A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Chapter 34 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 34 Summary

Arya and the others have finally arrived in the hollow hill. The Mad Huntsman has brought his prisoner, Sandor Clegane. Arya is surprised when she sees Thoros of Myr, who is no longer fat; nor does he shave his head now. In fact, he is skinny and his red robes have faded to pink beneath his armor. The Huntsman explains that he caught Clegane sleeping off a drunk under a tree. The Hound mocks Thoros and the others, who name themselves the knights of the hollow hill. Lord Beric Dondarrion arrives in the hall, looking like a scarecrow, and he explains that he has knighted every man in the hall. They charge Clegane with murder, which he denies. Arya, however, challenges him with Mycah the butcher boy's murder. Since there are no other witnesses and there is no way to tell whether Clegane is guilty or innocent, Beric offers Clegane trial by combat. Beric removes his armor and reveals the scars that have killed him so many times. Armed with a magical flaming sword, Beric meets Clegane in combat. The fire spreads to Clegane's body, but the Hound wins the duel. His sword thrusts down between Beric's neck and shoulder until it meets his breastbone. Clegane drops to the ground, rolling to put out the fire. Arya has prayed for Clegane to die hundreds of times and she grabs a dagger and rushes him. She stops when she sees his burnt arm and instead tells him to go to hell. Lord Beric, revived by Thoros, announces that the Hound is already there.