Tysha by jekaa ©
|Alias(es)||Lady Tysha of House Silverfist|
|Born||In 272 AC|
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Tysha
Tysha was dark-haired, slender, and beautiful in Tyrion's eyes. She had blue eyes. He describes her as being scarcely a year older than himself. She used to sing the Myrish song, "The Seasons of My Love".
Tysha was a crofter's daughter, orphaned when her father died of an illness. When Tyrion Lannister was thirteen years old, he was traveling with his brother, Ser Jaime, on the road between Lannisport and Casterly Rock, and found Tysha being accosted by some outlaws. Jaime chased down the men, while Tyrion took care of Tysha. He took her to a nearby inn and fed her; they drank wine and talked, and soon they were making love. Tysha cried when he took her maidenhead, but afterwards kissed him and sang "The Seasons of My Love". Tyrion fell in love with Tysha, and they were married by a drunken septon, with pigs as witnesses. They lived in a little cottage by the sunset sea, and spent whole days in bed. They would kiss and make love, and Tysha would sing for him.
A fortnight later, the septon confessed to Lord Tywin Lannister, Tyrion's father. Incensed at a common woman daring to marry a Lannister, Tywin ordered Jaime to tell Tyrion that Tysha was a maiden whore who Jaime had paid to make Tyrion a man, even arranging the incident with the outlaws to set the scene. Tywin then had Tysha gang-raped by his guards in their barracks; each guard gave her a silver coin. To drive the lesson home, Tywin forced his son to be the last man to rape her, for whom Tysha was paid a gold coin, because Lannisters were worth more. Afterwards, Tywin had the marriage undone, and the septons said it was as if Tyrion and Tysha had never been wed.
A Game of Thrones
After leaving the Eyrie, Tyrion Lannister and Bronn make camp on the high road, and Tyrion tells Bronn of his first wife. Bronn states that he would have killed the man who did that to him, and Tyrion remarks that he might yet: a Lannister always pays his debts.
A Clash of Kings
On his way to visit Shae at her manse in King's Landing, Tyrion is reminded of Tysha when he hears music. He thinks he is free of Tysha's memory, having found Shae. Tyrion confides in Shae about his history with Tysha.
A Storm of Swords
After Tyrion and Sansa Stark are forced to wed, Tyrion tells her that he was once briefly married to Lady Tysha of House Silverfist, whose sigil depicts a gold coin and a hundred silver coins on a bloody sheet.
At Harrenhal, when Ser Jaime Lannister hears of Tyrion's marriage to Sansa, he thinks she will please his brother, and remembers how happy Tyrion had been with Tysha for a fortnight. Jaime also thinks about how Tyrion "loved him for a lie", and that he had been good to him, except for one time.
Aboard the Merling King, when Sansa Stark tells Lord Petyr Baelish that Tyrion did not poison King Joffrey I Baratheon, he replies that Tyrion's hands are far from clean, and that he had a wife before her. Sansa tells him that Tyrion told her that. Baelish then asks her if Tyrion told her that after he grew bored of his wife, he made a gift of her to his father's guardsmen. Baelish tells Sansa that Tyrion might have done the same to her in time, and that she should shed no tears for him.
When Jaime rescues his brother Tyrion from prison, he confesses that Tysha was no whore, but a crofter's daughter in truth. He says that their father, Lord Tywin Lannister, thought the lowborn Tysha only desired the wealth of Casterly Rock, and so convinced Jaime to tell the lie about her. Tyrion realizes that Tysha had been genuinely in love with him, and he becomes furious with Jaime. He leaves his brother to find Lord Varys, who is to take him out of the Red Keep through secret passages. However, before leaving, Tyrion makes his way through a passage to Tywin's chambers in the Tower of the Hand. Tyrion confronts his father, pointing a crossbow at him, demanding to know what happened to Tysha. Tywin does not remember the name, but when Tyrion says she was the girl he married, Tywin calls her Tyrion's "first whore". Tyrion says he will kill Tywin if he calls Tysha a whore again. Prompted, Tywin recalls that he did not have her killed, as she'd learned her place, and supposes Casterly Rock's steward sent her on her way. When Tyrion asks where that was, Tywin replies "wherever whores go". The word causes Tyrion to shoot the crossbow's arrow into Tywin's belly, killing him. Tyrion then escapes.
A Dance with Dragons
Throughout his travels in Essos, Tyrion is haunted by his father's cruel answer. He often remembers Tywin saying "wherever whores go", followed by the sound of the crossbow. He wonders to himself "where do whores go?", and even asks others the question. Tyrion vaguely hopes he will find Tysha on his travels, but a prostitute in Selhorys does not recognize her name when Tyrion asks about her.
Quotes by Tysha
—Tysha to Tyrion Lannister
Quotes about Tysha
Ah yes. Your first whore ... She'd learned her place.
—thoughs of Tyrion Lannister, when asked who he misses
- See the Tysha calculation.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 42, Tyrion VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 67, Tyrion XV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 29, Tyrion VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 31, Jaime IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 61, Sansa V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 18, Tyrion V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 40, Tyrion IX.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 22, Tyrion VI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 66, Tyrion XII.