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The tiger of the Known World is similar to the real-life tiger. The felines are found in the Forest of Qohor,[1] and Lomas Longstrider claimed the island of Leng is home to ten thousand tigers.[2]


Tiger-men are a sentient species in the myths and legends of Yi Ti. The legendary Bloodstone Emperor of The Great Empire of the Dawn took a tiger-woman to wife.[3]

The aristocratic and warrior political party of Volantis is known as the “tigers”. They tend to be imperialists and advocate the sword.[4] The Volantene guards known as tiger cloaks are named after the militant tiger party. They have green stripes tattooed on their cheeks and wear tiger masks.[4]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen sees spotted tigers during her journey through the Forest of Qohor.[1]

Syrio Forel tells Arya Stark he saw tigers that carry their cubs in a pouch in the Sealord of Braavos's menagerie.[5][6]

A Clash of Kings

Daenerys sees Qartheen wearing tiger skins.[7]. The Balerion, Vhagar and Meraxes take on trade goods in Qarth, including bales of costly tiger skin.[8]

A Storm of Swords

Daenerys's tiger skins given to her by Illyrio Mopatis are part of her payment for the Unsullied in Astapor.[9]

A Feast for Crows

Victarion Greyjoy claims that his brother, Euron, seduced many ironborn captains with valuable gifts, such as tiger pelts.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Some of the Brazen Beasts who escort Daenerys Targaryen to Meereen's fighting pits wear tiger masks.[11]


Tiger skins are costly.[8]

- Ser Jorah Mormont, to Daenerys Targaryen

What better use for his tiger skins than to buy you the beginnings of an army?[8]

- Ser Jorah Mormont, to Daenerys Targaryen

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, Leng.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Bones: Yi Ti.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 22, Tyrion VI.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 50, Arya IV.
  6. Syrio possibly saw a thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), or similar marsupial, which only superficially resembles a tiger.
  7. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 27, Daenerys III.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
  11. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.