Gendry by Amok ©
Ser Gendry of the hollow hill
|Allegiance||brotherhood without banners|
|Born||In 284 AC, at King's Landing|
A Game of Thrones (appears)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (appendix)
|Played by||Joe Dempsie|
|TV series||Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 7 | Season 8|
Gendry is a blacksmith apprentice for master Tobho Mott in King's Landing. When Gendry was old enough, an unknown lord paid his apprentice fee so he could learn to be a blacksmith; he does not know he is a bastard son of King Robert I. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Joe Dempsie.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Gendry
Gendry is of a similar age to Robb Stark. Tall and very muscled, he has blue eyes and thick, black hair. When he grows a beard, it is also thick and black. He is stubborn, and easily confused.
Gendry was born in King's Landing, and does not know who his father was. His mother was a worker at an alehouse, who died when he was still a young boy. All he remembers of her was that she had blond hair. Tobho Mott, a master smith, took him on as an apprentice after being paid double the customary fee by a man who concealed his identity. It is possible that this man was Varys, using one of his disguises.
A Game of Thrones
When Eddard Stark investigates the death of Jon Arryn, he meets several people who had met with Arryn shortly before his death, including Gendry. At once he sees the similarity with Robert Baratheon and recognizes that Gendry is his bastard. Eddard tells Tobho Mott that if Gendry ever shows interest in wielding a sword, he should send him to Eddard. Gendry has shown promise as a smith and made a helmet in the shape of a bull. Eddard compliments the helmet, offering to purchase it, but Gendry refuses, to the shame of the master smith.
A Clash of Kings
After Eddard Stark's fall and eventual execution, arrangements are made for Yoren of the Night's Watch to take Gendry to the Wall with him. Gendry travels north with Yoren and thirty other recruits, including a disguised Arya Stark, Lommy Greenhands, Hot Pie, Jaqen H'ghar, Rorge, Biter, and others. Not far from King's Landing they are stopped by several gold cloaks, who demand that Yoren give up Gendry as he is wanted by Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. Yoren refuses, and with his recruits chases off the gold cloaks.
Later, near an abandoned town by the God's Eye, the recruits are attacked by soldiers led by Ser Amory Lorch. Yoren is killed and Gendry is one of the few to escape, along with Arya, Lommy, and Hot Pie. Whilst on reconnaissance with Arya, Gendry confronts her about being a girl. He eventually has the truth out of her and is subsequently embarrassed by how crass he had spoken to her when she was in fact highborn. Gendry is captured later by soldiers led by Ser Gregor Clegane. The soldiers spare his life, since a smith is useful. After Raff the Sweeting kills Lommy, they are taken to Harrenhal, where Gendry works as a smith. When Arya decides to escape from Harrenhal, however, she persuades Gendry and Hot Pie to join her.
A Storm of Swords
While traveling in the direction of Riverrun, Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie are captured by the brotherhood without banners. At the Peach in Stoney Sept, Gendry declines sleeping with Bella. Gendry is impressed with Thoros of Myr's description of the ideals of the brotherhood, and decides to join them. He is knighted by Lord Beric Dondarrion, thus becoming Ser Gendry, knight of the hollow hill.
A Feast for Crows
While questing to find Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth encounters Gendry working as a smith at the inn at the crossroads, and is shocked by his striking resemblance to Renly Baratheon. At the inn, Brienne duels with Rorge and slays him, only to be savaged by Biter. Gendry saves Brienne's life by driving a spear through Biter's neck.
Quotes by Gendry
Arya: You're not my brother.
Gendry: That's right. I'm too bloody lowborn to be kin to m'lady high.Gendry: Yes it is. Go away. I want to drink this wine in peace. Then maybe I'll go find that black-haired girl and ring her bell for her.
Arya: That's not the way I meant it.
—Arya Stark and Gendry
Quotes about Gendry
—thoughts of Eddard Stark
You saw the boy. Such a strong boy. Those hands of his, those hands were made for hammers. He had such promise, I took him on without a fee.
Gendry had his own secret, though even he didn't seem to know what it was.—thoughts of Arya Stark
Bella: Don't he like girls?
Arya: He's just stupid. He likes to polish helmets and beat on swords with hammers.
- See the Gendry calculation.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 1, Arya I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 5, Arya II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 13, Arya II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 37, Brienne VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 3, Arya I.
- Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen