Lord of Casterly Rock

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Lord of Casterly Rock and Lady of Casterly Rock is the title held by the noble seated at the castle of Casterly Rock since Aegon's Conquest.

History

Following the Field of Fire,[1] King Loren I Lannister bent the knee to King Aegon I Targaryen. For this, he was named Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West.[2]

Lord Jason Lannister supported King Aegon II Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons, but was killed in the Battle at the Red Fork.[3][4][5]

Several decades later, during the First Blackfyre Rebellion, Lord Damon Lannister was defeated by Ser Quentyn Ball outside the gates of Lannisport. Tybolt inherited the lordship from Damon when the latter died of the Great Spring Sickness in 210 AC. His own death, two years later, occurred under suspicious circumstances.[5] Tybolt's only heir was his three-year old daughter, Cerelle, who ruled Casterly Rock with her uncle Gerold as her regent, for less than a year. The suddenness of her death at such a young age caused rumors that Gerold, who inherited Casterly Rock after Cerelle, had played a role in the deaths of both Tybolt and Cerelle.[5] Gerold was struck by illness and grief following the death of his heir, Tywald, in 233 AC during the Peake Uprising, but roused himself after his second son, Tion, died during the Third Blackfyre Rebellion in 236 AC, and began preparing his third son, Tytos, for the rule of the Westerlands.[5]

Tytos inherited Casterly Rock in 244 AC. During his reign, the power of House Lannister waned, as Tytos was weak-willed and indecisive, and was willing to forgive most debts and insults. His eldest son, Tywin Lannister, took matters into his own hands when he arrested Lord Walderran Tarbeck. When Tarbeck's wife, Lady Ellyn Reyne, took three Lannisters captive in response, Tytos ordered everyone released. Nigh on a year later, both House Tarbeck and House Reyne were destroyed by Tywin during the Reyne-Tarbeck revolt.[5]

Tywin inherited Casterly Rock in 267 AC. He served as Hand of the King for Aerys II Targaryen for twenty-one years.[5][6] Though he remained neutral throughout most of Robert's Rebellion, he marched his army to King's Landing near the end of the war, where he declared loyalty to Aerys and asked to be allowed inside the city.[7] Once the gates opened, Tywin's men sacked King's Landing.[8]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Lord Tywin Lannister is killed by his own son, Tyrion Lannister.[9]

A Feast for Crows

With Tyrion attainted, and Jaime Lannister in the Kingsguard, Dowager Queen Cersei Lannister becomes the Lady of Casterly Rock.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

After being bought as a slave by Yezzan zo Qaggaz, Tyrion introduces himself as "Yollo" to Yezzan's slave overseer Nurse, though he had felt tempted to introduce himself as the rightful Lord of Casterly Rock.[11]

Later on, Tyrion claims the title of Lord of Casterly Rock and signs his contract with the Second Sons as such.[12]

Lords and Ladies of Casterly Rock

The known Lords and Ladies of Casterly Rock are:

Claimant Lords of Casterly Rock

  • Tyrion Lannister, Tywin's second son and lawful heir until being condemmed for treason and regicide.[12]

Behind the Scenes

In earlier prints of The World of Ice & Fire, neither Cersei nor Cerelle Lannister are marked as "ruling lord or kings" in the Lannister Lineage. As both have been specifically stated as "Lady of Casterly Rock", this is an ommission. Tywin's brother Kevan Lannister is marked as a lord of Casterly Rock in The World of Ice & Fire. However, the Appendix of A Feast for Crows clearly lists Cersei as the Lady of Casterly Rock, as does the Appendix of A Dance with Dragons, despite the charges of high treason. Even if Cersei was stripped from her rights to Casterly Rock, she has two heirs who are to inherit the seat before Kevan, indicating this likely is a mistake.

References

  1. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion II.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Red Kraken.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  11. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 47, Tyrion X.
  12. 12.0 12.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 66, Tyrion XII.
  13. 13.0 13.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands.
  14. The Princess and the Queen.
  15. The Hedge Knight.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  17. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.

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