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Nov. 6th, 2009 (UTC)

Ned says this in the book:

"The waters of the Trident ran red around the hooves of their destriers as they circled and clashed, again and again, until at last a crushing blow from Robert's hammer stove in the dragon and the chest beneath it. When Ned had finally come on the scene, Rhaegar lay dead in the stream"

You can definitely swing a warhammer from horseback. Historically, a typical horseman's hammer would be about 2 feet long and weigh not much past 3 lbs. A sword would be as much as a foot longer, and weigh right around or under 3 lbs. typically. So, very similar, although obviously the weight distribution is different.

Robert's warhammer seems to be a bit fancifully heavy, and presumably a bit larger than the norm in history, but he's supposed to have been almost superhumanly strong.

There were also somewhat larger warhammers in existence, probably two-handed weapons used by infantry. Not hugely bigger or heavier, though.

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