The King in Highgarden|
The King in the South
Lord Paramount of the Stormlands|
Lord of Storm's End
Master of laws
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant)
|Born||In 277 AC|
|Died||In 299 AC, at Storm's End|
A Game of Thrones (appears)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
|Played by||Gethin Anthony|
|TV series||Season 1 | Season 2|
Renly Baratheon is the Lord of Storm's End and Lord Paramount of the Stormlands. The younger brother of King Robert I and Lord Stannis, Renly serves as master of laws on Robert's small council. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones Renly is played by Gethin Anthony.
Appearance and Character
Renly is a handsome and charismatic man, winning friends easily, but he also strikes some people as frivolous. Renly enjoys tournaments and hunting but is not driven by the passion for food, drink, or wenching, as Robert I Baratheon came to be. He is quite popular with the smallfolk due to his good looks, friendly ways and charisma.
Renly is twenty-one years old, a tall man with black hair falling to his shoulders. He is thought to look eerily similar to a young Robert, though several inches shorter, and far less muscular. In A Game of Thrones he is said to wear green to match his eyes, but in A Clash of Kings he is described as having blue eyes like Robert. George R. R. Martin has explained the inconsistency by saying that Renly's eyes are blue-green and change color depending on what he wears. Renly has a suit of enameled green armor with a helm adorned with a pair of golden antlers, which was made by Tobho Mott. Renly keeps his body trim, and his thick, jet-black hair long but always neatly combed. He prefers to be clean-shaven.
Unbeknownst to the realm at large, and despite the many women who are attracted to him, Renly is homosexual. According to his lover, Ser Loras Tyrell, Renly disdains book learning, believing that books should only be read by maesters. Despite this, he owns books with "drawings that would turn a septon blind", implying some kind of pornography.
Born in 277 AC, Renly was the youngest of the three sons of Lord Steffon Baratheon and Lady Cassana Estermont. When Renly was just an infant, his parents died in 278 AC when their ship returning from the Free Cities sank in a storm in Shipbreaker Bay.
Renly grew up at Storm's End. Only a boy of six at the time of Robert's Rebellion, he spent the war under siege in Storm's End, together with his older brother, Stannis, where he was witness to the desperation of the starving garrison.
As a boy, Renly loved bright colors and fabrics. He loved games as well, and would run laughing through the halls of Storm's End.
By his older brother Robert, Renly was eventually granted the seat of Storm's End and named Lord Paramount of the Stormlands, upsetting Stannis, who felt that, as the elder of the two, Storm's End was his by right.
When Renly turned sixteen, he made a lord's progress across the stormlands to mark his coming of age. During this progress, he also visited the isle of Tarth, where Renly courteously danced with Brienne of Tarth.
During his time as Lord of Storm's End, Renly took Loras Tyrell as his page and squire. This was likely the start of their clandestine love affair. Although not widely known, their forbidden relationship is known to various others at court.
Renly was eventually named to the small council, where he occupied the position of master of laws. While he is at court, his castellan at Storm's End is Ser Cortnay Penrose, who raises King Robert's bastard son, Edric Storm, for them. Brella runs Renly's household in King's Landing for him.
A Game of Thrones
While King Robert I Baratheon's procession is returning from Winterfell, Renly meets up with them, accompanied by Ser Barristan Selmy, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, and the King's Justice, Ser Ilyn Payne. Deeply amused by Prince Joffrey Baratheon's accusations against Arya Stark's direwolf Nymeria, Renly is forced to leave the room at Darry, laughing at the thought of Joffrey being disarmed and beaten by a girl smaller and younger than him.
Renly performs well in the Hand's tourney, losing to the Hound, Sandor Clegane. Renly shows Lord Eddard Stark a painted portrait of Margaery Tyrell and asks if she looks like Lyanna Stark; Eddard is puzzled by this but states the girl looks nothing like his late sister Lyanna. Renly and Ser Loras Tyrell want Robert to take Loras's sister, Margaery, as his new queen and they think if Margaery looks like Lyanna it would make the plan easier.
While Robert lies dying after being wounded in the kingswood, Renly approaches Eddard and suggests they seize control of the royal children before Queen Cersei Lannister can strike. Eddard refuses the offer, and Renly flees King's Landing along with Loras.
After Robert's death, Renly manages to win the support of powerful House Tyrell and many of their bannermen through a secret love affair with Loras and a marriage to his sister Margaery. Renly is crowned Lord of the Seven Kingdoms at Highgarden.
A Clash of Kings
Through his charisma with and ties to House Tyrell and familiarity with his stormlands bannermen, Renly's claim to the Iron Throne is backed by the largest army in the War of the Five Kings, despite his elder brother Stannis having the better claim.
He also takes to wearing the stag of Baratheon but in the colors of House Tyrell.
Renly spends a great deal of time moving through the Reach, gaining support and men at castles such as Horn Hill while waiting for the right moment to strike. He hosts tourneys for his men, including a great melee at Bitterbridge, and blocks the supply of food on the roseroad to King's Landing, causing the capital to suffer starvation. All the while he waits for the Lannisters and Starks to wear each other down. Brienne of Tarth, who is infatuated with Renly, joins the Rainbow Guard to be close to him.
Robb Stark, the young King in the North, sends his mother Catelyn to Bitterbridge to negotiate an alliance with Renly against Lord Tywin Lannister, who is fortified at Harrenhal. Renly states he might allow Robb to keep his title, but he refuses to allow the north to secede from the Seven Kingdoms.
Renly's plan goes awry, however, when Stannis unexpectedly besieges Storm's End, forcing Renly to respond. Catelyn convinces the brothers to parley outside Storm's End, but Renly makes light of the situation, refusing to back down from his claim and advising his older brother to give up and eat a peach. Renly also denies Catelyn leave to return to Riverrun, so she may witness the fate of "rebels". While preparing for battle with Stannis's forces the next dawn, however, Renly is slain by an animated shadow conjured by his brother's sorceress adviser, Melisandre. Ser Cortnay Penrose, the castellan of Storm's End, disbelieves that Renly has died, but his body goes missing before it can be presented as proof.
A Storm of Swords
Following King Joffrey I Baratheon's wedding to Margaery, Hamish the Harper performs "Lord Renly's Ride" during the wedding feast. Hamish sings of Renly's ghost repenting from his attempt to usurp his nephew, returning to this world to defend the realm from Stannis and then returning to Highgarden to see his true love's face one last time, which brings tears to Margaery's eyes.
A Feast for Crows
Although this is never explicitly stated, there are a number of oblique references that imply those who are close to him are aware of Renly's orientation and, more, that he and Loras Tyrell are involved. When Stannis and Renly are trading barbs in anticipation of battle at Storm's End, Stannis calls Renly's wedding to Margaery Tyrell a "mummer's farce" and in response to Renly's comment, "You'll be pleased to know she came to me a maid," Stannis replies, "In your bed she's like to die that way."
While contemplating Margaery's maidenhood, Cersei reflects on Margaery's marriage to Renly: "A man may prefer the taste of hippocras, yet if you set a tankard of ale before him, he will quaff it quick enough;" the implication being that although Renly prefers the company of men, he may nonetheless have bedded Margaery because she was available.
Quotes by Renly
– Renly to the small council
Renly: Give me an hour and I could put a hundred swords at your command.
Eddard: And what should I do with a hundred swords, my lord?Renly: Strike! Now, while the castle sleeps. We must get Joffrey away from his mother and take him in hand. Protector of the Realm or no, he who holds the king holds the kingdom.
- Renly and Eddard Stark
– Renly and Eddard Stark
Renly: I propose that you dismount, bend your knee, and swear me your allegiance.
Stannis: That you shall never have.Renly: The Targaryens called Robert usurper. He seemed to be able to bear the shame. So shall I.
Renly: You served Robert, why not me?
Stannis: Robert was my elder brother. You are the younger.
Renly: Younger, bolder, and far more comely ...
Stannis: ... and a thief and a usurper besides.
– Renly and Stannis Baratheon
Stannis: Do you think a few bolts of cloth will make you king?
Renly: Tyrell swords will make me king. Rowan and Tarly and Caron will make me king, with axe and mace and warhammer. Tarth arrows and Penrose lances, Fossoway, Cuy, Mullendore, Estermont, Selmy, Hightower, Oakheart, Crane, Caswell, Blackbar, Morrigen, Beesbury, Shermer, Dunn, Footly . . . even House Florent, your own wife's brothers and uncles, they will make me king. All the chivalry of the south rides with me, and that is the least part of my power. My foot is coming behind, a hundred thousand swords and spears and pikes. And you will destroy me? With what, pray? That paltry rabble I see there huddled under the castle walls? I'll call them five thousand and be generous, codfish lords and onion knights and sellswords. Half of them are like to come over to me before the battle starts. You have fewer than four hundred horse, my scouts tell me-freeriders in boiled leather who will not stand an instant against armored lances. I do not care how seasoned a warrior you think you are, Stannis, that host of yours won't survive the first charge of my vanguard.
– Renly and Stannis Baratheon
– Renly to Catelyn Stark
Quotes about Renly
The bold little boy with wild black hair and laughing eyes was a man grown now, one-and-twenty, and still he played his games. "Look at me, I'm a king," Cressen thought sadly. Oh, Renly, Renly, dear sweet child, do you know what you are doing? And would you care if you did? is there anyone who cares for him but me?
– Cressen's thoughts
– Cressen's thoughts
He knew how to dress and he knew how to smile and he knew how to bathe, and somehow he got the notion that this made him fit to be king.
When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.
I would have given my life for King Renly, and died happy.
- See the Renly Baratheon calculation.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- HBO: Game of Thrones: cast and crew
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa I.
- So Spake Martin: US Signing Tour (Albuquerque, NM) (November 29, 2005)
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
- A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide
- So Spake Martin: To Be Continued (Chicago, IL; May 6-8) (May 06, 2005)
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Renly Baratheon.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 58, Tyrion VII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 16, Eddard III.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 32, Arya III.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 36, Tyrion VIII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 62, Sansa VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 3, Cersei I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 33, Eddard VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 47, Eddard XIII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 12, Tyrion II.
- Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen