Randyll Tarly

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Randyll Tarly
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Randyll Tarly - by Sardag ©

Title Lord of Horn Hill
Master of Laws
Allegiance House Tarly
Spouse Melessa Florent
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Appears)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)
Randyll Tarly - © TheMico

Randyll Tarly is the Lord of Horn Hill and is the head of House Tarly. He is married to Melessa Florent, and is the father of the POV character Samwell Tarly. Randyll wields the Tarly ancestral blade Heartsbane, a Valyrian steel greatsword, in battle.


Appearance and Character

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Randyll is a lean and balding man with a short, bristly grey beard.[1] He is a narrow man but iron willed, shrewd and capable. He is considered one of the finest battle commanders in Westeros.


Randyll Tarly is considered one of the best soldiers in Westeros. During Robert's Rebellion his army inflicted the only defeat on Robert Baratheon's forces, at the Battle of Ashford. A martinet, he became disappointed in his gentle, timid firstborn son Samwell and made several harsh attempts to engage him in manly, martial pursuits, but all to no effect. Eventually Melessa Florent gave birth to a second son Dickon. As the two brothers grew up, it became apparent that Dickon would be the son that Randyll had wanted. Randyll left Samwell to his own devices until he approached adulthood. At that time, Randyll threatened to end Samwell's life if he did not join the Night's Watch, thereby nullifying his claim to Horn Hill.[2]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

When Renly Baratheon calls his banners, Randyll joins with House Tyrell in Renly's support.[1] At the camp, Dickon tells Randyll of a cruel game that several of the knights are playing on Brienne of Tarth. Randyll summons Brienne and tells her that some of the men laid wagers on the first to claim her maidenhead. He then tersely advises her that women have no place on the battlefield.[3] After the parley with Stannis Baratheon beneath the walls of Storm's End, Lord Randyll counsels attacking Stannis to make sure he gained no strength while Renly was away.[4] Before the battle can take place, Renly is assassinated. Afterwards, Randyll continues to follow the Tyrells in forsaking Stannis's cause.[5] He captures Renly's stores and puts a great many men to death, mainly those sworn to House Florent, his wife's family.[6]

Randyll is sent out with Lord Mathis Rowan to find Lord Tywin Lannister and bring him to Tumbler's Falls where Lord Mace Tyrell is waiting with a huge host and a fleet of barges.[7] Once again following the lead of his liege lord, he joins with the Lannisters and fights against Stannis, commanding the center at the Battle of the Blackwater.[8] For this, he receives a commendation for his services - although the abandoned Florent seat at Brightwater Keep is awarded to Garlan Tyrell.

A Storm of Swords

Tarly destroys a northern force attacking the town of Duskendale, resulting in the capture of Harrion Karstark and Robett Glover and the death of Helman Tallhart.[9] Afterwards, he takes the town of Maidenpool and secures the kingsroad.[10]

A Feast for Crows

Randyll, along with Mathis Rowan, is named by Ser Kevan Lannister as a good candidate for Hand of the King, but Cersei Lannister refuses to name a Tyrell bannerman as Hand.

Randyll then takes his forces and begins reconstruction of Maidenpool. Brienne encounters him again while he is dispensing harsh but fair justice in the marketsquare. He extracts her business from her, but allows her to leave.[3] After Brienne returns with the heads of several Brave Companions, Randyll complains that he has executed many outlaws, but cannot find their leaders.[11] When word of the imprisonment of Margaery Tyrell reaches Tarly, he marches his army to King's Landing.

A Dance with Dragons

Tarly's army is the first to reach King's Landing before his liege lord, Mace Tyrell. The Faith releases Margaery and her cousins into his custody after Tarly swears a holy oath to return them for trial. To try and undo the damage Cersei did to the Tyrell and Lannister alliance, Kevan Lannister makes Tarly the new justiciar (master of laws) on King Tommen Baratheon's small council.[12] Kevan thinks that Tarly is more dangerous than Mace Tyrell.[13]

Quotes by Randyll

Randyll: No disrespect to you, Lady Stark, but it would have been more seemly had Lord Robb come to pay homage to the king himself, rather than hiding behind his mother’s skirts.

Catelyn: King Robb is warring, my lord, not playing at tourney.[1]

– Randyll and Catelyn Stark

I say that Stannis is a danger to you, leave him unblooded and he will only grow stronger, while your own power is diminished by battle. The Lannisters will not be beaten in a day. By the time you are done with them, Lord Stannis may be as strong as you ... or stronger.[4]

– Randyll, to Renly Baratheon

It takes more than a pretty cloak to charge a shield wall. I was leading Mace Tyrell’s van when you were still sucking on your mother’s teat, Guyard.[4]

– Randyll, to Guyard Morrigen

Quotes about Randyll

Randyll Tarly is the finest soldier in the realm. A poor Hand for peacetime, but with Tywin dead there's no better man to finish this war.[14]
Kevan Lannister, to Cersei Lannister

Tarly is the real danger. A narrow man, but iron-willed and shrewd, and as good a soldier as the Reach could boast.[13]

Kevan Lannister's thoughts


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