Tytos Lannister

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Tytos Lannister
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Alias The Toothless Lion
The Laughing Lion[1]
Title Lord of Casterly Rock
Shield of Lannisport
Warden of the West
Allegiance House Lannister
Born In 220AC[2]
Died In 267AC[3][4], at Casterly Rock
Spouse Lady Jeyne Marbrand
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
The World of Ice and Fire (Mentioned)

Lord Tytos Lannister was a head of House Lannister, Lord of the Westerlands, and Lord of Casterly Rock. He died before the events of the books. Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion are his grandchildren by his eldest son, Tywin Lannister.



The third-born son of Lord Gerold Lannister and Lady Rohanne Webber. Tytos was married to Jeyne Marbrand, they had five children.[5]

Rumor was that the newly widowed Ellyn Reyne, who was married to Tion, tried to seduce the already married Tytos who became heir after his older brother's death, so he would set aside his wife for her. Tytos apparently was so intimidated by her that he failed to perform and in shame confessed to his wife who forgave him but not her good-sister, Ellyn.[5]

Tytos was called a kind but weak man. He loaned money to lords who never bothered to repay him and his vassals openly ignored his orders.[6]

According to his daughter Genna, he agreed to marry her to Emmon Frey, the second son of Lord Walder Frey, just to please Lord Walder. His eldest son and his vassals spoke out against the wedding because they thought it an uneven match.[7]

At some point, Tytos imprisoned Lord Walderran Tarbeck for disloyalty. In return, Lady Ellyn Tarbeck seized three Lannisters - two Lannisters of Lannisport, as well as Stafford Lannister, whose sister was betrothed to young Tywin Lannister. Tywin suggested that Lord Walderran should be sent back to his wife in three pieces, one for every Lannister taken, but Tytos returned Walderran unharmed.[8] A few years later, the Tarbecks rebelled again, together with House Reyne. Tywin took charge of crushing the rebellion which he did so completely that both castles were destroyed and the family lines extinguished.[9]

One autumn, Tytos came between a lioness and her prey. The lioness tore into Tytos' horse and was about to attack Tytos as well, when the kennelmaster of Casterly Rock came to his rescue with his dogs, losing his leg and three dogs in the process. Out of gratitude, Tytos gave the kennelmaster lands and a towerhouse and took his son as a squire, thereby creating House Clegane.[10]

In his last few years, Tytos became fat and took a mistress, a common born woman, daughter of a candlemaker. The woman helped herself to Tytos deceased wife's jewels and clothes. She also began ordering about the household knights, dismissed servants and sat in attendance when Tytos was absent. In 267AC, Lord Tytos died of a heart attack while climbing stairs to see her.[11]

The only influence Tytos had on his son was that Tywin mistrusted laughter and that he became a hard man.[6][12] Tytos did not forget his children when he died, and left behind a generous inheritance for Tywin, Kevan, Genna, Tygett and Gerion.[13]


Lord Tytos was an altogether different character [to Tywin], amiable but ineffectual, and he allowed himself to be pushed around a good deal, by a number of people.. including Lord Walder Frey (ever wonder how Genna came to marry so poorly?) and the Red Lion of Castamere, the richest and most powerful Lannister bannerman, and a formidable soldier/warrior in his own right...[14]

- George R. R. Martin

Our own father was gentle and amiable, but so weak his bannerman mocked him in their cups. Some saw fit to defy him openly. Other lords borrowed our gold and never troubled to repay it. At court they japed of toothless lions. Even his mistress stole from him. A woman scarcely one step above a whore, and she helped herself to my mother's jewels![6]

- Kevan Lannister


Tytos was the third-born son of his father and mother. He had two older twin brothers, Tywald and Tion, and a younger brother, Jason Lannister.[5]


Cerissa Brax
Teora Kyndall
Alysanne Farman
Rohanne Webber
Ellyn Reyne
Jeyne Marbrand
Various women


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

References and Notes

  1. [1]
  2. See the Tytos Lannister calculation.
  3. The World of Ice and Fire, Aerys II.
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, House Lannister under the Dragons.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The World of Ice and Fire.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion.
  10. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 18, Sansa.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 3, Cersei.
  12. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Jaime: Genna Lannister, to Jaime Lannnister "He heard too many people laughing at your grandsire."
  13. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei.
  14. So Spake Martin: Tywin and the Reynes November 15, 1999.
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