Owen Merryweather

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Owen Merryweather
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Alias The Chuckler
The Horn-of-Plenty Hand[1]
Title Lord of Longtable
Hand of the King
Allegiance House Merryweather
Culture Reach
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Owen Merryweather was a Lord of Longtable and head of House Merryweather. He served as Hand of the King to Aerys II Targaryen.

Appearance and Character

Owen was an old man at the time of Robert's Rebellion. He was considered amiable but not capable.[1][2]

According to semi-canon sources, Owen was famous for throwing feasts and lavishing praise upon King Aerys.[3]

History

When Lord Tywin Lannister resigned his position as Hand of the King in 281 AC, Owen was named the new Hand by King Aerys II Targaryen. With Tywin gone from court, the new focus of Aerys's mistrust and paranoia was his own son and heir, Rhaegar Targaryen, Prince of Dragonstone. At court their was growing tension between the factions loyal to the king and those loyal to Rhaegar. It fell to Lord Merryweather and Grand Maester Pycelle the unenviable task of keeping peace between the two factions.[4]

Owen proved ineffectual in preventing the uprising that came to be known as Robert's Rebellion. When Lords Jon Arryn, Robert Baratheon, and Eddard Stark began their rebellion, Owen sent missives to the lords of the Seven Kingdoms declaring them outlaws and demanding their heads. He never stirred from King's Landing, and this coupled with the news of Ned and Robert's successful return to their respective seats of power made the paranoid Aerys believe that Lord Owen was conspiring with them.[3] He was subsequently stripped of lands and titles and exiled for his failure, and was replaced as Hand of the King by Lord Jon Connington.[5]

King Robert I Baratheon eventually restored the Merryweather titles and some of their land to Owen's grandson, Orton.[1]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owen
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
Unknown
Merryweather
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orton
 
Taena of Myr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russell
 
 


References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  2. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
  3. 3.0 3.1 So Spake Martin: Young Lord Connington, August 25, 2000
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.

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