Mern IX Gardener

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Mern IX Gardener
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Mern IX Gardener as depicted in Game of Thrones: Histories & Lore.
Reign Century of Blood
Full Name Mern of House Gardener, the Ninth of His Name
Titles King of the Reach
Lord of Highgarden
Heir Prince Edmund Gardener
Successor None
Personal Information
Died In 2 BC[1], at the Field of Fire[1]
Royal House House Gardener
Issue Prince Edmund Gardener
Prince Gawen Gardener
2 unnamed sons
Books The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Rise of the Dragon (mentioned)

Mern IX Gardener was the last King of the Reach and Lord of Highgarden from House Gardener.[2][1] He and King Loren I Lannister are remembered collectively as the Two Kings.[3]


After Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros, set on conquering the Seven Kingdoms. King Mern IX of the Reach and King Loren I Lannister of the Rock agreed to join forces and throw the invaders back into the sea. The two armies gathered near Goldengrove in the Reach. Since he had brought half as many more men, Mern had the honor of commanding the center of the combined army from the Reach and the westerlands. Edmund, Mern's son and heir, was to lead the vanguard, while another son, Gawen, accompanied the king with the banner.[1]

Mern led the charge against Aegon's army alongside his kin. The combined might of the Reach and the Rock began to break the Targaryen host, but Aegon and his sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys, took to the sky with their dragons. The beasts killed 4,000 men of the combined army at the Field of Fire, among them Mern and his sons, grandsons, brothers, cousins, and other kin.[4] Another thousand men perished from sword and spears and arrows. One nephew of King Mern survived, but he died of his burns three days later, ending House Gardener.[1]


Garse VII
Mern IX
2 Sons
2 Grandsons


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion II.