Myles Smallwood

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Myles Smallwood
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Title Lord of Acorn Hall
Hand of the King
Allegiance House Smallwood
Culture Rivermen
Book(s) Fire & Blood (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)

Myles Smallwood was the Lord of Acorn Hall and head of House Smallwood during the reigns of kings Aenys I, Maegor I, and Jaehaerys I Targaryen.

Appearance and Character

Myle's face and body bore the scars of dozens of savage battles.[1]

Myles was admired for his martial skill, courage, and loyalty.[2][1] His speech was blunt and to the point.[3]

History

Lord Myles rode beside Lord Alyn Stokeworth, the Hand of the King for Aenys I Targaryen, when Alyn was hunting for the outlaw, Harren the Red. He faced Wat the Hewer in single combat in the battle at Stonebridge during the Faith Militant uprising. Myles fought on the side of Prince Aegon the Uncrowned in the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye against King Maegor the Cruel.[1]

One of Myles's sworn swords, Ser Willam the Wasp, was a victor in the War for the White Cloaks. Willam joined the Kingsguard of Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[4]

When Lord Daemon Velaryon resigned in 54 AC, Myles was chosen as the new Hand. Since many of Jaehaerys's advisors were bookish, the small council desired that the king also be advised by a martial man such as Lord Smallwood. Jaehaerys was convinced by the recommendations of Willam, Lord Prentys Tully, and Lady Lucinda Tully.[1]

Myles disapproved of the conduct of the king's sister, Rhaena, toward her host at Faircastle, Lord Franklyn Farman. After Willam was slain by outlaws in the Velvet Hills, Jaehaerys declined Myles's advice to punish Pentos. When Myles was dismissed as Hand in 57 AC, he acknowledged he was unsuited for the office. Lord Smallwood was succeeded as Hand by Septon Barth.[3]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Lord Davos Seaworth, now Hand of the King to Stannis Baratheon, is concerned that he has risen too high from his humble origins. When Davos suggests that the Hand should be a battle commander, Maester Pylos reminds him that the courageous Myles was an unsuccessful Hand.[2]

Quotes by Myles

I was made to sit a horse, not a cushion.[3]

—Myles while resigning

Quotes about Myles

Lord Butterwell was renowned for wit, Myles Smallwood for courage, Ser Otto Hightower for learning, yet they failed as Hands, every one.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Fire & Blood, Birth, Death and Betrayal under Jaehaerys I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Tree Brides - 49 AC.