Gandalug Battlehammer was the first and ninth king of Mithral Hall. He was imprisoned by Yvonnel Baenre before he was freed after Yvonnel's death in the Battle of Mithral Hall.[1]

History Edit

Gandalug was the first patron of Mithral Hall. As he grew old, he found his closest friend in the battlerager Crommower Pwent, an ancestor of Thibbledorf Pwent, who later became a close friend of King Bruenor Battlehammer. Gandalug eventually gave the kingdom to his son and, with the aid of his companion Crommower, descended into the Underdark for a final journey and adventure. They encountered drow elves, led by Yvonnel Baenre, and there they engaged the drow. Crommower was killed by a drow death lance while he was slaying a drow wizard, and Gandalug's soul was stolen by Baenre.[citation needed]

Baenre tormented him for thousands of years, until the Time of Troubles, during which his soul was freed. He attempted to kill Baenre with her son Berg'inyon Baenre's own sword, but was foiled by an illithid ally. During the Battle of Keeper's Dale and the ferocious fighting in the tunnels, he was freed by his descendant Bruenor Battlehammer, the rogue drow Drizzt Do'Urden, Bruenor's adopted daughter Catti-brie, and the halfling Regis. He then took up the throne as the ninth King of Mithral Hall, allowing Bruenor and the Companions of the Hall to seek out adventure again.[citation needed]

Gandalug died not long after his ascension to the throne. With his death, Thibbledorf Pwent and the famed Gutbuster Brigade sought out Bruenor Battlehammer to inform him that he, the eighth King of Mithral Hall, was the tenth King of Mithral Hall.


Gandalug had three sons, the youngest, Bruenor Battlehammer I, became the second King of Mithral Hall.[2] The more well-known Bruenor Battlehammer is Gandalug's great-great-great-great grandson.[3]


  1. R.A. Salvatore (July 2003). The Thousand Orcs. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786929801.
  2. R.A. Salvatore (November 2005). The Legacy (reissued). (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3984-2.
  3. Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 83. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.