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Gendry by Amok ©

Alias The Bull
Ser Gendry of the hollow hill
Title Ser
Allegiance brotherhood without banners
Born In 284 AC[1], at King's Landing
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appears)

Played by Joe Dempsie
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3

Gendry is a blacksmith apprentice for master Tobho Mott in King's Landing. When Gendry was old enough, an unknown lord paid his apprentice fee so he could learn to be a blacksmith; he does not know he is a bastard son of King Robert I.[2] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Joe Dempsie.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Gendry

Gendry is of a similar age as Robb Stark. Tall and very muscled, he has blue eyes and thick, black hair.[2] When he grows a beard, it is also thick and black.[3] He is stubborn, and easily confused.[2][3]


Gendry - by Henning Ludvigsen ©

Gendry was born in King's Landing not knowing who his father was. His mother was a worker at an alehouse who died when he was still a young boy. All he remembers of her was that she had blonde hair. Tobho Mott, a master smith, took him on as an apprentice after being paid double the customary fee by a man who concealed his identity. It is possible that this man was Varys, using one of his disguises.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Eddard Stark recognizes that Gendry is Robert Baratheon's bastard. © FFG

When Eddard Stark investigates the death of Jon Arryn, he meets several people who had met with Arryn shortly before his death, including Gendry. At once he sees the similarity with Robert Baratheon and recognizes that Gendry is his bastard. Eddard tells Tobho Mott that if Gendry ever shows interest in wielding a sword, he should send him to Eddard. Gendry has shown promise as a smith and made a helmet in the shape of a bull. Eddard compliments the helmet, offering to purchase it, but Gendry refuses, to the shame of the master smith.[2]

A Clash of Kings

After Eddard Stark's fall and eventual execution, arrangements are made for Yoren of the the Night's Watch to take Gendry to the Wall with him. Gendry travels north with Yoren and thirty other recruits, including a disguised Arya Stark, Lommy Greenhands, Hot Pie, Jaqen H'ghar, Rorge, Biter, and others.[4] Not far from King's Landing they are stopped by several gold cloaks, who demand that Yoren give up Gendry as he is wanted by Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. Yoren refuses, and with his recruits chases off the gold cloaks.[5]

Later, near an abandoned town by the God's Eye, the recruits are attacked by soldiers led by Ser Amory Lorch. Yoren is killed and Gendry is one of the few to escape, along with Arya, Lommy, and Hot Pie. Whilst on reconnaissance with Arya, Gendry confronts her about being a girl. He eventually has the truth out of her and is subsequently embarrassed by how crass he had spoken to her when she was in fact highborn. Gendry is captured later by soldiers led by Ser Gregor Clegane. The soldiers spare his life, since a smith is useful.[3] After Raff the Sweeting kills Lommy, they are taken to Harrenhal, where Gendry works as a smith. When Arya decides to escape from Harrenhal, however, she persuades Gendry and Hot Pie to join her.[6]

A Storm of Swords

While traveling in the direction of Riverrun, Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie are captured by the brotherhood without banners.[7] At the Peach in Stoney Sept, Gendry declines sleeping with Bella.[8] Gendry is impressed with Thoros of Myr's description of the ideals of the brotherhood, and decides to join them. He is knighted by Lord Beric Dondarrion, thus becoming Ser Gendry, knight of the hollow hill.[9]

A Feast for Crows

While questing to find Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth encounters Gendry working as a smith at the inn at the crossroads, and is shocked by his striking resemblance to Renly Baratheon. At the inn, Brienne duels with Rorge and slays him, only to be savaged by Biter. Gendry saves Brienne's life by driving a spear through Biter's neck.[10]

Quotes by Gendry

Arya: You're not my brother.

Gendry: That's right. I'm too bloody lowborn to be kin to m'lady high.
Arya: That's not the way I meant it.

Gendry: Yes it is. Go away. I want to drink this wine in peace. then maybe I'll go find that black-haired girl and ring her bell for her.[8]

- Arya Stark and Gendry

Quotes about Gendry

Ned studied the shape of his jaw, the eyes like blue ice. "Yes," he thought, "I see it." [2]

- thoughts of Eddard Stark

You saw the boy. Such a strong boy. Those hands of his, those hands were made for hammers. He had such promise, I took him on without a fee.[2]

- Tobho Mott to Eddard Stark

Gendry had his own secret, though even he didn't seem to know what it was.[11]

- thoughts of Arya Stark

Bella: Don't he like girls?
Arya: He's just stupid. He likes to polish helmets and beat on swords with hammers.[8]

- Bella and Arya Stark

Family Tree

Robert I
Renly I
Stannis I
Joffrey I
Tommen I
9 Others

References and Notes

  1. See the Gendry calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya V.
  4. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 1, Arya I.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 5, Arya II.
  6. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 13, Arya II.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 37, Brienne VII.
  11. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 3, Arya I.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen