A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 1) Chapter 29 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 29 Summary

Sansa is attending the Hand’s tourney with Septa Mordane and Jeyne Poole, and it is even better than the songs. The knights of the Kingsguard have all entered the lists, as has Ser Gregor Clegane, nicknamed “the Mountain That Rides.” Many have come, including Thoros of Myr, who is not a knight but rather a fat warrior priest in red robes. The girls fantasize about marrying handsome Lord Beric Dondarrion. Of the northerners, Jory advances furthest, but it seems that Gregor will dominate the jousting, especially after he kills one young knight from the Vale. The boy dies right in front of Sansa, who calmly realizes that no songs will be sung about him. Jaime, the Cleganes, and Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers, are the final four, and they will compete again the next day. At the feast, Sansa finds herself drunk on the magic of the evening, and she hopes that Ser Loras, who has given her a red rose and compliments on her beauty, will win the tourney. Joffrey serves Sansa himself. When Sansa admits that she would appreciate an escort back to the castle, Joffrey summons Sandor Clegane to take her away. As they walk, Sansa compliments Sandor on his gallantry, but the Hound, drunk, dismisses them and calls her a talking bird. He tells her that Gregor killed the knight from the Vale on purpose and then forces her to look at the burn scars on his face. When Sansa finds no pretty words to describe the scars, Clegane tells her that it was Ser Gregor that burned him when they were children after Sandor played with one of his older brother’s toys. Sansa declares Gregor “no true knight.” Sandor tells Sansa that he will kill her if she ever tells anyone how he was burned.