Elmo Tully

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Elmo Tully
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Elmo Tully, as depicted by Magali Villeneuve in The World of Ice & Fire.

Culture Rivermen
Born or before 100 AC[2]
Died 131 AC[3]
Father Son of Grover Tully

Elmo Tully was the Lord of Riverrun and the head of House Tully during the Dance of the Dragons, briefly succeeding his grandfather, Lord Grover Tully, before passing away forty-nine days later.[1]


A reluctant and pragmatic warrior, Archmaester Gyldayn wrote that the undistinguished history of House Tully was only exacerbated by the character of Elmo and his grandfather, Lord Grover Tully.[4]


At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Grover Tully wanted to support King Aegon II Targaryen and the greens, but no word of support left Riverrun. Fearing the wroth of the dragons that both the greens and blacks held, Ser Elmo kept the Tully banners at Riverrun. While Grover was furious with his grandson, he was too old and bedridden to oppose him.[1][5]

The Tullys finally joined the war in support of Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, after Ser Addam Velaryon visited Riverrun atop Seasmoke, much to Lord Grover's wroth.[6] Joining Ser Addam's army, Elmo led the riverlords to victory at the Second Battle of Tumbleton. Grover passed away soon after the battle, with Elmo succeeding his grandfather as Lord of Riverrun. As the host of Lord Borros Baratheon began attacking the late Rhaenyra's loyalists around King's Landing, Elmo summoned the riverlords to war and marched a host of six thousand men towards the capital.[1][3]

While marching to King's Landing, Elmo died from drinking bad water, only forty-nine days after succeeding his grandfather.[3] He was succeeded by his eldest son, Ser Kermit Tully, who led the riverlords to victory against the Baratheon host.[1][3]


I would sooner the rest of his did not die with him.[5]

—Elmo, opposing his grandfather's desire to join the greens

A dragon in one's courtyard does wonder to resolve one's doubts.[6]




Behind the Scenes

Elmo, his grandfather Grover, and his sons Kermit and Oscar are references by George R. R. Martin to The Muppets, with Lord Elmo being inspired by Elmo.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
  2. See the Elmo Tully calculation.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
Preceded by Lord of Riverrun
Lord Paramount of the Trident

130 AC131 AC (ruled only 49 days)
Succeeded by