Tyrion Lannister's dragonlore
A Dance with Dragons
During Tyrion Lannister's journey down the river Rhoyne on the poleboat Shy Maid, Griff commands him to set down all that he knows of dragonlore. Tyrion describes the task as formidable, but he labours at it every day, scratching away as best he can as he sits cross-legged on the boat's cabin roof.
As he writes Tyrion reflects on the books that he would like to get his hands on in order to improve his knowledge. Ten years ago Tyrion managed to get his hands on a fragment of Unnatural History by Septon Barth. He doubts any of Barth's work found its way across the narrow sea. Tyrion thinks there is little chance of him finding Blood and Fire – sometimes called The Death of Dragons - since the only surviving copy is in the Citadel. What he really wants is the complete text of The Fires of the Freehold, Galendro's history of Valyria.
Tyrion chooses not to rely on what he considers to be idle tales – which according to him make up the greater part of accounts on dragons – so a reader of his dragonlore will not have the added task of sifting through blatant untruths. Tyrion thinks to himself that Barth, Munkun and Thomax hold markedly divergent views concerning the mating habits of dragons, so Tyrion may have written his own thoughts on the matter.
Exactly how long Tyrion writes for and how much dragonlore is put to paper is unknown, as he is kidnapped by Ser Jorah Mormont in Selhorys. It is unlikely that he was finished since he was considering the possibility of visiting a library in Volantis within the Black Wall to look for copies of the books he has in mind. Tyrion's parchment writings may be scrolls or may have been bound in a book. The whereabouts of the parchments are unmentioned, but may have been taken to Westeros by Jon Connington.