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[[File:GT01 11094 EddardStark JacobMurray2.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Lord [[Eddard Stark]], Hand of the King. © Fantasy Flight Games]]
 
[[File:Tyrion as Hand.jpg|thumb|right|350px|[[Tyrion Lannister]], acting as Hand of the King, wears the necklace of linked hands. © Fantasy Flight Games]]
 
[[File:Tyrion as Hand.jpg|thumb|right|350px|[[Tyrion Lannister]], acting as Hand of the King, wears the necklace of linked hands. © Fantasy Flight Games]]
 
[[File:Yulia Startsev The Hand's Judgement.png|thumb|right|350px|© Fantasy Flight Games]]
 
[[File:Yulia Startsev The Hand's Judgement.png|thumb|right|350px|© Fantasy Flight Games]]
The '''Hand of the King''' is the king on the [[Iron Throne]]'s chief advisor and is the executor of his command in the [[Seven Kingdoms]].
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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==
 
==About==
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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."{{ref|agot|4}} Many able men have failed in the office throughout history.
 
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."{{ref|agot|4}} 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.
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The Hand resides in a tower of the [[Red Keep]] called the [[Tower of the Hand]].{{Ref|AGOT|20}} His badge of office always includes a hand, though each Hand can design his own. [[Brynden Rivers]] used a iron brooch,{{Ref|TMK}} [[Eddard Stark]] used a silver clasp,{{Ref|AGOT|33}} while [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] and [[Tywin Lannister]] used a golden chain.{{Ref|ACOK|32}}{{Ref|ACOK|65}} Servants of the Hand might wear the emblem of a hand.{{Ref|AGOT|22}}
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
After the [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] [[War of Conquest]] [[Orys Baratheon]] served as the first Hand, serving King [[Aegon I Targaryen]]. The title of hand derives its name from Aegon's description of Orys as
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During [[Aegon's Conquest|Conquest]] of the [[Seven Kingdoms]] by King [[Aegon I Targaryen]], after the first few victories, Aegon proclaimed [[Orys Baratheon]] to be
  
{{Quote|...My shield, my stalwart, my strong right hand.<ref>Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Bubonicon_Report/ So Spake Martin]</ref>}}
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{{Quote|...My shield, my stalwart, my strong right hand.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}}}
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Because of Aegon's description, Orys is regarded to have been the first Hand of the King.
  
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
 
===''A Game of Thrones''===
 
===''A Game of Thrones''===
Upon the death of his Hand, Lord [[Jon Arryn]], King [[Robert Baratheon]] asks Lord [[Eddard Stark]] to serve as Lord Arryn's replacement. After Robert dies, however, his son, [[Joffrey Baratheon]], has Ned Stark executed. Joffrey's grandfather, Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] serves as the new Hand of the King.
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Upon the death of his Hand, Lord [[Jon Arryn]], King [[Robert I Baratheon]] asks Lord [[Eddard Stark]] to serve as Lord Arryn's replacement.{{Ref|AGOT|4}} After Robert dies, however, his son, [[Joffrey Baratheon]], has Ned Stark executed.{{Ref|AGOT|65}} Joffrey's grandfather, Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] serves as the new Hand of the King.{{Ref|AGOT|57}} Because Tywin is capaigning in the [[riverlands]] during the [[War of the Five Kings]], he sends his younger son, [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] to serve as acting Hand to [[King's Landing]].{{Ref|AGOT|69}}
  
 
===''A Clash of King''===
 
===''A Clash of King''===
Because he is campaigning during the [[War of the Five Kings]], Tywin has his son, [[Tyrion Lannister]], serve as the acting Hand in [[King's Landing]].
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As acting Hand, [[Tyrion Lannister]] serves in [[King's Landing]] until Lord Tywin Lannister arrives during the [[Battle of the Blackwater]].{{Ref|ACOK|65}}
  
Lord [[Alester Florent]] serves as the Hand to [[Stannis Baratheon]], a rival claimant to the [[Iron Throne]]. Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] serves as Hand to [[Renly Baratheon]], who is killed at [[Siege of Storm's End (299)|Storm's End]].
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Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] serves as Hand to [[Renly Baratheon]], a rival claimant to the [[Iron Throne]], who is killed at [[Siege of Storm's End (299)|Storm's End]].{{Ref|ACOK|Appendix}}
  
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
Following the [[Battle of the Blackwater]], Tywin serves as Hand to Joffrey and, after [[Purple Wedding|Joffrey's death]], to King [[Tommen Baratheon]]. Tywin is then murdered by Tyrion, who flees the city.
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Following the [[Battle of the Blackwater]], Tywin serves as Hand to Joffrey and, after [[Purple Wedding|Joffrey's death]], to King [[Tommen Baratheon]],{{Ref|ASOS|66}} until he is murdered.{{Ref|ASOS|77}}
  
Stannis chooses Ser [[Davos Seaworth]] to be his new Hand, as Alester is arrested for treason.
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Lord [[Alester Florent]] serves as the Hand to [[Stannis Baratheon]], a rival claimant to the [[Iron Throne]].{{Ref|ACOK|12}} 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.{{Ref|ASOS|36}}
  
 
===''A Feast for Crows''===
 
===''A Feast for Crows''===
Ser [[Harys Swyft]] and then Lord [[Orton Merryweather]] serve as Hand for Tommen's mother, Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]].
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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}}
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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}}
  
 
===''A Dance with Dragons''===
 
===''A Dance with Dragons''===
Following Cersei's arrest by the [[Faith of the Seven]] Orton Merryweather abandons the capital and his post, [[Kevan Lannister]], as Regent, elevates [[Mace Tyrell]] to Hand of the King for Tommen.
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After Merryweather has resigned, Ser [[Kevan Lannister]], as Regent, elevates [[Mace Tyrell]] to Hand of the King for King Tommen I.{{Ref|ADWD|54}}
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Meanwhile, Ser Davos Seaworth continues as Hand of the King for Stannis Baratheon,{{Ref|AFFC|Appendix}}{{Ref|ADWD|Appendix}} while Ser [[Axell Florent]] is calling himself the Queen's Hand to [[Selyse Florent]].{{Ref|ADWD|39}}
  
Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] serves as Hand to Queen [[Daenerys Targaryen]] in [[Meereen]].
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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.{{Ref|ADWD|70}}
  
Lord [[Jon Connington]] is the Hand to King [[Aegon Targaryen|Aegon VI Targaryen]].
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Lord [[Jon Connington]] serves as the Hand to Prince [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)|Aegon Targaryen]], despite the latter not having been crowned king yet.{{Ref|ADWD|61}} Connington is styled "Hand of the True King".{{Ref|TWOW| Arianne I}}
  
==List of Known Hands==
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==List of known Hands==
  
 
{| class=wikitable width=100%
 
{| class=wikitable width=100%
! width=150px|During the reign of King
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! width=200px|During the reign of King
! width=150px|Hand of the King
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! width=250px|Hand of the King
 
!Period and Notes
 
!Period and Notes
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Aegon I Targaryen]]
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| rowspan="5"| [[Aegon I Targaryen]]
| Lord [[Orys Baratheon]]
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| Lord [[Orys Baratheon]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}
| {{Date|1}} - {{Date|37}}. First Hand of the King.
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| {{Date|1|7}}. First Hand of the King.
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|-
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| Lord [[Edmyn Tully]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Riverlands: House Tully}}
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| {{Date|7|9}}
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|-
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| Lord [[Alton Celtigar]]
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| {{Date|9|17}}
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|-
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| Ser [[Osmund Strong]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I}}
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| {{Date|17|34}}
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|-
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|  Lord [[Alyn Stokeworth]]
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| {{Date|34|37}}
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|-
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| rowspan="3"| [[Aenys I Targaryen]]
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|  Lord [[Alyn Stokeworth]]
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| {{Date|37}}
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|-
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| Prince [[Maegor I Targaryen|Maegor Targaryen]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I}}
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| {{Date|37|39}}
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|-
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| Septon [[Murmison]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I}}
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| {{Date|39|41}}
 
|-
 
|-
| rowspan="4"| [[Aenys I Targaryen]]
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| rowspan="2"| [[Maegor I Targaryen]]
| Lord [[Orys Baratheon]]
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| Lord [[Lucas Harroway]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Riverlands: House Tully}}
| {{Date|37}} - {{Date|37}}
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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]].
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Alyn Stokeworth|Lord Alyn Stokeworth]]
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| Lord [[Edwell Celtigar]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}
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| {{Date|44|48}}
 
|-
 
|-
| Prince [[Maegor I Targaryen|Maegor Targaryen]]
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| rowspan="7"| [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]]
| {{Date|37}} - {{Date|41}}
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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}}
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| {{Date|48|50}}
 
|-
 
|-
|Septon [[Murmison|Septon Murmison]]  
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| Lord [[Daemon Velaryon (son of Aethan)|Daemon Velaryon]]{{Ref|fab|A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade}}
| {{Date|41}}
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| {{Date|50|54}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Maegor I Targaryen]]
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| Lord [[Myles Smallwood]]{{Ref|fab|Birth, Death and Betrayal under Jaehaerys I}}
| Unknown
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| {{Date|54|57}}
| {{Date|42}} - {{Date|48}}  
 
 
|-
 
|-
| rowspan="4"| [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]]
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| Septon [[Barth]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}
| [[Barth|Septon Barth]]
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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>
| Served as Hand for forty years.
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Ser [[Ryam Redwyne]]
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| Ser [[Ryam Redwyne]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}
| Unknown - Unknown. Concurrently served as [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]].
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| {{Date|99|100}}. Concurrently served as [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]].
 
|-
 
|-
| Prince [[Baelon Targaryen (son of Jaehaerys I)|Baelon Targaryen]]
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| Prince [[Baelon Targaryen (son of Jaehaerys I)|Baelon Targaryen]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}
| Unknown - {{Date|101}}
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| {{Date|100|101}}
 
|-
 
|-
| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]  
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| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}}{{Ref|TRP}}
| {{Date|101}} - {{Date|103}}. Succeeded Baelon
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| {{Date|101|103}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="3"| [[Viserys I Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="3"| [[Viserys I Targaryen]]
| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]
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| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}}{{Ref|TRP}}
| {{Date|103}} - {{Date|109}}. Removed as Hand after pushing the inheritance of his [[Alicent Hightower|daughter's]] sons over Princess [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]].
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| {{Date|103|109}}. Removed as Hand after pushing the inheritance of his [[Alicent Hightower|daughter's]] sons over Princess [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]].
 
|-
 
|-
| Lord [[Lyonel Strong]]
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| Lord [[Lyonel Strong]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}}{{Ref|TRP}}
| {{Date|109}} - {{Date|120}}. Died in a fire at [[Harrenhal]].
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| {{Date|109|120}}. Died in a fire at [[Harrenhal]].
 
|-
 
|-
| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]
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| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}}{{Ref|TRP}}{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}}
| {{Date|120}} - {{Date|129}}. Reinstated after predecessor's death.
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| {{Date|120|130}}. Reinstated after predecessor's death.
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Aegon II Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="2"| [[Aegon II Targaryen]]
| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]  
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| Ser [[Otto Hightower]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}}{{Ref|TRP}}{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}}
| {{Date|129}} - {{Date|130}}
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| {{Date|130}}. Executed by Rhaenyra Targaryen.
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|-
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| Ser [[Criston Cole]]{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}}{{Ref|AFFC|16}}
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| {{Date|130}}. Concurrently served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Died at the [[Butcher's Ball]].
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|-
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| rowspan="9"| [[Aegon III Targaryen]]
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| Lord [[Cregan Stark]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|fab|Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf}}
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| {{Date|131}}. Only held office for a day, before returning to the [[North]].
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|-
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| Ser [[Tyland Lannister]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}}{{Ref|fab|Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand}}
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| {{Date|131|133}}. Died of [[Winter Fever]].
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|-
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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}}
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| {{Date|133|134}}. Resigned the office after the king turned down a marriage proposal with his [[Myrielle Peake|daughter]].
 
|-
 
|-
| Ser [[Criston Cole]]
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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|130}} - {{Date|130}}. Concurrently served as [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]]. Died at the [[Battle at the stony ridge]].
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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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|-  
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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}}
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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.
 
|-
 
|-
| rowspan="3"| [[Aegon III Targaryen]]
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| Lord [[Thaddeus Rowan]]{{Ref|fab|Under the Regents - Lysene Spring and the End of Regency}}
| Ser [[Tyland Lannister]]
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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.
|{{Date|131}} - {{Date|133}}. Died of a winter chill.
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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]].
 
|-
 
|-
| Unknown
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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}}
| {{Date|133}} - Unknown
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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.
 
|-
 
|-
| Prince [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys Targaryen]]
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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}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Daeron I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Daeron I Targaryen]]
| Prince [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys Targaryen]]
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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}}
| {{Date|157}} - {{Date|161}}
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| {{Date|157|161}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Baelor I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Baelor I Targaryen]]
| Prince [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys Targaryen]]
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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}}
| {{Date|161}} - {{Date|171}}  
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| {{Date|161|171}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Viserys II Targaryen]]
 
| [[Viserys II Targaryen]]
 
| Unknown  
 
| Unknown  
| {{Date|171}} - {{Date|172}}
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| {{Date|171|172}}
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|-
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| rowspan="4"|[[Aegon IV Targaryen]]
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| [[Lord Bracken]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}}
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| {{Date|172}}–Unknown. Father of two of the king's mistresses.
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|-
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| [[Butterwell (Hand of the King)|Lord Butterwell]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}}{{Ref|TMK}}
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| Unknown–Unknown
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| Lord [[Lucas Lothston]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}}
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| {{date|178}}. Husband of a king's mistress, father to a second of the king's mistresses.
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Aegon IV Targaryen]]
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| Lord [[Jon Hightower]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}}
| [[House Butterwell|Lord Butterwell]]
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| Unknown–Unknown
| Unknown - Unknown
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="4"|[[Daeron II Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="4"|[[Daeron II Targaryen]]
| Lord [[Ambrose Butterwell]]
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| Lord [[Ambrose Butterwell]]{{Ref|TSS}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I}}
| Unknown - {{Date|196}}. Removed for failing to contain the First [[Blackfyre Rebellion]].
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| Unknown–{{Date|196}}. Removed for failing to contain the [[First Blackfyre Rebellion]].
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Lord Hayford]]
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| [[Lord Hayford]]{{Ref|TSS}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I}}
| {{Date|196}} - {{Date|196}}. Died at the [[Redgrass Field]].
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| {{Date|196}}. Died at the [[Battle of the Redgrass Field]].
 
|-
 
|-
| Prince [[Baelor Targaryen (son of Daeron II)|Baelor Targaryen]]
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| Prince [[Baelor Targaryen (son of Daeron II)|Baelor Targaryen]]{{Ref|THK}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II}}
| {{Date|196}} - {{Date|209}}. Died after a blow to the head suffered in the Trial of Seven during the [[Ashford Tourney]].
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| {{Date|196|209}}. Died after a blow to the head suffered in the [[trial of seven]] during the [[tourney at Ashford Meadow]].
 
|-
 
|-
| Prince [[Valarr Targaryen]]
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| Prince [[Valarr Targaryen]] (Possibly){{Ref|TSS}}
| {{Date|209}} - {{Date|209}}. Died during the [[Great Spring Sickness]].
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| {{Date|209}}. 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]]
 
| [[Aerys I Targaryen]]
| [[Brynden Rivers]]
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| [[Brynden Rivers]]{{Ref|TSS}}{{Ref|TMK}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I}}
| {{Date|209}} - {{Date|221}}. In the end, he was stripped of office by [[Maekar I Targaryen|Maekar I]] and locked into the Black Cells.
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| {{Date|209|221}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Maekar I Targaryen]]
 
| [[Maekar I Targaryen]]
| Unknown
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| [[Brynden Rivers]]{{Ref|TSS}}{{Ref|TMK}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I}}
| {{Date|221}} - {{Date|233}}
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| {{Date|221|233}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Aegon V Targaryen]]
 
| [[Aegon V Targaryen]]
 
| Unknown  
 
| Unknown  
| {{Date|233}} - {{Date|259}}
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| {{Date|233|259}}
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|-
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| rowspan="2"| [[Jaehaerys II Targaryen]]
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| Lord [[Ormund Baratheon]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II}}
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| {{Date|259|260}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Jaehaerys II Targaryen]]
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| [[Edgar Sloane]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
| Unknown
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| Unknown–{{Date|262}}
| {{Date|259}} - {{Date|262}}
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| rowspan="5"| [[Aerys II Targaryen]]
 
| rowspan="5"| [[Aerys II Targaryen]]
| Lord [[Tywin Lannister]]
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| Ser/Lord [[Tywin Lannister]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
| {{Date|262}} {{Date|281}}. Resigned his post for Aerys's slights against him.
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| {{Date|262|281}}. Resigned his post for Aerys's slights against him.
 
|-
 
|-
| Lord [[Owen Merryweather]]
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| Lord [[Owen Merryweather]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}{{Ref|ASOS|11}}
| {{Date|281}} - {{Date|283}}. Removed from office and exiled for failing to contain [[Robert's Rebellion]].
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| {{Date|281|282}}. Removed from office and exiled for failing to contain [[Robert's Rebellion]].
 
|-
 
|-
| Lord [[Jon Connington]]
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| Lord [[Jon Connington]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}}{{Ref|ASOS|11}}
| {{Date|282}} - {{Date|283}}. Removed from his office and exiled after losing the [[Battle of the Bells]].
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| {{Date|282|283}}. Removed from his office and exiled after losing the [[Battle of the Bells]].
 
|-
 
|-
| Lord [[Qarlton Chelsted]]
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| Lord [[Qarlton Chelsted]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: The End}}{{Ref|ASOS|11}}
| {{Date|283}} - {{Date|283}}. He bravely resigned his position over Aerys's [[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's [[wildfire plot|plan]] to burn [[King's Landing]] and was subsequently burned alive for it.
 
|-
 
|-
| Wisdom [[Rossart]]
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| Wisdom [[Rossart]]{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: The End}}{{Ref|ASOS|11}}
| {{Date|283}} - {{Date|283}}. Was Hand for a fortnight.
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| {{Date|283}}. Was Hand for a fortnight. Named after the [[Battle of the Trident]].
 
|-
 
|-
| rowspan="2"| [[Robert Baratheon]]
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| rowspan="2"| [[Robert I Baratheon]]
| Lord [[Jon Arryn]]
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| Lord [[Jon Arryn]]{{Ref|AGOT|4}}
| {{Date|283}} - {{Date|298}}
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| {{Date|283|298}}
 
|-
 
|-
| Lord [[Eddard Stark]]
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| Lord [[Eddard Stark]]{{Ref|AGOT|4}}
| {{Date|298}} - {{Date|298}}
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| {{Date|298}}
 
|-
 
|-
| rowspan="2"| [[Joffrey Baratheon]]
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| [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I Baratheon]]
| [[Tyrion Lannister]]
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| rowspan="2"| Lord [[Tywin Lannister]]{{Ref|AGOT|65}}{{Ref|AGOT|69}}
| Was acting Hand during his father [[Tywin Lannister]]'s second term as Hand, while Tywin was [[War of the Five Kings|campaigning in the Riverlands]].
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| rowspan="2"| {{Date|298|300}}. Served as Hand as well under [[Aerys II Targaryen]]. While he was [[War of the Five Kings|campaigning in the Riverlands]], his son [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] was acting Hand ({{Date|298|299}}).
 
|-
 
|-
| Lord [[Tywin Lannister]]
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| rowspan="4"| [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen I Baratheon]]
| {{Date|298}} - {{Date|300}}. Served as Hand as well under [[Aerys II Targaryen]].
 
 
|-
 
|-
| rowspan="4"|  [[Tommen Baratheon]]
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| Ser [[Harys Swyft]]{{Ref|AFFC|17}}
| Lord [[Tywin Lannister]]
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| {{Date|300}}
| {{Date|300}} - {{Date|300}}. Served as Hand as well under [[Joffrey Baratheon]] and [[Aerys II Targaryen]].
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Ser [[Harys Swyft]]
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| Lord [[Orton Merryweather]]{{Ref|AFFC|39}}
| {{Date|300}} - {{Date|300}}
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| {{Date|300}}
 
|-
 
|-
| Lord [[Orton Merryweather]]
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| Lord [[Mace Tyrell]]{{Ref|ADWD|54}}
| {{Date|300}} - {{Date|300}}
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| {{Date|300}}–Present
|-
 
| Lord [[Mace Tyrell]]
 
| {{Date|300}} - Present
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
[[File:Hand of the King.jpeg|thumb|350px|Hand of the King brooch, from ''[[Game of Thrones]]'']]
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[[File:Hand of the King.jpeg|thumb|350px|Hand of the King brooch, from ''[[Game of Thrones]]''.]]
 
 
==Time unknown==
 
* [[Myles Smallwood]] ? - ?, regarded as one of the worst Hands and a warning to future generations.
 
  
==Hands of Claimants to the Iron Throne==
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==Hands of claimants to the Iron Throne==
 
* Lord [[Corlys Velaryon]], for [[Rhaenyra Targaryen]]
 
* Lord [[Corlys Velaryon]], for [[Rhaenyra Targaryen]]
 
* Lord [[Mace Tyrell]], for [[Renly Baratheon]] before Renly's death.
 
* Lord [[Mace Tyrell]], for [[Renly Baratheon]] before Renly's death.
 
* Lord [[Alester Florent]], for [[Stannis Baratheon]], later removed and executed for treason.
 
* Lord [[Alester Florent]], for [[Stannis Baratheon]], later removed and executed for treason.
 
* Lord [[Davos Seaworth]], for [[Stannis Baratheon]]
 
* Lord [[Davos Seaworth]], for [[Stannis Baratheon]]
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* Ser [[Axell Florent]], self-styled Hand of the Queen for [[Selyse Florent]]
 
* Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] for [[Daenerys Targaryen]]
 
* Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] for [[Daenerys Targaryen]]
* Lord [[Jon Connington]] for [[Aegon Targaryen|Aegon VI Targaryen]]
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* Lord [[Jon Connington]] for [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)|Aegon VI Targaryen]]
  
 
==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 of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men|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|They say the Hand dreams the king's dreams, speaks with the king's voice, and rules with the king's sword.{{ref|AGOT|35}}|[[Petyr Baelish]] to [[Eddard Stark]]}}
  
{{Quote|I sat on his [[small council|council]] for fifteen years, helping [[Jon Arryn]] rule his realm while [[Robert 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|p 17}}}} - [[Stannis Baratheon]] to [[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]]}}
  
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{{Quote|The Hand should speak with the king's voice.{{Ref|ADWD|19}}|thoughts of [[Davos Seaworth]]}}
  
{{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|'''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 [[Seven Kingdoms|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 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 [[Pylos]]}}
  
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==Notes==
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{{Notes}}
  
{{quote|The Hand should speak with the king's voice.{{ref|ADWD|19}}}} - thoughts of [[Davos Seaworth]]
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==References==
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{{References}}
  
==References and Notes==
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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

They say the Hand dreams the king's dreams, speaks with the king's voice, and rules with the king's sword.[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.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Mystery Knight.
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 33, Eddard VIII.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 32, Sansa III.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 22, Arya II.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
  10. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  13. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
  14. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
  15. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  16. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
  17. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 3, Cersei I.
  18. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  19. 19.0 19.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  22. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
  23. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  24. 24.0 24.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.
  25. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  26. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  27. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 39, Jon VIII.
  28. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 70, The Queen's Hand.
  29. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  30. The Winds of Winter, Chapter Arianne I.
  31. 31.0 31.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
  32. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
  33. 33.0 33.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  34. 34.0 34.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  36. Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  37. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  38. Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  39. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death and Betrayal under Jaehaerys I.
  40. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 42.4 The Rogue Prince.
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 The Princess and the Queen.
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  45. 45.0 45.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 46.4 46.5 46.6 46.7 46.8 46.9 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  47. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  48. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 49.4 49.5 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  50. 50.0 50.1 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Viserys II Targaryen.
  51. 51.0 51.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  52. 52.0 52.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  53. 53.0 53.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
  54. 54.0 54.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 55.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 56.3 56.4 The Sworn Sword.
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 57.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.
  58. The Hedge Knight.
  59. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
  60. 60.0 60.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I.
  61. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II.
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  63. 63.0 63.1 63.2 63.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
  64. The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion.
  65. 65.0 65.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The End.
  66. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 35, Eddard IX.
  67. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 19, Davos III.
  68. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.