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So in Game of Thrones I know that The Mountain is older than The Hound; but as everyone knows, the Mountain is a knight. Many would say that the hound is also a knight but this isn't technically true (as he was never knighted, and famously doesn't accept the title "Ser"). Also, as far as I can tell the Clegane brothers have no cousins. I know a member of house Clegane sat on Tywin's war council at Harrenhal but I'm pretty sure he's dead. So is the Hound the Lord of House Clegane or am I wrong about General Clegane being dead?

  • I don't remember seeing any of that information about him being divulged on the tv show. – Dredd Apr 19 '15 at 14:18
  • Clearly memory isn't your strong suit. – Matthew Stevenson Apr 19 '15 at 19:44
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    Ok, three points: 1. The Mountain being a Knight does not stop him from inheriting his father's estate. 2. The Hound was a sworn member of the Kingsguard, so he did give away his rights to his father's estate. 3. Given that Sandor has defected from his vows, he is probably considered an outlaw or traitor, so he probably has a price on his head, instead of estates coming his way... – Möoz Apr 20 '15 at 0:06
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    @mooz I believe you have covered everything in comments you can post it as answer – Panther Apr 20 '15 at 2:36
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    Mountain was knight , however Knight s are not forbidden to marry , own property or become Lord. Such vows are for maester , night watch and kingsguard – Panther Apr 20 '15 at 2:47
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It seems not.

You are correct to assume that The Mountain (Gregor Clegane) comes before The Hound (Sandor Clegane) in the order of inheritance1, since he is older.

The only misunderstanding is that a Knight cannot inherit lands2. The opposite is correct, a Knight can inherit the House's estate. For example Edmure Tully is a Knight, he is also the Heir Apparent of House Tully; in fact he becomes Lord Tully once Lord Hoster Tully (his father) passes away.

Therefore, Knight or not, Gregor is the Heir Apparent of House Clegane. Until his death at the hands of The Viper.

The only 'vows' which deprive you of inheritance are:

Which means that theoretically, since Gregor is dead and Sandor has given up his claim to his father's lands, House Clegane is extinct.

Or is it?
You see, traditionally, members of the Kingsguard have always been Sworn Knights first4, and seeing that Sandor is famously "not a Knight", it may be argued that he also was never legitimately a member of the Kingsguard, and can keep his claim to his father's estate.

“The king and council have determined that no man in the Seven Kingdoms is more fit to guard and protect His Grace than his sworn shield, Sandor Clegane.”
“How do you like that, dog?” King Joffrey asked.
The Hound’s scarred face was hard to read. He took a long moment to consider. “Why not? I have no lands nor wife to forsake, and who’d care if I did?” The burned side of his mouth twisted. “But I warn you, I’ll say no knight’s vows.”
“The Sworn Brothers of the Kingsguard have always been knights,” Ser Boros said firmly.
“Until now,” the Hound said in his deep rasp, and Ser Boros fell silent.
-A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One - A Game of Thrones, Chapter 50 (Sansa V).

Ultimately, it comes down to George R. R. Martin's words on inheritance:

The short answer is that the laws of inheritance in the Seven Kingdoms are modelled on those in real medieval history... which is to say, they were vague, uncodified, subject to varying interpretations, and often contradictory.
-http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/1053


1. My break-down of the laws of inheritance in Westeros.

2. http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Knight#Practices

3. http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Kingsguard#cite_note-Rtwoiaf.7B.7B.7B2.7D.7D.7D.7B.7B.7B3.7D.7D.7D-3

4. http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/A_Game_of_Thrones-Chapter_57

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    Hurt your brain? I hope it does, it hurt mine to write it! – Möoz Apr 20 '15 at 3:12
  • Even though I personally believe that Kyburn will save Gregor that was still the best answer I have ever read. My brain is hurting alittle but the important thing is that my question has been answered. – Matthew Stevenson Apr 20 '15 at 6:21
  • @MathewStevenson I thought about that, but I'm not sure if it will matter... Interesting though. Also, the only other undeads we've met, haven't gone back to reclaim their homes - Lady Stoneheart, Beric Dondarrion)... Also, have you read the books? I don't want to spoil anything for you... – Möoz Apr 20 '15 at 11:36
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    Despite what Robert Strong's origins are, Ser Gregor is officially dead. Also, despite Sandor's status within the Kingsguard, he remains an attainted traitor so he can't inherit House Clegane (unless a king pardons him). So unless something dramatic happens (and we know it will) House Clegane is extinct. – System Down Apr 20 '15 at 15:38
  • No I haven't I'm afraid. – Matthew Stevenson Apr 20 '15 at 19:39

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