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==List of Known Hands==
 
==List of Known Hands==
* [[Mace Tyrell]] 301 AL
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* [[Orton Merryweather]] 300 AL - 300 AL<ref>[[A Feast for Crows]], [[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 38|Chapter 38]], Cersei</ref>
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{| class=wikitable
* [[Harys Swyft]] 300 AL - 300 AL
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! width=150px|During the rign of King
* [[Tywin Lannister]] 2nd term 298 AL - 300 AL
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! width=150px|Hand of the King
** [[Tyrion Lannister]] was acting hand during part of his father's 2nd term
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! width=400px|Period and Notes
* [[Eddard Stark]] 298 AL
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* [[Jon Arryn]] 283 AL - 298 AL
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| rowspan="5"|  [[Tommen Baratheon]]
* Lord [[Rossart]] 283 AL
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| [[Mace Tyrell]]
* [[Qarlton Chelsted]] 283 AL
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| 301 AL
* [[Jon Connington]] 283 AL
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* [[Owen Merryweather]] 282 AL (?) - 283 AL
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| [[Orton Merryweather]]
* [[Tywin Lannister]] +/- 262 AL -  282 AL (?)
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| 300 AL - 300 AL
* [[Brynden Rivers]] 209 AL - 221 AL (?)
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|-
* [[Baelor Targaryen|Baelor Breakspear]] 196 AL - 208 AL
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| [[Harys Swyft]]
* [[House Hayford|Lord Hayford]] 196 AL
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| 300 AL - 300 AL
* [[Ambrose Butterwell]] ? - 196 AL
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* [[House Butterwell|Lord Butterwell]], during the reign of [[Aegon IV]].
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| [[Tywin Lannister]]
* [[Viserys II|Prince Viserys]], during the rule of [[Daeron I]] and [[Baelor I]] ; (+/-) 157 AL - 171 AL
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| 2nd term 298 AL - 300 AL
* Septon [[Barth]], during the rule of [[Jaehaerys I]]; between 48 AL – 103 AL
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* [[Maegor I|Prince Maegor]], during the rule of [[Aenys I]]; 37 AL – 42 AL
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| [[Tyrion Lannister]]
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| was acting hand during part of his father's 2nd term
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|-
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| rowspan="2"| [[Stannis Baratheon]]
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| [[Eddard Stark]]
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| 298 AL
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|-
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| [[Jon Arryn]]
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| 283 AL - 298 AL
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|-
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| rowspan="5"| [[Aerys II Targaryen]]
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| Lord [[Rossart]]
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| 283 AL
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|-
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| [[Qarlton Chelsted]]
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| 283 AL
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|-
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| [[Jon Connington]]
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| 283 AL
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|-
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| [[Owen Merryweather]]
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| 282 AL (?) - 283 AL
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|-
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| [[Tywin Lannister]]
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| +/- 262 AL -  282 AL (?)
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|-
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| [[Aerys II Targaryen]]
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| [[Brynden Rivers]]
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| 209 AL - 221 AL (?)
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|-
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| rowspan="4"|[[Daeron II Targaryen]]
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| [[Baelor Targaryen|Baelor Breakspear]]
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| 196 AL - 208 AL
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|-
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| [[House Hayford|Lord Hayford]]
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| 196 AL
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|-
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| [[Ambrose Butterwell]]
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| ? - 196 AL
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|-
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| [[House Butterwell|Lord Butterwell]]
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| ?
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|-
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| [[Daeron I]]
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| [[Viserys II|Prince Viserys]]
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| ?
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|-
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| [[Jaehaerys I]]
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| Septon [[Barth]]
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| ?
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|-
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| [[Aenys I]]
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| [[Maegor I|Prince Maegor]]
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| ?
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|}
  
 
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Revision as of 19:06, 27 October 2011

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."[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. 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

During the rign of King Hand of the King Period and Notes
Tommen Baratheon Mace Tyrell 301 AL
Orton Merryweather 300 AL - 300 AL
Harys Swyft 300 AL - 300 AL
Tywin Lannister 2nd term 298 AL - 300 AL
Tyrion Lannister was acting hand during part of his father's 2nd term
Stannis Baratheon Eddard Stark 298 AL
Jon Arryn 283 AL - 298 AL
Aerys II Targaryen Lord Rossart 283 AL
Qarlton Chelsted 283 AL
Jon Connington 283 AL
Owen Merryweather 282 AL (?) - 283 AL
Tywin Lannister +/- 262 AL - 282 AL (?)
Aerys II Targaryen Brynden Rivers 209 AL - 221 AL (?)
Daeron II Targaryen Baelor Breakspear 196 AL - 208 AL
Lord Hayford 196 AL
Ambrose Butterwell ? - 196 AL
Lord Butterwell ?
Daeron I Prince Viserys ?
Jaehaerys I Septon Barth ?
Aenys I Prince Maegor ?

Time unknown

Hands of Claimants to the Iron Throne

References and Notes