Beric Dondarrion

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Beric Dondarrion
Beric Dondarrion.jpg

Alias The Lightning Lord
The Lord of Corpses
Lord Derik
Title Lord of Blackhaven

House Dondarrion

Brotherhood Without Banners
Born In +/- 276 AC
Died In 300 AC (His seventh & final death), at the Riverlands
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Played by David Michael Scott (extra)
Richard Dormer (Season 3)
TV series Season 1 | Season 3

Beric Dondarrion was Lord of Blackhaven. He became the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners after he was sent out to the Riverlands by Eddard Stark to bring the king's justice to Ser Gregor Clegane. He is also known as the Lightning Lord. He is almost twenty-two years old.[1] He is betrothed to Lady Allyria Dayne.[2]


At the begin of the books he is described as handsome with red-gold hair.[3] The hardships of war have changed him notably. See also this collection of images.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

He comes to King's Landing to fight in the Tourney of the Hand celebrating Eddard Stark's appointment as Hand of the King.[3] During the tournament, he loses a horse in a tilt with a hedge knight and is unhorsed by Thoros of Myr shortly thereafter.[4] After the conclusion of the tournament, he remains in King's Landing. This leads to Eddard Stark appointing him leader of an expedition to arrest Ser Gregor Clegane, who has been raiding the Riverlands after the capture of Tyrion Lannister.[5]

Beric is killed for the first time in the Battle at the Mummer's Ford, impaled by Gregor Clegane's lance while his squire Edric Dayne tries to defend him.[2] By the time that Robb Stark and his allies are fighting the Lannister armies near the Trident, Beric's group is continually raiding the Lannisters' foraging parties.[6][7][8][9]

A Clash of Kings

Rumors have Beric as missing or perhaps dead.[6][10] Yet, he is still raiding the Lannister foraging parties[9] and Ser Gregor Clegane's group is actively seeking him[11], as are Tywin Lannister's forces stationed at Harrenhal.[12] His group meets smallfolk plagued by the ravage of Lannister forces but does not trouble them, and attempts to pay for the food they take.[12]

A Storm of Swords

It is revealed that, after he was slain by Ser Gregor Clegane in the Battle at the Mummer's Ford, he was resurrected by Thoros of Myr[13] and became the leader of the outlaw band, the Brotherhood Without Banners. He was killed several more times, but was repeatedly brought back to life, each time with fewer memories of his life before the war. He was captured near the Gods Eye and hanged by Lannisters, but was cut down before he could die.[14] He was slain by Ser Burton Crakehall, hung by Ser Amory Lorch at Rushing Falls. Ser Gregor put a dirk through his eye and Sandor Clegane kills him during his trial by battle.[15] By the end, Beric becomes a scarecrow of a man, his battered body bearing all the wounds of his previous deaths.

Sandor Clegane vs Beric Dondarrion - by Michael Komarck ©

He truly dies when he gives his life to bring back Catelyn Stark, whose body has been found by the outlaws after the Red Wedding.[16]

Beric Dondarrion by Wouter Bruneel.

The Seven Deaths of Dondarrion

David Michael Scott as Beric Dondarrion (TV series)

References and Notes