Myles Smallwood

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Myles Smallwood
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Allegiance House Smallwood[1]
Culture Rivermen[1]

Myles Smallwood was the Lord of Acorn Hall and the head of House Smallwood during the reigns of the kings Aenys I, Maegor I, and Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Renowned for his courage, he briefly served as the Hand of the King to Jaehaerys I.[1]

Appearance and Character

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

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


In 37 AC, 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. In 42 AC, 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 Ser Willam the Wasp and his liege lords, Lord Prentys and Lady Lucinda Tully.[1]

Myles disapproved of the conduct of the king's sister, Rhaena, toward her host at Faircastle, Lord Franklyn Farman. Jaehaerys did not take issue with Smallwood's point, only his words. After Willam was slain by outlaws in the Velvet Hills, Jaehaerys declined Myles's advice to punish Pentos. Although undoubtedly well-intentioned and a leal man, Myles was dismissed as Hand of the King in 57 AC, as the Lord of Acorn Hall proved unsuited for the office, a fact that even Myles had acknowledged. Lord Smallwood was succeeded in the office 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 after being dismissed as Hand of the King

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]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 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.
Unknown Lord of Acorn Hall Unknown
Next known title holder:
Joseth Smallwood
Preceded by Hand of the King
5457 AC
Served under: Jaehaerys I Targaryen
Succeeded by