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| rowspan="4"|  [[Tommen Baratheon]]
 
| rowspan="4"|  [[Tommen Baratheon]]
 
| [[Mace Tyrell]]
 
| [[Mace Tyrell]]
| 300 AL.
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| {{Date|300}}.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Orton Merryweather]]
 
| [[Orton Merryweather]]
| 300 AL - 300 AL.
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| {{Date|300}} - {{Date|300}}.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Harys Swyft]]
 
| [[Harys Swyft]]
| 300 AL - 300 AL.
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| {{Date|300}} - {{Date|300}}.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Tywin Lannister]]
 
| [[Tywin Lannister]]
| 2nd term 300 AL - 300 AL. Served as Hand under three different kings.
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| {{Date|300}} - {{Date|300}}. Served as Hand as well under [[Joffrey Baratheon]] and [[Aerys II Targaryen]].
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Joffrey Baratheon]]
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Joffrey Baratheon]]
 
| [[Tywin Lannister]]
 
| [[Tywin Lannister]]
| 2nd term 298 AL - 300 AL.
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| {{Date|298}} - {{Date|300}}. Served as Hand as well under [[Aerys II Targaryen]].
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Tyrion Lannister]]
 
| [[Tyrion Lannister]]
| Was acting hand during his father's Tywin Lannister 2nd term, while he was [[War_of_the_Five_Kings|campaigning in the Riverlands]].
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| Was acting hand during his father [[Tywin Lannister]]s 2nd term as Hand, while he was [[War_of_the_Five_Kings|campaigning in the Riverlands]].
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Robert Baratheon]]
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Robert Baratheon]]
 
| [[Eddard Stark]]
 
| [[Eddard Stark]]
| 298 AL.
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| {{Date|298}}.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Jon Arryn]]
 
| [[Jon Arryn]]
| 283 AL - 298 AL.
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| {{Date|283}} - {{Date|298}}.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="5"| [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II Targaryen<br>The Mad King]]
 
| rowspan="5"| [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II Targaryen<br>The Mad King]]
 
| Lord [[Rossart]]
 
| Lord [[Rossart]]
| 283 AL. Was Hand for less than a fortnight.
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| {{Date|283}}. Was Hand for a fortnight.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Qarlton Chelsted]]
 
| [[Qarlton Chelsted]]
| 283 AL. He bravely resigned his position over Aerys [[The Wildfire Plot|plan]] to burn [[King's Landing]] and was subsequently burned alive for it.
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| {{Date|283}}. He bravely resigned his position over Aerys' [[The Wildfire Plot|plan]] to burn [[King's Landing]] and was subsequently burned alive for it.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Jon Connington]]
 
| [[Jon Connington]]
| 283 AL
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| {{Date|282}} - {{Date|283}}. Fired from his office and exiled after losing the [[Battle of the Bells]].
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Owen Merryweather]]
 
| [[Owen Merryweather]]
| 282 AL (?) - 283 AL
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| {{Date|281}} - {{Date|283}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Tywin Lannister]]
 
| [[Tywin Lannister]]
| +/- 262 AL 282 AL (?)
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| +/- {{Date|262}} {{Date|281}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Jaehaerys II Targaryen]]
 
| [[Jaehaerys II Targaryen]]
 
| Unknown  
 
| Unknown  
| 259 AL - 262 AL.
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| {{Date|259}} - {{Date|262}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Aegon V Targaryen]]
 
| [[Aegon V Targaryen]]
 
| Unknown  
 
| Unknown  
| 233 AL - 259 AL.
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| {{Date|233}} - {{Date|259}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Maekar I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Maekar I Targaryen]]
 
| Unknown  
 
| Unknown  
| 221 AL - 233 AL.
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| {{Date|221}} - {{Date|233}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Aerys I Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Aerys I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Brynden Rivers]]
 
| [[Brynden Rivers]]
| 209 AL - 221 AL. (?) - In the end, he was stripped of office by [[Maekar I]] and sent to the [[wall]] by King [[Aegon V]].
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| {{Date|209}} - {{Date|221}}. In the end, he was stripped of office by [[Maekar I]] and later sent to the [[wall]] by King [[Aegon V]].
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Unknown  
 
| Unknown  
| 208 AL - 209 AL. - Possibly [[Valarr Targaryen]]. Died during the Great Spring Sickness.
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| {{Date|209}} - {{Date|209}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="3"|[[Daeron II Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="3"|[[Daeron II Targaryen]]
 
| [[Baelor Targaryen|Baelor Breakspear]]
 
| [[Baelor Targaryen|Baelor Breakspear]]
| 196 AL - 208 AL.
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| {{Date|196}} - {{Date|209}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[House Hayford|Lord Hayford]]
 
| [[House Hayford|Lord Hayford]]
| 196 AL.
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| {{Date|196}} - {{Date|196}}. Died at the [[Redgrass Field]].
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Ambrose Butterwell]]
 
| [[Ambrose Butterwell]]
| ? - 196 AL.
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| ? - {{Date|196}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Aegon IV Targaryen]]
 
| [[Aegon IV Targaryen]]
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| [[Viserys II Targaryen]]
 
| [[Viserys II Targaryen]]
 
| Unknown  
 
| Unknown  
| 171 AL - 172 AL.
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| {{Date|171}} - {{Date|172}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Baelor I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Baelor I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Viserys II|Prince Viserys]]
 
| [[Viserys II|Prince Viserys]]
| 161 AL - 171 AL.
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| {{Date|161}} - {{Date|171}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Daeron I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Daeron I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Viserys II|Prince Viserys]]
 
| [[Viserys II|Prince Viserys]]
| 157 AL - 161 AL.
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| {{Date|157}} - {{Date|161}}
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|-
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| rowspan="2"| [[Aegon III Targaryen]]
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| [[Viserys I Targaryen|Viserys Targaryen]]
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| ? - {{Date|157}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Aegon III Targaryen]]
 
 
| Unknown  
 
| Unknown  
| 131 AL - 157 AL.
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| {{Date|131}} - ?. Several Regents and Hands followed in the Regent Wars.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Aegon II Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Aegon II Targaryen]]
 
| [[Criston Cole]]
 
| [[Criston Cole]]
| 130 AL
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| {{Date|130}} - {{Date|130}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Otto Hightower]]  
 
| [[Otto Hightower]]  
| 129 AL - 130 AL. Served as Hand under three different kings.
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| {{Date|129}} - {{Date|130}}. Served as Hand under three different kings.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Viserys I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Viserys I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Otto Hightower]]
 
| [[Otto Hightower]]
| 103-129 AL
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| {{Date|103}} - {{Date|129}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Otto Hightower]] succeeded Barth.  
 
| [[Otto Hightower]] succeeded Barth.  
| ? AL - 103 AL
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| ? - {{Date|103}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Barth|Septon Barth]]
 
| [[Barth|Septon Barth]]
| Served as Hand for over Forty years.
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| Served as Hand for forty years.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Maegor I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Maegor I Targaryen]]
 
| Unknown  
 
| Unknown  
| 42 AL - 48 AL
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| {{Date|42}} - {{Date|48}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Aenys I Targaryen]]
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| rowspan="2"| [[Aenys I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Maegor I|Prince Maegor]]
 
| [[Maegor I|Prince Maegor]]
| 37 AL - 42 AL
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| {{Date|37}} - {{Date|42}}
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|-
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| [[Orys Baratheon]]
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| {{Date|37}} - {{Date|37}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Aegon I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Aegon I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Orys Baratheon]]
 
| [[Orys Baratheon]]
| 1 AL - ?. First ever Hand of the King.
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| {{Date|1}} - {{Date|37}}. First ever Hand of the King.
 
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|}
 
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Revision as of 09:44, 28 April 2014

Tyrion Lannister, acting as Hand of the King, wears the necklace of linked hands. © Fantasy Flight Games
© Fantasy Flight Games

The Hand of the King is the king's chief advisor and executor of his command in the Seven Kingdoms.

About

Duties of the Hand include commanding the king's armies, drafting laws, dispensing justice, and generally managing the day-to-day running of the kingdom. The Hand may act on the king's behalf when he is indisposed, and sit the Iron Throne while doing so. The Hand also sits on the small council and will run the council if the king is not present.

After the War of Conquest Orys Baratheon served as the first ever Hand of the King to Aegon I. The title of hand derives its name from Aegons description of Orys as...

...My shield, my stalwart, my strong right hand [1]

The office typically makes the Hand the second most powerful man in the kingdom next to the king, though some Hands had the reputation of ruling their kings.

It is considered by some to be a difficult and unglamorous job of great responsibility. A popular saying goes, "What the king dreams, the Hand builds," but the lowborn say, "The king eats, and the Hand takes the shit." [2] Many able men have failed in the office throughout history.

The Hand resides in a tower of the Red Keep called the Tower of the Hand. His badge of office always includes a hand, though each Hand can design his own. A necklace of hands linked into a chain is one possible badge. Servants of the Hand wear the emblem of a hand.

List of Known Hands

During the reign of King Hand of the King Period and Notes
Tommen Baratheon Mace Tyrell 300 AC.
Orton Merryweather 300 AC - 300 AC.
Harys Swyft 300 AC - 300 AC.
Tywin Lannister 300 AC - 300 AC. Served as Hand as well under Joffrey Baratheon and Aerys II Targaryen.
Joffrey Baratheon Tywin Lannister 298 AC - 300 AC. Served as Hand as well under Aerys II Targaryen.
Tyrion Lannister Was acting hand during his father Tywin Lannisters 2nd term as Hand, while he was campaigning in the Riverlands.
Robert Baratheon Eddard Stark 298 AC.
Jon Arryn 283 AC - 298 AC.
Aerys II Targaryen
The Mad King
Lord Rossart 283 AC. Was Hand for a fortnight.
Qarlton Chelsted 283 AC. He bravely resigned his position over Aerys' plan to burn King's Landing and was subsequently burned alive for it.
Jon Connington 282 AC - 283 AC. Fired from his office and exiled after losing the Battle of the Bells.
Owen Merryweather 281 AC - 283 AC
Tywin Lannister +/- 262 AC - 281 AC
Jaehaerys II Targaryen Unknown 259 AC - 262 AC
Aegon V Targaryen Unknown 233 AC - 259 AC
Maekar I Targaryen Unknown 221 AC - 233 AC
Aerys I Targaryen Brynden Rivers 209 AC - 221 AC. In the end, he was stripped of office by Maekar I and later sent to the wall by King Aegon V.
Unknown 209 AC - 209 AC
Daeron II Targaryen Baelor Breakspear 196 AC - 209 AC
Lord Hayford 196 AC - 196 AC. Died at the Redgrass Field.
Ambrose Butterwell ? - 196 AC
Aegon IV Targaryen Lord Butterwell ?
Viserys II Targaryen Unknown 171 AC - 172 AC
Baelor I Targaryen Prince Viserys 161 AC - 171 AC
Daeron I Targaryen Prince Viserys 157 AC - 161 AC
Aegon III Targaryen Viserys Targaryen ? - 157 AC
Unknown 131 AC - ?. Several Regents and Hands followed in the Regent Wars.
Aegon II Targaryen Criston Cole 130 AC - 130 AC
Otto Hightower 129 AC - 130 AC. Served as Hand under three different kings.
Viserys I Targaryen Otto Hightower 103 AC - 129 AC
Jaehaerys I Targaryen Otto Hightower succeeded Barth. ? - 103 AC
Septon Barth Served as Hand for forty years.
Maegor I Targaryen Unknown 42 AC - 48 AC
Aenys I Targaryen Prince Maegor 37 AC - 42 AC
Orys Baratheon 37 AC - 37 AC
Aegon I Targaryen Orys Baratheon 1 AC - 37 AC. First ever Hand of the King.


Hand of the king brooch, from the TV Series

Time unknown

A list of some of the worst Hands, Whose names are remembered as a warning to future generations.

Hands of Claimants to the Iron Throne

Quotes

The Hand of the King was the second-most powerful man in the Seven Kingdoms. He spoke with the king’s voice, commanded the king’s armies, drafted the king’s laws. Robert was offering him a responsibility as large as the realm itself. It was the last thing in the world he wanted.

- Ned


"I sat on his council for fifteen years, helping Jon Arryn rule his realm while Robert drank and whored, but when Jon died, did my brother name me his Hand? No, he went galloping off to his dear friend Ned Stark, and offered him the honor. And small good it did either of them." [3]

- Stannis


"A weak ruler needs a strong Hand, as Aerys needed Father. A strong ruler requires only a diligent servant to carry out his orders."

- Cersei Lannister

References and Notes

  1. Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 So Spake Martin
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard
  3. A Clash of Kings, Prologue, p 17.