Dagmer Cleftjaw, by Rafal Hrynkiewicz © Fantasy Flight Games.
|Played by||Ralph Ineson|
|TV series||Game of Thrones: Season 2|
Dagmer, known as Cleftjaw and Dagmer Cleftjaw, is the ironborn captain of the longship Foamdrinker and the master-at-arms for House Greyjoy of Pyke. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, he is portrayed by Ralph Ineson.
Appearance and Character
Dagmer has a hideous scar on his mouth where it was cut with a longaxe. His front teeth are smashed, and both lips are split in two. Dagmer has snow white hair, and a shaggy beard, but the hair does not grow where the scar is. His remaining teeth are rotten.
Dagmer is the descendant of a House Greyjoy bastard from four or five generations ago. When Dagmer was a boy, a longaxe blow nearly killed him, splintering his jaw, smashing his front teeth, and leaving him four lips instead of two. Dagmer once spent a summer reaving in the Stepstones with a young Balon Greyjoy. He was one of the most skilled warriors of the ironborn when he was younger.
Dagmer Cleftjaw is the subject of stories that Old Nan told the Stark children. In her stories, Dagmer could not be killed. According to Old Nan, a foe had cut Dagmer's head in two with an axe, but Dagmer was so fierce that he simply pushed the two halves back together and held them in place until they healed.
A Clash of Kings
Lord Balon Greyjoy sends Dagmer to Old Wyk to raise the Stonehouses and the Drumms. He is then ordered to accompany Balon's surviving son, Theon, and Balon's brother, Aeron, during the harrying of the Stony Shore. When Theon attacks a northern village, Dagmer laughs and obeys when Theon orders him to stay behind and defend the eight longships.
When Theon returns after fighting Benfred Tallhart and his Wild Hares, he convinces Dagmer to follow his plan to take Winterfell, playing on the old reaver's lust for glory. Aeron will take six ships, excepting Theon's Sea Bitch and Dagmer's Foamdrinker, and continue raiding the western coast of the north. Dagmer is to attack Torrhen's Square and draw out the garrison from Winterfell when its castellan, Ser Rodrik Cassel, learns of the fearsome ironborn warrior. Dagmer objects that sieges are not the Old Way, and he would have not enough men to storm Torrhen's Square or defeat Rodrik's garrison, but Theon says he intends to slip in and take the under-manned Winterfell while the garrison is away.
A Storm of Swords
At some point after Rodrik and Leobald Tallhart, the castellan of Torrhen's Square, depart to retake Winterfell, Dagmer returns to Torrhen's Square, and his ironmen take the sparsely defended keep.
A Dance with Dragons
Dagmer continues to hold Torrhen's Square with his force of ironborn. Some of Asha Greyjoy's men consider leaving Deepwood Motte to aid Dagmer, but before they can do so, they are attacked by Stannis Baratheon in the fight by Deepwood Motte. After Asha is captured by Stannis, she offers to help him recover Torrhen's Square from Dagmer's ironmen, but Stannis is focused on the more important Winterfell.
Quotes by Dagmer
—Dagmer to Theon Greyjoy
—Dagmer to Theon Greyjoy
Quotes about Dagmer
—Theon Greyjoy's thoughts
His hair is white and his teeth are rotten, but he still has a taste for glory.—Theon Greyjoy's thoughts
—Theon Greyjoy to Dagmer
—thoughts of Bran Stark
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
- A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Dagmer.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 37, Theon III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 46, Bran VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 76, Jon XI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize.