Florian the Fool

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Florian
Alias Florian the Fool
Title Ser
Culture rivermen
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Dornish puppeteers perform the tale of Florian and Jonquil at the Ashford tourney. Art by Mike S. Miller.

Ser Florian, called Florian the Fool, is a legendary hero of the riverlands from the Age of Heroes.[1] He is known for falling in love with a maiden named Jonquil.[2]

Legend

Florian was a great fool and a great knight.[3] He is described in tales of the First Men[1] as a knight, although true knighthood only came to Westeros with the coming of the Andals.[4] Scholars doubt the existence of Florian and his peers.[1]

According to legend, Florian was homely,[5] wore armor made of motley,[3] and was not of noble birth.[3] He bore a famous sword.[6] Florian first spied Jonquil and her sisters bathing in a pool that is located in the town of Maidenpool.[7]

There are songs about Florian and Jonquil; "Six Maids in a Pool" may be one of them.[7]

History

Singers compared the sudden marriage of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne Targaryen to the great romance of Florian and Jonquil.[2]

During the tourney at Ashford Meadow, Ser Duncan the Tall observed Tanselle performing a puppet show of Florian and Jonquil.[3]

While playing as children at Winterfell, Jon Snow and Robb Stark would pretend to be Prince Aemon the Dragonknight and Florian the Fool.[8] Songs about Florian and Jonquil are favorites of Sansa Stark.[5] Brienne of Tarth learned about Florian and other heroes from her nurse.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Imprisoned in Maegor's Holdfast, Sansa Stark reads a favorite book of legends, including Florian and Jonquil.[9]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Dontos Hollard claims to be Florian in his promise to get Sansa out of King's Landing.[5]

There is a famous song about Florian and Jonquil which Sansa knows. She offers to sing it to Sandor Clegane but he declines.[5]

During the Battle of the Blackwater, a harper sings beautiful, sad songs, including one about Florian, in the Queen's Ballroom at the Red Keep.[10] Sandor demands the unnamed song about Florian and Jonquil when he visits Sansa's chamber, but Sansa sings him the Mother's hymn instead.[11]

A Storm of Swords

The half-mad Easy thinks himself Florian the Fool reborn.[12]

A Feast for Crows

Imprisoned in the sky cells of the Eyrie, Marillion sings of Jonquil's fool and other sad songs.[13]

Early on in her quest to find Sansa, Brienne of Tarth remembers that when she was a child her nurse had filled her ears with tales of valor, regaling her with the noble exploits of many champions, among them Florian the Fool.[6]

A Dance with Dragons

Aboard the Selaesori Qhoran, Tyrion Lannister mocks Ser Jorah Mormont's plan to get back into Daenerys Targaryen's good graces by comparing the knight to Florian the Fool.[14]

Quotes

Bran, that is only a story, like the tales of Florian the Fool. A fable from the Age of Heroes.[15]

Jonquil: You are no knight, I know you. You are Florian the Fool.

Florian: I am, my lady, As great a fool as ever lived, and as great a knight as well.
Jonquil: A fool and a knight? I have never heard of such a thing.

Florian: Sweet lady, all men are fools, and all men are knights, where women are concerned.[3]

—puppeteers playing Jonquil and Florian, at the Ashford tourney

Sweet lady, I would be your Florian.[5]

Sandor: I never got my song.

Sansa: I ... I know a song about Florian and Jonquil.
Sandor: Florian and Jonquil? A fool and his cunt. Spare me. But one day I'll have a song from you, whether you will it or no.

Sansa: I will sing it for you gladly.[5]

Behind the Scenes

A tribute to Florian and Jonquil is the fan-made song "Jonquill & Florian" by The Starlings.

References