Robber knight

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Robber knights are knights that have turned to banditry.[1] In the Seven Kingdoms it is said that a hedge knight and a robber knight are two sides of the same sword.[2]

History

After betraying the blacks to join the greens and announcing his ambitions to become king himself, Hugh Hammer, one of the Two Betrayers, began amassing a following of sellswords, robber knights, and other rabble.[3]

During the tourney at Ashford Meadow, Prince Maekar is initially absent, as he's searching for his sons Daeron and Aegon, having heard wild tales of robber knights around. Later, Prince Daeron accuses Ser Duncan the Tall of kidnapping Aegon, to avoid admitting he has spent the days drinking.[1]

Lord Gormon Peake accused Ser Duncan of being a robber knight. In turn, Duncan suspected Ser Maynard Plumm of being one.[4]

After returning from the War of the Ninepenny Kings, Ser Tywin Lannister charged Ser Kevan Lannister, his younger brother, with command of a company of five hundred knights to rid the Westerlands of robber knights and outlaws.[5]

The Smiling Knight, of the Kingswood Brotherhood, was a robber knight.[6]

Recent events

A Storm of Swords

After the brotherhood without banners seizes his gold and give him a note promising to pay once the War of the Five Kings is done, Sandor Clegane accuses Ser Beric Dondarrion of being a robber knight.[7]

A Feast for Crows

Brienne of Tarth initially fears the hedge knights Ser Creighton Longbough and Ser Illifer the Penniless may be robber knights.[2]

After Ser Jaime Lannister cautions Ser Kevan Lannister of going after Sandor Clegane, Kevan reminds Jaime that he was hanging outlaws and robber knights when Jaime was still a baby.[8]

When Princess Arianne Martell and her party reach the well at Shandystone, she tells her companions of the time her uncle, Prince Oberyn Martell, took her and his daughters Tyene and Sarella Sand there. Arianne keeps to herself that while Oberyn taught Tyene to milk viper venom and Sarella turned over rocks to see what was underneath, she sat beside the well and fantasized a robber knight with the same features as her uncle had brought her to the well to have his way with her.[9]

Known robber knights

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