Battle of the Burning Mill

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Battle of the Burning Mill
Conflict Dance of the Dragons
Date 129 AC[1]
Place Burning Mill
Result Victory for the blacks[1]
Rhaenyra Targaryen.svg House Targaryen/Blacks Aegon II Targaryen.svg House Targaryen/Greens
House Blackwood.svg Lord Samwell Blackwood House Bracken.svg Ser Amos Bracken
Ser Raylon Rivers
Lord Samwell Blackwood Ser Amos Bracken

The Battle of the Burning Mill took place near the start of Dance of the Dragons.[1] As the preceding fall of Harrenhal had been bloodless, it was the first true battle in the civil war between opposing armies in the field.[2]


House Blackwood declared for Rhaenyra Targaryen when war broke out, while House Bracken supported Aegon II Targaryen. Lord Samwell Blackwood sent raiders into Bracken lands, causing Ser Amos Bracken to march on Blackwood territory in response. The Blackwoods surprised the Brackens while they were camped by a mill near a river, possibly the Red Fork.[2]

Amos slew Lord Blackwood in single combat during the ensuing battle. The Bracken knight was himself slain by a weirwood arrow said to have been fired by Samwell's sister, Alysanne. The mill was put to the torch during the hours of fighting. Ser Raylon Rivers eventually led the Bracken survivors in retreat to Stone Hedge, but the Bracken castle had been taken in the meantime by Prince Daemon Targaryen.[2][1][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  3. The Princess and the Queen.