List of tourneys in Westeros
This article lists the history of known tourneys in Westeros. The ordering below is roughly chronological. The dates are given in years after Aegon's Conquest (AC).
- 1 Tourneys
- 1.1 Legendary tourneys
- 1.2 Royal tourney of 28 AC
- 1.3 War for the White Cloaks
- 1.4 Completion of the Dragonpit
- 1.5 Tourney at White Harbor
- 1.6 Tenth year anniversary of Jaehaerys I's coronation
- 1.7 Wedding tourney at Duskendale
- 1.8 Tourney at Old Oak
- 1.9 Tourney of the Field of Roses
- 1.10 Tourney at Oldtown in honor of King Jaehaerys
- 1.11 Tourney to celebrate the fiftieth year of King Jaehaerys's reign
- 1.12 Tourney for King Viserys I's accession
- 1.13 Great tourney on the fifth anniversary of King Viserys I and Queen Alicent's marriage
- 1.14 Tourney at King's Landing for the wedding of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Ser Laenor Velaryon
- 1.15 Mêlée at Last Hearth
- 1.16 Unnamed tourney
- 1.17 Tourney at Lannisport
- 1.18 Princess Daenerys's wedding tourney
- 1.19 Tourney at King's Landing
- 1.20 Hastilude for Lord Baratheon's grandson
- 1.21 Tourney at King's Landing
- 1.22 Tourney at Maidenpool
- 1.23 Tourney at Ashford Meadow
- 1.24 Wedding tourney at Whitewalls
- 1.25 Tourney at Blackhaven
- 1.26 Winter Tourney at King's Landing
- 1.27 Tourney of the Silver Bridge
- 1.28 Tourney at Maidenpool
- 1.29 Oldtown tourney
- 1.30 Unknown tourney
- 1.31 Unknown tourney
- 1.32 Anniversary Tourney
- 1.33 Tournament in honor of Viserys's birth
- 1.34 Tourney at Storm's End
- 1.35 Unnamed melee
- 1.36 Great tourney at Harrenhal
- 1.37 King Robert's wedding
- 1.38 Unnamed tourney
- 1.39 Tourney in celebration of Balon Greyjoy's defeat
- 1.40 Unnamed tourney in King's Landing
- 1.41 Unnamed tourney in Duskendale
- 1.42 Lord Tywin's tourney
- 1.43 Unnamed tourney
- 1.44 Tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day
- 1.45 The Hand's tourney
- 1.46 Tourney on King Joffrey's name day
- 1.47 Melee at Bitterbridge
- 1.48 Melee at Runestone
- 2 Miscellaneous
- 3 References
The first tourney in Westeros is said to have been held in the Reach. According to legend, fifty lords competed for the hand of Maris the Maid, a daughter of Garth Greenhand. Argoth Stone-Skin is said to have won the tourney, but Maris wed Uthor of the High Tower before Argoth could claim her.
Loreon II Lannister, King of the Rock, is said to have held and been undefeated in the first tourney in the westerlands.
Royal tourney of 28 AC
- Prince Maegor Targaryen defeated three knights of the Kingsguard in the lists and won the melee.
War for the White Cloaks
Melee tournament to fill five vacancies in the Kingsguard. It was seven days long and held at the Golden Wedding.
Completion of the Dragonpit
Date: 55 AC
Joust, grand melee and a squire's tourney to celebrate the completion of the Dragonpit.
Tourney at White Harbor
Date: 58 AC
Tournament at White Harbor to celebrate Queen Alysanne's visit to the North.
Tenth year anniversary of Jaehaerys I's coronation
Date: 58 AC
Wedding tourney at Duskendale
Date: 72 AC
Tourney at Old Oak
Date: 73 AC
Tourney of the Field of Roses
House Tyrell held this tourney during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. It was regarded as the finest tournament in a generation.
Tourney at Oldtown in honor of King Jaehaerys
Lord Hightower staged a tourney at Oldtown in honor of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, who was visiting the city during one of his royal progresses. Ser Ryam Redwyne defeated all comers and was crowned champion of the tourney.
Champion: Ser Ryam Redwyne
Tourney to celebrate the fiftieth year of King Jaehaerys's reign
- Ser Ryam Redwyne and Ser Clement Crabb, both knights of the Kingsguard, broke thirty lances against each other before King Jaehaerys I Targaryen proclaimed them co-champions.
Tourney for King Viserys I's accession
At Maidenpool, Ser Criston Cole gave the melee victor's laurel to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, who gave him her favor for the joust.
- Ser Criston Cole defeated Prince Daemon Targaryen
- Ser Criston Cole unhorsed Prince Daemon Targaryen
- Ser Criston Cole unhorsed Ser Arryk Cargyll
- Ser Criston Cole unhorsed Ser Erryk Cargyll
- Lord Lymond Mallister unhorsed Ser Criston Cole
Great tourney on the fifth anniversary of King Viserys I and Queen Alicent's marriage
During this tourney, Queen Alicent Hightower dressed in green, whilst Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen dressed in black and red, creating the origin of the names greens and blacks for respective parties. Prince Daemon Targaryen returned to King's Landing during this tourney from his wars on the Stepstones to swear fealty to his brother, King Viserys I Targaryen.
- Ser Criston Cole unhorsed Ser Gwayne Hightower, Queen Alicent's youngest brother
- Ser Criston Cole unhorsed two cousins of Queen Alicent (specific names unknown)
- Ser Criston Cole unhorsed all other champions of Queen Alicent (specific names unknown)
Tourney at King's Landing for the wedding of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Ser Laenor Velaryon
- Ser Criston Cole, champion to Queen Alicent Hightower, defeats Ser Harwin Strong, champion to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen
- Ser Criston Cole defeats and mortally wounds Ser Joffrey Lonmouth, champion to Ser Laenor Velaryon
- Queen Alicent's siblings, including Ser Gwayne Hightower
- Four other sworn brothers of the Kingsguard
Mêlée at Last Hearth
This mêlée is known for having eighteen men killed and twenty-seven maimed during its proceedings.
- Prince Aemon Targaryen won as a mystery knight so he could name his sister Queen Naerys the queen of love and beauty, instead of King Aegon IV Targaryen's mistress.
Tourney at Lannisport
- Ser Arlan of Pennytree defeated Ser Damon Lannister.
Princess Daenerys's wedding tourney
- Prince Baelor Targaryen defeated Daemon Blackfyre in the final tilt, gaining the name "Baelor Breakspear".
Tourney at King's Landing
- Ser Arlan of Pennytree defeated Lord Stokeworth
- Ser Arlan of Pennytree defeated the Bastard of Harrenhal
Hastilude for Lord Baratheon's grandson
- Prince Baelor Targaryen defeated Ser Arlan of Pennytree (7 tilts according to Arlan, 4 according to Baelor)
Tourney at King's Landing
Reigniting the age-old feud between houses Blackwood and Bracken, Ser Otho "the Brute of Bracken" slew Lord Quentyn Blackwood at this tourney, smashing his helm and face with a blow from a blunted longaxe.
- Ser Otho Bracken defeated Lord Quentyn Blackwood, killing him in the process
Tourney at Maidenpool
Melee champion: Ser Humfrey Hardyng
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Ser Donnel of Duskendale
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Lord Royce
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Lord Arryn
Tourney at Ashford Meadow
The Ashford tourney provides the setting for The Hedge Knight and is presented in great detail in the short story, as well as in a graphic novel adaptation. Lord Ashford arranged the tourney in honor of his daughter, who reigned as queen of love and beauty and was defended by five champions. The outcome of the tournament is unknown to us, and the event itself came to be overshadowed by the trial of seven that developed out of a confrontation between Ser Duncan the Tall and Prince Aerion Brightflame, resulting in the death of Crown Prince Baelor Targaryen.
- Ser Tybolt Lannister defeated Ser Androw Ashford (6 tilts)
- Ser Lyonel Baratheon defeated Ser Robert Ashford (10 tilts)
- Lord Leo Tyrell defeated Lord Damon Lannister (3 tilts)
- Humfrey Hardyng defeated Lord Medgar Tully (2 tilts)
- Prince Valarr Targaryen defeated Ser Abelar Hightower (2 tilts)
- Lord Leo Tyrell defeated Lord Pearse Caron
- Ser Humfrey Hardyng defeated Ser Joseth Mallister
- Prince Valarr Targaryen defeated Lord Gawen Swann (2 tilts)
- Ser Tybolt Lannister defeated Ser Jon Penrose
- Lord Leo Tyrell defeated Ser Robyn Rhysling (4 tilts)
- Ser Humfrey Hardyng defeated Ser Humfrey Beesbury (13 tilts)
- Ser Humfrey Hardyng defeated Prince Aerion Targaryen (by forfeit)
Wedding tourney at Whitewalls
The tourney at Whitewalls provides the setting for The Mystery Knight and the Second Blackfyre Rebellion. It was arranged by Lord Ambrose Butterwell to celebrate his second marriage, to a daughter of House Frey. The format was a standard knock-out tournament; only a few outcomes are known to us, and the tourney was aborted prematurely when an army led by Lord Brynden Rivers surrounded Whitewalls. Two knights entered the lists under false names: Ser Duncan the Tall as the mystery “Gallows Knight,” Daemon II Blackfyre as “John the Fiddler.”
- Ser Franklyn Frey defeated Ser Harbert Paege (5 tilts)
- Ser Glendon Flowers defeated Ser Argrave the Defiant (1 tilt)
- Lord Joffrey Caswell defeated Ser Kyle the Cat of Misty Moor (1 tilt)
- Ser Uthor Underleaf defeated Ser Duncan the Tall (1 tilt)
- Ser Uthor Underleaf defeated Ser Addam Frey
- Ser Glendon Flowers defeated Lord Alyn Cockshaw
- Daemon II Blackfyre defeated Ser Franklyn Frey
- Ser Glendon Flowers defeated Lord Costayne
- Ser Glendon Flowers defeated Ser Mortimer Boggs
- Ser Tommard Heddle defeated Ser Clarence Charlton
- Ser Uthor Underleaf defeated Ser Buford Bulwer (5 tilts)
- Daemon II Blackfyre defeated Ser Galtry the Green (10 tilts)
- Ser Glendon Flowers defeated Daemon II Blackfyre (1 tilt)
Tourney at Blackhaven
This tournament is notable as the first appearance of Barristan Selmy. Selmy, then a squire of ten years, acquired a suit of armor and entered the lists as a mystery knight. He jousted well until being defeated by Prince Duncan the Small and unmasked. He was dubbed Barristan the Bold for his deeds that day.
- Prince Duncan Targaryen defeated Barristan Selmy (mystery knight)
Winter Tourney at King's Landing
King Aegon V Targaryen knighted the 16-year-old Barristan Selmy for his great acts of prowess at this event.
- Barristan Selmy defeated Ser Duncan the Tall
- Barristan Selmy defeated Prince Duncan Targaryen
Tourney of the Silver Bridge
Only Ser Barristan Selmy's entry in the White Book tells of this tourney. He defended the passage against all comers.
Champion: Ser Barristan Selmy
Tourney at Maidenpool
Champion: Ser Barristan Selmy
- Ser Barristan Selmy defeated Blackshield, unmasking the mystery knight and revealing him to be the Bastard of Uplands
Champion: Ser Denys Mallister
Date: prior to 267 AC
- Ser Denys Mallister defeated Randyll Tarly's father
- Ser Denys Mallister defeated Alester Florent
Date: 272 AC
Lord Tywin Lannister, the Hand of the King, hosted a tourney at King's Landing to celebrate the tenth year of King Aerys II Targaryen's reign.
Tournament in honor of Viserys's birth
Date: 276 AC
Lord Tywin Lannister, the Hand of the King, held a tourney at Lannisport to honor the birth of Prince Viserys Targaryen. King Aerys II Targaryen refused Tywin's offer to marry Prince Rhaegar Targaryen to Cersei Lannister.
Champion: Ser Arthur Dayne
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Gerion Lannister
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Ser Tygett Lannister
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated twelve knights of the westerlands
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Ser Barristan Selmy
- Ser Arthur Dayne defeated Prince Rhaegar Targaryen
Tourney at Storm's End
Date: between 276 AC and 281 AC
The information about this tourney is problematic because some details in A Storm of Swords conflict. In response, George R. R. Martin suggested that the outlaw Simon Toyne was already dead by this time and the elderly Ser Barristan Selmy misremembered.
Champion: Ser Barristan Selmy
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Lord Steffon Baratheon
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Lord Jason Mallister
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Prince Oberyn Martell
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Simon Toyne
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Ser Arthur Dayne broke 12 lances (13 tilts)
- Ser Barristan Selmy defeated Ser Robert Baratheon
- Ser Barristan Selmy defeated Prince Oberyn Martell
- Ser Barristan Selmy defeated Lord Leyton Hightower
- Ser Barristan Selmy defeated Lord Jon Connington
- Ser Barristan Selmy defeated Lord Jason Mallister
- Ser Barristan Selmy defeated Prince Rhaegar Targaryen
Date: 279 AC
This may have been a squires-only melee.
- Champion: Ser Jaime Lannister
Great tourney at Harrenhal
Date: 281 AC
Possibly the most pivotal event prior to A Song of Ice and Fire, this tourney took place more than a decade before the events in A Game of Thrones, and few details have been disclosed so far. The tourney was held by Lord Walter Whent in honor of his daughter and to show off his house's power; it was the greatest tourney of its time and perhaps ever. Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was champion, and in the end chose Lyanna Stark as queen of love and beauty. This was scandalous in that, not only was Rhaegar already married (to Princess Elia Martell), but Lyanna herself was betrothed to Lord Robert Baratheon. Rhaegar's indiscretion culminated in his abduction of Lyanna a year later, which touched off the War of the Usurper and brought an end to Targaryen rule. Also at this occasion, fifteen-year-old Ser Jaime Lannister was admitted into the order of the Kingsguard, and a mystery knight, the "Knight of the Laughing Tree", appeared in the lists to fight for the honor of Howland Reed of Greywater Watch.
Joust: Champion: Prince Rhaegar Targaryen
- Unknown jousters defeated the four sons of Lord Walter Whent of Harrenhal
- Unknown defeated Ser Oswell Whent
- The Knight of the Laughing Tree defeated a member of House Haigh
- The Knight of the Laughing Tree defeated a member of House Blount
- The Knight of the Laughing Tree defeated a member of House Frey
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Lord Yohn Royce
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Brandon Stark
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Ser Arthur Dayne
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Ser Barristan Selmy
- Lord Robert Baratheon
King Robert's wedding
Date: 284 AC
A tourney was held in celebration of King Robert I Baratheon's marriage to Cersei Lannister.
Champion: Jaime Lannister
Date: Between 285 AC and 290 AC
- Oberyn Martell defeated Willas Tyrell (who was left crippled)
Tourney in celebration of Balon Greyjoy's defeat
Date: 289 AC
After King Robert I Baratheon's forces defeated the Greyjoy's Rebellion, a tourney was arranged in celebration at nearby Lannisport. Lord Jorah Mormont, recently knighted for his valorous acts in the final battle at Pyke, won the tournament and with it the hand of Lynesse Hightower, whose favor he wore.
Champion: Lord Jorah Mormont
- Lord Jorah Mormont defeated Lord Jason Mallister
- Jorah Mormont defeated Lord Yohn Royce
- Jorah Mormont defeated Ser Ryman Frey
- Jorah Mormont defeated Ser Hosteen Frey
- Jorah Mormont defeated Lord Whent
- Jorah Mormont defeated Ser Lyle Crakehall
- Jorah Mormont defeated Ser Boros Blount
- Jorah Mormont defeated Ser Jaime Lannister in the final tilt. After nine broken lances, King Robert awarded Jorah the victory.
Other participants: Lynesse's brothers, Ser Balman Byrch
Unnamed tourney in King's Landing
Date: 294 AC
Champion: Ser Barristan Selmy (aged 57)
Unnamed tourney in Duskendale
Date: 294 AC
According to Ser Balman Byrch, Queen Cersei Lannister was not present at the tourney or else she would have been crowned the queen of love and beauty.
Participant: Ser Balman Byrch
Lord Tywin's tourney
Date: 295 AC
Lord Tywin Lannister hosted a tourney in the westerlands. According to rumors, King Robert I Baratheon slept with a servant at Casterly Rock during the tourney. After the servant gave birth to twins, Queen Cersei Lannister had the infants killed and the mother sold to a slaver.
Date: 297 AC
- Ser Barristan Selmy defeated Sandor Clegane
Tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day
Date: 298 AC
Lord Tywin Lannister had brought a retinue to watch his son, Ser Jaime Lannister, in the tourney.
Joust: Champion: Ser Loras Tyrell
- A hedge knight defeated Ser Danwell Frey
- Ser Loras Tyrell defeated Ser Hosteen Frey
- Ser Loras Tyrell defeated Ser Jaime Lannister
- Lord Yohn Royce defeated Thoros of Myr
The Hand's tourney
Date: 298 AC,
This tourney is described in great detail over a number of chapters in A Game of Thrones. It is held at King's Landing in honor of Lord Eddard Stark, the newly appointed Hand of the King to Robert I Baratheon. It includes an archery tournament, a melee, and a round-based jousting competition. The jousting competition ends when Ser Gregor Clegane attacks Ser Loras Tyrell after their tilt. Sandor Clegane steps in and saves Ser Loras's life, fighting his own brother to an impasse. After King Robert puts a stop to the fighting, Ser Loras yields the final tilt to Sandor in gratitude.
Champion: Sandor Clegane
- Jory Cassel defeats a member of House Frey
- Jory Cassel defeats Ser Horas Redwyne
- Lothor Brune jousts Jory Cassel (after three tilts Lothor is awarded the victory)
- Ser Meryn Trant defeats Harwin of Winterfell
- Ser Balon Swann defeats Alyn of Winterfell
- Ser Jaime Lannister defeats Ser Andar Royce
- Ser Jaime Lannister defeats Ser Bryce Caron
- Ser Jaime Lannister defeats Ser Barristan Selmy
- Ser Gregor Clegane defeats Ser Hugh of the Vale (killing him in the process)
- Ser Gregor Clegane defeats Ser Balon Swann
- Lord Beric Dondarrion defeats a hedge knight in checkers (after the knight disgraces himself)
- Thoros of Myr defeats Lord Beric Dondarrion
- Ser Aron Santagar jousts against Lothor Brune (after three tilts they are awarded a draw)
- Lord Jason Mallister defeats Ser Aron Santagar
- Ser Robar Royce defeats Lothor Brune
- Ser Loras Tyrell defeats Ser Meryn Trant
- Ser Loras Tyrell defeats another knight of the Kingsguard
- Ser Loras Tyrell defeats a third knight of the Kingsguard
- Ser Loras Tyrell defeats Ser Robar Royce
- Ser Loras Tyrell defeats Ser Gregor Clegane in the semi-final tilt (Loras rides a mare in heat that distracts Gregor's stallion)
- Sandor Clegane defeats Lord Renly Baratheon
- Sandor Clegane defeats Ser Jaime Lannister in the semi-final tilt
- Sandor Clegane defeats Ser Loras Tyrell in the final tilt, as Loras yielded the match
Other participants: Lord Yohn Royce, Ser Hobber Redwyne, Ser Patrek Mallister, Ser Jared Frey, Ser Hosteen Frey, Ser Danwell Frey, Ser Emmon Frey, Ser Theo Frey, Ser Perwyn Frey, Ser Martyn Rivers, Jalabhar Xho, Ser Arys Oakheart, Ser Mandon Moore, Ser Preston Greenfield
Archery champion: Anguy the Archer, defeating Ser Balon Swann and Jalabhar Xho at the final distance
Melee champion: Thoros of Myr
Tourney on King Joffrey's name day
Date: 299 AC
This tourney happens in the first Sansa chapter of A Clash of Kings. It is held at King's Landing in honor of the young King Joffrey I Baratheon. It is called off prematurely by the king after the Ser Dontos Hollard shames himself by appearing drunk.
- Ser Meryn Trant defeats Ser Hobber Redwyne (two tilts)
- Ser Balon Swann defeats Morros Slynt (one tilt)
- Lothor Brune defeats Ser Dontos Hollard (by forfeit)
Melee at Bitterbridge
Date: 299 AC
Only the end of this event, a large melee of one hundred and sixteen knights, is described in the books, Chapter 22 in A Clash of Kings and Chapter 20 in A Feast for Crows. The tourney is arranged by the self-proclaimed King Renly Baratheon (younger brother of the late Robert I Baratheon) at Bitterbridge on his march towards King's Landing during the War of the Five Kings.
Champion: Brienne of Tarth
- Brienne of Tarth defeats Ser Richard Farrow, Ser Edmund Ambrose, Ser Big Ben Bushy, Ser Mark Mullendore, Ser Raymond Nayland, Ser Will the Stork, Ser Harry Sawyer, Ser Robin Potter, Ser Ronnet Connington, and Ser Loras Tyrell.
Melee at Runestone
Date: 300 AC
This is a melee for squires only.
Champion: Harrold Hardyng
The remaining results cannot be tied to a specific event. These encounters may have happened at the same tourney or not.
- Thoros of Myr defeated Ser Kevan Lannister (melee)
- Thoros of Myr defeated Sandor Clegane thrice (melee)
- Ser Daven Lannister defeated Ser Marq Piper (melee)
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Garth Greenhand.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Highgarden.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The North.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 The Hedge Knight.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
- ↑ The Mystery Knight.
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Some Continuity Oddities, February 12, 2001
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard V.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 35, Eddard IX.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard