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The Imp |
Hand of the King|
Master of Coin
|Born||In 274 AC, at Casterly Rock|
Tysha, 1st |
Sansa Stark, 2nd
A Game of Thrones |
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
|Played by||Peter Dinklage|
Season 1 |
Tyrion Lannister, Tywin and Joanna Lannister's third and youngest child, is a misshapen dwarf nicknamed The Imp and The Halfman. He is shrewd, educated, and calculating, but receives little respect for this from his father, Tywin. He is capable of cruelty to his enemies, but also has great sympathy for fellow outcasts and the mistreated.
Early in life, Tyrion found himself ostracised from regular family life, especially by his father and sister. When Tyrion was thirteen, he and his brother Jaime rescued a common girl, Tysha, from some bandits. While Jaime went after the bandits Tyrion took care of Tysha. To his amazement Tysha liked him, and they eventually made love. Tyrion became so enamoured by her that he bribed a septon and married her in secret. Their happiness lasted only two weeks, however, before Tyrion's father got news of the wedding. Lord Tywin commanded Jaime to say that Tysha was a prostitute whom Jaime had hired for Tyrion's benefit. Because the whore had presumed to marry a Lannister, Tywin had his entire guard rape Tysha for a silver each and then made Tyrion go last for a gold coin, because a Lannister is worth more.
A Game of Thrones
Tyrion goes north to Winterfell as part of King Robert's royal procession. After Bran Stark's fall, Tyrion makes Joffrey offer his sympathies to Bran's parents, though his nephew only obeys after Tyrion hits him. Suspicious of the accident, Tyrion notices his siblings exchanging a look when he tells them that Bran is expected to survive. When the royal family leaves Winterfell, Tyrion rides north to see the Wall. He joins the ranger Benjen Stark and new recruit Jon Snow for the journey, and is accompanied by two guards, Jyck and Morrec. While at the Wall Tyrion sees first-hand the poor state of the Night’s Watch; it is dwindling in numbers, ranging parties are going missing more often than usual, and wildlings are fleeing south like never before. He is implored by Lord Commander Jeor Mormont to make King Robert and his father, Lord Tywin, aware of the Watch’s needs.
Also during his time at the Wall, Tyrion befriends and advises Jon Snow. Tyrion sees himself as an outcast on similar ground as the bastard-born Snow, and helps Jon cope with his identity and lot in life. Before Tyrion leaves the Wall, Jon asks him to help his brother Bran in the same way that he helped Jon; Tyrion promises to do so. On his way back south, he stops at Winterfell. Despite initially receiving enmity from Robb Stark and an attack from the Stark direwolves at his arrival, Tyrion gives Maester Luwin plans for a special saddle that will allow Bran to ride a horse despite his disability, and is offered rooms at Winterfell. He declines, choosing to stay at an inn nearby.
On his way back to King's Landing Tyrion accidentally encounters Catelyn Stark at a roadside inn called the Crossroads. Unknown to Tyrion, Catelyn was told by Petyr Baelish that the dagger used in Bran's failed assassination attempt belongs to Tyrion. As a result Catelyn, with the help of some of her father's bannermen present at the inn, arrests Tyrion and takes him to the Eyrie for trial There Lysa Arryn puts him on trial for that crime as well as the murder of her husband Jon Arryn, although he is innocent of both. To break him, Lysa locks him up in the sky cells, which have one wall of only sky. While confined in the sky cell, Tyrion wonders at the true perpetrators of his accused crimes. He thinks it possible that his siblings were responsible for both, but that Bran’s assassination attempt seems too clumsily done to be Jaime or Cersei’s work. Tyrion eventually manages to bribe his gaoler Mord into telling Lysa that he is ready to confess. When Lysa summons the complete court of the Vale to hear his confession, he demands a trial by combat.
Tyrion's champion, the sellsword Bronn, kills Lysa's champion Vardis Egen and thus Tyrion is free to go. He is sent from the Eyrie on the dangerous high road, where he manages to recruit the mountain clans of the Vale into his service to prevent them from killing him and Bronn. The group eventually reaches the Lannister army led by Lord Tywin. While camped with the Lannister host, Tyrion is given a number of new servants including a new squire, Podrick Payne. Tyrion also takes a young prostitute named Shae into his service.
Along with his new troops, he later fights in the van at the Battle of the Green Fork against Stark forces commanded by Roose Bolton. The battle is a tactical victory for the Lannisters, though it turns out to be a strategical loss. With the main Lannister force held up at the Green Fork by Bolton, the other Stark army is able to creep up on Jaime's unsuspecting army in what becomes the Battle of the Whispering Wood. Jaime himself is captured. After the battles, Tywin makes Tyrion his temporary replacement as Hand of the King but forbids him from taking Shae along to King's Landing. Tyrion disobeys and Shae accompanies him in secret.
A Clash of Kings
Tyrion arrives in King's Landing and takes his place as Hand, much to Cersei’s dismay. He takes up residence in the Tower of the Hand, despite warnings from Petyr Baelish of the fate of the last few Hands, and gets right to work fixing many of the problems created by Joffrey and Cersei. Cersei has tripled the City Watch, put craftsmen to work on defenses, and commissioned immense amounts of wildfire from the Alchemists' Guild, measures paid for by a tax on anyone entering King’s Landing. The city is also starving due to halt of goods from the rebel Riverlands and Reach.
Tyrion replaces Janos Slynt with Ser Jacelyn Bywater as Commander of the City Watch, and sends Slynt and a few of his friends to the Wall. He also removes the heads of the executed Stark household from the walls of the Red Keep. Next he concocts a plan to weed out Cersei’s informers on the small council. He tells Petyr Baelish, Varys, and Grand Maester Pycelle each different plans that he has for Myrcella and Tommen; when Cersei confronts him about the plan that he divulged to Pycelle, Tyrion knows that Pycelle is the informer. Tyrion’s true plan is to send Myrcella to Dorne to be betrothed to Prince Trystane Martell. To further garner Dornish support, he offers Prince Doran Martell a seat on the small council, and to turn over the men that murdered Doran’s sister Elia. For his part in giving Cersei private information, Pycelle is shaved and confined to the black cells beneath the keep.
Tyrion sets Shae up in a manse outside the Red Keep to keep her existence in King’s Landing a secret. Varys, however, knows her location, and helps Tyrion use Chataya's brothel as a front. Once inside the brothel, Tyrion passes through a tunnel that takes him to a location where he can safely travel to Shae's manse unfollowed. She is restless there, however, and wishes to see more of court. Following the riot of King's Landing, Tyrion moves Shae to the Red Keep for her safety in the guise of Lollys's maid.
Tyrion’s cousin, Ser Cleos Frey, brings peace terms from Robb Stark, asking that Sansa and Arya Stark be released (although Arya is not, in fact, held at King's Landing) in exchange for all captives save Jaime, and that Joffrey renounce all claims to the North and Riverlands. Tyrion deems them unacceptable and sends Cleos back with the counter-offer that he will release Sansa and Arya along with a number of captive Stark bannerman in return for Robb’s fealty and Jaime’s release, setting up an escape plan for Jamie to be orchestrated by men in Cleos’s party. Tyrion is also visited by Ser Alliser Thorne of the Night's Watch, who has brought with him the severed hand of a wight from the Wall, but it rots away before he can show it. Ser Alliser is mocked by Tyrion and the court, but is promised his pick of the city's dungeons as recruits.
When Renly Baratheon is murdered, Tyrion seizes the opportunity to bring the Tyrells to the Lannister cause. He sends Petyr Baelish to treat with the Tyrells and offers Joffrey in marriage to Margaery Tyrell.
Tyrion continues to thwart Cersei’s plans, including one to send a disguised Tommen to Rosby to remove him from the reach of the mobs and Tyrion. On one occasion Tyrion drugs her so that she will not be able to attend the small council. In retaliation Cersei has Alayaya, whom she believes is Tyrion’s whore, seized and beaten, offering her freedom in return for custody over Tommen. Tyrion is furious and swears to take from Cersei everything she cares about.
When Stannis’s forces attack King's Landing, later called the Battle of the Blackwater, Tyrion sets in place a giant chain in Blackwater Bay which traps the many ships, Lannister and Baratheon alike. The wildfire commissioned from the Alchemists is then launched at the ships and they are trapped in the bay to burn. During the battle, Tyrion is forced to lead a sortie out past the city walls because Sandor Clegane refuses to. Tyrion is accompanied by Podrick, Ser Balon Swann, and Ser Mandon Moore of the Kingsguard. During the fighting Ser Mandon turns on Tyrion and attacks him, slicing off his nose. Tyrion is saved by Podrick before passing out and wakes up in bed, his face covered in bandages.
A Storm of Swords
Upon the return of his father to King's Landing, Tyrion finds himself demoted to Master of Coin and forced into a political marriage with Sansa Stark. Though they are married for over a month, Tyrion never forces consummation on his unwilling bride, a decision that earns him scorn and jest in court, although Sansa is grateful for his mercy. Sansa flees in the aftermath of Joffrey Baratheon's murder, for which Tyrion is unjustly accused. Cersei brings Tyrion's prostitute Shae to testify at his trial and humiliate him before the court. Tyrion again seeks trial by combat through a champion. This time Oberyn Martell of Dorne stands for him, but loses to Gregor Clegane, although not without mortally wounding him first.
Condemned to death, Tyrion is freed from his prison cell by his brother Jaime and a reluctant Varys. During their escape, Jaime reveals that their father had made him lie about Tysha being a prostitute, and that she was just a peasant girl who had genuinely loved Tyrion. Tyrion sees this as an unforgivable betrayal and abandons Jaime, promising retribution. Before leaving the castle, Tyrion visits his father's room and finds Shae there, whom he kills. He then confronts his father, demanding he tell him what became of Tysha. Tywin tells Tyrion that she went "wherever whores go." Tyrion then slays his father and escapes. He flees across the Narrow Sea to an unknown destination chosen by Varys. After his escape, Cersei offers a lordship for any that brings her Tyrion.
A Feast of Crows
Tyrion remains in his flight across the Narrow Sea. Meanwhile, in King's Landing, Cersei's bounty on Tyrion results in the killing of a number of dwarfs and children.
A Dance with Dragons
Tyrion flees across the Narrow Sea, pondering his options. Tyrion arrives drunk and dispondent at the manse of Illyrio Mopatis in Pentos. There Illyrio tells Tyrion of Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons. He then sends Tyrion, along with other retainers Griff, Young Griff, Ser Rolly Duckfield, Septa Lemore, and Haldon, called Halfmaester, aboard the ship the Shy Maid to Volantis. During the trip he assumes the aliases Yollo and Hugor Hill. There they plan to meet up with Daenerys to strengthen her cause. En route, Tyrion realizes that Griff is really the exiled lord Jon Connington, and Young Griff is Aegon Targaryen, saved from the Sack of King's LandingDuring the journey the boat is ambushed by Stone men and Tyrion is knocked overboard he would have drowned had Jon Connington not dived in to save him..
While in Selhorys Tyrion under Haldons direction plays a game of Cyvasse with Qavo Nogarys, a custom offical in order to gain information. Tyrion later visits a brothel, Tyrion is recognized and captured by Ser Jorah Mormont. . Ser Jorah plans to bring Tyrion to Daenerys to regain her favor. Jorah takes him to the Widow of the waterfront to try and arrange passage out of Volantis. there a dwarf woman named Penny, who tried to kill Tyrion . Penny joins the pair as they travel to Meereen to reach Daenery, and eventually befriends Tyrion. Tyrion, Penny and Mormont are captured, however, by a Yunkai'i slaver and bought by Yezzan zo Qaggaz and instructed by his overseer known as Nurse on how to treat there new master. Tyrion and Penny are forced to perform in the fighting pits fighting a mock joust against one another, unknown to the pair was that lions were to be released at the end, but Daenerys Targaryen upon learning of this puts a stop to the release of lions as she knew the dwarfs could not defend themselves with wooden weapons.
After their new master dies of a disease known as "The Pale Mare," the trio escapes. Tyrion arranges for the three to join the sellsword company the Second Sons, under the command of Brown Ben Plumm. In exchange for joining of the Second Sons, Tyrion writes notes promising the company great wealth when he becomes Lord of Casterly Rock.
Tyrion is a misshapen dwarf with stunted legs, a jutting forehead, mismatched eyes of green and black, and lank, white-blonde hair.When he grows a beard, it contains both blonde and black hair. After the Battle of the Blackwater, Tyrion has a grisly facial scar that has removed most of his nose.
Tyrion has a difficult relation with his father. His mother died giving birth to Tyrion, something his father never forgave him. When his father found out Tyrion had married Tysha, he had her raped by his guardsmen and finally by Tyrion himself to teach them a lesson. Her memory haunted him for a very long time and he began to seek his pleasure with prostitutes. To his father this brought further shame on their house. Tyrion himself has thought about killing his father.
When Tyrion was kidnapped by Catelyn Tully, his father invaded the Riverlands not out of concern for Tyrion but to defend the honour of their house. Later he had Tyrion fight in the vanguard at the Battle of the Green Fork which made Tyrion suspect that his father would not have been unhappy to see him killed.
Though their relation is bad, his father recognized his capacities enough to send him to King's Landing to act as his temporary replacement as Hand of the King. Tyrion did well, keeping the Dornish neutral and building a chain across the Blackwater river to trap Stannis' fleet, something his father acknowledged. As a reward Tyrion asked to be named Tywin's heir, which he was under the laws as Jaime had joined the Kingsguard and thus was unable to inherit. His father flatly refused, saying that he would never allow Tyrion to make Casterly Rock his whorehouse.
After Joffrey's death, Cersei accused Tyrion of murdering him. Tywin formed a court to sit in judgement of his son. Tyrion demanded a trial by battle and when his champion lost his father sentenced him to death though it is not clear if Tywin really thought Tyrion was guilty. Jaime freed Tyrion the night before his execution. He told him this was to make up for lying to Tyrion that Tysha had been a whore who was after riches while she had been what she claimed to be: a common girl and in love with Tyrion. Armed with this knowledge Tyrion visited his father and found him with Shae, Tyrion's formed mistress. Tyrion killed them both.
Cersei Lannister is Tyrion's older sister and has always despised Tyrion. When Oberyn Martell and his sister Elia Martell visited Casterly Rock in their teens, they were shown the newborn baby Tyrion by both Jaime and Cersei. Cersei twisted Tyrion's penis until he cried, only stopping when Jaime intervened. When she read how Baelor the Blessed imprisoned his sisters for being beautiful, Cersei went to Tyrion's nursery and pinched him till he cried. Cersei's cruelty to Tyrion only increased when she heard the prophecy of Maggy the Frog and the meaning of the word "Valonquar" (high valyrian for Little Brother).
She never kept her hatred for Tyrion a secret and made him aware of it throughout his life, and Tyrion returned her hatred in kind, developing a deep contempt for Cersei. Tyrion even dreamed of hiring a Faceless Men to kill his sister. The only thing that kept the two from harming each other was Jaime. Cersei once stated that she would have killed Tyrion but Jaime would never have forgiven her if she did and Tyrion would not have harmed Cersei because he loves his brother Jaime and knows how much Cersei means to him.
The ironic thing is if Cersei had only ever treated Tyrion with even a little love and respect (a thing Tyrion craves for, especially from his family), Tyrion would return this with utter devotion and love to Cersei, the same he feels for his brother Jaime. Unknown to Tyrion is that every time Cersei see's Tyrion or thinks of him all she remember is the prophecy of Maggy the Frog. When Joffrey was murdered Cersei falsely believed Tyrion was responsible and did everything in her power to see him die, even getting his former whore Shae to lie and humiliate her "Valonquar" further before his death.
When Tyrion escaped and killed Tywin, Cersei now sees him in every shadow. She offered a lordship to any man who killed Tyrion resulting in the mass murder of innocent dwarfs and small children. In addition, Cersei will not punish any man who kills an innocent dwarf as she believes it might make the next man hesitate.
Cersei upon hearing about Mrycella's injury at the hands of Gerold Dayne believed Dayne was Tyrion's catspaw and Tyrion had him cut off Myrcella's ear the way an agent of Cersei (Mandon Moore) once cut off Tyrion's nose. With her Uncle Kevan now dead by the crossbow bolt (unknown to Cersei is the fact Kevan was killed by Varys), Cersei will most likely believe Tyrion killed Kevan the same way he killed father and will see even more of him in the shadows and in her nightmares.
Jaime Lannister is Tyrion's older brother. Growing up Jaime was the only one who ever treated Tyrion with love and affection and for this Tyrion believed he would forgive his brother for anything. Jaime was full of guilt over the lie their father had him tell Tyrion about Tysha, as Jaime was unaware of what his father planned and upon hearing about it lives with further guilt. The guilt had Jaime free his brother even when he was not sure of Tyrio'ns innocence in the murder of his son Joffrey.
Upon freeing his brother, Jaime finally confessed the truth about Tysha causing an enraged Tyrion to reveal to Jaime the truth about Cersei's infidelity towards Jaime and Tyrion also (falsely) told Jaime he did indeed kill his son Joffrey just to further hurt Jaime.
Tyrion mentioned to Illyrio Mopatis that Jaime and Cersei are his to kill. Despite this statement Tyrion while having no doubt about his desire to kill and hurt Cersei still harbours mixed feelings towards Jaime.
Gerion gifted Tyrion with the Books Wonders and Wonders Made by Man by Lomas Longstrider and often had Tyrion recite the sixteen wonders of the World. Tyrion wished to accompany his uncle Gerion on his quest to find and retrieve Brightroar but his father would not allow him.
Gerion and Tygett once asked Tyrion what gift he would like for his next nameday, Tyrion asked for a baby dragon and Tygett kindly told Tyrion that all the dragons were extinct and was careful not to hurt his nephew' s feelings. When Tyrek Lannister disappeared in the riots of King's Landing, Tyrion instructed the watch that the lad was to be found alive or dead as his father (Tygett) was always kind to Tyrion.
Until Tyrion was accused of killing Joffrey, Kevan Lannister was respectful to Tyrion and was one of the few after his injuries during the battle of the Blackwater to praise him and his abilities.
Tysha is Tyrion's first wife. For decades Tyrion believed she was a whore who his brother hired so Tyrion could experience his first woman. Because of this he thought women would only want him for his money.. When Tyrion found out the truth that Tysha was a girl chance met on the road who seemed to genuinely love Tyrion, he felt it was the ultimate betrayal.
He killed his father for this act more then anything else.
Shae was Tyrion's whore who he began, despite his better judgement, to develop feelings towards. He reminded himself on several occasions that the only thing Shae loved about him was his gold. It turns out his assessment was correct, as Shae testified against him in his trial falsely (under Cersei's direction) claiming Tyrion planned to kill the King, his father and his sister and seize the throne for himself. The fact that in the end Shae was found in his father's bed added an extra nail in the coffin. Tyrion killed them both for that betrayal and when he discovered Shae in Tywin's bed he finally knew in the end what his father really was, a hypocrite.
References and Notes
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 70, Tyrion X.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
- TV:Game of Thrones, Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 42, Tyrion VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 9, Tyrion I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 21, Tyrion III.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 31, Tyrion IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 3, Tyrion I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 8, Tyrion II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 20, Tyrion V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 36, Tyrion VIII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 54, Tyrion XII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 58, Davos III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 59, Tyrion XIII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 61, Tyrion XIV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 67, Tyrion XV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion I
- A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion II
- A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion V
- A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion VI
- A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion VII
- A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion VIII
- A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion X
- A Dance with Dragons, Daenerys IX
- A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion XI
- A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion XII
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 5, Jon I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 4, Tyrion I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 29, Tyrion VII.
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