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Alias Lady Tysha of House Silverfist
Born In 272 AC[1]
Spouse Tyrion Lannister
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Tysha was a peasant girl of the westerlands and the first wife of Tyrion Lannister.

Character and Appearance

See also: Images of Tysha

Tysha was dark-haired, slender, and beautiful in Tyrion's eyes. He describes her as being scarcely a year older than himself.[2] She used to sing "The Seasons of My Love".[2]


When he was thirteen years old, Tyrion Lannister met Tysha on a lonely road near Lannisport, where she was being accosted by some men. Tyrion's brother, Jaime Lannister, drove off the men while Tyrion took care of her. She was a crofter's daughter, orphaned when her father died of an illness. Tyrion fell in love with her and they were married by a drunken septon with pigs as witnesses.[2][3] Tyrion settled Tysha in a cottage near the Sunset Sea.[2][4]

When Lord Tywin Lannister found out from the septon a fortnight later, he had Jaime tell Tyrion that Tysha was a whore who had been paid to make Tyrion a man. Tywin then had her gang raped by his guards in their barracks; for each guard, he gave her a silver. To drive the lesson home, Tywin forced his son to be the last man, for whom Tysha was paid a gold coin, because Lannisters were worth more.[2]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

After leaving the Eyrie, Tyrion Lannister and Bronn make camp on the high road and Tyrion tells Bronn of his first wife. Bronn states that he would have killed the man who did that to him and Tyrion remarks that he might yet; a Lannister always pays his debts.[2]

A Clash of Kings

On his way to visit Shae at her manse in King's Landing, Tyrion is reminded of Tysha when he hears music. He thinks he is free of Tysha's memory, having found Shae. Tyrion confides in Shae about his history with Tysha.[5]

After sustaining an injury at the Battle of the Blackwater, a feverish Tyrion dreams of Tysha and their brief life together.[4]

A Storm of Swords

After Tyrion and Sansa Stark are forced to wed, Tyrion tells her that he was once briefly married to Lady Tysha of House Silverfist, whose banners depicted a gold coin and a hundred silver coins on a bloody sheet.[3]

Aboard the Merling King when Sansa Stark tells Littlefinger that Tyrion did not poison Joffrey Baratheon, he replies that Tyrion's hands are far from clean, and that he had a wife before her.[6] Sansa tells him that Tyrion told her that. Littlefinger then asks her if Tyrion told her that after he grew bored of her he made a gift of her to his fathers guardsmen. Littlefinger tells Sansa that Tyrion might have done the same to her in time and that she should shed no tears for the Imp.[6]

When Ser Jaime Lannister rescues his brother Tyrion from prison he confesses that Tysha was no whore, and that their father, Lord Tywin Lannister, thought the lowborn Tysha only desired the wealth of Casterly Rock. Tyrion realizes that Tysha had been genuinely in love with him, and he becomes furious with Jaime. He leaves his brother to find Varys, who is to take him out of the Red Keep. Before leaving, however, Tyrion makes his way to the chambers of Tywin in the Tower of the Hand. Tyrion demands his father tell him what happened to Tysha. Tywin does not remember, simply stating that she went "wherever whores go". When Tywin again refers to Tysha as a whore, Tyrion slays him with a crossbow and escapes.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

All throughout his travels in Essos Tyrion is haunted by his father's cruel answer and constantly wonders to himself, "Where do whores go?"[8][9][10] A prostitute in Selhorys does not recognize Tysha's name when she is asked by Tyrion.[11]

Quotes by Tysha

I love you, Tyrion. I love your lips. I love your voice, and the words you say to me, and how you treat me gentle. I love your face.[4]
- Shae to Tyrion Lannister

Quotes about Tysha

She was scarcely a year older than I was, dark-haired, slender, with a face that would break your heart. It certainly broke mine. Lowborn, half-starved, unwashed ... yet lovely.[2]
Tyrion Lannister to Bronn

His sweet innocent Tysha had been a lie from start to finish, only a whore his brother Jaime had hire to make him a man.[5]
- thoughts of Tyrion Lannister

She was no whore. I never bought her for you. That was a lie that Father commanded me to tell. Tysha was... she was what she seemed to be. A crofter's daughter, chance met on the road.[7]

Jaime Lannister to Tyrion Lannister

A girl, she was only a girl, no older than Sansa.[7]

– thoughts of Tyrion Lannister

Ah yes. Your first whore... She'd learned her place.[7]

Tywin Lannister, to Tyrion Lannister

Sansa, Shae, all my women … Tysha was the only one who ever loved me. Where do whores go?[12]
– thoughts of Tyrion Lannister

References and Notes

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