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| casualties1 = ~500 in the Vanguard.
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* ~150 [[Mountain clans|Mountain clansmen]]
* ~150 [[Mountain clans|Mountain clansmen]]
| casualties2 = 4-7,500<br> [[Halys Hornwood]]+<br> [[Medger Cerwyn]]+ <br> [[Harrion Karstark]] (captured) <br> [[Wylis Manderly]] (captured)
| casualties2 = 3-4,500<br> [[Halys Hornwood]]+<br> [[Medger Cerwyn]]+ <br> [[Harrion Karstark]] (captured) <br> [[Wylis Manderly]] (captured)

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Battle of the Green Fork
Battle of the Green Fork HBO.jpg
Aftermath of the battle in the TV Series
Conflict War of the Five Kings
Date 298 AC
Place Green Fork, Trident, Riverlands
Result Lannister victory
House Lannister House Stark
Lord Tywin Lannister
Ser Gregor Clegane
Ser Kevan Lannister
Ser Addam Marbrand
Lord Roose Bolton
Ser Wylis Manderly
Lord Medger Cerwyn+
Lord Harrion Karstark
Lord Halys Hornwood+
~20,000 16-17,500
  • Mostly foot.
  • 1/10th of the Stark horse.
~500 in the Vanguard.
  • ~150 Mountain clansmen
  • 3-4,500
    Halys Hornwood+
    Medger Cerwyn+
    Harrion Karstark (captured)
    Wylis Manderly (captured)

    The Battle of the Green Fork was an early battle in the War of the Five Kings and the first to involve forces of House Stark. The battle occurred along the Green Fork of the river Trident in the Riverlands.


    With the Riverlands forces scattered, most of their land under Lannister control, and Riverrun besieged by Jaime Lannister's host, Tywin Lannister occupies the Ruby Ford over the Trident, to intercept the Stark host at the only crossing available to them over the Trident, other than the Twins, where Lord Walder Frey remains neutral in the conflict and is thought unlikely to join them.

    However, Catelyn Tully persuades the Freys to join Robb's side, opening the way over the Twins. Robb Stark, who does not wish to stake everything on one battle with Lord Tywin, splits his host in two. The foot and 1/10th of the horse under Roose Bolton march down the Kingsroad to engage Lord Tywin Lannister, while Robb Stark himself commands the rest of the cavalry and crosses at the Twins, in the hope of lifting the siege of Riverrun by taking Ser Jaime Lannister unawares.


    The Stark army, commanded by Lord Roose Bolton, marches throughout the night in an effort to take the Lannister army by surprise. They arrive in the early morning and launch their attack. However, the Lannister army arrayed itself in time to meet them.

    The Western order of battle:

    • The Center: Ser Kevan Lannister commands, with Lords Lefford, Lydden and Serrett at his side with 300 heavy horse. The rest of the center is a mixed infantry force including pikemen, archers, axemen, swordsmen, and spearmen.
    • The Right: Ser Addam Marbrand commands 4,000 knights and other heavy lancers, among them Ser Flement Brax and members of houses Crakehall and Swyft.
    • The Left/Van: Ser Gregor Clegane commanding. The vanguard is entirely mounted, but consists of Tyrion Lannister and his clansmen, freeriders, sellswords, and raw recruits.
    • The Reserve: Personally commanded by Tywin Lannister. 5,000 men, half mounted, half afoot.

    Lord Tywin placed his undisciplined men on the left, to tempt the Stark general (who Tywin believes will be the untested Robb Stark) to overcommit there. Lord Tywin then intended for Ser Kevan and the center to wheel to the left and take the northerners in the flank. However, perhaps owing to the northerners' exhaustion following their night march, the van, led by Ser Gregor Clegane, defeats the forces arrayed in front of it. Ser Kevan then brought the center in support of the left, and pushed the Stark lines against the hills behind them. Lord Tywin Lannister leads his reserve behind the van, along the river, to break the remnants of the Stark line. The Stark forces rout and flee to the mouth of the causeway where Lord Roose Bolton reforms them. [1]


    Although Roose Bolton was defeated, his march down the Green Fork, prior to the battle, distracted the Lannister army long enough to give Robb Stark the chance to fall upon Ser Jaime Lannister's force unmolested in the Battle of the Whispering Wood.

    Lord Roose's host loses a third of its strength; he, Robett Glover, Ronnel Stout, Kyle Condon, Ser Aenys Frey, Elmar Frey and the remainder of the army are able to escape because Lord Tywin, on account of his desire to help Jaime, fails to give chase. During the battle, Lord Halys Hornwood and Ser Pate of the Blue Fork are killed. Lord Medger Cerwyn is captured and dies later from a wound taken in the fighting. Other captives taken are Harrion Karstark, Ser Wylis Manderly, Ser Donnel Locke, Ser Jared Frey, Ser Hosteen Frey, Ser Danwell Frey and Ronel Rivers.

    TV Series Portrayal

    The Battle of the Green Fork in the HBO adaptation was altered, with Robb Stark sending a diversionary force of two thousand bannermen — instead of the larger host commanded by Roose Bolton (who is absent himself) — against the much larger Lannister army of 30,000. The battle is not explicitly shown, though it is shown to be a complete massacre of the Northern army. No Stark leaders or nobles are present in the army either. Later in the same episode "Baelor", Robb Stark laments his decision to sacrifice two thousand of his men to capture Jaime Lannister at the Whispering Wood.

    References and Notes