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House Clegane
House Clegane
Three black dogs on a dark yellow background.
Ser Gregor Clegane (not enobled)
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Date of founding
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House Clegane is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Lannister of Casterly Rock. Their lands are south-east of Casterly Rock and consist of a small patch of land and a modest house. They are landed knights rather than a full noble house, but have strong ties to the Lannisters.

The current head of the family is Ser Gregor Clegane, known as 'The Mountain That Rides'. Gregor has a younger brother, Sandor Clegane, known as 'The Hound'. The founder of House Clegane was the kennelmaster at Casterly Rock. Whilst accompanying Lord Tytos Lannister on an excursion, they were attacked by lion. He rescued his master and was awarded lands and title for his actions.[1]

The Clegane sigil is three black dogs on a dark yellow background.


Season 1

Ser Gregor rides in the tourney of the Hand in King's Landing. The house's banner flies at the tourney. He rides against Ser Hugh of the Vale. Gregor's lance splinters and pierces Hugh's neck, killing him.[2] He rides against Ser Loras Tyrell and is unhorsed. He is furious because his horse is distracted by Loras' mare, deliberately chosen as she was in heat. Gregor demands his sword and kills his horse before attacking Loras. Sandor intervenes to save Loras and King Robert ends the fight before blood is shed.[3]

In the books

In the Song of Ice and Fire novels, the kennelmaster lost three hounds and a leg in the process of saving Lord Tytos. As a reward, Lord Tytos gave him lands and a towerhouse and took his son as his squire. Their sigil is three dogs on a yellow field; the three dogs represent the dogs that died saving Lord Tytos.

Clegane's grandson, Gregor, became notable for his extreme size, and the rumour that he burned his younger brother's face as a child for playing with a toy without asking him. During Robert's Rebellion, Gregor Clegane proved worth and ferocity in battle for Lord Tywin Lannister, who took note of him and made him one of his inner council of battle leaders, noting that he was the most feared man in the realm.

Gregor's father, his younger sister, and his first two wives all died under unusual circumstances, leaving him and Sandor as the last members of the house.

According to the TV series official pronunciation guide developed for the cast and crew, "Clegane" is pronounced "Cli-GAIN", as opposed to "CLEG-ain", etc.

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