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Lord of White Harbor|
Warden of the White Knife
Shield of the Faith
Defender of the Dispossessed
Lord Marshal of the Mander
Knight of the Order of the Green Hand
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A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)
Wyman Manderly is the head of House Manderly. He has two sons, Ser Wylis and Ser Wendel, and has been a widower for eight years. His titles include Lord of White Harbor, Warden of the White Knife, Shield of the Faith, Defender of the Dispossessed, Lord Marshal of the Mander, and Knight of the Order of the Green Hand.
Character and Appearance
Wyman is so fat he can no longer ride a horse and must be carried in a litter, leading to the nickname Lord Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse. He is nearly sixty years old, with a massive belly and fingers the size of sausages. He is amiable and has a loud, booming laugh. He is mocked by his own people as Lord Lamprey. By his own admission and because of his physical appearance, Wyman is seen by many as weak and foolish, however, this is a clever front; he is shrewd, calculating and intelligent. He is also staunchly loyal to House Stark.
A Game of Thrones
While in King's Landing, Lord Eddard Stark asks his wife, Lady Catelyn Tully, to instruct Lord Wyman to strengthen the defenses of White Harbor and keep them well garrisoned. Wyman meets Catelyn when she comes ashore at White Harbor after her return from the Eyrie. He stays to command the defense of the city when Robb Stark calls his banners. He sends his two sons, Wylis and Wendel, in his absence.
A Clash of Kings
Wyman comes to Winterfell to partake in the harvest feast, bringing a retinue of knights, retainers, and entertainers. To Bran Stark, Ser Rodrik Cassel, and Maester Luwin he proposes to mint new coinage for Robb, the new King in the North, and a new war fleet for the North. He also offers himself or his son Wendel as a possible new husband for the widowed Lady Donella Hornwood. Despite his size, he dances gracefully with Beth Cassel during the harvest feast. When Ramsay Snow, the Bastard of Bolton, kidnaps and forcibly marries Lady Hornwood, Wyman moves quickly to seize Hornwood and prevent House Bolton from having it.
A Storm of Swords
While traveling in the wolfswood, the crippled Bran Stark recalls that during the harvest feast Lord Wyman looked at him with less pity than other northern lords. However, Bran does not know if White Harbor is safe from the Boltons, and he decides instead to find the three-eyed crow beyond the Wall.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Davos Seaworth arrives to treat with Lord Manderly on behalf of Stannis and he is brought before him at the Merman's Court. A large audience is present at court, with three Freys attending (Rhaegar, Symond, and Jared), as well as the family of his surviving son, Wylis. In return for the return of Wylis and peace with the Iron Throne, Wyman agrees to marry a daughter of Lord Walder Frey and to marry his granddaughters Wynafryd and Wylla to Rhaegar and Little Walder Frey, respectively. Wyman also agrees to relinquish his claim to Hornwood. After Lord Wyman hears Davos's plea to join Stannis's cause, he orders Davos's execution due to his loyalty to House Lannister, the Iron Throne, and his faith in the Freys' explanation of the Red Wedding being Robb Stark's work.
Instead of executing Davos, Wyman executes another prisoner in the Onion Knight's place and sends Davos to the Wolf's Den, a prison in White Harbor. The other prisoner's head and hands are removed, dipped in tar, and the unnamed prisoner's fingers are removed in order to make the remains which are displayed in public look truly like Davos's. The Freys write to King's Landing stating that Manderly loyally ordered the execution of the Onion Knight. Wyman Manderly's trick works, and the Iron Throne returns his only living son, Wylis, from captivity.
During the celebration feast welcoming Wylis home to White Harbor, Wyman meets secretly in a room of the New Castle with Davos and Robett Glover. He apologizes to Davos for the way in which he has been treated, and explains that the need for all the acting and deception was to trick the Lannisters and Freys into releasing his son from captivity and make them think he is a fat, stupid oaf who fears them. Manderly explains to Davos that he has learned from a survivor of the Sack of Winterfell, Wex Pyke, that it was Ramsay Bolton who was responsible for the massacre. He also explains to Davos that he has learned from Wex that Rickon Stark is alive and he needs a smuggler as opposed to a normal sailor to retrieve him from his current location, Skagos. Wyman promises Davos he will swear allegiance to Stannis if Davos does this task for him.
After he and Davos reach an agreement, Manderly leaves to attend the wedding of Ramsay Bolton to "Arya Stark" with an armed escort. Before doing so, he gifts his three Frey guests a palfrey each; guest gifts are given to guests when they leave their host's protection, meaning they are no longer under the protection of guest right. With him, Manderly brings a huge supply of food to Ramsay's wedding at Winterfell, but he brings no hostage as commanded by Roose Bolton, the new Warden of the North. This is unsettling to Roose, but with word of Stannis marching on Winterfell, Roose cannot quarrel with Wyman as he is in need of his knights.
The three Freys do not arrive with Wyman. He claims they rode ahead of him, being that he cannot ride a horse and instead travelled by boat. Hosteen and Aenys Frey suspect Manderly of foul play. At the wedding feast, Wyman is in a very jolly humor, laughing and jesting and calling out songs for the singer Abel to sing. He then presents three huge pies. He himself serves them, the first steaming portions he gives to Roose Bolton and his wife Walda Frey, the next to the sons of Walder Frey, Ser Hosteen Frey and Ser Aenys Frey. Wyman declares,
Wyman asks Abel to sing of the Rat Cook, most probably intended to make violators of the guest right etiquette uncomfortable. Roose Bolton does not eat or drink anything unless he sees Wyman taste it first.
Among the snowmen that squires build along the battlements of Winterfell, one resembling Wyman is the fattest snowman Theon Greyjoy has ever seen. When several men-at-arms in the castle are murdered, and once Theon is dismissed as a suspect, suspicion is cast upon Manderly ordering the deaths. When Little Walder Frey is murdered, Hosteen openly accuses Wyman, who denies the charge yet at the same time insults House Frey, which causes an enraged Hosteen to attack Wyman. Wyman's throat is nearly slit open but his knights intervene. He is treated by Maester Medrick for his wounds.
Quotes by Wyman
- Wyman to Rodrik Cassel
When treating with liars, even an honest man must lie.
- Wyman to Davos Seaworth
I am fat, and many think that makes me weak and foolish.
- Wyman to Davos Seaworth
My son Wendel came to the the Twins a guest. He ate Lord Walder's bread and salt, and hung his sword upon the wall to feast with friends. And they murdered him. Murdered, I say, and may the Freys choke upon their fables. I drink with Jared, jape with Symond, promise Rhaegar the hand of my own beloved granddaughter ... but never think that means I have forgotten. The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer’s farce is almost done. My son is home.
- Wyman to Davos Seaworth
- Wyman to Davos Seaworth
- thoughts of Cersei Lannister
References and Notes
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 19, Davos III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 3, Jon I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV.
- "As it happens, I am a widower these past eight years." A Clash of Kings-Chapter 16
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 9, Bran I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 19, Davos III, pages 243-252.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV, pages 382-394.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell, page 609.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III, pages 420-424.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell, page 497.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I, pages 675-67.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.