Lyonel Baratheon

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Lyonel Baratheon
the Laughing Storm
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Alias The Laughing Storm[1]
Allegiance House Baratheon
Culture Stormlander
Born In or before 194 AC[3]Storm's End[4]
Died In 239245 AC[3]
Spouse Unknown[2]
Issue Daughter[5]

Lyonel Baratheon, known as the Laughing Storm, was the Lord of Storm's End and the head of House Baratheon during the reign of King Aegon V Targaryen.[6]

Appearance and Character

Lyonel was a "swaggering giant of a man";[5] he is described as being a head taller than Ser Raymun Fossoway and almost as tall as Ser Duncan the Tall,[1] who was measured at 6'11".[7]

In tourneys, Lyonel wore a cloth-of-gold surcoat bearing the crowned stag of his house, and had an antlered helm.[1] He had the habit of laughing loudly of his opponents which earned him his nickname of "the Laughing Storm" and made him a great favorite of the smallfolk.[1] Lyonel was considered one of the finest fighters of his day.[1][5] Lyonel brought glory onto House Baratheon.[5]


Ashford Tourney

Lyonel, by Even Mehl Amundsen ©

Lyonel was heir to Storm's End when he participated in the tourney at Ashford Meadow in 209 AC.[8][4] In the first tilt he challenged Ser Robert Ashford. After breaking nine lances they both lost their saddles on their tenth course, only to rise together to fight on, sword against mace. Finally a battered Robert admitted defeat, and Lyonel become a champion in his place.[1]

Lyonel fought multiple matches against lesser foes, often breaking into booming laughter the moment they touched his shield. If his challengers wore any sort of crest on their helm, Lyonel would strike it off and fling it into the crowd.[1] He joined Ser Duncan the Tall in the trial of seven, knighting Raymun Fossoway shortly before it started.[1]

Lord of Storm's End

Lyonel was a leal supporter of King Aegon V Targaryen when he was Lord of Storm's End, so the king was pleased to arrange a betrothal of his eldest son and heir, Prince Duncan Targaryen, to Lord Lyonel's daughter.[2][5]

Prince Duncan later broke that betrothal when he fell in love and married the commonborn Jenny of Oldstones. This enraged Lord Lyonel, who felt the honor of House Baratheon was insulted. He renounced his fealty to the Iron Throne and declared himself Storm King. A short rebellion followed, which ended when Lyonel yielded to Ser Duncan the Tall of the Kingsguard during a trial by battle. Prince Duncan renounced his claim to the throne, and King Aegon agreed to betroth his youngest daughter, Princess Rhaelle Targaryen, to Lyonel's heir, Ormund Baratheon. Aegon V sent Rhaelle to Storm's End as Lord Lyonel's cupbearer and companion to his lady wife.[2][5]


Lyonel had at least one daughter.[5] His relation to his heir and successor, Lord Ormund Baratheon,[6] is currently unknown. As well as his relation to Gowen Baratheon, the third son of a Lord of Storm's End[9] reigning roughly at the time when Lyonel was the heir to Storm's End.[N 1]



  1. This Lord of Storm's End ruled at the time of Gowen and Tya's wedding. In 298 AC, it has been roughly ninety years ago since Gowen and Tya were wed, placing their marriage around 208 AC. While Lyonel was known to be the heir to Storm's End in 209 AC.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 The Hedge Knight.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
  3. 3.0 3.1 See the Lyonel Baratheon calculation.
  4. 4.0 4.1 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Lyonel Baratheon.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
  7. The Sworn Sword.
  8. The Hedge Knight (graphic novel collection)
  9. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 45, Eddard XII.