Tanda Stokeworth

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Tanda Stokeworth

Title Lady of Stokeworth
Allegiance House Stokeworth
Died In 300 AL, at Stokeworth
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)

Lady Tanda Stokeworth is the head of House Stokeworth and master of Stokeworth. It is not known which House she was born into, but it is safe to say she is highborn and from the Crownlands. She was the aunt of Lord Gyles Rosby's second wife and is a third cousin herself to Lord Gyles.[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

In a meeting with Eddard Stark, Lord Petyr Baelish claims that he is on his way to dine with Lady Tanda and discuss a possible match with her daughter Lollys. According to Littlefinger, Lady Tanda's meals are always very rich as inducement and he is looking forward to lamprey pie and roast sucking pig. However, he admits that he'd rather marry the pig than Lollys but asks Eddard not to share this with Lady Tanda.[2] In a later meeting between the two, Lord Baelish again mentions being on his way to dine with Lady Tanda. This time he expects to be served fatted calf and he mocks that, if the calf is half as fatted as Lollys, he will likely rupture and die.[3]

In another meeting with Eddard after King Robert's death, Lord Baelish says that there is small love lost between Renly Baratheon and the Lannisters, naming Lady Tanda in this context as a possible supporter for a coup.[4]

A Clash of Kings

Lady Tanda is one of the remaining courtiers after the beginning of hostilities with the North. She attends the Tourney for King Joffrey's 13th Name Day with her two daughters, Falyse and Lollys. She cheers Prince Tommen on as he rides against a child-sized leather warrior stuffed with straw.[5]

She starts hounding Tyrion Lannister the minute he arrives at the Red Keep, trying to coax him during lavish meals to marry Lollys. Tyrion repeatedly tries to dodge her invitations.[6][7]

Varys informs Tyrion about a small supper held by Lady Tanda the night before and hands him the guest list for inspection, also mentioning that, when Lord Gyles Rosby raised to lift the cup to the King, Ser Balon Swann remarked mockingly that they'll need three cups for that, making many guests laugh. Tyrion dismisses this incidence as insignificant.[8]

As supplies are getting short in King's Landing during the War of the Five Kings, Lady Tanda's and Lord Gyles' lands provide half of the food still arriving as they lie close to the city to the north and are still untouched by war.[7]

She is part of the procession to see Princess Myrcella off to Dorne. When the mob goes mad in the streets of King's Landing, she is saved by Ser Horas Redwyne, but her daughter Lollys is not so lucky and left behind. Lady Tanda is half crazed about her fate when they come back to the Red Keep and begs the King's men to locate her daughter. It turns out that Lollys has become victim of a gang rape behind a tanner's shop in which 50 men participated.[9]

Tyrion discusses options for bringing Shae to the Red Keep without his sister Cersei becoming aware of it, suggesting to let her work in the kitchen. Varys raises a couple of objections and then mentions that he knows that the maidservant attending Lollys has been filching jewels from her, pointing out that Lady Tanda would be forced to dismiss the girl if he informs her about this, opening a position for Shae. Tyrion likes the idea of Shae working for Lollys, in particular as Cersei considers Lady Tanda tedious and hysterical and her daughter dim-witted and thus isn't likely to pay them any friendly calls where she could meet Shae.[10]

During the Battle of the Blackwater, Lady Tanda stays in Maegor's Holdfast with her two daughters.

A Storm of Swords

Upon Shae's advice, she hires Symon to sing to Lollys to calm her when the baby starts kicking.[11]

A guest at the wedding of Joffrey I and Margaery Tyrell, she gives the king a pair of riding boots.[12] She leaves the throne room while Joffrey is drawing his last breaths, meeting Sansa Stark as she flees. On noticing that Sansa is sobbing, she tells her: "You have a good heart, my lady. Not every maid would weep so for a man who set her aside and wed her to a dwarf. [..] The gods are cruel to take him so young and handsome, at his own wedding feast."[13]

A Feast for Crows

Lady Tanda remains at Stokeworth with her daughter, once Lollys becomes too pregnant to travel.[14] While at Stokeworth, she falls and shatters her hip.[1] Afterwards, she dies from the injury.[15]


second wife

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