Gregor Clegane

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Gregor Clegane
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The Mountain That Rides The Mountain

Ser Robert Strong
Title Ser
Allegiance House Clegane
House Lannister
Born In 266 AC
Died In 300 AC
Book(s) A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons

Played by Conan Stevens
TV series Season 1

Ser Gregor Clegane is head of House Clegane and a bannerman to House Lannister. Gregor is a freakishly large man and for this he is often called The Mountain That Rides or simply The Mountain.

In the TV series he is played by Conan Stevens.[1]

Character and Appearance

Gregor Clegane is well known for his size, cruelty, and prowess in battle. Gregor Clegane is extremely tall and strong, At 7'11 he is close to eight feet. He has "massive shoulders and arms thick as the trunk of small trees."[2] Gregor weighs over thirty stone, nearly all of it muscle making him near inhumanly strong. Gregor's strength allows him to wield a six-foot, two-handed great sword with just one hand, giving him enormous reach. Such is the power of Gregors strength that he has been known to hack men in half with just a single blow.

In battle he wears the heaviest, thickest plate armour in the Seven Kingdoms. His armor is so heavy that no ordinary man would be able to move let alone fight effectively while wearing it, his armour makes him near invincible in combat. Below the plate he wears chainmail and boiled leather. He also wears a plate helm with only a narrow slit for vision, atop of which is a stone fist punching up towards the sky. Gregor carries an extremely thick oaken shield bearing the three black dogs of House Clegane, and wields a six foot greatsword.[3]

Gregor is known for his violence and cruelty. Despite being a dim and brutal man he has excellent warrior instincts.[4] He is very solitary never leaving his own lands except for wars or tournaments.[5]

According to his squire, Gregor constantly suffers from extreme headaches and consumes vast quantities of the Milk of poppy the way lesser men consume ale to try and dull the pain.[6] This might be an explanation for Gregors near uncontrollable temper. Gregor once even killed one of his own men just because the soldier snored too loudly.


Gregor's history is dark and filled with blood. As a twelve-year-old, he caused his brother Sandor's facial scars by holding the seven-year-old boy's face to a hot brazier as punishment for playing with a toy he had discarded. Their father spread the story that the injuries were caused by bedding that had caught fire.[7]

Four years later, he was knighted by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen.[8] There were rumors that Gregor killed his father, sister, and his first two wives. His keep is said to be a grim place where servants vanish unaccountably and even the keep dogs are afraid to enter the halls. Gregor has committed rapes and cold blooded murders beyond count but his most infamous deed came from his service to House Lannister during Robert's Rebellion.

Aged 17, he was one of the first Lannister soldiers to enter King's Landing during its sack at the end of the war. He and Ser Amory Lorch scaled the Red Keep. Gregor entered the nursery of the infant Prince Aegon, son of Prince Rhaegar, and killed the baby present by dashing the boy's head against a wall. Then he raped and murdered Aegon's mother Princess Elia Martell, supposedly with the boy's blood and brains still on his hands.[9][10][11]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Gregor jousts at the Tourney of the Hand

Ser Gregor takes part in the Tourney of the Hand. He slays Ser Hugh of the Vale in his second joust when his lance rides up and pierces the knight's throat. According to Sandor Clegane, Gregor noticed the knight's gorget was not fastened properly and Gregor purposely drove his lance there. [12] He defeats Ser Balon Swann, and is finally unhorsed by Ser Loras Tyrell, who rides a mare in heat to the joust, which unnerves Ser Gregor's stallion. Gregor falls into a rage and kills his stallion with one blow of his sword. He then attacks the unprepared Ser Loras, and would have killed him if his brother had not intercepted him. He finally comes to his senses when King Robert orders him to stop.[13]

After Tyrion Lannister is kidnapped by Catelyn Stark, Gregor is commanded by Tywin Lannister to raid the Riverlands to draw Eddard Stark out. However Eddard due to his injured leg could not go and execute Gregor himself, Eddard Stark strip him of his titles and lands, and his life forfeit, sending Lord Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr to lead a party and bring Gregor to the king's justice.[14] Gregor ambushed this party and kills Beric for the first time in the ensuing clash.[15] After the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings, he joins with lord Tywin's host and commanded the left flank during the Battle of the Green Fork, leading by intimidation.[16]

A Clash of Kings

Clegane's band sacks castle Darry, where Ser Gregor kills the eight-year-old Lord Lyman Darry. The Mountain also takes Stone Hedge, puts the castle to the torch, takes the food supplies, and burns the harvest of Jonos Bracken. After which he then rapes one of Bracken's daughters.[17]

He then continues his raiding, causing enormous destruction and killing entire villages with impunity. For a time he unwittingly holds Arya Stark as a captive, and she witnesses many of his atrocities first hand.[18]

Gregor Clegane's band then attacks the crossing at the Stone Mill, which is defended by Tully forces. Gregor's force is pushed back, however, and he is forced to retreat.[19]

A Storm of Swords

Gregor and Oberyn fight, by AbePapakhian

Ser Gregor's band attacks what is left of the retreating Northern army that attacked Duskendale, taking several highborn captives including Wylis Manderly. Tywin Lannister later orders Ser Gregor to take Harrenhal, which is being held by Vargo "The Goat" Hoat, and put the castle to the sword. A cook who had his foot cut off by Hoat opens a postern gate for Clegane.

His band butchers all the inhabitants of castle (bar the cook who opened the gate, the castle smith Ben Blackthumb and a girl named Pia who the mountain and his men rape repeatedly). Clegane also kills Hoat, but takes his time about it, removing Hoats limbs one at the time and sealing the wounds with fire to stop Hoat dying quickly by bleeding to death. He then has the limbs cooked (he called this "Roast Goat"), before forcing Hoat to eat his own flesh. Clegane also has all his Northern captives have a taste of "Roast Goat".

When Tyrion Lannister demands trial by combat to prove his innocence in the murder of Joffrey Baratheon, Tyrion's accuser, Cersei Lannister announces that her champion will be Ser Gregor.[20] Elia's brother, Oberyn Martell, seeing a chance to fulfill his family's long-held desire for vengeance against her murderer, champions Tyrion in opposition. Clegane fights with heavy armor, his thick oaken shield and wields his greatsword in one hand, but Oberyn outfights him with speed and a poisoned spear. Though most of Oberyn's attacks were deflected by Gregors plate, Oberyn cleverly attacked the weakest points of Gregors armor, the joints, and eventually wounded Clegane after the Mountain tired from chasing Oberyn. After being poisoned and crippled by numerous wounds, Clegane manages to grab hold of Oberyn and crush him to death. Before killing Oberyn, however, Clegane roars that he killed Elia and Aegon for all to hear.[21]

A Feast for Crows

Gregor Clegane by Wouter Bruneel.

Despite Gregor's victory, Oberyn's poison results in a long, agonizing death by mortification. The venom turns the blood in Clegane body black and any leeches that touch him died instantly. His piss is full of pus, and the venom also eats a hole the size of a fist in Clegane's side. His screams of agony are so loud they can be heard in the entire Red Keep, and even wake several people up during the night. Insensible and dying, he is brought to the dungeons below the Red Keep by Qyburn, who is allowed to experiment on him before his purported death. According to Qyburn the poison was manticore venom thickened with sorcery to draw out the Mountain's dying instead of killing instantly.[22]

An enormous skull said to be Gregor's is sent to Dorne as recompense for the deaths of Elia, Aegon, and Oberyn.[23] However, Qyburn mentions working on creating an unbeatable champion for Cersei and has her order a suit of plate armor so thick and heavy that the armorer who created it states that no man is strong enough to move and fight in it.

A Dance with Dragons

The ostensible skull of Ser Gregor is brought to Sunspear by Ser Balon Swann of the Kingsguard, and is presented to Prince Doran, Arianne Martell, and the eldest of the Red Viper's eight bastard daughters (Obara, Tyene and Nymeria Sand).[24]

Meanwhile, in King's Landing, the death of Arys Oakheart in Dorne leaves a vacancy on the Kingsguard. The imprisoned Queen Cersei requests that the white cloak be brought to Lord Qyburn[25], who unveils an enormous eight-foot-tall knight encased from head to heel in gleaming white armor.[26] Other members of the Kingsguard claim that their new brother does not eat, sleep, drink, or even visit the privy. He is never seen without his armor and never removes his helm. He never speaks and it is claimed by Qyburn that he has taken a holy vow of silence until Cersei's innocence is proven and the realm purged of evil. He wears a helm bearing seven plumes in the colours of the Faith and his cloak of office is clasped with icons in the shape of seven-pointed stars.

Though he is introduced as Ser Robert Strong many in the Red Keep have guessed the identity of the silent giant. However it is unknown what will be revealed if that visor is ever removed. [27] See:Robert Strong/Theories.

Gregor Clegane's Men


Founder of
House Clegane
Ser Clegane
3 wives

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References and Notes

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