tyrell defeats Ser Meryn Trant
  • Ser Loras Tyrell defeats another knight of the Kingsguard
  • Ser Loras Tyrell defeats a third knight of the Kingsguard
  • Ser Loras Tyrell defeats Ser Robar Royce
  • Ser Loras Tyrell defeats Ser Gregor Clegane in the semi-final tilt (Loras rides a mare in heat that distracts Gregor's stallion)
  • Sandor Clegane defeats Lord Renly Baratheon
  • Sandor Clegane defeats Ser Jaime Lannister in the semi-final tilt
  • Sandor Clegane defeats Ser Loras Tyrell in the final tilt, as Loras yielded the match

Other participants: Lord Yohn Royce, Ser Hobber Redwyne, Ser Patrek Mallister, Ser Jared Frey, Ser Hosteen Frey, Ser Danwell Frey, Ser Emmon Frey, Ser Theo Frey, Ser Perwyn Frey, Ser Martyn Rivers, Jalabhar Xho, Ser Arys Oakheart, Ser Mandon Moore, Ser Preston Greenfield

Archery champion: Anguy the Archer, defeating Ser Balon Swann and Jalabhar Xho at the final distance

Melee champion: Thoros of Myr

Tourney on King Joffrey's name day

Date: 299 AC

This tourney happens in the first Sansa chapter of A Clash of Kings. It is held at King's Landing in honor of the young King Joffrey I Baratheon. It is called off prematurely by the king after the Ser Dontos Hollard shames himself by appearing drunk.

Melee at Bitterbridge

Date: 299 AC

Only the end of this event, a large melee of one hundred and sixteen knights, is described in the books, Chapter 22 in A Clash of Kings and Chapter 20 in A Feast for Crows. The tourney is arranged by the self-proclaimed King Renly Baratheon (younger brother of the late Robert I Baratheon) at Bitterbridge on his march towards King's Landing during the War of the Five Kings.

Champion: Brienne of Tarth

Melee at Runestone

Date: 300 AC

This is a melee for squires only.

Champion: Harrold Hardyng

Miscellaneous

The remaining results cannot be tied to a specific event. These encounters may have happened at the same tourney or not.

References

  1. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Garth Greenhand.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Highgarden.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 The Rogue Prince.
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Princess and the Queen.
  11. 11.0 11.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The North.
  12. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 The Hedge Knight.
  14. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
  15. The Mystery Knight.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  17. 17.0 17.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
  18. So Spake Martin: Some Continuity Oddities, February 12, 2001
  19. 19.0 19.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  20. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard V.
  22. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  23. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 35, Eddard IX.
  24. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard