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==List of Known Hands==
 
==List of Known Hands==
* [[Orton Merryweather]] 300 AL<ref>[[A Feast for Crows]], [[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 38|Chapter 38]], Cercei</ref>
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* [[Orton Merryweather]] 300 AL<ref>[[A Feast for Crows]], [[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 38|Chapter 38]], Cersei</ref>
* [[House Swift|Harys Swyft]] 300 AL - 300 AL
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* [[Harys Swyft]] 300 AL - 300 AL
 
* [[Tywin Lannister]] 2nd term 298 AL - 300 AL
 
* [[Tywin Lannister]] 2nd term 298 AL - 300 AL
 
** [[Tyrion Lannister]] was acting hand during part of his father's 2nd term
 
** [[Tyrion Lannister]] was acting hand during part of his father's 2nd term
 
* [[Eddard Stark]] 298 AL
 
* [[Eddard Stark]] 298 AL
 
* [[Jon Arryn]] 283 AL - 298 AL
 
* [[Jon Arryn]] 283 AL - 298 AL
* [[Lord Rossart]] 283 AL
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* Lord [[Rossart]] 283 AL
* [[House Chelsted|Qarlton Chelsted]] 283 AL
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* [[Qarlton Chelsted]] 283 AL
 
* [[Jon Connington]] 283 AL
 
* [[Jon Connington]] 283 AL
 
* [[House Merryweather|Owen Merryweather]] 282 AL (?) - 283 AL
 
* [[House Merryweather|Owen Merryweather]] 282 AL (?) - 283 AL
 
* [[Tywin Lannister]] +/- 262 AL -  282 AL (?)
 
* [[Tywin Lannister]] +/- 262 AL -  282 AL (?)
 
* [[Brynden Rivers]] 209 AL - 221 AL (?)
 
* [[Brynden Rivers]] 209 AL - 221 AL (?)
* [[House Targaryen#Historical Targaryens:Baelor Breakspear|Baelor Breakspear]] 196 AL - 208 AL
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* [[Baelor Targaryen|Baelor Breakspear]] 196 AL - 208 AL
 
* [[House Hayford|Lord Hayford]] 196 AL
 
* [[House Hayford|Lord Hayford]] 196 AL
 
* [[House Butterwell|Lord Butterwell]] ? - 196 AL
 
* [[House Butterwell|Lord Butterwell]] ? - 196 AL
* [[House Targaryen#Historical Targaryens:Viserys II|Prince Viserys]],during the rule of [[Daeron I]] and [[Baelor I]] ; (+/-) 157 AL - 171 AL
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* [[Viserys II|Prince Viserys]], during the rule of [[Daeron I]] and [[Baelor I]] ; (+/-) 157 AL - 171 AL
* Septon Barth, during the rule of [[Jaehaerys I]]; between 48 AL – 103 AL
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* Septon [[Barth]], during the rule of [[Jaehaerys I]]; between 48 AL – 103 AL
* [[House Targaryen#Historical Targaryens:Maegor I|Prince Maegor]],during the rule of [[Aenys I]]; 37 AL – 42 AL
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* [[Maegor I|Prince Maegor]], during the rule of [[Aenys I]]; 37 AL – 42 AL
 
===Time unknown===
 
===Time unknown===
* Septon Murmison ? - ?
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* Septon [[Murmison]] ? - ?
* [[House Smallwood|Myles Smallwood]] ? - ?
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* [[Myles Smallwood]] ? - ?
* [[House Redwyne#Ser Ryam Redwyne|Ser Ryam Redwyne]] ? -?
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* Ser [[Ryam Redwyne]] ? -?
* [[House Hightower#Historical members|Ser Otto Hightower]] ? - ?
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* Ser [[Otto Hightower]] ? - ?
 
===Unofficial Hands===
 
===Unofficial Hands===
 
* Lord [[Mace Tyrell]], for [[Renly Baratheon]]
 
* Lord [[Mace Tyrell]], for [[Renly Baratheon]]

Revision as of 00:48, 26 March 2010

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

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." 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 the 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

Time unknown

Unofficial Hands

References