Olenna Tyrell

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Olenna Redwyne
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Olenna by Amoka©

Alias Queen of Thorns
Allegiance House Redwyne
Spouse Lord {Luthor Tyrell}
Book(s)

A Clash of Kings A Storm of Swords

A Feast for Crows

Olenna Redwyne is the mother of Lord Mace Tyrell, widow of the late Lord Luthor Tyrell.

Appearance and Character

She is old, with white hair and very small. She is older than Hoster Tully.[1]

Lady Olenna, better known by her nickname the the Queen of Thorns, rarely shies from stating her opinion. She is described as a wizened, cunning old woman with a wicked wit and a sharp tongue.

Olenna Redwyne by Wouter Bruneel.

History

In her youth she almost married a member of House Targaryen, but Olenna did everything she could to make sure it never came to fruition.[1]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Illustration by Elia Fernandez©

Lady Olenna came to King's Landing to attend the wedding of her granddaughter, Margaery Tyrell, to King Joffrey I. During a supper with Margaery and a number of noble ladies of houses sworn to the Tyrells, Olenna sharply questions Sansa Stark about Joffrey's nature. She refused to listen to Sansa's evasions and half truths about Joffrey and got Sansa to speak the truth about Joffrey's cruelty and the beatings he gave her. To prevent any potential spy from listening to Sansa, Lady Olenna ordered her jester, Butterbumps, to sing loudly.[1]

Olenna plotted to marry Sansa Stark to her grandson Willas, but the plot was foiled by Littlefinger before it could come to fruition, who informed Lord Tywin, who quickly married Sansa to his son, Tyrion Lannister. Olenna is present at the wedding feast when Joffrey dies from drinking poisoned wine. [2]

Littlefinger implies to Sansa Stark that Olenna is the one who poisoned King Joffrey at his wedding, with some help from himself and his co-conspirators. If so it is also feasible that her granddaughter Margaery knew of the plot due to the fact both she and Joffrey drank from the same wedding cup, so it stands to reason Margaery would have known when not to drink from the cup as Olenna would not risk poisoning her own granddaughter whom she loved. It is very unlikely that Mace Tyrell knew of the plot as Olenna frequently refers to her son as an "oaf."

Olenna most likely poisoned Joffrey to spare her granddaughter Margaery from the same cruelty the boy showed Sansa Stark. According to Littefinger, Olenna knew Mace dreamed of his daughter Maargaery becoming Queen and for that they needed a king, but they did not need Joffrey.

A Feast for Crows

Lady Olenna attends the funeral of Lord Tywin Lannister with her family.[3] After Margaery was wed to King Tommen, Olenna returned to Highgarden when her grandson, Ser Garlan Tyrell. Cersei Lannister discovered that Olenna keeps a large chest of gold from before the Conquest in her wheelhouse. She keeps it for the occasions unwary tradespeople who offend her name a price in an amount of gold coins. She pays them in the old gold coins of the Reach, which are only half the weight of newly minted gold dragons.[4]

One of these said coins was found in the dungeon where Tyrion was being held before his escape (likely planted there by Varys), so Cersei assumed the Tyrells aided her brother in his escape, thus implicating them in the assassination of Lord Tywin.

Family

 
 
Runceford
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
Redwyne
 
Unknown
wife
 
Olenna
 
Luthor
Tyrell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paxter
 
Mina
Tyrell
 
 
 
 
 
Mace
Tyrell
 
Alerie
Hightower
 
Janna
Tyrell
 
Jon
Fossoway
 
Desmond
 
Denyse
Hightower
 
Bethany
 
Mathis
Rowan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Horas
 
Hobber
 
Desmera
 
Willas
Tyrell
 
Garlan
Tyrell
 
Leonette Fossoway
 
Loras
Tyrell
 
Margaery
Tyrell
 
Denys
 
Unknown
child
 
Unknown
child
 
Daughter
 


References and Notes