Capture of Harrenhal
|Capture of Harrenhal|
|Conflict||War of the Five Kings|
The capture of Harrenhal occurs during the War of the Five Kings. Ser Gregor Clegane and his men retake Harrenhal after the fighting at the fords of the Trident.
Lord Roose Bolton, having decided to switch his allegiance from House Stark to House Lannister, sends a third of the northern foot to defeat at Duskendale. Roose leaves Harrenhal to its new lord, Vargo Hoat of the Brave Companions, as he goes north to the Twins for the Red Wedding with the remaining northmen. There is fighting at the Trident while Roose is on his way to the wedding, as he allows Ser Gregor Clegane to overwhelm his rearguard at the ruby ford. Vargo suffers from infection after his ear is bitten off by Brienne of Tarth.
Under orders from Lord Tywin Lannister, Gregor and the Mountain's men retake Harrenhal. Almost all of Vargo's Brave Companions flee before he arrives, allowing Gregor to retake the castle easily. A cook, angered by having his foot cut off by Vargo, opens a postern gate to the Lannister men, and Vargo is found delirious and alone in the Hall of a Hundred Hearths.
Gregor's band butchers most inhabitants of the castle, although survivors include the cook, the smith Ben Blackthumb, and some women such as Pia whom the Lannisters rape repeatedly.
Gregor butchers Vargo, known as the goat, removing his limbs one at a time and sealing the wounds with fire to stop Vargo from bleeding to death. Gregor then has the limbs cooked and forces Vargo to eat his own flesh. Gregor also has his northern captives from the Trident, such as Ser Wylis Manderly, have a taste of "roast goat".
Harrenhal is again in the hands of House Lannister. Members of the Brave Companions are on the run throughout the riverlands. When Ser Jaime Lannister returns to Harrenhal after the death of Ser Gregor Clegane, the only servants remaining of those who had once served Lady Shella Whent are the maimed cook, Ben Blackthumb, and Pia.
Tywin: I mean to offer generous terms. Any castle that yields to us will be spared, save one.
Tyrion: Harrenhal?Tywin: The realm is best rid of these Brave Companions. I have commanded Ser Gregor to put the castle to the sword.
Sandor: So Gregor took Harrenhal?
Polliver: Didn't require much taking. The sellswords fled as soon as they knew we were coming, all but a few. One of the cooks opened a postern gate for us, to get back at Hoat for cutting off his foot. We kept him to cook for us, a couple wenches to warm our beds, and put all the rest to the sword.—Sandor Clegane and Polliver
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 44, Jaime VI.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.