Tyrion Lannister

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Tyrion Lannister
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Alias The Imp
The boyman
Giant of Lannister
Lord Tywin's Doom
Lord Tywin's Bane
Hugor Hill
Title Acting Hand of the King (former)
Master of coin (former)
Lord of Casterly Rock (claimant)
Allegiance House Lannister
Second Sons
Born In 273 AC[1][2], at Casterly Rock
Spouse 1st: Tysha
2nd: Sansa Stark
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (POV)
A Clash of Kings (POV)
A Storm of Swords (POV)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
The Winds of Winter (POV)
The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)

Played by Peter Dinklage
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6
For the historical kings, see Tyrion II Lannister and Tyrion III Lannister.

Tyrion Lannister is a member of House Lannister and is the third and youngest child of Lord Tywin Lannister and the late Joanna Lannister. His older siblings are Cersei Lannister, the queen of King Robert Baratheon, and Ser Jaime Lannister, a knight of Robert's Kingsguard.

Tyrion is a dwarf; because of this he is sometimes mockingly called the Imp and the Halfman. He is one of the major POV characters in the books. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, Tyrion is played by Peter Dinklage.[3]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion is a dwarf, with stubby legs, a jutting forehead, mismatched eyes of green and black, and a mixture of pale blond and black hair.[4][5] His unique stare has been said to make most people uncomfortable, which Tyrion tries to use to his advantage.[6]

Tyrion is shrewd, educated, and calculating, but receives little respect for this from his father because of his deformity, and his mother's death during his birth.[7] He is capable of cruelty to his enemies, but also has great sympathy for fellow outcasts and the mistreated.[8] Even though he is no warrior, he has instances where he shows great bravery in battle;[9][10][11] he has stated that what he lacks in size and strength he makes up for in mental acuity.[12]

Tyrion's deformity was the cause of many problems and persecution, although mitigated to some extent by his high social standing and his family's wealth and power. He craves for love and respect from his family, and does not have a good relationship with all his family members. His deformity and the fact that his mother died at his birth are two of the reasons that his father and sister despise him.[7][13] Tywin has never forgiven him for Joanna's death.[7] Unbeknownst to Tyrion, Cersei also despises him largely because of a prophecy made to Cersei when she was a young girl. The prophecy claimed that a valonqar (High Valyrian for "little brother"[14]) would eventually end her life.[15] Cersei has always identified Tyrion as her valonqar and has thus been determined to rid herself of him ever since.[14] Tyrion's brother Jaime was the only one who ever treated Tyrion with love and affection and for this Tyrion believed he would forgive his brother for anything.[16]

At a young age, Tyrion married Tysha, but eventually, his brother Jaime told him the girl was a whore he had paid to take Tyrion's virginity. Tyrion was crushed, and the memory of her has haunted him for a very long time.[17] Believing that no girl could ever truly love him for who he was,[18][19][20] he began to seek his pleasure with prostitutes.[21] Tywin felt this brought more shame on their house,[7] further deteriorating their relationship.



Tyrion was born in 273 AC as the third-born child to Lord Tywin and Lady Joanna Lannister. Joanna died giving birth to him, and as a result his father blames him for her death.[7] Tales about Tyrion were spread immediately after his birth; At Oldtown, it was said that Tyrion was a monster, with a tail, monstrous huge head, thick black hair, a beard, an evil eye, lion's claws, with teeth so long he was not able to close his mouth, and both male and female genitals.[6] It was said that Tyrion's birth was an omen to famine, plague and war,[6] and the smallfolk named him “Lord Tywin's Doom” and “Lord Tywin's Bane”.[1] King Aerys II Targaryen stated that Tyrion was a punishment for Tywin's arrogance,[1] and the same was said by begging brothers in Oldtown, stating that Tywin had made himself greater than the king, which was only allowed by a god.[6]

Shortly after Tyrion's birth, the Princess of Dorne arrived with her consort and two younger children, Elia and Oberyn Martell. Tyrion was kept out of sight during the visit of the Martells, though he could sometimes he heard, howling. Cersei and Jaime show Tyrion to Elia and Oberyn the day before the Martells leave. Cersei claims that no one had expected Tyrion to live this long, and that he must surely die soon. Lord Tywin Lannister, having refused to betroth Princess Elia to his heir Jaime, offers the newborn Tyrion as a betrothed to Elia instead, which the Martells took as an insult.[6][22][23]


During most of Tyrion's childhood, his father Tywin served as Hand of the King to King Aerys II Targaryen in King's Landing, and as a consequence was absent from home for longer periods of time.[13] As a child, Tyrion was lonely.[24] His brother Jaime left Casterly Rock to serve as a squire at Crakehall in 277 AC,[Citation Needed] while his sister Cersei left for the court of King's Landing in 278 AC.[Citation Needed] At the age of six or seven, one of his uncles taught him tumbling, which he happily did for half a year at Casterly Rock, until Tywin returned from King's Landing and forbade it.[13] Knowing he would never be a knight, as a child Tyrion thought he could become the High Septon instead, as the crystal crown added a foot to one's height. As such, he studied the holy books.[24] However, at the age of thirteen, Tyrion fell in love, and that quickly replaced the thoughts of priesthood. He and his brother Jaime rescued a common girl, Tysha, from some bandits near Casterly Rock. While Jaime went after the bandits Tyrion took care of Tysha. To his amazement Tysha liked him, and they eventually made love. Tyrion became so enamoured by her that he bribed a septon and married her in secret. Tysha would sing the Myrish song "The Seasons of My Love" for him. Their marriage lasted only two weeks, however. When Tyrion's father learned about the wedding, he commanded Jaime to say that Tysha was a prostitute whom Jaime had hired for to take Tyrion's virginity. Because the “whore” had presumed to marry a Lannister, Tywin had his guards rape Tysha for a silver each and then made Tyrion go last for a gold coin, stating that a Lannister was worth more.[25]

When he was younger, Tyrion used to dream of owning a dragon of his own,[12] going as far as asking his uncles for one as a nameday present.[24] He used to start fires in the bowels of Casterly Rock, and stared at them for hours, pretending they were dragonflame,[12] while he himself was a lost Targaryen princeling, or a dragonlord from Valyria.[24] Sometimes, he imagined that he saw his father or sister burning in the fires.[24] As he grew older, Tyrion would seldom ever dream of dragons,[12] though he would always remain fascinated by them.[12]

Tywin Lannister had been discussing a betrothal between Tyrion's brother Jaime and the youngest daughter of Lord Hoster Tully, Lysa. However, Jaime was named to the Kingsguard in 281 AC, making him unavailable for marriage. Tywin offered Tyrion as a replacement, only to be told by Lord Hoster that his daughter required a “whole man”.[23] Tywin later tried to offer Tyrion to Lords Yohn Royce and Leyton Hightower, but they took it in a similar fashion as the Princess of Dorne had done so years before. Tywin even offered Tyrion as a husband to Delena Florent, who had been deflowered by King Robert I Baratheon, but Ser Colin Florent preferred to marry his daughter to Ser Hosman Norcross instead.[23]

As a young boy, Tyrion had committed to learn all sixteen of the wonders described by Lomas Longstrider to memory, and occasionally recited them during feasts. For years, he dreamed that one day he could travel the world and see them himself. In 289 AC, when he became a man at sixteen, he wanted to take a tour of the nine Free Cities, as his uncles Gerion and Tygett had done. Tywin forbade him to go, and instead, gave him charge of all the cisterns and drains at Casterly Rock.[26] When Tyrion was eighteen, his uncle Gerion left on a journey for Valyria to recover the ancient Valyrian steel blade Brightroar which had once belonged to House Lannister. Lord Tywin forbade Tyrion to go in this journey as well.[26]

When Cersei married King Robert I Baratheon in 284 AC,[27] Tyrion came to King's Landing for the wedding, where he sought out the dragon skulls which had decorated the throne room during the Targaryen reigns, but which had been taken down by Robert.[12]

For his twenty-third birthday, Tyrion received a mare from his brother Jaime.[9]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Tyrion arrested by Catelyn Stark within the crossroads inn in Game of Thrones.

Tyrion goes north to Winterfell as part of King Robert I Baratheon's royal procession.[28] After Bran Stark's fall, Tyrion makes Prince Joffrey Baratheon offer his sympathies to Bran's parents, though his nephew only obeys after Tyrion hits him.[16] Suspicious of the accident, Tyrion takes notice of his siblings' reactions to the news that Bran is expected to survive.[16]

When the royal family leaves Winterfell, Tyrion rides north to see the Wall before returning south. He joins the ranger Benjen Stark and new recruit Jon Snow for the journey and is accompanied by two guards, Jyck and Morrec.[12] While at the Wall, Tyrion sees firsthand the poor state of the Night's Watch;[12][29] it is dwindling in numbers, ranging parties are going missing more often than usual, and wildlings are fleeing south like never before. He is implored by Lord Commander Jeor Mormont to make King Robert and his father, Lord Tywin, aware of the Watch's needs.{{Ref|AGT

Tyrion being held in the sky cells at the Eyrie - by Michael Komarck ©

During his time at the Wall, Tyrion befriends and advises Jon Snow. Tyrion sees himself as an outcast on similar ground as the bastard-born Snow and helps Jon cope with his identity and lot in life. Before Tyrion leaves the Wall, Jon asks him to help his brother Bran in the same way that he helped Jon, which Tyrion promises to do.[30] On his way back south, he stops at Winterfell. Despite initially receiving a hostile welcome from Robb Stark and an attack from the Stark direwolves at his arrival, Tyrion gives Maester Luwin plans for a special saddle that will allow Bran to ride a horse despite his disability and is offered rooms at Winterfell. He declines, choosing to stay at an inn nearby.[8]

On his way back to King's Landing Tyrion encounters Catelyn Stark at the crossroads inn. Unknown to Tyrion, Catelyn was told by Petyr Baelish that the dagger used in Bran's failed assassination attempt belonged to Tyrion. As a result, Catelyn, with the help of some of her father’s bannermen present at the inn, arrests Tyrion and takes him to the Eyrie to be tried.[31][9] On their way, they are attacked by the clansmen of the Vale, and Tyrion finds himself fighting in his very first battle eever.[9] Once they reach the Eyrie, Lysa Arryn puts him on trial for the crime of sending an assassin to end Bran's life, as well as the murder of her husband, Lord Jon Arryn, though he is innocent of both. To break him, Lysa locks him up in the sky cells. Tyrion thinks it possible that his siblings were responsible for the crimes he is accused of, but that Bran's assassination attempt seems too clumsily done to be Jaime's or Cersei's work. Tyrion eventually manages to bribe his gaoler, Mord, into telling Lysa that he is ready to confess. When Lysa summons the complete court of the Vale to hear his confession, he demands a trial by combat.[32] Tyrion's champion, the sellsword Bronn, kills Lysa's champion, Ser Vardis Egen, securing Tyrion's freedom.[33]

Tyrion with Shagga and the mountain clansmen before the battle on the Green Fork - by Amok ©

Tyrion and Bronn men leave the Eyrie on the dangerous high road, and along the way they are surrounded by men of the mountain clans, led by Shagga. Tyrion uses his quick wits and words to win over the clansmen by promising them weapons, armor, and glory.[25] More clansmen join Tyrion on his way to the riverlands. The group rides out of the mountains, eventually reaching the Lannister host led by his father, Lord Tywin Lannister, who has invaded the riverlands following Tyrion's capture.[34]

Tywin decides to place Tyrion and his clansmen in the front for the upcoming battle with the Stark forces and Tyrion is given a number of new servants including a new squire, Podrick Payne. That night, he sends Bronn looking for a female companion for him, and Bronn brings back a young prostitute named Shae, whom Tyrion takes an immediate liking to and takes into his service. The next day, he fights in the battle on the Green Fork against Stark forces commanded by Lord Roose Bolton.[10] The battle is won, though afterward the Lannisters learn it was only a diversion and that meanwhile Jaime's host was defeated at Riverrun and Tyrion's brother was captured.[35]

Lord Tywin retreats to Harrenhal and sends Tyrion to King's Landing to act as Hand of the King in his stead, to rein in his newly-crowned nephew and prevent further mistakes from Joffrey like Lord Eddard Stark's execution, but forbids him from taking Shae to court. Tyrion disobeys his father as much as he dares and brings Shae to the King's Landing with him in secret.[35]

A Clash of Kings

Tyrion, along with his mountain clansmen, Shae, and Bronn, arrives at King's Landing on Joffrey's thirteenth nameday and presents Tywin's letter which names him the Hand of the King in his father's absence, much to Cersei's dismay. She threatens to name it a forgery and throw him in the dungeon, but Tyrion promises to help her get Jaime back and Cersei concedes. She also admits she needs help and agrees to ally herself with Tyrion, though they both have no intention of keeping it. This leads to a power struggle between the two. Tyrion takes up residence in the Tower of the Hand and as his first act of business removes the heads of the executed Stark household from the walls of the Red Keep.[18] He also grows a beard of blonde and black hair.[36]

Tyrion forges an alliance with Varys who helps him to replace Lord Janos Slynt with Ser Jacelyn Bywater as Commander of the City Watch and sends Slynt and a few of his cronies to the Wall.[21] Next he concocts a plan to weed out Cersei's informants on the small council. He tells Petyr Baelish, Varys, and Grand Maester Pycelle each different plans that he has for Myrcella and Tommen.[37] When Cersei confronts him about the plan that he divulged to Pycelle, Tyrion knows that Pycelle is the informant.[38] Tyrion's true plan is to send Myrcella to Dorne to be betrothed to Prince Trystane Martell. To further garner Dornish support, he offers Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, a seat on the small council and promises to turn over the men that murdered Doran's sister Elia.[37][38] For his part in giving Cersei private information, Pycelle is confined to the black cells beneath the Keep.[39]

Tyrion at the Battle of the Blackwater - by John Picacio ©
Giant of Lannister - by Zippo514 ©

With his place at court secure and successfully outsmarting Cersei at every turn, Tyrion begins a series of initiatives to prepare the city for the siege, commanding the construction of fishing boats. He also opens the kingswood for hunting and sends gold cloaks out to forage, but this is still not enough to feed the overcrowded city. He commands the blacksmiths around the city to begin construction on a giant chain which will allow him to close the Blackwater Rush.[40] He also has Hallyne of the Alchemists' Guild synthesize a large quantity of wildfire.[38] Eventually, he sends his clansmen to the kingswood to snuff out outriders and scouts loyal to Stannis Baratheon.[41]

Tyrion sets Shae up in a manse outside the Red Keep to keep her existence in King's Landing a secret.[21] Varys, however, knows her location, and helps Tyrion use Chataya’s brothel as a front. Once inside the brothel, Tyrion passes through a tunnel that takes him to a location where he can safely travel to Shae's manse without being followed.[40] She is restless there, however, and wishes to see more of court. Following the riot of King's Landing, Tyrion moves Shae to the Red Keep for her safety in the guise of Lollys Stokeworth's maid.[19]

Tyrion's cousin, Ser Cleos Frey, brings peace terms from Robb Stark, asking that Sansa and Arya Stark be released (although Arya is not, in fact, held at King's Landing) in exchange for all captives save Jaime, and that Joffrey renounce all claims to the north and riverlands.[42] Tyrion deems the terms unacceptable[38] and sends Cleos back with the counter-offer that he will release Sansa and Arya along with a number of captive Stark bannermen in return for Robb’s fealty and Jaime’s release, setting up an escape plan for Jamie to be orchestrated by men in Cleos's party.[39] Tyrion is also visited by Ser Alliser Thorne of the Night's Watch, who has brought with him the severed hand of a wight from the Wall, but it rots away before he can present it. Alliser is mocked by Tyrion and the court, but is promised his pick of the city's dungeons as recruits.[37][39]

When Renly Baratheon is murdered at Storm's End, Tyrion seizes the opportunity to bring the Tyrells to the Lannister cause. He sends Petyr Baelish to treat with the Tyrells and offers Joffrey in marriage to Margaery Tyrell.[43] Tyrion continues to thwart Cersei's plans, including one to send a disguised Tommen to Rosby to remove him from the reach of the mobs and Tyrion.[19] On one occasion Tyrion drugs her so that she will not be able to attend the small council.[37][39] In retaliation Cersei has Alayaya, whom she believes is Tyrion's whore, seized and beaten, offering her freedom in return for custody over Tommen. Tyrion is furious and swears to take from Cersei everything she cares about.[44]

When Stannis's forces attack King's Landing in the Battle of the Blackwater, Tyrion sets in place a giant chain in Blackwater Bay which traps many ships, Lannister and Baratheon alike. The wildfire commissioned from the Alchemists is then launched at the ships and they are trapped in the bay to burn.[45] During the battle, Tyrion is forced to lead a sortie out past the city walls because Sandor Clegane, terrified of fire, refuses to do so.[11] Tyrion heads his men in a wedge formation dispersing the men assaulting the King’s Gate. He then continues with his men to hold the men crossing over a makeshift bridge made of of sinking galleys of Stannis’s fleet in the river. During the battle, Ser Mandon Moore of the Kingsguard turns on Tyrion and tries to kill him, slicing off his nose, but Tyrion is saved by his squire Podrick Payne before Moore could finish him.[46] Tyrion passes out and wakes up in bed some time after the battle, suffering from serious facial wounds and the loss of most of his nose.[47] Tyrion suspects that Cersei was behind the assassination attempt.

A Storm of Swords

Tyrion's loveless marriage to Sansa Stark. Art by algesiras ©

After the Battle of the Blackwater, Tyrion has a grisly facial scar that has removed most of his nose.[7] Although he displayed high intelligence and great promise during his brief tenure as Hand of the King, revealing himself to be as politically savvy and astute as his father, Tyrion receives close to no recognition for it.[48]

Tyrion makes a complete recovery some weeks later, only to learn that Lord Tywin had taken all the glory and taken over as Hand. Tyrion finds himself demoted to master of coin, replacing Petyr Baelish and forced into a political marriage with Sansa Stark to forestall a Tyrell move to marry her to Willas Tyrell.[23]

The wedding to Sansa goes forward, though Tyrion chooses to defy custom and does not consummate their marriage, saying he will not touch her unless and until she wants him to. His father pushes him to consummate the marriage with Sansa for the good of the house, but Tyrion never does - a decision that earns him scorn and jest in court.[48] Tyrion's marriage brings him no joy, as Sansa is repulsed by him and Shae remains indifferent.[49]

At Joffrey's wedding feast, Tyrion gets into an altercation with the king, and soon afterwards Joffrey is murdered, an act for which Tyrion is unjustly accused and arrested by command of Cersei.[20] Tyrion is imprisoned in a tower cell of the Red Keep, where he prepares his defense for the trial and tries to summon witnesses that could help his case.[50] During the trial, Cersei Lannister brings Ser Osmund Kettleblack, who lies that Joffrey believed Tyrion meant to muder him; Grand Maester Pycelle claims that Tyrion stole poison from him and Shae is brought to humiliate him before the court. After the first day the situation seems hopeless, but Tyrion again seeks trial by combat after Prince Oberyn Martell visits his cell and offers to serve as his champion in the trial. Oberyn stands against Gregor Clegane, but fails to win, although not without mortally wounding his opponent first.[22]

Oberyn's death condemns Tyrion to the black cells and death, but the night before he is to be executed, he is freed from his prison cell by his brother Jaime and a reluctant Varys, who is to take Tyrion to the Free Cities. During their escape, Jaime reveals that their father made him lie about Tysha being a prostitute, and that she was just a peasant girl who had genuinely loved Tyrion. Tyrion sees this admission as an unforgivable betrayal and abandons Jaime, promising retribution on Jaime, Tywin, and Cersei. He also torments Jaime by telling his brother of Cersei's repeated infidelities, and falsely claims responsibility for Joffrey's death.[51]

Before leaving the Red Keep, Tyrion visits his father's room and, finding Shae in his bed, strangles her. He then confronts his father, demanding he tell him what became of Tysha. Tywin tells Tyrion that she went "wherever whores go." Tyrion then slays his father in fury.[51]

A Feast for Crows

Cersei offers a lordship for any that brings her the vanished Tyrion.[52] Her bounty results in the killing of a number of innocent dwarfs and children; Cersei refuses to publicly punish anyone who does so, for fear it will discourage other such bounty hunters and allow Tyrion to escape.[53]

A Dance with Dragons

Tyrion is rescued by Jon Connington - by Winona Nelson ©

Tyrion flees across the narrow sea, pondering his options and considering himself a kinslayer. Tyrion arrives drunk and despondent at the manse of Illyrio Mopatis in Pentos.[54] There Illyrio tells Tyrion of Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons.

He then sends Tyrion, along with retainers Griff, Young Griff, Ser Rolly Duckfield, Septa Lemore, and Haldon, called Halfmaester, aboard the ship Shy Maid to Volantis. During the trip, Tyrion assumes the aliases Yollo and Hugor Hill.[24] Griff forces Tyrion into recuperation from his increasingly heavy drinking. In Volantis, he and his companions plan to meet up with Daenerys to strengthen her cause. En route, Tyrion deduces that Griff is in fact the exiled lord Jon Connington, and Young Griff is Aegon Targaryen, saved from the Sack of King’s Landing. During the journey, the boat is ambushed by stone men and Tyrion is knocked overboard; he would have drowned had Jon Connington not dived in to save him.[55]

Tyrion and Jorah Mormont - by Jamga ©

While in Selhorys, Tyrion (under Haldon’s direction) plays a game of cyvasse with Qavo Nogarys, a customs offical, in order to gain information. Tyrion later visits a brothel, a modest one compared to those he he had been wont to frequent in Lannisport and King’s Landing, where he is recognized and captured by Ser Jorah Mormont.[56] Jorah plans to bring Tyrion to Daenerys to regain her favor. Jorah takes him to the widow of the waterfront to try and arrange passage out of Volantis. There Tyrion meets a female dwarf performer named Penny who, upon learning that Tyrion was indirectly responsible for her brother Oppo's death, tries to kill him.[57] Penny joins the pair as they travel to Meereen by sea aboard the Selaesori Qhoran, where the crew take to calling him No-Nose, to reach Daenerys. On the ship Penny eventually befriends Tyrion.[58]

While aboard the Selaesori Qhoran, Tyrion makes the acquaintance of Moqorro. One night Tyrion asks him what he sees in the flames. Moqorro replies dragons, adding:

Dragons old and young, true and false, bright and dark. And you. A small man with a big shadow, snarling in the midst of it all.

Tyrion wonders if he may be seeing Penny in the flames as they are almost of size, Moqorro tells him no.

Soon, however, Tyrion, Penny, and Mormont are captured by a Yunkai'i slaver and bought by Yezzan zo Qaggaz. They are instructed by his overseer Nurse on how to treat their new master.[5] Tyrion and Penny are forced to perform a mock joust in the fighting pits, not knowing that they were to be eaten by lions at the end of the show. Daenerys Targaryen, for whom the show was staged, learns of their impending fate and stops the lions from being released.[59]

After their new master dies of the bloody flux the trio escapes. Tyrion arranges for the three to join the sellsword company the Second Sons, under the command of Brown Ben Plumm, by promising the company the wealth of Casterly Rock.[60][61] While the Sons' current contract is to fight Daenerys, Tyrion hopes to win them to her side.

The Winds of Winter

While in the Second Sons, Tyrion attempts to change Brown Ben Plumm's mind over a game of cyvasse, in order to rejoin Daenerys. News of the Iron Fleet entering Slaver's Bay reaches the encampment. While the Sons are preparing for the battle that rages around them, a meeting of their officers occurs in which a Yunkish commander demands they fight. After the the Yunkishman is killed by Jorah a white dragon cyvasse piece falls at Tyrion's feet, and it is declared the Second Sons will rejoin Daenerys.[62]

Quotes by Tyrion

Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.

Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes. [4]

– Tyrion and Jon Snow

My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind... and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much, Jon Snow.[4]

– Tyrion, to Jon Snow

Varys: Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less.

Tyrion: So power is a mummer's trick?
Varys: A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.[21]

Varys and Tyrion

When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say.[40]

– Tyrion, to Cersei Lannister

I have never liked you, Cersei, but you were my own sister, so I never did you harm. You've ended that. I will hurt you for this. I don't know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you'll know the debt is paid.[63]

– Tyrion, to Cersei Lannister

I am malformed, scarred, and small, but... abed, when the candles are blown out, I am made no worse than other men. In the dark, I am the Knight of Flowers. I am generous. Loyal to those who are loyal to me. I’ve proven I’m no craven. And I am cleverer than most, surely wits count for something. I can even be kind. Kindness is not a habit with us Lannisters, I fear, but I know I have some somewhere. I could be... I could be good to you.[64]
– Tyrion, to Sansa Stark

It all goes back and back. To our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance on in our steads.[50]

– Tyrion's thoughts

You poor stupid blind crippled fool. Must I spell out every little thing for you? Very well. Cersei is a lying whore, she's been fucking Lancel and Osmund Kettleblack and probably Moon Boy for all I know. And I am the monster they all say I am. Yes, I killed your vile son.'[51]

– Tyrion, to Jaime Lannister

Quotes about Tyrion

Tyrion Lannister, the youngest of Lord Tywin's brood, and by far the ugliest. All that the gods had given to Cersei and Jaime, they had denied Tyrion. He was a dwarf, half his brother's height, struggling to keep pace on stunted legs. His head was too large for his body, with a brute's squashed-in face beneath a swollen shelf of brow. One green eye and one black one peered out from under a lank fall of hair so blond it seemed white. Jon watched him with fascination.[4]

Jon Snow's first impression of Tyrion

Bowen: You have great thirst for such a small man.

Aemon: Oh, I think Lord Tyrion is quite a large man. I think he is a giant come among us, here at the end of the world.[30]

Bowen Marsh and Maester Aemon

He is a bigger man than he seems, I think.[48]

Garlan Tyrell, to Sansa Stark

Jaime, sweetling, I have known you since you were a babe at Joanna's breast. You smile like Gerion and fight like Tyg and there's some of Kevan in you, else you would not wear that cloak... but Tyrion is Tywin's son, not you. I said so once to your father's face, and he would not speak to me for half a year.[65]

Genna Lannister, to Jaime Lannister

Family tree

Jeyne Marbrand
Dorna Swyft
Emmon Frey
Darlessa Marbrand
Ermesande Hayford
House Baratheon

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
  3. HBO: Game of Thrones:Cast and Crew.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 5, Jon I.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 47, Tyrion X.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 4, Tyrion I.
  8. 8.0 8.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 31, Tyrion IV.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 59, Tyrion XIII.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion II.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
  14. 14.0 14.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 9, Tyrion I.
  17. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 29, Tyrion VII.
  18. 18.0 18.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 3, Tyrion I.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 8, Tyrion II.
  22. 22.0 22.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 70, Tyrion X.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  25. 25.0 25.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 42, Tyrion VI.
  26. 26.0 26.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
  27. See the calculation for Cersei Lannister's wedding to Robert I Baratheon
  28. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  29. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon III.
  30. 30.0 30.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 21, Tyrion III.
  31. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn V.
  32. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  33. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
  34. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion VII.
  35. 35.0 35.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
  36. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa I.
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 20, Tyrion V.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
  41. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
  42. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
  43. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 36, Tyrion VIII.
  44. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 54, Tyrion XII.
  45. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 58, Davos III.
  46. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 61, Tyrion XIV.
  47. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 67, Tyrion XV.
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
  49. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
  50. 50.0 50.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
  52. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  53. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  54. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion I.
  55. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 18, Tyrion V.
  56. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 22, Tyrion VI.
  57. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion VII.
  58. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 33, Tyrion VIII.
  59. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.
  60. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 57, Tyrion XI.
  61. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 66, Tyrion XII.
  62. Tyrion II (The Winds of Winter)
  63. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon V.
  64. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
  65. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.

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