Ryam Redwyne

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Ryam Redwyne
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Title Ser
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
Hand of the King
Allegiance House Redwyne
Kingsguard
Culture Reach
Died In 105 AC, at King's Landing
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (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)

Ser Ryam Redwyne was a famed knight from House Redwyne[1] who served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard under Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Viserys I Targaryen. He also briefly served as Hand of the King for Jaehaerys I.[2][3]

History

Ryam and his older brothers, Robert and Rickard, accompanied their father, Lord Manfryd Redwyne, to King's Landing as squires when King Jaehaerys I Targaryen named Manfryd as master of ships.[4]

Ryam was considered the greatest knight of his day,[5] accomplished at sword and lance.[6] During the tourney celebrating Jaehaerys's tenth year of coronation, young Ryam unhorsed Ser Ronnal Baratheon, Arthor Oakheart, Lord Simon Dondarrion, and Ser Harys Hogg, as well as Ser Lorence Roxton and Ser Lucamore Strong of the Kingsguard. Ryam crowned Queen Alysanne Targaryen as the tourney's queen of love and beauty.[7]

Ser Gyles Morrigen, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, recommended that Ryam and Ser Robin Shaw join the white cloaks in 60 AC after two previous knights had perished from the Shivers.[8]

In late 73 AC Ryam discovered that his sworn brother, Ser Lucamore Strong, had broken his Kingsguard vows of not taking a wife or fathering children. Lucamore the Lusty had fathered sixteen children among three women he had secretly wed, with each woman unaware of the others. Ryam brought the revelation to an enraged Gyles. Lucamore was gelded by his former sworn brothers of the Kingsguard, after which King Jaehaerys sent the disgraced knight to the Wall to join the Night's Watch.[8]

Ryam was the victor of a tourney held in Jaehaerys's honor at Oldtown in 89 AC.[8] In a tourney at King's Landing to celebrate the fiftieth year of Jaehaerys's reign in 98 AC, Ryam and Ser Clement Crabb broke thirty lances against each other before the king proclaimed them co-champions. It is often called the finest display of jousting in the history of Westeros.[6]

In 99 AC, Ryam, the Lord Commander, was named Hand of the King by Jaehaerys, after the death of the previous Hand, Septon Barth. Considered one of the worst Hands the Seven Kingdoms has seen,[5] Ryam was replaced by the king's son and heir, Prince Baelon Targaryen, less than a year after having been raised to the office.[6]

Ryam served King Viserys I Targaryen after the death of Jaehaerys in 103 AC. Ryam was succeeded as Lord Commander by Ser Harrold Westerling when he died in 105 AC. His slot in the Kingsguard was taken by Ser Criston Cole.[3]

Ser Duncan the Tall once recalled that Ryam won victories against terrible foes.[9]

When playing as children, Robb Stark pretended to be King Daeron I Targaryen while Jon Snow pretended to be Ser Ryam.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Bran Stark dreams of becoming a Kingsguard like Ryam.[11]

A Clash of Kings

While having a nightmare of the riot of King's Landing, Sansa Stark hopes to be saved by Ryam, Florian the Fool, or Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, but none appear.[12]

A Storm of Swords

The lowborn Davos Seaworth is reluctant to serve as Hand of the King to Stannis Baratheon, but Maester Pylos reminds Davos that there were accomplished knights like Ryam who served poorly as Hand.[5]

To help convince Ser Loras Tyrell to join the Kingsguard, Lord Petyr Baelish has bards bribed to sing of the glories of Ryam, Aemon, and Serwyn of the Mirror Shield.[13]

Ser Jaime Lannister, now Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, feels himself unworthy of a position once held by Ryam.[14]

A Feast for Crows

Jaime advises Loras to learn about their predecessors in the Kingsguard, such as Ryam.[15]

Quotes

Some problems cannot be solved by hitting them with a stick.[16]

—observation of Allar on Ryam being Hand of the King

He thought back on all the songs he had heard, songs of blind Symeon Star-Eyes and noble Serwyn of the Mirror Shield, of Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, Ser Ryam Redywne, and Florian the Fool. They had all won victories against foes far more terrible than any he would face. But they were great heroes, brave men of noble birth, except for Florian. And what am I?[9]

—thoughts of Duncan the Tall

Bran was going to be a knight himself someday, one of the Kingsguard. Old Nan said they were the finest swords in all the realm. There were only seven of them, and they wore white armor and had no wives or children, but lived only to serve the king. Bran knew all the stories. Their names were like music to him. Serwyn of the Mirror Shield. Ser Ryam Redwyne. Prince Aemon the Dragonknight. The twins Ser Erryk and Ser Arryk, who had died on one another's swords hundreds of years ago, when brother fought sister in the war the singers called the Dance of the Dragons. The White Bull, Gerold Hightower. Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning. Barristan the Bold.[11]

—thoughts of Bran Stark

The days when men like Ryam Redwyne and Prince Aemon the Dragonknight wore the white cloak are gone to dust and song.[17]

Ser Ryam Redwyne was the greatest knight of his day, and one of the worst Hands ever to serve a king.[5]

White wool hangings covered the walls, and there was a white shield and two crossed longswords mounted above the hearth. The chair behind the table was old black oak, with cushions of blanched cowhide, the leather worn thin. Worn by the bony arse of Barristan the Bold and Ser Gerold Hightower before him, by Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, Ser Ryam Redwyne, and the Demon of Darry, by Ser Duncan the Tall and the Pale Griffin Alyn Connington. How could the Kingslayer belong in such exalted company?[14]

—thoughts of Jaime Lannister

References

  1. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  2. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Rogue Prince.
  4. Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  7. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Hedge Knight.
  10. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 79, Jon XII.
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran II.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 52, Sansa IV.
  13. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
  14. 14.0 14.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  16. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.