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After she fails to convince [[Jaime Lannister]] to become Hand,{{Ref|AFFC|3}} and refuses to meet the terms Ser [[Kevan Lannister]] has for the office{{Ref|AFFC|7}}, Ser [[Harys Swyft]]{{Ref|AFFC|17}} and later Lord [[Orton Merryweather]]{{Ref|AFFC|39}} serve as Hand of the King for King [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen I Baratheon]], chosen by his mother, Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]]. After Cersei is arrested by the [[Faith of the Seven]], Merryweather resigns the [[small council]] and flees [[King's Landing]].{{Ref|AFFC|43}}
 
After she fails to convince [[Jaime Lannister]] to become Hand,{{Ref|AFFC|3}} and refuses to meet the terms Ser [[Kevan Lannister]] has for the office{{Ref|AFFC|7}}, Ser [[Harys Swyft]]{{Ref|AFFC|17}} and later Lord [[Orton Merryweather]]{{Ref|AFFC|39}} serve as Hand of the King for King [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen I Baratheon]], chosen by his mother, Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]]. After Cersei is arrested by the [[Faith of the Seven]], Merryweather resigns the [[small council]] and flees [[King's Landing]].{{Ref|AFFC|43}}
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Prior to the [[Kingsmoot]], [[Asha Greyjoy]] offers to support her uncle [[Victarion Greyjoy|Victarion]] as [[King of the Isles and the North|king]] if he names her his Hand. Victarion rejects her offer due to the absence of the office in [[ironborn]] culture, Asha's gender, and their contrasting views on the [[ironborn]] war for the [[North]],{{ref|affc|18}} and Asha and Victarion each stand in the kingsmoot, both losing to [[Euron Greyjoy]].{{ref|affc|19}}
  
 
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| rowspan="2"| [[Maegor I Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Maegor I Targaryen]]
 
|  Lord [[Lucas Harroway]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Riverlands: House Tully}}
 
|  Lord [[Lucas Harroway]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Riverlands: House Tully}}
| {{Date|43}}–{{Date|44}}  
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| {{Date|43|44}}. By orders of the king, he was thrown from the roof of the [[Tower of the Hand]] by [[knight]]s of the [[Kingsguard]].
 
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| Lord [[Edwell Celtigar]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}
 
| Lord [[Edwell Celtigar]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}
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| rowspan="7"| [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="7"| [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]]
| Lord [[Rogar Baratheon]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}
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| Lord [[Rogar Baratheon]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}{{Ref|FAB|Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I}}{{Ref|FAB|A Surfeit of Rulers}}
| {{Date|48}}{{Date|50}}
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| {{Date|48|50}}
 
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| Lord [[Daemon Velaryon]]{{Ref|Fire & Blood}}
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| Lord [[Daemon Velaryon (son of Aethan)|Daemon Velaryon]]{{Ref|fab|A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade}}
| {{Date|50}}–{{Date|54}}
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| {{Date|50|54}}
 
|-
 
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| Lord [[Myles Smallwood]]
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| Lord [[Myles Smallwood]]{{Ref|fab|Birth, Death and Betrayal under Jaehaerys I}}
| {{Date|54}}{{Date|57}}
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| {{Date|54|57}}
 
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| Septon [[Barth]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}
 
| Septon [[Barth]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}
| {{Date|58|99}}
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| {{Date|58|98}}{{Ref|FAB|The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain}}<ref group="N" name=death>''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'' states that Barth died in {{Date|99}} in ''The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I''. However, the more recently published ''Fire & Blood'' has changed this to {{Date|98}}.</ref>
 
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| Ser [[Ryam Redwyne]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}
 
| Ser [[Ryam Redwyne]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}
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| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}}{{Ref|TRP}}
 
| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}}{{Ref|TRP}}
| {{Date|101|103}}.
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| rowspan="3"| [[Viserys I Targaryen]]
 
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| rowspan="2"| [[Aegon II Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Aegon II Targaryen]]
 
| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}}{{Ref|TRP}}{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}}
 
| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}}{{Ref|TRP}}{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}}
| {{Date|130}}.  
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| {{Date|130}}. Executed by Rhaenyra Targaryen.
 
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| Ser [[Criston Cole]]{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}}{{Ref|AFFC|16}}
 
| Ser [[Criston Cole]]{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}}{{Ref|AFFC|16}}
| {{Date|130}}. Concurrently served as [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]]. Died at the [[Butcher's Ball]].
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| {{Date|130}}. Concurrently served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Died at the [[Butcher's Ball]].
 
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| rowspan="8"| [[Aegon III Targaryen]]
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| rowspan="9"| [[Aegon III Targaryen]]
| Lord [[Cregan Stark]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}
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| Lord [[Cregan Stark]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|fab|Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf}}
| {{Date|131}}. Only held position for a day, before returning to the [[North]].
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| {{Date|131}}. Only held office for a day, before returning to the [[North]].
 
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| Ser [[Tyland Lannister]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}
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| Ser [[Tyland Lannister]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|fab|Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand}}
| {{Date|131|133}}. Died of a winter chill.
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| {{Date|131|133}}. Died of [[Winter Fever]].
 
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| Lord [[Unwin Peake]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}
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| Lord [[Unwin Peake]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|fab|Under the Regents - Lysene Spring and the End of Regency}}
| {{Date|133|134}}
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| {{Date|133|134}}. Resigned the office after the king turned down a marriage proposal with his [[Myrielle Peake|daughter]].
 
|-
 
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| Lord [[Thaddeus Rowan]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}
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| Lord [[Thaddeus Rowan]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|fab|Under the Regents - Lysene Spring and the End of Regency}}
| {{Date|134}}–Unknown
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| {{Date|134|135}}. Imprisoned and tortured by plotters seeking to undermine the [[House Rogare|Rogare family's]] influance over the court.
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| Ser [[Marston Waters]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}
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| Ser [[Marston Waters]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|fab|Under the Regents - Lysene Spring and the End of Regency}}
| Unknown–Unknown
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| {{Date|135}}. Concurrently served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Participated in a plot to imprison Lord Thaddeus Rowan and members of the Rogare family present at court. He was then named Hand, however, he died trying to arrest his sworn brother, Ser [[Mervyn Flowers]], a fortnight later.
 
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| Grand Maester [[Munkun]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}
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| Lord [[Thaddeus Rowan]]{{Ref|fab|Under the Regents - Lysene Spring and the End of Regency}}
| Unknown–Unknown
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| {{Date|135}}. Reinstalled after the imprisonment of plotters and death of Ser Marston Waters. However, after a moon's turn he was dismissed once again due to poor mental condition.
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| Grand Maester [[Munkun]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|fab|Under the Regents - Lysene Spring and the End of Regency}}
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| {{Date|135|136}}. Served as Hand until the election of a new Hand in the [[Great Council|Council of 136 AC]].
 
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| Lord [[Torrhen Manderly]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}
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| Lord [[Torrhen Manderly]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|fab|Under the Regents - Lysene Spring and the End of Regency}}
| Unknown–{{Date|136}}. Dismissed when king came of age.
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| {{Date|136}}. Elected as the new Hand during the [[Great Council|Council of 136 AC]]. Dismissed when king came of age.
 
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| Prince [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys Targaryen]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|AWOIAF| Viserys II Targaryen}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}}{{Ref|ASOS|59}}
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| Prince [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys Targaryen]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|AFFC|43}}
| Unknown–{{Date|157}}
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| Unknown–{{Date|157}}
 
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| [[Daeron I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Daeron I Targaryen]]
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==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
{{Quote|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. At times he even sat upon the [[Iron Throne]] to dispense king's justice, when the king was absent, or sick, or otherwise indisposed. Robert was offering him a responsibility as large as the realm itself. It was the last thing in the world he wanted.{{ref|AGOT|4}}|thoughts of [[Eddard Stark]]}}
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{{Quote|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 and justice of the Seven Kingdoms|laws]]. At times he even sat upon the [[Iron Throne]] to dispense king's justice, when the king was absent, or sick, or otherwise indisposed. [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert]] was offering him a responsibility as large as the realm itself. It was the last thing in the world he wanted.{{Ref|AGOT|4}}|thoughts of [[Eddard Stark]]}}
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{{Quote|I sat on his [[small council|council]] for fifteen years, helping [[Jon Arryn]] rule his realm while [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert]] drank and [[whore]]d, but when Jon died, did my brother name me his Hand? No, he went galloping off to his dear friend [[Eddard Stark|Ned Stark]], and offered him the honor. And small good it did either of them.{{Ref|ACOK|0}}|[[Stannis Baratheon]] to [[Cressen]]}}
  
{{Quote|I sat on his [[small council|council]] for fifteen years, helping [[Jon Arryn]] rule his realm while [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert]] drank and [[whore]]d, but when Jon died, did my brother name me his Hand? No, he went galloping off to his dear friend [[Eddard Stark|Ned Stark]], and offered him the honor. And small good it did either of them.{{Ref|aCoK|0}}|[[Stannis Baratheon]] to [[Maester]] [[Cressen]]}}
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{{Quote|A '''weak''' ruler needs a strong Hand, as [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] needed [[Tywin Lannister|Father]]. A strong ruler requires only a diligent servant to carry out his orders.{{Ref|AFFC|16}}|[[Cersei Lannister]] to [[Jaime Lannister]]}}
  
{{Quote|A '''weak''' ruler needs a strong Hand, as [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] needed [[Tywin Lannister|Father]]. A strong ruler requires only a diligent servant to carry out his orders.{{ref|AFFC|16}}|[[Cersei Lannister]] to [[Jaime Lannister]]}}
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{{Quote|The Hand should speak with the king's voice.{{Ref|ADWD|19}}|thoughts of [[Davos Seaworth]]}}
  
{{quote|The Hand should speak with the king's voice.{{ref|ADWD|19}}|thoughts of [[Davos Seaworth]]}}
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{{Quote|'''Davos''': The King's Hand should be a highborn [[lord]], someone wise and learned, a battle commander or a great [[knight]]...<br>
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'''Pylos''': Ser [[Ryam Redwyne]] was the greatest knight of his day, and one of the worst Hands ever to serve a king. [[Septon]] [[Murmison]]'s prayers worked miracles, but as Hand he soon had the whole realm praying for his death. Lord [[Ambrose Butterwell|Butterwell]] was renowned for wit, [[Myles Smallwood]] for courage, Ser [[Otto Hightower]] for learning, yet they failed as Hands, every one. As for birth, the [[dragon]]kings oft chose Hands from amongst [[House Targaryen|their own blood]], with results as various as [[Baelor Breakspear]] and [[Maegor the Cruel]]. Against this, you have Septon [[Barth]], the blacksmith's son [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|the Old King]] plucked from the [[Red Keep]]'s library, who gave the realm forty years of peace and plenty. Read your history, Lord Davos, and you will see that your doubts are groundless.{{Ref|ASOS|54}}|[[Davos Seaworth]] and [[Pylos]]}}
  
{{quote|'''Davos:''' The King's Hand should be a highborn [[lord]], someone wise and learned, a battle commander or a great [[knight]]...<br>
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==Notes==
'''Pylos:''' Ser [[Ryam Redwyne]] was the greatest knight of his day, and one of the worst Hands ever to serve a king. Septon [[Murmison]]'s prayers worked miracles, but as Hand he soon had the whole realm praying for his death. Lord [[Ambrose Butterwell|Butterwell]] was renowned for wit, [[Myles Smallwood]] for courage, Ser [[Otto Hightower]] for learning, yet they failed as Hands, every one. As for birth, the dragonkings oft chose Hands from amongst [[House Targaryen|their own blood]], with results as various as [[Baelor Breakspear]] and [[Maegor the Cruel]]. Against this, you have [[Septon]] [[Barth]], the blacksmith's son the [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|Old King]] plucked from the [[Red Keep]]'s library, who gave the realm forty years of peace and plenty. Read your history, Lord Davos, and you will see that your doubts are groundless.{{ref|asos|54}}|[[Davos Seaworth]] and Maester [[Pylos]]}}
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{{Notes}}
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
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{{Hands of the King}}

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Lord Eddard Stark, Hand of the King. © Fantasy Flight Games
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 chief advisor to the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and is the executor of the king's 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.

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."[1] 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.[2] His badge of office always includes a hand, though each Hand can design his own. Brynden Rivers used a iron brooch,[3] Eddard Stark used a silver clasp,[4] while Tyrion and Tywin Lannister used a golden chain.[5][6] Servants of the Hand might wear the emblem of a hand.[7]

History

During Conquest of the Seven Kingdoms by King Aegon I Targaryen, after the first few victories, Aegon proclaimed Orys Baratheon to be

...My shield, my stalwart, my strong right hand.[8]

Because of Aegon's description, Orys is regarded to have been the first Hand of the King.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Upon the death of his Hand, Lord Jon Arryn, King Robert I Baratheon asks Lord Eddard Stark to serve as Lord Arryn's replacement.[1] After Robert dies, however, his son, Joffrey Baratheon, has Ned Stark executed.[9] Joffrey's grandfather, Lord Tywin Lannister serves as the new Hand of the King.[10] Because Tywin is capaigning in the riverlands during the War of the Five Kings, he sends his younger son, Tyrion to serve as acting Hand to King's Landing.[11]

A Clash of King

As acting Hand, Tyrion Lannister serves in King's Landing until Lord Tywin Lannister arrives during the Battle of the Blackwater.[6]

Lord Mace Tyrell serves as Hand to Renly Baratheon, a rival claimant to the Iron Throne, who is killed at Storm's End.[12]

A Storm of Swords

Following the Battle of the Blackwater, Tywin serves as Hand to Joffrey and, after Joffrey's death, to King Tommen Baratheon,[13] until he is murdered.[14]

Lord Alester Florent serves as the Hand to Stannis Baratheon, a rival claimant to the Iron Throne.[15] After Alester has been arrested and executed for treason, Axell Florent tries to make Davos Seaworth advise Stannis to name himself as Hand of the King, but Stannis chooses Davos to be his new Hand instead.[16]

A Feast for Crows

After she fails to convince Jaime Lannister to become Hand,[17] and refuses to meet the terms Ser Kevan Lannister has for the office[18], Ser Harys Swyft[19] and later Lord Orton Merryweather[20] serve as Hand of the King for King Tommen I Baratheon, chosen by his mother, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. After Cersei is arrested by the Faith of the Seven, Merryweather resigns the small council and flees King's Landing.[21]

Prior to the Kingsmoot, Asha Greyjoy offers to support her uncle Victarion as king if he names her his Hand. Victarion rejects her offer due to the absence of the office in ironborn culture, Asha's gender, and their contrasting views on the ironborn war for the North,[22] and Asha and Victarion each stand in the kingsmoot, both losing to Euron Greyjoy.[23]

A Dance with Dragons

After Merryweather has resigned, Ser Kevan Lannister, as Regent, elevates Mace Tyrell to Hand of the King for King Tommen I.[24]

Meanwhile, Ser Davos Seaworth continues as Hand of the King for Stannis Baratheon,[25][26] while Ser Axell Florent is calling himself the Queen's Hand to Selyse Florent.[27]

In Meereen, Ser Barristan Selmy serves as Hand for Queen Daenerys Targaryen in her absence, after King Hizdahr zo Loraq has been removed from power.[28]

Lord Jon Connington serves as the Hand to Prince Aegon Targaryen, despite the latter not having been crowned king yet.[29] Connington is styled "Hand of the True King".[30]

List of known Hands

During the reign of King Hand of the King Period and Notes
Aegon I Targaryen Lord Orys Baratheon[8] 17 AC. First Hand of the King.
Lord Edmyn Tully[31] 79 AC
Lord Alton Celtigar 917 AC
Ser Osmund Strong[32] 1734 AC
Lord Alyn Stokeworth 3437 AC
Aenys I Targaryen Lord Alyn Stokeworth 37 AC
Prince Maegor Targaryen[33] 3739 AC
Septon Murmison[33] 3941 AC
Maegor I Targaryen Lord Lucas Harroway[34][31] 4344 AC. By orders of the king, he was thrown from the roof of the Tower of the Hand by knights of the Kingsguard.
Lord Edwell Celtigar[34] 4448 AC
Jaehaerys I Targaryen Lord Rogar Baratheon[35][36][37] 4850 AC
Lord Daemon Velaryon[38] 5054 AC
Lord Myles Smallwood[39] 5457 AC
Septon Barth[35] 5898 AC[40][N 1]
Ser Ryam Redwyne[35] 99100 AC. Concurrently served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
Prince Baelon Targaryen[35] 100101 AC
Ser Otto Hightower[35][41][42] 101103 AC
Viserys I Targaryen Ser Otto Hightower[35][41][42] 103109 AC. Removed as Hand after pushing the inheritance of his daughter's sons over Princess Rhaenyra.
Lord Lyonel Strong[41][42] 109120 AC. Died in a fire at Harrenhal.
Ser Otto Hightower[41][42][43][44] 120130 AC. Reinstated after predecessor's death.
Aegon II Targaryen Ser Otto Hightower[41][42][43][44] 130 AC. Executed by Rhaenyra Targaryen.
Ser Criston Cole[43][44][45] 130 AC. Concurrently served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Died at the Butcher's Ball.
Aegon III Targaryen Lord Cregan Stark[46][47] 131 AC. Only held office for a day, before returning to the North.
Ser Tyland Lannister[46][48] 131133 AC. Died of Winter Fever.
Lord Unwin Peake[46][49] 133134 AC. Resigned the office after the king turned down a marriage proposal with his daughter.
Lord Thaddeus Rowan[46][49] 134135 AC. Imprisoned and tortured by plotters seeking to undermine the Rogare family's influance over the court.
Ser Marston Waters[46][49] 135 AC. Concurrently served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Participated in a plot to imprison Lord Thaddeus Rowan and members of the Rogare family present at court. He was then named Hand, however, he died trying to arrest his sworn brother, Ser Mervyn Flowers, a fortnight later.
Lord Thaddeus Rowan[49] 135 AC. Reinstalled after the imprisonment of plotters and death of Ser Marston Waters. However, after a moon's turn he was dismissed once again due to poor mental condition.
Grand Maester Munkun[46][49] 135136 AC. Served as Hand until the election of a new Hand in the Council of 136 AC.
Lord Torrhen Manderly[46][49] 136 AC. Elected as the new Hand during the Council of 136 AC. Dismissed when king came of age.
Prince Viserys Targaryen[46][21] Unknown–157 AC
Daeron I Targaryen Prince Viserys Targaryen[46][50][51][52][53][54] 157161 AC
Baelor I Targaryen Prince Viserys Targaryen[46][50][51][52][53][54] 161171 AC
Viserys II Targaryen Unknown 171172 AC
Aegon IV Targaryen Lord Bracken[55] 172 AC–Unknown. Father of two of the king's mistresses.
Lord Butterwell[55][3] Unknown–Unknown
Lord Lucas Lothston[55] 178 AC. Husband of a king's mistress, father to a second of the king's mistresses.
Lord Jon Hightower[55] Unknown–Unknown
Daeron II Targaryen Lord Ambrose Butterwell[56][57] Unknown–196 AC. Removed for failing to contain the First Blackfyre Rebellion.
Lord Hayford[56][57] 196 AC. Died at the Battle of the Redgrass Field.
Prince Baelor Targaryen[58][59] 196209 AC. Died after a blow to the head suffered in the trial of seven during the tourney at Ashford Meadow.
Prince Valarr Targaryen (Possibly)[56] 209 AC. Died during the Great Spring Sickness. It is currently unknown whether Valarr is referred to as Hand in The Sworn Sword, or whether "the Hand" named as having died in the Spring Sickness is a separate individual.
Aerys I Targaryen Brynden Rivers[56][3][57][60] 209221 AC
Maekar I Targaryen Brynden Rivers[56][3][57][60] 221233 AC
Aegon V Targaryen Unknown 233259 AC
Jaehaerys II Targaryen Lord Ormund Baratheon[61] 259260 AC
Edgar Sloane[62] Unknown–262 AC
Aerys II Targaryen Ser/Lord Tywin Lannister[62] 262281 AC. Resigned his post for Aerys's slights against him.
Lord Owen Merryweather[62][63] 281282 AC. Removed from office and exiled for failing to contain Robert's Rebellion.
Lord Jon Connington[64][63] 282283 AC. Removed from his office and exiled after losing the Battle of the Bells.
Lord Qarlton Chelsted[65][63] 283 AC. He bravely resigned his position over Aerys's plan to burn King's Landing and was subsequently burned alive for it.
Wisdom Rossart[65][63] 283 AC. Was Hand for a fortnight. Named after the Battle of the Trident.
Robert I Baratheon Lord Jon Arryn[1] 283298 AC
Lord Eddard Stark[1] 298 AC
Joffrey I Baratheon Lord Tywin Lannister[9][11] 298300 AC. Served as Hand as well under Aerys II Targaryen. While he was campaigning in the Riverlands, his son Tyrion was acting Hand (298299 AC).
Tommen I Baratheon
Ser Harys Swyft[19] 300 AC
Lord Orton Merryweather[20] 300 AC
Lord Mace Tyrell[24] 300 AC–Present
Hand of the King brooch, from Game of Thrones.

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. At times he even sat upon the Iron Throne to dispense king's justice, when the king was absent, or sick, or otherwise indisposed. Robert was offering him a responsibility as large as the realm itself. It was the last thing in the world he wanted.[1]

—thoughts of Eddard Stark

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.[66]

A weak ruler needs a strong Hand, as Aerys needed Father. A strong ruler requires only a diligent servant to carry out his orders.[45]

The Hand should speak with the king's voice.[67]

—thoughts of Davos Seaworth

Davos: The King's Hand should be a highborn lord, someone wise and learned, a battle commander or a great knight...
Pylos: Ser Ryam Redwyne was the greatest knight of his day, and one of the worst Hands ever to serve a king. Septon Murmison's prayers worked miracles, but as Hand he soon had the whole realm praying for his death. Lord Butterwell was renowned for wit, Myles Smallwood for courage, Ser Otto Hightower for learning, yet they failed as Hands, every one. As for birth, the dragonkings oft chose Hands from amongst their own blood, with results as various as Baelor Breakspear and Maegor the Cruel. Against this, you have Septon Barth, the blacksmith's son the Old King plucked from the Red Keep's library, who gave the realm forty years of peace and plenty. Read your history, Lord Davos, and you will see that your doubts are groundless.[68]

Notes

  1. The World of Ice & Fire states that Barth died in 99 AC in The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I. However, the more recently published Fire & Blood has changed this to 98 AC.

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