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{{Hatnote|"Tywin" redirects here. For other characters named "Tywin", see [[Tywin (disambiguation)]].}}
 
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| Character_name = [[File:House_Lannister.png|50px|left]] [[File:House_Lannister.png|50px|right]] '''Tywin Lannister'''
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| Character_name = [[File:House_Lannister.svg|50px|left]] Tywin Lannister [[File:House_Lannister.svg|50px|right]]
| image          = [[Image:Tywin.jpg|350px]]
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| image          = [[File:Brittmartin TywinL.jpg|300px]]
| image_caption  = Portrait by Amoka©
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| image_caption  = Tywin by BrittMartin
| Alias          = The Lion of Lannister<br>The Old Lion
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| Alias          = The great lion of the rock{{ref|ASOS|24}}<br>The old lion{{ref|AFFC|2}}
| Title          = Lord of [[Casterly Rock]]<br>Shield of [[Lannisport]]<br>[[Warden of the West]]<br>[[Hand of the King]]<br>Savior of the City <small>(of King's Landing)</small>
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| Title          = [[Lord of Casterly Rock]]{{Ref|AGOT|56}}<br>[[Shield of Lannisport]]{{Ref|AGOT|56}}<br>[[Warden of the West]]{{Ref|AGOT|56}}<br>[[Hand of the King]]{{Ref|AGOT|56}}<br>[[Savior of the City]] <small>(of King's Landing)</small>{{Ref|ACOK|65}}<br>[[Knight|Ser]]{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
 
| Allegiance    = [[House Lannister]]
 
| Allegiance    = [[House Lannister]]
 
| Race          =
 
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| Culture        =
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| Culture        = [[Westermen]]
| Spouse        = [[Joanna Lannister]]
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| Spouse        = Lady [[Joanna Lannister]]{{Ref|AGOT|Appendix}}
| Place_of_Birth =
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| Issue          = [[Cersei Lannister]]{{Ref|AGOT|Appendix}}<br>[[Jaime Lannister]]{{Ref|AGOT|Appendix}}<br>[[Tyrion Lannister]]{{Ref|AGOT|Appendix}}
| Date_of_Birth  = +/- {{Date|242}}
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| Place_of_Birth = [[Casterly Rock]]{{Ref|AWOIAF|Tywin Lannister}}
| Place_of_Death = [[King's Landing]]
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| Date_of_Birth  = {{Date|242}}<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued3)#Tywin Lannister|Tywin Lannister]] calculation.''</ref>
| Date_of_Death  = {{Date|300}}
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| Place_of_Death = [[King's Landing]]{{Ref|ASOS|77}}
| Books          = [[A Game of Thrones]]<br>[[A Clash of Kings]]<br>[[A Storm of Swords]]<br>[[A Feast for Crows]]
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| Date_of_Death  = {{Date|300}}{{Ref|ASOS|77}}
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| Books          = ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Game of Thrones]]'' (appears)<br>''[[A Clash of Kings]]'' (appears)<br>''[[A Storm of Swords]]'' (appears)<br>''[[A Feast for Crows]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[The Winds of Winter]]'' (mentioned)
 
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| Played_by      = Charles Dance
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| Played_by      = [[w:Charles Dance|Charles Dance]]
| TV_series      = [[Game of Thrones - Season 1|Season 1]] {{!}} [[Game of Thrones - Season 2|Season 2]]
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| TV_series      = [[Game of Thrones - Season 1|Season 1]] {{!}} [[Game of Thrones - Season 2|Season 2]] {{!}} [[Game of Thrones - Season 3|Season 3]]  {{!}} [[Game of Thrones - Season 4|Season 4]]
 
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[[File:Tywin and Aerys.jpg|thumb|350px|Tywin appointed as [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]] [[King's Hand]]]]
 
[[File:Tywin Lannister3.png|thumb|350px|Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister]]
 
  
'''Tywin Lannister''' is Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport and [[Warden of the West]]. Tywin is one of the most powerful lords in [[Westeros]]. He is the father of [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]], [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], and [[Tyrion Lannister]]. He loves his children Jaime and Cersei, but despises Tyrion. This is partly because Tyrion is deformed, but also Tywin blames his son for causing his beloved wife [[Joanna Lannister|Joanna]]'s death during his birth, as well as for shaming the family name with his frequent whoring.
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'''Tywin Lannister''' is Lord of [[Casterly Rock]], Shield of [[Lannisport]], and [[Warden of the West]]. The head of [[House Lannister]], Tywin is one of the most powerful lords in [[Westeros]], and he is the father of Queen [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], Ser [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]] of the [[Kingsguard]], and [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]]. In the television adaptation ''[[Game of Thrones]]'', Tywin is portrayed by [[w:Charles Dance|Charles Dance]].
  
==Character and Appearance==
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==Appearance and Character==
Tywin Lannister is a calculating, intelligent, politically astute, ruthless, and controlling man. Tywin Lannister dedicated his whole life and all his efforts into maintaining the Lannisters prestige, ensuring House Lannister was respected or at least feared. He is a proven battle commander and politician and has a very powerful presence combined with an unflinching gaze that can make lesser men swiftly turn away.
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{{See also|:Category:Images of Tywin Lannister|l1=Images of Tywin Lannister}}
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Tywin is a tall, slender, broad-shouldered man in his fifties. His arms are thin but muscled. Tywin has kept his head shaved ever since his golden hair{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons}} started going bald, but he grows out bushy golden side-whiskers. Tywin has pale green eyes flecked with gold.{{ref|AGOT|56}}{{ref|ACOK|30}}{{ref|ASOS|4}}{{ref|ADWD|8}}
  
Tywin is a tall, slender, broad-shouldered man in his fifties. He has kept his head shaved ever since he started going bald, but grows out bushy golden side-whiskers and has green eyes flecked with gold. In battle, he wears deep crimson armor highlighted with gold, with a cloth-of-gold cape.{{Ref|aGoT|56}}
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Tywin is a calculating, intelligent, politically astute, ruthless, and controlling man. He dedicates his life and efforts towards maintaining the Lannisters' prestige, and ensuring [[House Lannister]] is respected, or at least feared.{{ref|AGOT|31}} Tywin is a proven battle commander{{ref|AGOT|55}} who leads from the rear,{{ref|AGOT|62}}{{ref|ACOK|59}}{{ref|ASOS|39}} and he has a powerful presence combined with an intimidating gaze.{{ref|AFFC|7}} He is harsh with betrayal.{{ref|ASOS|37}} According to his sister [[Genna Lannister|Genna]], Tywin mistrusts laughter because of how his father, Lord [[Tytos Lannister|Tytos]], had been laughed at.{{ref|AFFC|33}}
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Though ruthless, Tywin Lannister is an able and shrewd ruler who brought great prosperity during his tenure as the King's Hand. He is especially talented at the raising of funds, leading to a persistent jest that he must "shit gold."{{Ref|ACOK|30}} Tywin is more respected than loved in the [[westerlands]], and he is remembered in [[King's Landing]] for [[Sack of King's Landing|the Sack]].{{ref|AFFC|8}}
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[[File: Mark Evans Tywin.jpg|thumb|left|Tywin by Mark Evans © Fantasy Flight Games]]
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Tywin loves his elder children, Queen [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]] and Ser [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]], but despises [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]]. This is partly because Tyrion is a [[dwarf]], but also Tywin blames his youngest son for causing his beloved wife [[Joanna Lannister|Joanna]]'s death during his birth, as well as for shaming the family name with his frequent whoring. Tywin often relies on his brother, Ser [[Kevan Lannister]].{{ref|ASOS|32}}{{ref|AFFC|33}} Ser [[Addam Marbrand]] is said to be Tywin's most daring commander.{{ref|ACOK|38}} Genna's husband, [[Emmon Frey]], is terrified of his brother-in-law.{{ref|ASOS|1}}{{ref|AFFC|33}}
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Tywin's steel plate armor is enameled in deep crimson and highlighted with gold, and its rondels are golden sunburts. Tywin's heavy cloth-of-gold greatcloak is clasped with gold miniature lionesses, and his greathelm is decorated with a roaring lion with ruby eyes.{{Ref|AGOT|62}}{{ref|ACOK|65}} He also owns a thick ermine cloak.{{ref|ACOK|38}} Tywin's longsword has a gold pommel.{{ref|ACOK|30}} His charger is a stallion{{Ref|AGOT|62}} with its own gilded armor.{{ref|ACOK|65}} The destrier has a blanket with enameled crimson scales and gilded crinet and chamfron,{{ref|ACOK|38}} as well as crimson silk bardings decorated with the lion of the Lannisters.{{ref|ACOK|65}}
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
===Early life===
 
===Early life===
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[[File:Young-Tywin.jpg|250px|right|thumb|Tywin as a boy with his father [[Tytos Lannister|Tytos]] as depicted by Magali Villeneuve in ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'']]
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Tywin was the first born of [[Tytos Lannister]] and [[Jeyne Marbrand]]. According to legend, the baby bit the finger of his grandsire, Lord [[Gerold Lannister]].{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons}}
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Lord Tytos agreed to marry his daughter [[Genna Lannister|Genna]] to [[Emmon Frey]], the second son of Lord [[Walder Frey]], just to please the [[Lord of the Crossing]]. The betrothal was announced at a feast in {{Date|252}}, with most of the [[westerlands|western]] lords in attendance. Upon the announcement, Lord [[Roger Reyne]] left the hall in anger and [[Ellyn Reyne]] laughed aloud. Only the ten-year-old Tywin spoke out against the wedding because he thought it an uneven match.{{Ref|AFFC|32}}
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Shortly after that incident, Tytos sent Tywin to [[King's Landing]] to serve as a royal page and cupbearer at King [[Aegon V Targaryen]]'s court, where Tywin befriended the young Prince [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys Targaryen]] and [[Steffon Baratheon]], the heir to [[Storm's End]].{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}{{ref|TWOIAF|The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons}} His cousin, [[Joanna Lannister]], also served at the royal court as a companion and lady-in-waiting to Princess [[Rhaella Targaryen]] since {{date|259}}.{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons}}{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
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During the [[War of the Ninepenny Kings]] in {{date|260}}, eleven thousand westermen under the leadership Tywin's uncle, Ser [[Jason Lannister (son of Gerold)|Jason Lannister]], were sent to fight beside other forces of the [[Iron Throne]] in the [[Stepstones]]. Tywin, who was already a [[knight]], joined the Lannister force, as did his brothers [[Kevan Lannister|Kevan]] and [[Tygett Lannister|Tygett]] as squires. The young Prince Aerys served as a squire during the war and when he won his knighthood, Tywin was granted the honor of knighting his friend.{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
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===Reynes and Tarbecks===
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Since Lord [[Tytos Lannister]] was a weak ruler who was taken advantage of by his bannermen, Tywin and his brothers sought to restore the prestige of [[House Lannister]] after their return from the [[Stepstones]]. Tytos protested feebly before returning to [[Tytos Lannister's first mistress|his mistress]].{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons}}
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Tywin demanded repayment of gold his father lent out, and those who could not repay immediately had to send a hostage to [[Casterly Rock]] until their debt was settled. Ser [[Kevan Lannister]] was given command of five hundred veterans knights tasked with ridding the [[westerlands]] of robber knights and outlaws. Ser [[Harys Swyft]], the [[Knight of Cornfield]], surrendered his daughter [[Dorna Swyft|Dorna]] into Kevan's custody, but [[Roger Reyne]], [[Lord of Castamere]], reportedly laughed at Tywin's edicts. When Lord [[Walderan Tarbeck]] of [[Tarbeck Hall]] rode to confront Tytos, who was not present at the Rock, the young Tywin ordered Walderan imprisoned for disloyalty. Walderan's wife [[Ellyn Reyne|Ellyn]] responded by seizing Tywin's cousin [[Stafford Lannister|Stafford]] and two [[House Lannister of Lannisport|Lannisters]] of [[Lannisport]]. Lord Tytos ordered the hostages to be exchanged and forgave [[House Tarbeck]]'s debt to [[House Lannister]].{{Ref|AFFC|44}}{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons}}
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Late in {{Date|261}} Tywin provoked Houses [[House Reyne|Reyne]] and Tarbeck by ordering that Roger and Walderan appear at Casterly Rock to answer for their crimes. When the accused instead renounced their allegiance to House Lannister, Tywin raised an army without his lordly father's leave. Tywin defeated Walderan in battle and then destroyed Tarbeck Hall, with Ellyn dying during its collapse. Tywin then defeated Roger, who fled back to [[Castamere]]. Instead of waiting for the subterranean castle to surrender, Tywin ended the [[Reyne-Tarbeck revolt]] by diverting a nearby stream into Castamere, drowning the Reynes within.{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons}}
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The ruined castles were left as reminders of the fate that awaits those who scorn the power of [[Casterly Rock]],{{Ref|ASOS|19}} and "[[The Rains of Castamere]]" was written as a tribute to the event.{{ref|ASOS|19}} When Lord [[House Farman|Farman]] of [[Faircastle]] grew truculent years later, Tywin had an envoy perform the song with a lute; Lord Farman caused no further trouble after hearing the message.{{ref|ASOS|19}}
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===Hand of the King===
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[[File:Tywin and Aerys.jpg|thumb|350px|Tywin is appointed as [[Hand of the King]] to [[Aerys II Targaryen]] in ''[[Game of Thrones]]'']]
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Upon the death of King [[Jaehaerys II Targaryen]] in {{date|262}}, the newly-crowned King [[Aerys II Targaryen]] retired the cautious [[Edgar Sloane]] as [[Hand of the King]]. Aerys choose his friend Tywin as the new Hand, impressed by the ruthlessness demonstrated in the [[Reyne-Tarbeck revolt]].{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}} Ser Tywin was the youngest man to yet serve as Hand.{{Ref|TWOIAF|The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons}}
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With Tywin proving himself to be a brilliant administrator, the [[Seven Kingdoms]] prospered during the first decade of Aerys's rule.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}} Tywin covered King Jaehaerys's debts to the [[Iron Bank]] of [[Braavos]] with gold from [[Casterly Rock]]. He gained the loyalty of many [[lord]]s by repealing reforms enacted by Aerys's grandsire, King [[Aegon V Targaryen]], and he supported the merchants of [[King's Landing]], [[Lannisport]], and [[Oldtown]].{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
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In {{date|263}} Tywin married his cousin [[Joanna Lannister]];{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}} [[Genna Lannister]] said that her brother smiled on the day he wed Joanna.{{Ref|AFFC|33}} According to Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] of the [[Kingsguard]], Aerys lusted after Tywin's wife during the bedding [[custom]].{{ref|ADWD|43}} Queen [[Rhaella Targaryen]] dismissed Joanna from her service, so the young bride returned to [[Casterly Rock]]. In {{date|266}} Joanna gave birth to twins, [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]] and [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]].{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
  
Tywin was born to [[Tytos Lannister]]. Not much is known of Tywin’s childhood, but his early years were formative ones, shaping his mind and resolve for the life that lay ahead of him. Tywin was forced to watch his mighty house nearly brought to ruin through his father's actions. His father while a gentle and amiable man was also weak willed and eager to please, loans went unpaid and his bannermen did what they pleased mocking him in their cups or openly defying him. Perhaps the most important moment for Tywin was the realization of what power meant, which was driven home when his father, tried to quell Lord Tarbeck, his most disloyal bannermen by having him imprisoned. Lord Tarbeck's wife responded by capturing three Lannisters and threatening to harm them if her husband was not returned. Tywin counseled his father to send Lord Tarbeck back to his Lady in three pieces, but Tytos was a gentler man than that, and he caved in to Lady Tarbecks demands further weakening the position of their house. {{Ref|aSoS|44}}
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When Lord [[Tytos Lannister]] keeled over of a burst heart in {{Date|267}} while climbing a flight of steps to visit [[Tytos Lannister's second mistress|his second mistress]],{{Ref|AFFC|3}} Ser Tywin succeeded his father as [[Lord of Casterly Rock]] and [[Warden of the West]]. Upon his return to the Rock, Tywin forced the mistress on a [[walk of atonement]] through [[Lannisport]] before banishing her from the [[westerlands]].{{Ref|aSoS|66}}{{Ref|AFFC|3}}{{ref|ADWD|65}} Aerys and Tywin ruled the realm from Casterly Rock that year.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
  
As a result of his father's follies Tywin Lannister never laughed as he mistrusted laughter, hearing too much of it directed at his father and House Lannister in his youth. Tywin also seldom smiled when he was young and never smiled again after his wife's death. <ref>[[A Feast for Crows]], [[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 33|Chapter 33]], Jaime</ref>
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Relations were frayed between the king and his Hand when they returned to King's Landing in {{date|268}}, and Aerys began to overrule many of Tywin's decisions and appointments. Tywin offered to resign after Aerys insulted Joanna at the [[Anniversary Tourney]] in {{date|272}}, but Aerys refused the resignation.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}} Disaster struck in {{date|273}} when Joanna died giving birth to [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]], a [[dwarf]] considered a hideous monster. Tywin was devastated by her untimely death and took no further wife. [[Gerion Lannister]] once told his nephew Tyrion that the best part of Tywin died when Joanna did,{{Ref|ASOS|38}} and Tywin has blamed Tyrion for Joanna's death.{{ref|ASOS|4}}
  
===In power===
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Some people joked it was Tywin and not the king who really ruled the land.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}} When Ser [[Ilyn Payne]], the captain of [[House Lannister guards|Tywin's guards]], made such a comment, Aerys had the knight's tongue removed.{{ref|AFFC|27}} Tywin once visited [[Lys]] while serving as Hand.<ref>''[[The Winds of Winter]]'', [[Mercy (The Winds of Winter)|Mercy]]</ref>
  
Tywin family's reputation was low because his weak father{{Ref|aSoS|66}}, Tywin had to take ruthless steps to rectify the situation restoring the family honor and fortune from its near ruin. Tywin took upon himself the task of putting down his two most unruly houses [[House Tarbeck]] and [[House Reyne]] for their [[Reyne-Tarbeck Rebellion|defiance]]. He did so with ruthless efficiency, destroying both houses entirely so that their lines were ended, leaving their ruined and shattered castles as a mute testimony to the fate that awaits those who scorn the power of [[Casterly Rock]].{{Ref|aSoS|19}} Such was the brutality of Tywin's destruction of House Reyne that a song called "[[The Rains of Castamere]]" was written as a tribute to the event. Indeed when Lord [[House Farman|Farman]] of Faircastle grew truculent Tywin sent a messenger with a lute instead of a letter and once the "Rains of Castamere" was played Lord Farman got the message and caused no further trouble.
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During the [[tournament in honor of Viserys's birth]] in Lannisport in {{Date|276}}, the [[smallfolk]] of Lannisport cheered twice as loud for Tywin as they did for their king. Tension increased during the tourney when Aerys refused Tywin's offer to betroth Cersei to his heir, Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]], as Aerys considered Tywin to be a servant.{{ref|AFFC|24}} Aerys also refused to allow Jaime to serve as Rhaegar's squire.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
  
When Tywins father Tytos finally keeled over of a burst heart while climbing a flight of steps to visit his mistress{{Ref|aFfC|3}}, Tywin Lannister became the Lord of Casterly Rock and [[Warden of the West]]. Upon his fathers death Tywin found his fathers mistress trying on one of his late mothers gowns, his father's mistress was a common born woman the daughter of a chandler and she had dominated Tytos utterly, ordering about the household knights and dismissing servants and helping herself to his late wife's jewelery.{{Ref|aSoS|66}} Tywin had her stripped naked and forced the sobbing woman to walk the streets of [[Lannisport]] to confess to every man she met that she was a thief and a harlot before banishing her from the [[Westerlands]].{{Ref|aFfC|3}}  
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In {{date|277}}, Tywin advised Aerys against meeting with [[Denys Darklyn]], Lord of [[Duskendale]], over a trade issue, and the king ended up imprisoned by [[House Darklyn]] in the [[Dun Fort]]. In response to the [[Defiance of Duskendale]], Tywin blockaded the town by land and sea. Tywin eventually threatened to storm the town, but Barristan of the Kingsguard was able to infiltrate Duskendale and rescue the king, however.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
  
Tywin married his cousin [[Joanna Lannister|Joanna Lannister]] and from all reports the marriage was a happy one. Genna Lannister even said that Tywin smiled on the day he wed Joanna.{{Ref|aFfC|33}} It was said that though Tywin ruled the Seven Kingdoms ([[Hand of the King|as Hand]]) he was ruled at home by his lady wife. Joanna have given him twins that he hoped would one day be Lord of Casterly Rock and Queen of Westeros, but then disaster struck when his beloved wife died giving birth to [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]], a hideous monster. Tywin was devastated by her untimely death and took no further wife. [[Gerion Lannister]] once told his nephew Tyrion that the best part of Tywin died when Joanna did.{{Ref|aSoS|38}}
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In the aftermath of his captivity, Aerys came to believe that Tywin had intended for the king to die at Duskendale and be replaced by Rhaegar, who would then marry Tywin's daughter, Cersei. When [[Steffon Baratheon]] drowned in the sinking of ''[[Windproud]]'' in [[Shipbreaker Bay]], Aerys feared that the [[Lord of Storm's End]] had somehow been assassinated by Tywin. Aerys decided to only meet with Tywin in the presence of Kingsguard.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
  
Tywin's ability came to attention of King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], who impressed with the young and capable heir to Casterly Rock appointed Tywin, who was twenty at that time, to be his [[Hand of the King]]. Tywin proved himself a brilliant administrator and held the post for twenty years of peace and plenty. That people "joked" it was he and not the king who really ruled the land. It all ended when Aery's increasing paranoia and jealousy drove the two into several bitter disagreements. According to Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] Aerys lusted after Tywin's wife when she was alive (Aerys's own marriage was arranged) which caused further friction between the two. After Aerys refused to marry [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]] to his heir, Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]], and raised [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]] Tywins fifteen-year old son to the [[Kingsguard]], robbing Tywin of his prized heir, Tywin understood that the king’s motivations were to make Jaime a hostage to use against his father, so Tywin resigned his position on some thin pretext and returned to [[Casterly Rock]].
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Tywin hoped to betroth Jaime to [[Lysa Arryn|Lysa Tully]], the second daughter of Lord [[Hoster Tully]].{{ref|ASOS|11}} In {{Date|281}}, however, Aerys raised the fifteen-year-old Jaime to the Kingsguard to replace Ser [[Harlan Grandison]], robbing Tywin of his prized heir{{ref|ASOS|44}} and making Jaime a hostage to use against his father.{{ref|AFFC|8}} Pleading illness, Tywin resigned and returned to Casterly Rock. He was replaced as Hand with Lord [[Owen Merryweather]].{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}} Tywin chose not to attend the great [[tourney at Harrenhal]] in {{date|281}}.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring}}
  
===Robert's Rebellion and aftermath===
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===Robert's Rebellion===
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[[File:Nachomolina_Tywin_Lannister.jpg‎|thumb|350px|Tywin by Nacho Molina ©]]
  
When [[Robert's Rebellion]] began, Lord Tywin sat at Casterly Rock and waited, ignoring King Aerys orders to arm, taking no side until after [[Robert Baratheon|Robert]]'s decisive victory at the [[Battle of the Trident]]. After the battle, Tywin mustered his forces and rode for the capital of [[King's Landing]]. After Aerys was convinced by [[Grand Maester Pycelle]] that Tywin had come to aid him, he ordered the gates of the city opened. When Aerys opened the gates, he proceeded to sack the city. Aerys was killed by Jaime before Tywin's forces arrived at the Red Keep, but [[Gregor Clegane]] and [[Amory Lorch]] (knights sworn to Tywin and under Tywin's orders) slew Rhaegar's wife [[Elia Martell|Elia of Dorne]] and her two young children [[Rhaenys daughter of Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaenys]] and [[Aegon Targaryen|Aegon]], Tywin then wrapped the bodies in crimson Lannister cloaks (to better conceal the blood) and presented them to [[Robert Baratheon|Robert]] as a token of fealty. When asked by his son [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] years later why Tywin didn't let [[Robert Baratheon]] bloody his own hands, Tywin's reply was...
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When [[Robert's Rebellion]] began, Lord Tywin ignored calls to arms from both King [[Aerys II Targaryen]] and rebels.{{ref|AGOT|12}} After the king dismissed Lord [[Owen Merryweather]], Tywin disapproved of [[Jon Connington]], [[Lord of Griffin's Roost]] and a headstrong friend of Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]], as the new [[Hand of the King]].{{ref|ADWD|Epilogue}}
  
{{Quote|''"...we had come late to Robert's cause. it was necessary to demonstrate our loyalty. When I laid those bodies before the throne no man could doubt that we had forsaken House Targaryen forever. And Robert's relief was palpable. As stupid as he was he even knew Rhaegar's children had to die if his throne was ever to be secure. Yet he saw himself as a hero and heroes do not kill children".'' {{Ref|aSoS|53}}}}  
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Tywin took no side until after the [[Battle of the Trident]], in which [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert Baratheon]], [[Lord of Storm's End]], slew Rhaegar. Tywin rode from [[Casterly Rock]] to the capital of [[King's Landing]]. After Aerys was convinced by Grand Maester [[Pycelle]] that Tywin had come to aid him, the king ordered the gates of the city opened for Tywin. His westermen proceeded to [[Sack of King's Landing|sack the city]], however. Aerys was killed by Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] before Tywin's forces arrived at the [[Red Keep]], but [[Gregor Clegane]] and [[Amory Lorch]], knights sworn to Tywin and under Tywin's orders, slew Rhaegar's wife, [[Elia Martell]], and her two young children, [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)|Rhaenys]] and [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)|Aegon]]. Tywin wrapped the bodies in crimson Lannister cloaks to better conceal the blood{{ref|ACOK|45}} and presented them to Robert as a token of fealty.{{ref|ASOS|53}}
  
This act while earning [[House Lannister]] the hatred of [[House Martell]] of [[Dorne]] also secured the new King's marriage to his daughter [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], whose proposed betrothal to Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]] had been rejected by [[Aerys II|King Aerys]] much to Tywin's bitter disappointment. Cersei's marriage to the new, young, and popular King did much to make up for Tywin's earlier disappointment. After the rebellion, Tywin returned to [[Casterly Rock]] where he continued to serve as Lord and [[Warden of the West]]. Due to King Robert's financial mismanagement of the realm, as well as his own new connection to the throne by marriage, Lord Tywin frequently lent money to the crown, placing the court in King's Landing in great debt to House Lannister (over three million [[Currency|gold dragons]]).
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While earning House Lannister the hatred of both [[House Martell]] of [[Dorne]] and the population of [[King's Landing]], this act led to the marriage of the new king, Robert I Baratheon, to Tywin's daughter, [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]]. Tywin offered Targaryen loyalists like [[Alliser Thorne]] and [[Jaremy Rykker]] the choice between [[taking the black]] or facing execution.{{ref|AGOT|21}}
  
Though ruthless, Tywin Lannister was also an able and shrewd ruler who brought great prosperity during his tenures as the King's Hand. He was especially talented at the raising of funds, leading to a persistent jest that he must "shit gold."{{Ref|aCoK|30}} His daughter Cersei once reminisced that the common folk of [[Lannisport]] cheered twice as loud for him as they did for their actual king, Mad Aerys II. Even so Tywin was more respected then loved in the [[Westerlands]] and he became despised in [[King's Landing]] after his House treacherously sacked the city.
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[[File:Thaldir Tywin Lannister.jpg|thumb|Tywin by Tiziano Baracchi © Fantasy Flight Games]]
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After [[Robert's Rebellion]], Lord Tywin returned to [[Casterly Rock]], where he continued to serve as [[Warden of the West]].
  
===Children===
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When Tywin discovered his son [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] had wed a common girl, [[Tysha]], which in Tywin's eyes would make [[House Lannister]] a laughingstock again, Tywin taught him a sharp lesson. He commanded Tyrion's older brother, Ser [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]], to name Tysha a [[prostitute]] and made Tyrion watch as Tywin gave her over to [[House Lannister guards|his garrison]], having each man pay the girl a silver coin after raping her. He forced Tyrion to do the same but pay Tysha a gold coin.{{Ref|AGOT|42}} Tywin earned the enmity of his son forever for that act, but Tywin did not care, for it was on his other children that he placed all his hopes.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
 
When Tywin discovered his son [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] wed a common girl, [[Tysha]], which in Tywin eyes would make the house a laughingstock again, Tywin taught him a ''"sharp lesson"'', he commanded his brother [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]] to name her a prostitute and made Tyrion watch as Tywin gave Tysha over to his garrison of guards having each man pay the girl a silver coin after raping her. He then forced Tyrion to do the same but then pay the girl a gold coin.{{Ref|aGoT|42}} He earned the enmity of his son forever for that act, but Tywin did not care, for it was on his other children that he placed all his hopes.  
 
  
Later Tywin refused to allow Tyrion to travel and see the world (as Tywin's brothers both had in their youth) fearing he would bring further shame on House Lannister and as a ''"gift"'' for Tyrion's sixteenth [[Nameday|nameday]] he put his son in charge of cleaning all the drains of [[Casterly Rock]].  
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When Tyrion was turning sixteen, Tywin refused to allow him to travel and see the world as Tywin's brothers had in their youth, fearing Tyrion would bring further shame on House Lannister. Tywin instead put his son in charge of the drains and cisterns of [[Casterly Rock]].{{Ref|ADWD|8}}
  
Though Tywin children also greatly respected him, none of them were ever able to conform to the paths he had laid out for them, a fact that caused many difficulties.{{Ref|aFfC|44}}
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In {{Date|289}}, [[Balon Greyjoy]], [[Lord of the Iron Islands]], began [[Greyjoy's Rebellion]] against King [[Robert I Baratheon]] through the [[burning of the Lannister fleet]] anchored at [[Lannisport]].{{ref|AFFC|18}} After the defeat of the Greyjoys, Tywin rebuilt his fleet<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/The_Lannister_Fleet The Lannister Fleet]</ref> and hosted another [[tourney at Lannisport]].{{ref|ACOK|12}} Tywin sent men in search of [[Gerion Lannister]] after his brother disappeared, but the ''[[Laughing Lion]]'' was not found.{{ref|ADWD|33}}
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Due to Robert's financial mismanagement of the realm, as well as his own new connection to the throne by marriage, Lord Tywin frequently lent money to the crown, placing the court in King's Landing in debt of over three million [[Currency|gold dragons]] to House Lannister.{{ref|AGOT|20}} Tywin was unsuccessful in three attempts to purchase [[Valyrian steel]] longswords from impoverished lesser houses.{{ref|ASOS|32}}
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Tywin brought a retinue to King's Landing for the [[tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day]].{{ref|AGOT|25}}
  
 
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===A Game of Thrones===
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Believed to be responsible for hiring an assassin to murder [[Bran Stark]] while he lay in a coma, Tywin's son [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] was encountered and arrested at the Inn of the Crossroads by [[Catelyn Tully]], the wife of [[Eddard Stark]]. She took him to her sister [[Lysa Tully|Lysa]], at The [[Eyrie]], for trial. Though Tywin didn't care about his son Tyrion's welfare he saw the arrest and kidnapping as a direct slight on the family's honor and Tywin Lannister does not tolerate any slights to House Lannister, and in response sent Ser [[Gregor Clegane]] and his men, disguised as brigands, to sack and pillage various villages and hamlets across the [[Riverlands]], Catelyn's home.{{Ref|aGoT|43}} These raids marked one of the seminal points in what was to become the [[War of the Five Kings]].  
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Believed to be responsible for hiring [[catspaw|an assassin]] to murder [[Bran Stark]] while he lay in a coma, Tywin's son [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] is arrested at the [[inn at the crossroads]] by [[Catelyn Stark]], the wife of [[Eddard Stark]], the new [[Hand of the King]].{{ref|AGOT|28}} Catelyn takes Tyrion to her sister, [[Lysa Arryn]], at the [[Eyrie]].{{ref|AGOT|34}} Though Tywin does not care about Tyrion's welfare, he sees the arrest and kidnapping as a direct slight on [[House Lannister]]'s honor which he will not tolerate. In response Tywin sends Ser [[Gregor Clegane]] and the [[Mountain's men]], disguised as brigands, to sack and pillage various villages and hamlets across the [[riverlands]], Catelyn's homeland.{{Ref|AGOT|43}}
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Tywin's aim is to draw Lord Stark out of [[King's Landing]], capture him, and exchange him for the freedom of his son.{{Ref|ASOS|17}} Eddard, however, is injured in a skirmish on the streets of the capital with Tywin's other son, Ser [[Jaime Lannister]], who is unaware of Tywin's plans, and Eddard sends Lord [[Beric Dondarrion]] after Gregor in his stead. Soldiers of Tywin and Gregor rout Beric's host in a [[battle at the Mummer's Ford]].{{Ref|AGOT|55}} After the death of King [[Robert I Baratheon]], Tywin is named Hand of the King for his grandson, [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I Baratheon]].{{Ref|AGOT|57}}
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[[File:Thomas Denmark tywin jaime.jpg|300px|thumb|Tywin and [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]] by Thomas Denmark ©]]
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While Jaime leads a [[House Lannister|Lannister]] army to victory at the [[Battle in the hills below the Golden Tooth|Golden Tooth]] and [[Battle under the walls of Riverrun|Riverrun]], Tywin and his younger brother, Ser [[Kevan Lannister]] invade the [[riverlands]] with a second Lannister host. [[Fall of Raventree Hall|Raventree]] and [[yielding of Harrenhal|Harrenhal]] fall to the brothers, and Gregor burns [[burning of Stone Hedge|Stone Hedge]] and [[burning of Pinkmaiden Castle|Pinkmaiden]]. Tywin closes off the [[kingsroad]].{{ref|AGOT|55}}{{ref|AGOT|56}} Beric Dondarrion, Lord [[Karyl Vance]], and Ser [[Marq Piper]] continue to harass Tywin's host, however. Tyrion, having won his freedom from the [[Vale of Arryn]] via [[trial by combat]] and earned the loyalty of several [[Vale mountain clans|mountain clans]] along the way, joins Tywin's host at the [[crossroads inn]].{{ref|AGOT|56}}
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Tywin commands the reserve from the high ground during the [[battle on the Green Fork]]. He has Tyrion and his clansmen serve on the left flank, believing the undisciplined men likely to rout, but giving the northern commander, whom Tywin believes to be the young and inexperienced [[Robb Stark]], a chance to over-commit and be annihilated.{{Ref|aGoT|62}} The clansmen do not rout, however, and the northern commander is actually the cautious and experienced Lord [[Roose Bolton]]. The battle is a Lannister victory, but it buys enough time for a separate northern force under Robb's command to cross the [[Green Fork]] at the [[Twins]].{{ref|AGOT|62}} Although Tywin leads his host on a forced march south,{{ref|AGOT|69}} Robb captures Jaime in the [[battle in the Whispering Wood|Whispering Wood]] and lifts the siege of Riverrun with the [[Battle of the Camps]].{{ref|AGOT|63}}{{Ref|AGOT|69}}
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Tywin holds a war council of his bannermen at the crossroads inn after learning of Jaime's defeat, and he considers Joffrey's execution of Eddard Stark in the capital to be madness. Tywin sends Tyrion to King's Landing to serve as Hand in his stead, control the small council and Joffrey, and to prepare the city's defenses in anticipation of an attack from one or both of Robert's brothers, [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] and [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]]. Tywin forbids his son from bringing the whore [[Shae]] with him, however. Meanwhile, Tywin plans to march to Harrenhal to manage the war with the [[north]] and the riverlands. Tywin has Kevan arrange for the riverlands to be reaved by Gregor Clegane, [[Amory Lorch]], and [[Vargo Hoat]].{{Ref|AGOT|69}}
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Renly claims the crown at [[Highgarden]],{{ref|AGOT|69}} while Robb Stark is proclaimed [[King in the North]] at Riverrun.{{ref|AGOT|71}}
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[[File:MagaliVilleneuve TywinLannister.jpg|300px|thumb|Tywin by Magali Villeneuve ©]]
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Tywin angers his daughter, Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]], by fortifying [[Harrenhal]] instead of marching to [[King's Landing]].{{ref|ACOK|2}} He occupies [[Kingspyre Tower]] at the great castle.{{ref|ACOK|30}} When Maester [[Tothmure]] receives [[Stannis Baratheon]]'s letter claiming that King [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I Baratheon]] is the bastard son of Cersei and Ser [[Jaime Lannister]], Tywin orders the letter destroyed.{{ref|ACOK|30}} Tywin walks the battlements with the captive Ser [[Wylis Manderly]], and he allows [[House Frey|Frey]] prisoners to be ransomed.{{ref|ACOK|30}} Lannister men in the [[riverlands]] are harassed by the [[brotherhood without banners|outlaw brotherhood]] of Lord [[Beric Dondarrion]], despite Beric having been reported as slain several times.{{ref|ACOK|30}}
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Instead of facing Tywin at Harrenhal, [[Robb Stark]], now the [[King in the North]] and [[King of the Trident]], marches from [[Riverrun]] and invades the [[westerlands]]. Robb smashes a new Lannister host being raised and trained by Tywin's cousin, Ser [[Stafford Lannister]], at [[Battle of Oxcross|Oxcross]] and turns his forces loose to scour the westerlands.{{ref|ACOK|39}}
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With [[Renly Baratheon]] mysteriously killed and the loyalties of his men disputed,{{ref|ACOK|33}}{{ref|ACOK|36}} Tywin leaves Harrenhal and marches his forces west in pursuit of Robb,{{ref|ACOK|38}} gambling that Stannis will be occupied with a lengthy [[siege of Storm's End (299)|siege of Storm's End]].<ref name=T&T>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/1044 Tyrion and Tywin], July 27, 1999</ref>{{ref|ACOK|44}} [[Arya Stark]] regrets not having asked [[Jaqen H'ghar]] to assassinate Tywin.{{ref|ACOK|38}} With Tywin gone, the [[Brave Companions]] abandon the Lannister cause and [[fall of Harrenhal|betray Harrenhal]] to Lord [[Roose Bolton]].{{Ref|ACOK|47}} Several servants at Harrenhal are executed at Harrenhal for having aided Tywin during his stay.{{ref|ACOK|64}}
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Ser [[Edmure Tully]], who has been tasked with holding Riverrun and guarding Robb's rear, gathers the riverlords to prevent Tywin from crossing the [[Red Fork]]. Edmure hopes to trap Tywin between Riverrun and Harrenhal.{{ref|ACOK|39}} Tywin's forces are bloodied in the [[Battle of the Fords]] and thrown back,{{ref|ACOK|45}} but the delay allows word to reach Tywin that Stannis has unexpectedly<ref name=T&T/> taken formidable Storm's End and laid claim to much of Renly's army, and that he is marching and sailing on King's Landing with an enormous force.{{ref|ACOK|42}}{{Ref|ACOK|44}}
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Tywin turns his host southeast on a forced march to the headwaters of the [[Blackwater Rush]], where he meets Lords [[Mathis Rowan]] and [[Randyll Tarly]] of the newly-allied [[Reach]]. They then join with the forces of Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] at [[Tumbler's Falls]].{{Ref|ASOS|14}} Sailing together on barges down the Blackwater, the Lannisters and [[House Tyrell|Tyrells]] arrive in time for the waning moments of the [[Battle of the Blackwater]], where they break and drive away the majority of Stannis's army, which had been on the cusp of victory, by taking them in the flank.{{Ref|ASOS|14}} Tywin commands the host's right flank during the battle.{{Ref|ACOK|62}} Tywin's son Tyrion is critically wounded in the fighting.{{ref|ACOK|67}}
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Tywin is declared Savior of the City by King [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I Baratheon]], who asks his grandfather to take governance of the [[Seven Kingdoms]] as [[Hand of the King]].{{Ref|ACOK|65}} Tywin takes up residence in the [[Tower of the Hand]].{{ref|ACOK|67}}
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[[File:Pojypojy Tywin triumphant.jpg|350px|thumb|Tywin paraded as Savior of the City, by Pojypojy ©]]
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[[Robb Stark]] and Ser [[Brynden Tully]] return to [[Riverrun]]. They claim they had planned to lead Tywin's army on a long chase across the [[westerlands]], bleeding his forces and living off his lands, but that Ser [[Edmure Tully]] had disrupted their plan by stopping Tywin with the [[Battle of the Fords]].{{Ref|ASOS|14}}
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Fearing Tywin's retribution for the [[fall of Harrenhal]], [[Vargo Hoat]] has [[Zollo]] chop off the sword hand of Ser [[Jaime Lannister]],{{ref|ASOS|21}} hoping that this act will prevent his commander, Lord [[Roose Bolton]], from allying with Tywin in the aftermath of the [[Battle of the Blackwater]].{{ref|ASOS|37}}
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Tywin's timely arrival at the Blackwater allows him to take the majority of the credit for the Lannister victory. He appoints Ser [[Addam Marbrand]] to lead the [[gold cloaks]] and tasks him with finding the missing [[Tyrek Lannister]].{{ref|ASOS|4}} Tyrion asks to be named heir since Jaime is ineligible as a [[Kingsguard]], but Tywin refuses to allow his dwarf son to inherit [[Casterly Rock]].{{ref|ASOS|4}} He instead gives Tyrion, after his recovery, the position of [[master of coin]], which Tyrion sees as a demotion and an insult.{{ref|ASOS|19}}
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Tywin arranges for Tyrion to be wed to [[Sansa Stark]]{{Ref|ASOS|19}} before she can be betrothed to [[Willas Tyrell]], giving him claim over [[Winterfell]] and directly denying Tyrion's ambition to inherit the Rock.{{Ref|ASOS|4}} He also makes plans to find a suitor to marry his widowed daughter, Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]], though they are never realized. Tywin offers her to Willas but Lord [[Mace Tyrell]], after being hectored by his mother, [[Olenna Tyrell]], refuses the match. Tywin demands that Tyrion act as if the offer were never made.{{Ref|ASOS|32}}
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After learning that Robb Stark has unexpectedly wed [[Jeyne Westerling]] and that [[House Westerling]] has gone over to the [[House Stark|Starks]], Tywin remains in communication, via [[raven]], with Jeyne's mother, [[Sybell Spicer]]. He also communicates with Lord Bolton, who releases the mutilated Jaime from captivity,{{ref|ASOS|44}} and Lord [[Walder Frey]], who sees Robb's marriage to Jeyne as an insult to [[House Frey]], as it breaks a marriage pact Robb had previously made to wed a Frey girl. The [[Red Wedding]] is the direct result of their correspondence, which sees Robb betrayed and murdered along with the vast majority of his host, effectively ending the war with House Lannister the victor.{{ref|ASOS|51}}{{ref|ASOS|53}}
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Tywin names Roose as [[Warden of the North]].{{ref|ASOS|72}} While Tywin offers generous terms to defeated rebel lords, he orders [[Gregor Clegane]] to extinguish Vargo and the [[Brave Companions]] at [[capture of Harrenhal|Harrenhal]].{{ref|ASOS|53}} Prince [[Oberyn Martell]] seeks justice for the death of his sister, [[Elia Martell]], and her children during the [[Sack of King's Landing]], so Tywin claims that the late Ser [[Amory Lorch]] was solely to blame.{{ref|ASOS|53}}
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Tywin Lannister has [[Tobho Mott]] reforge [[Ice]], the [[Valyrian steel]] greatsword of the late Lord [[Eddard Stark]], into two longswords as gifts, [[Widow's Wail|one]] for Joffrey on his wedding day and [[Oathkeeper|the other]] to Jaime.{{Ref|aSoS|32}} Not long after, King Joffrey is poisoned and dies at [[Purple Wedding|the feast following his wedding]] to [[Margaery Tyrell]]. Cersei accuses Tyrion of murder,{{ref|ASOS|60}} although the crime was actually arranged by Olenna and [[Petyr Baelish]].{{ref|ASOS|68}} When Jaime returns to King's Landing in the company of [[Brienne of Tarth]], Tywin plans for his son to be released from the Kingsguard. Jaime insists upon remaining [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard|Lord Commander]], however, angering his father.{{ref|ASOS|62}}
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Tywin agrees to be one of Tyrion's three judges, alongside Oberyn Martell and Mace Tyrell, at the trial for Joffrey's murder.{{ref|ASOS|66}} When it becomes clear that he is going to be found guilty, Tyrion demands [[trial by combat]], and Oberyn volunteers to champion him, as he does not accept that only Amory was to blame in the Sack. Cersei, being Tyrion's accuser, selects Gregor to represent the crown. During the duel, Gregor roars his guilt in slaying Elia and her son, Prince [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)|Aegon]]. Despite being [[poison]]ed by Oberyn's spear, the Mountain slays the Red Viper, and Tyrion is thus found guilty.{{Ref|ASOS|70}}
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Because of Gregor's confession, Tywin fears [[Dorne]] might join [[Stannis Baratheon]], which could prolong the [[War of the Five Kings]] for years. He plans on having Gregor executed to appease [[House Martell]], but needs it to be seen to be the [[Ilyn Payne|King's Justice]] who carries out the deed, not poison. Tywin commands Grand Maester [[Pycelle]] to heal Gregor, but Pycelle's efforts prove fruitless.{{Ref|ASOS|72}}
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Awaiting his sentencing, Tyrion is freed from the Red Keep's dungeon by Jaime and a reluctant [[Varys]]. Jaime admits that Tywin had forced him to claim that Tyrion's first wife, [[Tysha]], was a [[whore]]. Tyrion is enraged by this and has Varys show him to a ladder that leads directly into the [[Tower of the Hand]], Tywin's residence. When Tyrion finds his former lover [[Shae]] in Tywin's bed, wearing nothing but his father's golden chain of office, Tyrion strangles her to death with it. He then takes a crossbow from the wall and finds Tywin in the privy and confronts him about Tysha. Tywin remains belligerent, repeatedly calling her a whore, which Tyrion sees as the final insult. Tyrion shoots Tywin him through his bowels with the crossbow, and Tywin dies on the privy, his bowels loosening in the moment of death.{{ref|ASOS|77}}
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After Tywin's body is discovered, it is prepared for a state burial. Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]] has the [[House Kettleblack|Kettleblacks]] remove the body of [[Shae]] and swears she will have the tongue removed of any man who mentions the whore was ever there.{{Ref|AFFC|3}} The remains of Lord Tywin are shown in his crimson armor for seven days in the [[Great Sept of Baelor]]. The smell of the body is so bad many of the mourners grow sick or faint from being too near. A drying of the mouth also causes Tywin's lips to curl up and make him appear to smile.{{ref|AFFC|7}}{{Ref|AFFC|8}} Six [[silent sisters]] eventually take his bones west with an entourage of knights and lords from the [[westerlands]].{{ref|AFFC|16}}
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Cersei considers herself to be a worthy heir to Tywin.{{ref|AFFC|36}} She offers a [[lord]]ship to whomever brings her the head of Tywin's murderer, [[Tyrion Lannister]],{{ref|AFFC|7}} and she appoints Ser [[Harys Swyft]] as [[Hand of the King]].{{ref|AFFC|17}} Lord [[Gyles Rosby]] hires a stonecarver to make a statue of Tywin for the [[Lion Gate]]. Cersei consents to [[Alyce Graceford]] naming her child Tywin if she has a boy, but she refuses to allow [[Lollys Stokeworth]] to do the same.{{ref|AFFC|7}} One of [[Cersei's dromonds]] is named ''[[Lord Tywin]]''.{{ref|AFFC|28}}
  
Tywin's aim was to draw Eddard out of King's Landing, capture him, and exchange him for the freedom of his son. Eddard, however, had been injured in a skirmish on the streets of King's Landing with Tywin's son [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]] and sent Lord [[Beric Dondarrion]] in his stead. When Beric's forces reached the Mummer's Ford, soldiers of Tywin's and Gregor's attacked from all sides, routing Dondarrion's host. Dondarrion himself was mortally wounded, though he would be revived by [[Thoros of Myr]] and go on to form the [[Brotherhood Without Banners]], which would continually harass the Lannister forces for the duration of the war.      
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[[Doran Martell]], [[Prince of Dorne]], has been plotting vengeance against Tywin for the [[Sack of King's Landing]].{{ref|AFFC|40}}
  
As the war gained momentum, Tywin's forces took the majority of the Riverlands and laid siege to Riverrun before meeting their first real opposition in the [[Battle of the Green Fork]]. Just prior to the battle, Tyrion, having won his freedom from the Vale via trial by combat and earned the loyalty of many of the [[Mountain clans]] along the way, met up with his father. Tywin sent Tyrion and his clansmen into the battle on the left flank, believing the undisciplined men likely to rout, but giving the Northern commander, which Tywin believed to be the young and inexperienced [[Robb Stark]], a chance to over-commit and be annihilated.{{Ref|aGoT|62}} The clansmen did not rout, however, and the Northern commander was not Stark but instead the more cautious and experienced [[Roose Bolton]]. The battle was a Lannister victory, but it bought enough time for a separate Northern force, under Robb Stark's command, to cross the [[Trident]] at [[The Twins]] and lift the siege of Riverrun, capturing Tywin's other son [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]] in the process.        
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With Tywin dead and the [[Seven Kingdoms]] in disarray, the [[Golden Company]] feels the time is right for [[landing of the Golden Company|their invasion]].{{ref|ADWD|24}} [[Jon Connington]] recalls the belief of Ser [[Myles Toyne]] that Tywin would have avoided the [[Battle of the Bells]] by simply burning down [[Stoney Sept]].{{ref|ADWD|61}}
  
After the death of [[Robert Baratheon|King Robert]], Tywin had been named Hand of the King for his grandson [[Joffrey Baratheon]].{{Ref|aGoT|57}} After the battle, he sent Tyrion to King's Landing to serve as Hand in his stead, and to prepare the city's defenses in anticipation of an attack from one or both of Robert's brothers [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] and [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]], both of whom had laid claim to the Iron Throne, while Tywin managed the war with the North and the Riverlands.{{Ref|aGoT|69}}
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==Quotes by Tywin==
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[[File:Tywin Lannister3.png|thumb|350px|Charles Dance as Tywin in ''[[Game of Thrones]]'']]
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{{Quote|Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.{{Ref|ASOS|4}}|Tywin to [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
  
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{{Quote|The greatest [[fool]]s are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.{{Ref|ASOS|19}}|Tywin to [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
The loss of Riverrun meant that Tywin was not able to pursue and destroy Roose Bolton's forces. Instead he marched south to [[Harrenhal]] while he pondered his next move. When Robb Stark marched from Riverrun and invaded the [[Westerlands]], smashing a new Lannister host being raised and trained by [[Stafford Lannister]] at [[Battle of Oxcross|Oxcross]] and turning his forces loose to scour the Westerlands, Tywin left Harrenhal and marched his forces West in pursuit. Robb's plan was to lead Tywin's army on a long chase across the Westerlands, bleeding his forces and living off of their lands. However [[Edmure Tully]], who had been tasked with holding Riverrun (and who was unaware of Robb's plan), met Tywin's army in the field in the [[Battle of the Fords]].{{Ref|aCoK|45}}        
 
  
Tywin's forces were bloodied and thrown back, but the delay allowed word to reach Tywin that Stannis Baratheon had murdered his brother Renly and laid claim to the majority of his army, and that he was marching and sailing on King's Landing with an enormous force. Tywin turned his force Southeast on a forced march to King's Landing, and arrived just in time for the waning moments of the [[Battle of the Blackwater]], where he was able to break and drive away the majority of Stannis' army, which had been on the cusp of victory, by taking them in the flank.{{Ref|aSoS|14}} Tywin was declared Savior of the City by [[Joffrey Baratheon|King Joffrey]] (which is ironic as Tywin was responsible for the previous Sack of the city during the [[War of the Usurper]])
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{{Quote|There is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool.{{Ref|ASOS|32}}|Tywin to [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
  
Tywin's son Tyrion, who had done much for the city's defenses, was critically wounded in the fighting.{{Ref|aSoS|4}}
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{{Quote|Joffrey, when your enemies defy you, you must serve them steel and fire. When they go to their knees, however, you must help them back to their feet. Elsewise no man will ever bend the knee to you. And any man who must say 'I am the king' is no true king at all. [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] never understood that, but you will. When I've won [[War of the Five Kings|your war]] for you, we will restore the king's peace and the king's justice.{{Ref|ASOS|53}}|Tywin to [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I Baratheon]]}}
  
===A Storm of Swords===
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{{Quote|'''Tyrion''': [[Tysha]]. What did you do with her, after my little lesson?<br>
Tywin's timely arrival at the Battle of the Blackwater allowed him to take the majority of the credit for the Lannister victory. Tywin assumed his official position as King Joffrey's Hand,{{Ref|aCoK|64}} while giving Tyrion, after his recovery, the position of Master of Coin, which Tyrion saw as a demotion and an insult. He arranged for Tyrion to be wed to [[Sansa Stark]]{{Ref|aSoS|19}}, giving him claim over [[Winterfell]] and directly denying Tyrion's ambition to inherit [[Casterly Rock]].{{Ref|aSoS|4}} He also made plans to find a suitor to marry his widowed daughter [[Cersei Lannister|Queen Cersei]], though they were never realized. He offered her to [[Willas Tyrell]] but [[Mace Tyrell]] (after being hectored by his mother) refused the match.{{Ref|aSoS|32}}  
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'''Tywin''': I don't recall.<br>
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'''Tyrion''': Try harder. Did you have her killed?<br>
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'''Tywin''': There was no reason for that, she'd learned her place ... and had been well paid for her day's work, I seem to recall. I suppose the steward sent her on her way. I never thought to inquire.<br>
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'''Tyrion''': On her way where?<br>
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'''Tywin''': Wherever [[whore]]s go.{{Ref|ASOS|77}}|[[Tyrion Lannister]] and Tywin}}
  
After learning that Robb Stark had unexpectedly wed [[Jeyne Westerling]] and that [[House Westerling]] had gone over to the Starks, Tywin remained in communication, via raven, with Jeyne's mother [[Sybell Spicer]], as well as with [[Roose Bolton]], who had switched sides to the Lannisters after taking Harrenhal, and [[Walder Frey]], who saw Robb's marriage to Jeyne as an insult to his house, as it broke a marriage pact Robb had previously made to wed a Frey girl. The [[Red Wedding]] was the direct result of their correspondence, which saw Robb Stark betrayed and murdered along with the vast majority of his host, effectively ending the war with House Lannister the victor. Tywin stated that...
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{{Quote|'''Tywin''': You ... you are no ... no son of mine.<br>
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'''Tyrion''': Now that's where you’re wrong, Father. Why, I believe I'm you writ small. Do me a kindness now, and die quickly.{{Ref|ASOS|77}}|Tywin and [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
  
{{Quote|''"some wars are won with swords others with quills and ravens"''.{{Ref|aSoS|4}}}}  
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{{Quote|No man is free. Only children and [[fool]]s think elsewise.{{Ref|ADWD|8}}|Tywin to [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
  
Tywin Lannister also had Ice, the Valyrian Steel greatsword of [[Eddard Stark]] melted down and reforged into two longswords, one was a gift for Joffrey on his wedding day the other as a gift to Jaime.{{Ref|aSoS|32}}  
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==Quotes about Tywin==
Not long after, King Joffrey was poisoned and died at the feast that followed his wedding to [[Margaery Tyrell]]. Tywin's son Tyrion was (falsely) accused of the crime, and Tywin agreed to be one of Tyrion's three judges, alongside [[Oberyn Martell]] and [[Mace Tyrell]], at his trial. When it became clear that he was going to be found guilty, Tyrion demanded trial by combat, and Oberyn Martell surprisingly volunteered to champion him. Cersei being Tyrions accuser had selected Ser Gregor Clegane to represent the crown. Gregor won the duel, slaying Oberyn, and Tyrion was thus found guilty.{{Ref|aSoS|70}}        
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{{Quote|I would sooner entrust a child to a pit viper than to Lord Tywin.{{Ref|AGOT|4}}|[[Eddard Stark]]'s thoughts}}
  
Awaiting his sentencing, however, Tyrion was freed from the Black Cells by his brother Jaime (and a reluctant Varys). During his escape, Jaime revealed the truth about Tysha (Tyrions first wife) to Tyrion saying she was not a whore but a girl just chance met on the road and father had made Jaime speak the lie to Tyrion. Tyrion was enraged by this and had Varys show him to a ladder that led directly into the Tower of the Hand, and climbed it straight into Tywin's residence, He found his ex-whore [[Shae]] in Tywin's bed, wearing nothing but his father's golden chain of office. Tyrion strangled her to death with it. He then took a crossbow from the wall and found Tywin in the privy and confronted him about Tysha. Tywin remained belligerent, repeatedly calling her a "whore", which Tyrion saw as the final insult and shot him in his bowels with the crossbow, killing him. Tywin died while seated on the privvy and his bowels loosened in the moment of death causing Tyrion to think as he left his fathers body...
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{{quote|Tywin Lannister was as much fox as lion.{{ref|AGOT|43}}|[[Eddard Stark]]'s thoughts}}
  
{{Quote|''"...the oft repeated jape about his father was just another lie, Lord Tywin Lannister in the end did not shit gold".'' {{Ref|aSoS|77}}}}
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{{Quote|A fool more foolish than most had once jested that even Lord Tywin's shit was flecked with gold. Some said the man was still alive, deep in the bowels of [[Casterly Rock]].{{Ref|AGOT|56}}|[[Tyrion Lannister]]'s thoughts}}
  
===A Feast for Crows===
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{{Quote|Every once in a very long while, Lord Tywin Lannister would actually threaten to smile; he never did, but the threat alone was terrible to behold.{{Ref|ASOS|19}}|[[Tyrion Lannister]]'s thoughts}}
After his body was discovered, it was prepared for a state burial. [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]] had the [[House Kettleblack|Kettleblacks]] remove the body of [[Shae]] and swore she would have the tongue removed of any man who mentioned she was ever there.{{Ref|aFfC|3}} The remains of Lord Tywin were shown for seven days in the [[Great Sept of Baelor]] before making its way west with an entourage of knights and lords from the [[Westerlands]].
 
The smell of the body was so bad many of the mourners grew sick or faint from being too near. A drying of the mouth also caused Lord Tywin lips to curl up and make him appear to smile.{{Ref|aFfC|8}} This disturbed both Jaime and Cersei because as mentioned above Tywin Lannister seldom smiled.
 
  
===Legacy===
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{{quote|'''Oberyn''': Lord Tywin had made himself greater than King [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]], I heard one [[begging brother]] preach, but only a god is meant to stand above a king. You were his curse, a punishment sent by the gods to teach him that he was no better than any other man.<br>
Although House Lannister became respected and powerful again due his efforts after his father's reign, it increasingly looks like the House is going to collapse into ruin and become an embarrassment again due to the follies of his children, especially Cersei, who in an ironic twist of fate was forced in A Dance with Dragons by the [[Faith of the Seven]] to do a penance walk naked through the streets of King's Landing just as Tywin once forced his father's mistress to do the same through the streets of Lannisport.
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'''Tyrion''': I try, but he refuses to learn.{{ref|ASOS|38}}|[[Oberyn Martell]] and [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
  
In the end Tywin Lannister died a humiliating death and was also proven to be a hypocrite, through out his life Tywin repeatedly put Tyrion down for his whoring. Yet he was caught with a whore (no less his sons former whore [[Shae]]) in his own bed before his death. He was blind when it came to his children, refusing to see the true relationship between Cersei and Jaime and Tyrion's true potential. Even when his own sister [[Genna Lannister]] saw Tyrion's worth and told Tywin so, Tywin's response was to ignore her for half a year. It is due to this ignorance that his accomplishments in the War of the Five Kings, which almost resulted in complete victory for his House, have been undone largely by Cersei.
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{{Quote|I remember the first time [[Steffon Baratheon|my father]] took me to court, [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert]] had to hold my hand. I could not have been older than four, which would have made him five or six. We agreed afterward that the king had been as noble as the [[dragon]]s were fearsome. Years later, our father told us that [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] had cut himself on [[Iron Throne|the throne]] that morning, so his [[Hand of the King|Hand]] had taken his place. It was Tywin Lannister who'd so impressed us.{{Ref|ASOS|54}}|[[Stannis Baratheon]] to [[Melisandre]]}}
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{{Quote|'''Kevan''': Tywin seems a hard man to you, but he's no harder than he's had to be. [[Tytos Lannister|Our own father]] was gentle and amiable, but so weak his bannermen mocked him in their cups. [[Reyne-Tarbeck revolt|Some saw fit to defy him openly]]. Other lords borrowed his gold and never troubled to repay it. At court they japed of toothless lions. Even [[Tytos Lannister's second mistress|his own mistress]] stole from him. A woman scarcely one step above a [[whore]], and she helped herself to [[Jeyne Marbrand|my mother's]] jewels! It fell to Tywin to restore [[House Lannister]] to its proper place. Just as it fell to him to rule [[Seven Kingdoms|this realm]], when he was no more than twenty. He bore that heavy burden for twenty years and all it earned him was [[Aerys II Targaryen|a mad king]]'s envy. Instead of the honor he deserved, he was made to suffer slights beyond count, yet he gave the [[Seven Kingdoms]] peace, plenty and justice. He is a just man.<br>
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'''Tyrion''': You love him.<br>
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'''Kevan''': He is my brother.{{Ref|ASOS|66}}|[[Kevan Lannister]] and [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
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{{Quote|Lord Tywin Lannister did not, in the end, shit gold.{{Ref|ASOS|77}}|[[Tyrion Lannister]]'s thoughts}}
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{{quote|It is not fitting for Tywin Lannister to die alone. Such a man deserves a retinue to attend his needs in hell.{{ref|AFFC|3}}|[[Cersei Lannister]]'s thoughts}}
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{{Quote|I have served six kings, but here before us lies the greatest man I ever knew. Lord Tywin wore no crown, yet he was all a king should be.{{Ref|AFFC|8}}|[[Pycelle]] to [[Jaime Lannister]]}}
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{{Quote|Men say Tywin never smiled, but he smiled when he wed [[Joanna Lannister|your mother]], and when [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] made him [[Hand of the King|Hand]]. When [[Tarbeck Hall]] came crashing down on [[Ellyn Tarbeck|Lady Ellyn]], that scheming bitch, [[Tygett Lannister|Tyg]] claimed he smiled then, and he smiled at your birth, Jaime, I saw with my own eyes.{{Ref|AFFC|33}}|[[Genna Lannister]] to [[Jaime Lannister]]}}
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{{Quote|My betrothal was announced at a feast with half [[westerlands|the west]] in attendance. [[Ellyn Tarbeck]] laughed and the [[Roger Reyne|Red Lion]] went angry from the hall. The rest sat on their tongues. Only Tywin dared speak against [[Emmon Frey|the match]]. A boy of ten. [[Tytos Lannister|Father]] turned as white as mare's milk, and [[Walder Frey]] was quivering. How could I not love him after that? That is not to say I approved of all he did, or much enjoyed the company of the man he became ... but every little girl needs a big brother to protect her. Tywin was big even when he was little.{{Ref|AFFC|33}}|[[Genna Lannister]] to [[Jaime Lannister]]}}
  
 
==Family==
 
==Family==
Tywin married his cousin [[Joanna Lannister]]. They had three children; Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion. Joanna died when giving birth to Tyrion. It is an unexplained mystery why Tywin named his first son Jaime, after no one known, and gave the family-traditional-style name Tyrion to his deformed second son.
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Tywin married his cousin [[Joanna Lannister]], with whom he had three children: [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]] and [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]]. Joanna died when giving birth to Tyrion.{{ref|ASOS|4}}
 
    
 
    
 
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Tywin Lannister
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Tywin by BrittMartin

Alias The great lion of the rock[1]
The old lion[2]
Title Lord of Casterly Rock[3]
Shield of Lannisport[3]
Warden of the West[3]
Hand of the King[3]
Savior of the City (of King's Landing)[4]
Ser[5]
Allegiance House Lannister
Culture Westermen
Born In 242 AC[6], at Casterly Rock[7]
Died In 300 AC[8], at King's Landing[8]
Spouse Lady Joanna Lannister[9]
Issue Cersei Lannister[9]
Jaime Lannister[9]
Tyrion Lannister[9]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)

Played by Charles Dance
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4

Tywin Lannister is Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport, and Warden of the West. The head of House Lannister, Tywin is one of the most powerful lords in Westeros, and he is the father of Queen Cersei, Ser Jaime of the Kingsguard, and Tyrion. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, Tywin is portrayed by Charles Dance.

Appearance and Character

Tywin is a tall, slender, broad-shouldered man in his fifties. His arms are thin but muscled. Tywin has kept his head shaved ever since his golden hair[10] started going bald, but he grows out bushy golden side-whiskers. Tywin has pale green eyes flecked with gold.[3][11][12][13]

Tywin is a calculating, intelligent, politically astute, ruthless, and controlling man. He dedicates his life and efforts towards maintaining the Lannisters' prestige, and ensuring House Lannister is respected, or at least feared.[14] Tywin is a proven battle commander[15] who leads from the rear,[16][17][18] and he has a powerful presence combined with an intimidating gaze.[19] He is harsh with betrayal.[20] According to his sister Genna, Tywin mistrusts laughter because of how his father, Lord Tytos, had been laughed at.[21]

Though ruthless, Tywin Lannister is an able and shrewd ruler who brought great prosperity during his tenure as the King's Hand. He is especially talented at the raising of funds, leading to a persistent jest that he must "shit gold."[11] Tywin is more respected than loved in the westerlands, and he is remembered in King's Landing for the Sack.[22]

Tywin by Mark Evans © Fantasy Flight Games

Tywin loves his elder children, Queen Cersei and Ser Jaime, but despises Tyrion. This is partly because Tyrion is a dwarf, but also Tywin blames his youngest son for causing his beloved wife Joanna's death during his birth, as well as for shaming the family name with his frequent whoring. Tywin often relies on his brother, Ser Kevan Lannister.[23][21] Ser Addam Marbrand is said to be Tywin's most daring commander.[24] Genna's husband, Emmon Frey, is terrified of his brother-in-law.[25][21]

Tywin's steel plate armor is enameled in deep crimson and highlighted with gold, and its rondels are golden sunburts. Tywin's heavy cloth-of-gold greatcloak is clasped with gold miniature lionesses, and his greathelm is decorated with a roaring lion with ruby eyes.[16][4] He also owns a thick ermine cloak.[24] Tywin's longsword has a gold pommel.[11] His charger is a stallion[16] with its own gilded armor.[4] The destrier has a blanket with enameled crimson scales and gilded crinet and chamfron,[24] as well as crimson silk bardings decorated with the lion of the Lannisters.[4]

History

Early life

Tywin as a boy with his father Tytos as depicted by Magali Villeneuve in The World of Ice & Fire

Tywin was the first born of Tytos Lannister and Jeyne Marbrand. According to legend, the baby bit the finger of his grandsire, Lord Gerold Lannister.[10]

Lord Tytos agreed to marry his daughter Genna to Emmon Frey, the second son of Lord Walder Frey, just to please the Lord of the Crossing. The betrothal was announced at a feast in 252 AC, with most of the western lords in attendance. Upon the announcement, Lord Roger Reyne left the hall in anger and Ellyn Reyne laughed aloud. Only the ten-year-old Tywin spoke out against the wedding because he thought it an uneven match.[26]

Shortly after that incident, Tytos sent Tywin to King's Landing to serve as a royal page and cupbearer at King Aegon V Targaryen's court, where Tywin befriended the young Prince Aerys Targaryen and Steffon Baratheon, the heir to Storm's End.[5][10] His cousin, Joanna Lannister, also served at the royal court as a companion and lady-in-waiting to Princess Rhaella Targaryen since 259 AC.[10][5]

During the War of the Ninepenny Kings in 260 AC, eleven thousand westermen under the leadership Tywin's uncle, Ser Jason Lannister, were sent to fight beside other forces of the Iron Throne in the Stepstones. Tywin, who was already a knight, joined the Lannister force, as did his brothers Kevan and Tygett as squires. The young Prince Aerys served as a squire during the war and when he won his knighthood, Tywin was granted the honor of knighting his friend.[5]

Reynes and Tarbecks

Since Lord Tytos Lannister was a weak ruler who was taken advantage of by his bannermen, Tywin and his brothers sought to restore the prestige of House Lannister after their return from the Stepstones. Tytos protested feebly before returning to his mistress.[10]

Tywin demanded repayment of gold his father lent out, and those who could not repay immediately had to send a hostage to Casterly Rock until their debt was settled. Ser Kevan Lannister was given command of five hundred veterans knights tasked with ridding the westerlands of robber knights and outlaws. Ser Harys Swyft, the Knight of Cornfield, surrendered his daughter Dorna into Kevan's custody, but Roger Reyne, Lord of Castamere, reportedly laughed at Tywin's edicts. When Lord Walderan Tarbeck of Tarbeck Hall rode to confront Tytos, who was not present at the Rock, the young Tywin ordered Walderan imprisoned for disloyalty. Walderan's wife Ellyn responded by seizing Tywin's cousin Stafford and two Lannisters of Lannisport. Lord Tytos ordered the hostages to be exchanged and forgave House Tarbeck's debt to House Lannister.[27][10]

Late in 261 AC Tywin provoked Houses Reyne and Tarbeck by ordering that Roger and Walderan appear at Casterly Rock to answer for their crimes. When the accused instead renounced their allegiance to House Lannister, Tywin raised an army without his lordly father's leave. Tywin defeated Walderan in battle and then destroyed Tarbeck Hall, with Ellyn dying during its collapse. Tywin then defeated Roger, who fled back to Castamere. Instead of waiting for the subterranean castle to surrender, Tywin ended the Reyne-Tarbeck revolt by diverting a nearby stream into Castamere, drowning the Reynes within.[10]

The ruined castles were left as reminders of the fate that awaits those who scorn the power of Casterly Rock,[28] and "The Rains of Castamere" was written as a tribute to the event.[28] When Lord Farman of Faircastle grew truculent years later, Tywin had an envoy perform the song with a lute; Lord Farman caused no further trouble after hearing the message.[28]

Hand of the King

Upon the death of King Jaehaerys II Targaryen in 262 AC, the newly-crowned King Aerys II Targaryen retired the cautious Edgar Sloane as Hand of the King. Aerys choose his friend Tywin as the new Hand, impressed by the ruthlessness demonstrated in the Reyne-Tarbeck revolt.[5] Ser Tywin was the youngest man to yet serve as Hand.[10]

With Tywin proving himself to be a brilliant administrator, the Seven Kingdoms prospered during the first decade of Aerys's rule.[5] Tywin covered King Jaehaerys's debts to the Iron Bank of Braavos with gold from Casterly Rock. He gained the loyalty of many lords by repealing reforms enacted by Aerys's grandsire, King Aegon V Targaryen, and he supported the merchants of King's Landing, Lannisport, and Oldtown.[5]

In 263 AC Tywin married his cousin Joanna Lannister;[5] Genna Lannister said that her brother smiled on the day he wed Joanna.[21] According to Ser Barristan Selmy of the Kingsguard, Aerys lusted after Tywin's wife during the bedding custom.[29] Queen Rhaella Targaryen dismissed Joanna from her service, so the young bride returned to Casterly Rock. In 266 AC Joanna gave birth to twins, Cersei and Jaime.[5]

When Lord Tytos Lannister keeled over of a burst heart in 267 AC while climbing a flight of steps to visit his second mistress,[30] Ser Tywin succeeded his father as Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West. Upon his return to the Rock, Tywin forced the mistress on a walk of atonement through Lannisport before banishing her from the westerlands.[31][30][32] Aerys and Tywin ruled the realm from Casterly Rock that year.[5]

Relations were frayed between the king and his Hand when they returned to King's Landing in 268 AC, and Aerys began to overrule many of Tywin's decisions and appointments. Tywin offered to resign after Aerys insulted Joanna at the Anniversary Tourney in 272 AC, but Aerys refused the resignation.[5] Disaster struck in 273 AC when Joanna died giving birth to Tyrion, a dwarf considered a hideous monster. Tywin was devastated by her untimely death and took no further wife. Gerion Lannister once told his nephew Tyrion that the best part of Tywin died when Joanna did,[33] and Tywin has blamed Tyrion for Joanna's death.[12]

Some people joked it was Tywin and not the king who really ruled the land.[5] When Ser Ilyn Payne, the captain of Tywin's guards, made such a comment, Aerys had the knight's tongue removed.[34] Tywin once visited Lys while serving as Hand.[35]

During the tournament in honor of Viserys's birth in Lannisport in 276 AC, the smallfolk of Lannisport cheered twice as loud for Tywin as they did for their king. Tension increased during the tourney when Aerys refused Tywin's offer to betroth Cersei to his heir, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, as Aerys considered Tywin to be a servant.[36] Aerys also refused to allow Jaime to serve as Rhaegar's squire.[5]

In 277 AC, Tywin advised Aerys against meeting with Denys Darklyn, Lord of Duskendale, over a trade issue, and the king ended up imprisoned by House Darklyn in the Dun Fort. In response to the Defiance of Duskendale, Tywin blockaded the town by land and sea. Tywin eventually threatened to storm the town, but Barristan of the Kingsguard was able to infiltrate Duskendale and rescue the king, however.[5]

In the aftermath of his captivity, Aerys came to believe that Tywin had intended for the king to die at Duskendale and be replaced by Rhaegar, who would then marry Tywin's daughter, Cersei. When Steffon Baratheon drowned in the sinking of Windproud in Shipbreaker Bay, Aerys feared that the Lord of Storm's End had somehow been assassinated by Tywin. Aerys decided to only meet with Tywin in the presence of Kingsguard.[5]

Tywin hoped to betroth Jaime to Lysa Tully, the second daughter of Lord Hoster Tully.[37] In 281 AC, however, Aerys raised the fifteen-year-old Jaime to the Kingsguard to replace Ser Harlan Grandison, robbing Tywin of his prized heir[38] and making Jaime a hostage to use against his father.[22] Pleading illness, Tywin resigned and returned to Casterly Rock. He was replaced as Hand with Lord Owen Merryweather.[5] Tywin chose not to attend the great tourney at Harrenhal in 281 AC.[39]

Robert's Rebellion

Tywin by Nacho Molina ©

When Robert's Rebellion began, Lord Tywin ignored calls to arms from both King Aerys II Targaryen and rebels.[40] After the king dismissed Lord Owen Merryweather, Tywin disapproved of Jon Connington, Lord of Griffin's Roost and a headstrong friend of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, as the new Hand of the King.[41]

Tywin took no side until after the Battle of the Trident, in which Robert Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End, slew Rhaegar. Tywin rode from Casterly Rock to the capital of King's Landing. After Aerys was convinced by Grand Maester Pycelle that Tywin had come to aid him, the king ordered the gates of the city opened for Tywin. His westermen proceeded to sack the city, however. Aerys was killed by Ser Jaime Lannister before Tywin's forces arrived at the Red Keep, but Gregor Clegane and Amory Lorch, knights sworn to Tywin and under Tywin's orders, slew Rhaegar's wife, Elia Martell, and her two young children, Rhaenys and Aegon. Tywin wrapped the bodies in crimson Lannister cloaks to better conceal the blood[42] and presented them to Robert as a token of fealty.[43]

While earning House Lannister the hatred of both House Martell of Dorne and the population of King's Landing, this act led to the marriage of the new king, Robert I Baratheon, to Tywin's daughter, Cersei. Tywin offered Targaryen loyalists like Alliser Thorne and Jaremy Rykker the choice between taking the black or facing execution.[44]

Recent History

Tywin by Tiziano Baracchi © Fantasy Flight Games

After Robert's Rebellion, Lord Tywin returned to Casterly Rock, where he continued to serve as Warden of the West.

When Tywin discovered his son Tyrion had wed a common girl, Tysha, which in Tywin's eyes would make House Lannister a laughingstock again, Tywin taught him a sharp lesson. He commanded Tyrion's older brother, Ser Jaime, to name Tysha a prostitute and made Tyrion watch as Tywin gave her over to his garrison, having each man pay the girl a silver coin after raping her. He forced Tyrion to do the same but pay Tysha a gold coin.[45] Tywin earned the enmity of his son forever for that act, but Tywin did not care, for it was on his other children that he placed all his hopes.[5]

When Tyrion was turning sixteen, Tywin refused to allow him to travel and see the world as Tywin's brothers had in their youth, fearing Tyrion would bring further shame on House Lannister. Tywin instead put his son in charge of the drains and cisterns of Casterly Rock.[13]

In 289 AC, Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands, began Greyjoy's Rebellion against King Robert I Baratheon through the burning of the Lannister fleet anchored at Lannisport.[46] After the defeat of the Greyjoys, Tywin rebuilt his fleet[47] and hosted another tourney at Lannisport.[48] Tywin sent men in search of Gerion Lannister after his brother disappeared, but the Laughing Lion was not found.[49]

Due to Robert's financial mismanagement of the realm, as well as his own new connection to the throne by marriage, Lord Tywin frequently lent money to the crown, placing the court in King's Landing in debt of over three million gold dragons to House Lannister.[50] Tywin was unsuccessful in three attempts to purchase Valyrian steel longswords from impoverished lesser houses.[23]

Tywin brought a retinue to King's Landing for the tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day.[51]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Believed to be responsible for hiring an assassin to murder Bran Stark while he lay in a coma, Tywin's son Tyrion is arrested at the inn at the crossroads by Catelyn Stark, the wife of Eddard Stark, the new Hand of the King.[52] Catelyn takes Tyrion to her sister, Lysa Arryn, at the Eyrie.[53] Though Tywin does not care about Tyrion's welfare, he sees the arrest and kidnapping as a direct slight on House Lannister's honor which he will not tolerate. In response Tywin sends Ser Gregor Clegane and the Mountain's men, disguised as brigands, to sack and pillage various villages and hamlets across the riverlands, Catelyn's homeland.[54]

Tywin's aim is to draw Lord Stark out of King's Landing, capture him, and exchange him for the freedom of his son.[55] Eddard, however, is injured in a skirmish on the streets of the capital with Tywin's other son, Ser Jaime Lannister, who is unaware of Tywin's plans, and Eddard sends Lord Beric Dondarrion after Gregor in his stead. Soldiers of Tywin and Gregor rout Beric's host in a battle at the Mummer's Ford.[15] After the death of King Robert I Baratheon, Tywin is named Hand of the King for his grandson, Joffrey I Baratheon.[56]

Tywin and Jaime by Thomas Denmark ©

While Jaime leads a Lannister army to victory at the Golden Tooth and Riverrun, Tywin and his younger brother, Ser Kevan Lannister invade the riverlands with a second Lannister host. Raventree and Harrenhal fall to the brothers, and Gregor burns Stone Hedge and Pinkmaiden. Tywin closes off the kingsroad.[15][3] Beric Dondarrion, Lord Karyl Vance, and Ser Marq Piper continue to harass Tywin's host, however. Tyrion, having won his freedom from the Vale of Arryn via trial by combat and earned the loyalty of several mountain clans along the way, joins Tywin's host at the crossroads inn.[3]

Tywin commands the reserve from the high ground during the battle on the Green Fork. He has Tyrion and his clansmen serve on the left flank, believing the undisciplined men likely to rout, but giving the northern commander, whom Tywin believes to be the young and inexperienced Robb Stark, a chance to over-commit and be annihilated.[16] The clansmen do not rout, however, and the northern commander is actually the cautious and experienced Lord Roose Bolton. The battle is a Lannister victory, but it buys enough time for a separate northern force under Robb's command to cross the Green Fork at the Twins.[16] Although Tywin leads his host on a forced march south,[57] Robb captures Jaime in the Whispering Wood and lifts the siege of Riverrun with the Battle of the Camps.[58][57]

Tywin holds a war council of his bannermen at the crossroads inn after learning of Jaime's defeat, and he considers Joffrey's execution of Eddard Stark in the capital to be madness. Tywin sends Tyrion to King's Landing to serve as Hand in his stead, control the small council and Joffrey, and to prepare the city's defenses in anticipation of an attack from one or both of Robert's brothers, Stannis and Renly. Tywin forbids his son from bringing the whore Shae with him, however. Meanwhile, Tywin plans to march to Harrenhal to manage the war with the north and the riverlands. Tywin has Kevan arrange for the riverlands to be reaved by Gregor Clegane, Amory Lorch, and Vargo Hoat.[57]

Renly claims the crown at Highgarden,[57] while Robb Stark is proclaimed King in the North at Riverrun.[59]

A Clash of Kings

Tywin by Magali Villeneuve ©

Tywin angers his daughter, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, by fortifying Harrenhal instead of marching to King's Landing.[60] He occupies Kingspyre Tower at the great castle.[11] When Maester Tothmure receives Stannis Baratheon's letter claiming that King Joffrey I Baratheon is the bastard son of Cersei and Ser Jaime Lannister, Tywin orders the letter destroyed.[11] Tywin walks the battlements with the captive Ser Wylis Manderly, and he allows Frey prisoners to be ransomed.[11] Lannister men in the riverlands are harassed by the outlaw brotherhood of Lord Beric Dondarrion, despite Beric having been reported as slain several times.[11]

Instead of facing Tywin at Harrenhal, Robb Stark, now the King in the North and King of the Trident, marches from Riverrun and invades the westerlands. Robb smashes a new Lannister host being raised and trained by Tywin's cousin, Ser Stafford Lannister, at Oxcross and turns his forces loose to scour the westerlands.[61]

With Renly Baratheon mysteriously killed and the loyalties of his men disputed,[62][63] Tywin leaves Harrenhal and marches his forces west in pursuit of Robb,[24] gambling that Stannis will be occupied with a lengthy siege of Storm's End.[64][65] Arya Stark regrets not having asked Jaqen H'ghar to assassinate Tywin.[24] With Tywin gone, the Brave Companions abandon the Lannister cause and betray Harrenhal to Lord Roose Bolton.[66] Several servants at Harrenhal are executed at Harrenhal for having aided Tywin during his stay.[67]

Ser Edmure Tully, who has been tasked with holding Riverrun and guarding Robb's rear, gathers the riverlords to prevent Tywin from crossing the Red Fork. Edmure hopes to trap Tywin between Riverrun and Harrenhal.[61] Tywin's forces are bloodied in the Battle of the Fords and thrown back,[42] but the delay allows word to reach Tywin that Stannis has unexpectedly[64] taken formidable Storm's End and laid claim to much of Renly's army, and that he is marching and sailing on King's Landing with an enormous force.[68][65]

Tywin turns his host southeast on a forced march to the headwaters of the Blackwater Rush, where he meets Lords Mathis Rowan and Randyll Tarly of the newly-allied Reach. They then join with the forces of Lord Mace Tyrell at Tumbler's Falls.[69] Sailing together on barges down the Blackwater, the Lannisters and Tyrells arrive in time for the waning moments of the Battle of the Blackwater, where they break and drive away the majority of Stannis's army, which had been on the cusp of victory, by taking them in the flank.[69] Tywin commands the host's right flank during the battle.[70] Tywin's son Tyrion is critically wounded in the fighting.[71]

Tywin is declared Savior of the City by King Joffrey I Baratheon, who asks his grandfather to take governance of the Seven Kingdoms as Hand of the King.[4] Tywin takes up residence in the Tower of the Hand.[71]

A Storm of Swords

Tywin paraded as Savior of the City, by Pojypojy ©

Robb Stark and Ser Brynden Tully return to Riverrun. They claim they had planned to lead Tywin's army on a long chase across the westerlands, bleeding his forces and living off his lands, but that Ser Edmure Tully had disrupted their plan by stopping Tywin with the Battle of the Fords.[69]

Fearing Tywin's retribution for the fall of Harrenhal, Vargo Hoat has Zollo chop off the sword hand of Ser Jaime Lannister,[72] hoping that this act will prevent his commander, Lord Roose Bolton, from allying with Tywin in the aftermath of the Battle of the Blackwater.[20]

Tywin's timely arrival at the Blackwater allows him to take the majority of the credit for the Lannister victory. He appoints Ser Addam Marbrand to lead the gold cloaks and tasks him with finding the missing Tyrek Lannister.[12] Tyrion asks to be named heir since Jaime is ineligible as a Kingsguard, but Tywin refuses to allow his dwarf son to inherit Casterly Rock.[12] He instead gives Tyrion, after his recovery, the position of master of coin, which Tyrion sees as a demotion and an insult.[28]

Tywin arranges for Tyrion to be wed to Sansa Stark[28] before she can be betrothed to Willas Tyrell, giving him claim over Winterfell and directly denying Tyrion's ambition to inherit the Rock.[12] He also makes plans to find a suitor to marry his widowed daughter, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, though they are never realized. Tywin offers her to Willas but Lord Mace Tyrell, after being hectored by his mother, Olenna Tyrell, refuses the match. Tywin demands that Tyrion act as if the offer were never made.[23]

After learning that Robb Stark has unexpectedly wed Jeyne Westerling and that House Westerling has gone over to the Starks, Tywin remains in communication, via raven, with Jeyne's mother, Sybell Spicer. He also communicates with Lord Bolton, who releases the mutilated Jaime from captivity,[38] and Lord Walder Frey, who sees Robb's marriage to Jeyne as an insult to House Frey, as it breaks a marriage pact Robb had previously made to wed a Frey girl. The Red Wedding is the direct result of their correspondence, which sees Robb betrayed and murdered along with the vast majority of his host, effectively ending the war with House Lannister the victor.[73][43]

Tywin names Roose as Warden of the North.[74] While Tywin offers generous terms to defeated rebel lords, he orders Gregor Clegane to extinguish Vargo and the Brave Companions at Harrenhal.[43] Prince Oberyn Martell seeks justice for the death of his sister, Elia Martell, and her children during the Sack of King's Landing, so Tywin claims that the late Ser Amory Lorch was solely to blame.[43]

Tywin Lannister has Tobho Mott reforge Ice, the Valyrian steel greatsword of the late Lord Eddard Stark, into two longswords as gifts, one for Joffrey on his wedding day and the other to Jaime.[23] Not long after, King Joffrey is poisoned and dies at the feast following his wedding to Margaery Tyrell. Cersei accuses Tyrion of murder,[75] although the crime was actually arranged by Olenna and Petyr Baelish.[76] When Jaime returns to King's Landing in the company of Brienne of Tarth, Tywin plans for his son to be released from the Kingsguard. Jaime insists upon remaining Lord Commander, however, angering his father.[77]

Tywin agrees to be one of Tyrion's three judges, alongside Oberyn Martell and Mace Tyrell, at the trial for Joffrey's murder.[31] When it becomes clear that he is going to be found guilty, Tyrion demands trial by combat, and Oberyn volunteers to champion him, as he does not accept that only Amory was to blame in the Sack. Cersei, being Tyrion's accuser, selects Gregor to represent the crown. During the duel, Gregor roars his guilt in slaying Elia and her son, Prince Aegon. Despite being poisoned by Oberyn's spear, the Mountain slays the Red Viper, and Tyrion is thus found guilty.[78]

Because of Gregor's confession, Tywin fears Dorne might join Stannis Baratheon, which could prolong the War of the Five Kings for years. He plans on having Gregor executed to appease House Martell, but needs it to be seen to be the King's Justice who carries out the deed, not poison. Tywin commands Grand Maester Pycelle to heal Gregor, but Pycelle's efforts prove fruitless.[74]

Awaiting his sentencing, Tyrion is freed from the Red Keep's dungeon by Jaime and a reluctant Varys. Jaime admits that Tywin had forced him to claim that Tyrion's first wife, Tysha, was a whore. Tyrion is enraged by this and has Varys show him to a ladder that leads directly into the Tower of the Hand, Tywin's residence. When Tyrion finds his former lover Shae in Tywin's bed, wearing nothing but his father's golden chain of office, Tyrion strangles her to death with it. He then takes a crossbow from the wall and finds Tywin in the privy and confronts him about Tysha. Tywin remains belligerent, repeatedly calling her a whore, which Tyrion sees as the final insult. Tyrion shoots Tywin him through his bowels with the crossbow, and Tywin dies on the privy, his bowels loosening in the moment of death.[8]

A Feast for Crows

After Tywin's body is discovered, it is prepared for a state burial. Queen Regent Cersei Lannister has the Kettleblacks remove the body of Shae and swears she will have the tongue removed of any man who mentions the whore was ever there.[30] The remains of Lord Tywin are shown in his crimson armor for seven days in the Great Sept of Baelor. The smell of the body is so bad many of the mourners grow sick or faint from being too near. A drying of the mouth also causes Tywin's lips to curl up and make him appear to smile.[19][22] Six silent sisters eventually take his bones west with an entourage of knights and lords from the westerlands.[79]

Cersei considers herself to be a worthy heir to Tywin.[80] She offers a lordship to whomever brings her the head of Tywin's murderer, Tyrion Lannister,[19] and she appoints Ser Harys Swyft as Hand of the King.[81] Lord Gyles Rosby hires a stonecarver to make a statue of Tywin for the Lion Gate. Cersei consents to Alyce Graceford naming her child Tywin if she has a boy, but she refuses to allow Lollys Stokeworth to do the same.[19] One of Cersei's dromonds is named Lord Tywin.[82]

Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, has been plotting vengeance against Tywin for the Sack of King's Landing.[83]

A Dance with Dragons

With Tywin dead and the Seven Kingdoms in disarray, the Golden Company feels the time is right for their invasion.[84] Jon Connington recalls the belief of Ser Myles Toyne that Tywin would have avoided the Battle of the Bells by simply burning down Stoney Sept.[85]

Quotes by Tywin

Charles Dance as Tywin in Game of Thrones

Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.[12]

—Tywin to Tyrion Lannister

The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.[28]

—Tywin to Tyrion Lannister

There is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool.[23]

—Tywin to Tyrion Lannister

Joffrey, when your enemies defy you, you must serve them steel and fire. When they go to their knees, however, you must help them back to their feet. Elsewise no man will ever bend the knee to you. And any man who must say 'I am the king' is no true king at all. Aerys never understood that, but you will. When I've won your war for you, we will restore the king's peace and the king's justice.[43]

Tyrion: Tysha. What did you do with her, after my little lesson?

Tywin: I don't recall.
Tyrion: Try harder. Did you have her killed?
Tywin: There was no reason for that, she'd learned her place ... and had been well paid for her day's work, I seem to recall. I suppose the steward sent her on her way. I never thought to inquire.
Tyrion: On her way where?

Tywin: Wherever whores go.[8]

Tyrion Lannister and Tywin

Tywin: You ... you are no ... no son of mine.
Tyrion: Now that's where you’re wrong, Father. Why, I believe I'm you writ small. Do me a kindness now, and die quickly.[8]

—Tywin and Tyrion Lannister

No man is free. Only children and fools think elsewise.[13]

—Tywin to Tyrion Lannister

Quotes about Tywin

I would sooner entrust a child to a pit viper than to Lord Tywin.[86]

Eddard Stark's thoughts

Tywin Lannister was as much fox as lion.[54]

Eddard Stark's thoughts

A fool more foolish than most had once jested that even Lord Tywin's shit was flecked with gold. Some said the man was still alive, deep in the bowels of Casterly Rock.[3]

Tyrion Lannister's thoughts

Every once in a very long while, Lord Tywin Lannister would actually threaten to smile; he never did, but the threat alone was terrible to behold.[28]

Tyrion Lannister's thoughts

Oberyn: Lord Tywin had made himself greater than King Aerys, I heard one begging brother preach, but only a god is meant to stand above a king. You were his curse, a punishment sent by the gods to teach him that he was no better than any other man.
Tyrion: I try, but he refuses to learn.[33]

I remember the first time my father took me to court, Robert had to hold my hand. I could not have been older than four, which would have made him five or six. We agreed afterward that the king had been as noble as the dragons were fearsome. Years later, our father told us that Aerys had cut himself on the throne that morning, so his Hand had taken his place. It was Tywin Lannister who'd so impressed us.[87]

Kevan: Tywin seems a hard man to you, but he's no harder than he's had to be. Our own father was gentle and amiable, but so weak his bannermen mocked him in their cups. Some saw fit to defy him openly. Other lords borrowed his gold and never troubled to repay it. At court they japed of toothless lions. Even his own mistress stole from him. A woman scarcely one step above a whore, and she helped herself to my mother's jewels! It fell to Tywin to restore House Lannister to its proper place. Just as it fell to him to rule this realm, when he was no more than twenty. He bore that heavy burden for twenty years and all it earned him was a mad king's envy. Instead of the honor he deserved, he was made to suffer slights beyond count, yet he gave the Seven Kingdoms peace, plenty and justice. He is a just man.

Tyrion: You love him.

Kevan: He is my brother.[31]

Lord Tywin Lannister did not, in the end, shit gold.[8]

Tyrion Lannister's thoughts

It is not fitting for Tywin Lannister to die alone. Such a man deserves a retinue to attend his needs in hell.[30]

Cersei Lannister's thoughts

I have served six kings, but here before us lies the greatest man I ever knew. Lord Tywin wore no crown, yet he was all a king should be.[22]

Men say Tywin never smiled, but he smiled when he wed your mother, and when Aerys made him Hand. When Tarbeck Hall came crashing down on Lady Ellyn, that scheming bitch, Tyg claimed he smiled then, and he smiled at your birth, Jaime, I saw with my own eyes.[21]

My betrothal was announced at a feast with half the west in attendance. Ellyn Tarbeck laughed and the Red Lion went angry from the hall. The rest sat on their tongues. Only Tywin dared speak against the match. A boy of ten. Father turned as white as mare's milk, and Walder Frey was quivering. How could I not love him after that? That is not to say I approved of all he did, or much enjoyed the company of the man he became ... but every little girl needs a big brother to protect her. Tywin was big even when he was little.[21]

Family

Tywin married his cousin Joanna Lannister, with whom he had three children: Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion. Joanna died when giving birth to Tyrion.[12]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tytos
 
Jeyne
Marbrand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tywin
 
Joanna
Lannister
 
Kevan
 
Dorna
Swyft
 
Emmon
Frey
 
Genna
 
Tygett
 
Darlessa
Marbrand
 
Gerion
 
Briony
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert
Baratheon
 
Cersei
 
Jaime
 
Tyrion
 
Sansa
Stark
 
 
 
 
 
 
Issue
 
 
 
 
 
Tyrek
 
Ermesande
Hayford
 
Joy
Hill
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joffrey
Baratheon
 
Myrcella
Baratheon
 
Tommen
Baratheon
 
Amerei
Frey
 
Lancel
 
Martyn
 
Willem
 
Janei
 
 
 

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