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Hear me roar
~ Lannister words.

House Lannister of Casterly Rock is one of the great houses in the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire and its TV adaptation Game of Thrones. They are represented by a golden lion against a red background, and are known for their great wealth acquired from gold mines, but also notorious for their ruthlessness, underhandedness, and general lack of honor. Though that said, its reputation is mostly stained by the deeds of Tywin Lannister, Cersei Lannister, and its founder Lann the Clever. Other than that, House Lannister under other rulers has been normal and no different than any other noble house, in terms of ruthlessness. Under Lord Tywin and his daughter Cersei, the house as a whole frequently serve a villainous and antagonistic role, and also employ other brutal characters, such as Ser Gregor Clegane, Ser Amory Lorch, and the Brave Companions.

History

During the events of the main series, they war against the Baratheons, the Starks, and the Tullys over the right to rule the Seven Kingdoms, as the Lannisters support King Joffrey I Baratheon, while the Starks rebelled against the Iron Throne and fought the Lannisters initially for revenge for killing Lord Eddard Stark, later to free the riverlands and get the Stark girls back so that they could ride back in the North and close it to the Lannisters. The victory of the Lannisters and the Tyrells against King Stannis Baratheon was the day of the solidification of the Lannister power in the south and the end of the first fase of the War of the Five Kings. After that, Lord Tywin refused to aid either King Balon Greyjoy and King Robb Stark in their war for the north, stating that the two were kings and since they had both insulted King Joffrey, they had no reason to be friends, thus the protection of their kingdoms was their problem. The Lannisters also rejected Bowen Marsh's call for aid for the Night's Watch against Mance Rayder's army beyond the Wall until Lord Janos Slynt would be made Lord Commander, and the Watch would stop being neutral.

After the massacre at the Twins, during Lord Edmure Tully's wedding, later known as the Red Wedding, (secretly orchestrated by Tywin Lannister and Walder Frey), the Lannisters gain control over most of the riverlands. Later Joffrey is shortly thereafter poisoned during his own wedding feast, and then Tywin Lannister is killed by his long-abused son Tyrion shortly a short time later. The war in the riverlands resulted with an invasion of mass refugees who become Sparrows and the King Tommen I's royal court goes in a power struggle between Cersei, Kevan Lannister, Mace Tyrell, and other nobles.

Game of Thrones

In the TV Series, Cersei Lannister becomes the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms after destroying the Great Sept of Balor and slaughtering most of her enemies (and dozens if not hundreds of people too). Cersei forges an alliance with King Euron Greyjoy, who later becomes the captain of the Iron Throne fleet. Queen Daenerys Targaryen comes to Westerns intending to sieze the Iron Throne from the Lannisters. Even after the common enemy of the White Walkers is revealed to the Iron Throne, Cersei arrogantly refuses to work with Daenerys and Jon Snow against them, prompting a disgusted Jaime Lannister to abandon her.

Known Members

  • Lord {Tywin Lannister}, Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport, Warden of the West and Hand of the King. Slain by his son.
    • Lady {Joanna Lannister}, his wife and cousin. Died in childbirth.
  • Ser {Kevan Lannister}, Tywin's eldest brother, Lord Regent for Tommen I and Protector of the Realm. Married to Dorna Swyft. Assassinated by Varys.
    • Lord Lancel Lannister, Kevan's eldest son, Lord of Darry. Joined the Warrior's Sons.
    • {Willem Lannister}, Kevan's second son. Slain at Riverrun under Lord Rickard Karstark's orders. Twin to Martyn.
    • Martyn Lannister, Kevan's third son. Twin to Willem.
    • Janei Lannister, Kevan's daughter.
  • Lady Genna Lannister, his sister. Married to Lord Emmon Frey.
  • Ser {Tygett Lannister}, his second brother. Married to Darlessa Marbrand. Died from a pox.
    • {Tyrek Lannister}, Tygett's son. Missing since the bread riots at King's Landing and presumed dead.
  • {Gerion Lannister}, his third brother. Missing in Essos and presumed dead.
    • Joy Hill, Gerion's bastard daughter.
  • Ser Damon Lannister, older (half-)brother of Stafford and Joanna Lannister.
    • Ella Lannister, wife of Damon and mother to his son Damion. Cousin of an unknown branch.
      • Ser Damion Lannister, Damon's son, castellan of Casterly Rock, married to Shiera Crakehall.
        • Ser Lucion Lannister, his son.
        • Lanna Lannister, his daughter, married to Lord Antario Jast.
  • Ser {Stafford Lannister}, younger brother of Joanna Lannister. Slain at the Battle of Oxcross by Lord Rickard Karstark.
    • Ser Daven Lannister, Stafford's son. Made Warden of the West after Tywin Lannister's death.
    • Cerenna Lannister, Stafford's daughter.
    • Myrielle Lannister, Stafford's daughter.
  • Lynora Hill, bastard daughter of Jason Lannister, sister to Joanna, Stafford and Damon.
  • Sansa Stark, Tyrion's wife
  • Dorna Swyft, Ser Kevan's wife
  • Darlessa Marbrand, Ser Tygett's widow
  • Shiera Crakehall, Ser Damion's wife
  • Myranda Lefford, Ser Stafford's widow

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch there is also:

  • Margot Lannister, a cousin of an unknown branch, who married to Lord Titus Peake.

Household

At Casterly Rock

  • Maester Creylen, healer and counselor at Casterly Rock.
  • Vylarr, captain of the red cloak guards at Casterly Rock.
  • Ser Benedict Broom, master-at-arms at Casterly Rock.
  • Whitesmile Wat, a singer at Casterly Rock. Followed Genna Lannister during the Second Siege of Riverrun. Currently back at the Rock.
  • Walder Frey, also known as Red Walder, Lord Emmon's youngest son, a squire.
  • Robert Brax, a page.

In King's Landing

  • Bronn, also known as Ser Bronn of the Blackwater and Lord Stokeworth, a sellsword once in the service of Tyrion Lannister.
  • Podrick Payne, once squire to Tyrion Lannister.
  • Vylarr, former captain of the red cloak guards in King's Landing. Currently back at Casterly Rock.
  • Lum and Lester, called 'Red Lester', Hoke, called 'Hoke Horseleg', Shortear, Puckens - all guardsmen.
  • Ser Osfryd Kettleblack, household knight and captain of Cersei's redcloaks from after Vylarr's departure until his appointment as Commander of the City Watch of King's Landing.
  • Josmyn Peckledon, known as 'Peck', squire to Jaime Lannister.
  • Lewys Piper, known as 'Little Lew', Garrett Paege, squires to Ser Jaime and hostages of the Iron Throne.
  • Ser Osney Kettleblack, a sellsword in Cersei's service. Currently prisoner of the Faith of the Seven.
  • {Senelle}, a servingwoman. Died in the Red Keep's black cells, tortured and experimented on by Qyburn.
  • Dorcas, a serving woman in the Red Keep.
  • Jocelyn Swyft, handmaiden to Queen Cersei
  • Brella, a servingwoman attending Sansa Stark and formerly running Renly Baratheon's household.

Household at Harrenhal during the Lannister occupation

  • {Maester Tothmure}, healer and counselor, executed by Lord Roose Bolton for sending ravens to King's Landing and Casterly Rock during the fall of Harrenhal to the northmen.
  • Ben Blackthumb, an old blacksmith
  • {Lucan}, a blacksmith and the master of the armory, beheadedd by Steelshanks Walton on the order of Lord Roose Bolton for making weapons for the Lannisters.
  • Mebble, better known as Pinkeye, the alcoholic and bellicose understeward.
  • Goodwife {Harra}, an old woman, executed by Lord Roose Bolton for telling the servants of Lady Whent to serve the Lannisters.
  • Tuffleberry, a servant who takes care of the brewhouse.
  • Hot Pie, former cook of the kitchen. Last time seen working at the Inn of the Kneeling Man.
  • Gendry, former blacksmith of Harrenhal. Currently a knight blacksmith of the Brotherhood without Banners.
  • Pia, also known as Pretty Pia and "the Slut", a promiscous servant in the buttery.
  • Weasel, a little girl formerly assistant to the steward Weese. She was actually Arya Stark.

Known Lannister guards

  • Dake
  • Godwyn
  • Hoke
  • {Jyck}, killed by the Vale mountain Clansmen
  • Ser Osfryd Kettleblack (Lannister captain)
  • Lester
  • Lum
  • Ser Ilyn Payne, formerly, joined the Iron Throne court during the Baratheon reign
  • Puckens
  • Rolder
  • Shortear
  • {Tregar}, killed by Eddard Stark
  • Vylarr, Lannister captain

Other Lannister retainers

  • Ser Addam Marbrand, knight of House Marbrand and one of Tywin Lannister's chief knight. He served as the Commander of the City Watch of King' Landing after the Battle of the Blackwater until Tywin's death. Currently in the riverlands, searching for the fugitive Ser Brynden Tully.
  • Ser {Amory Lorch}, a knight of House Lorch and later Castellan of Harrenhal. Executed by Vargo Hoat, on Roose Bolton's order, by being thrown at Vargo's bear.
  • {Tion Frey}, third son of Ser Emmon Frey and Genna Lannister. Slain at Riverrun under Lord Rickard Karstark's orders.
  • Lord Qyburn, a disgraced former maester of the Citdael and necromancer. Former member of the Brave Companions. Currently in King's Landing, serving as a healer, torturer and executioner for Queen Dowager Cersei. Also served as her master of whisperers until Ser Kevan and Grand Maester Pycelle's regency.
  • Josmyn Peckledon, also known as Peck, Jaime Lannister's squire.
  • Lewys Piper, better known as Little Lew Piper, a younger son of Lord Clement Piper. Currently hostage of the Iron Throne. At the moment with Ser Jaime in the riverlands.
  • Garrett Paege, a child squire of House Paege. Currently hostage of the Iron Throne. At the moment with Ser Jaime in the riverlands.
  • Ser {Tyler Hill}, a bastard of Lannisport and knight in service of the Lannisters.
  • Ser Cadwyn, a knight from the westerlands. Likely dead during the Fall of Harrenhal.
  • Ser Dunaver, a knight in service of the Lannisters. Status unknown.
  • Ser Lyonel, a knight in service of the Lannisters. Status unknown.
  • Jodge, squire of Ser Dunaver. Status unknown.
  • {Weese}, the understeward of the Wailing Tower at Harrenhal. Killed by his own dog, after the animal was manipulated by Jaqen H'ghar.

Cadet Branches

Besides House Lannister of Lannisport and House Lannister of Darry, other houses said to be distant kin to the Lannisters are 3 noble houses settled at Lannisport: House Lannett, House Lanny, and House Lantell.

House Lannister of Lannisport

An ancient branch of House Lannister in the westerlands who live in the city of Lannisport, rather than the main branch's seat of Casterly Rock. Neither their words nor their arms are known. Members of the family often have the same blond hair as the main branch. According to semi-canon sources they rule the city or are at least gentry.

Known Members:

  • Rosamund Lannister, a handmaiden to Princess Myrcella Baratheon.
  • Theomore Lannister, now known as Maester Theomore, a maester in service at White Harbor. Kept away from war messages by Lord Wyman Manderly during the war, due to his bias towards his family.
  • Reginald Lannister, TV series-only character. Lord Tywin's officer during the War of the Five Kings, sent back to Lannisport for insubordination.
  • Cynda Lannister, TV series-only character. Alton's mother.
    • Ser {Alton Lannister}, TV series-only character. Killed by his cousin, Jaime Lannister, inside a prison cell at Robb Stark's camp.

House Lannister of Darry

A new noble house from Castle Darry in the riverlands. The new houses's sigil is the Lion of Lannister, gold on red, quartered with the Darry plowman.

Known Members:

  • Ser Lancel Lannister, former Lord, he was the new Lord of Darry, son of Ser Kevan Lannister. Forsook lands, title and wife to join the Warrior's Sons.
    • Lady Amerei Frey, called "Gatehouse Ami" for her promiscuity, his wife. Current head.

Household:

  • Lady Mariya Darry, Lady Amerei's mother.
    • Marissa Frey, Lady Amerei's sister and Lady Mariya's daughter, a maid of three-and-ten.
  • Ser Danwell Frey, Lady Amerei's uncle.
  • Ser Arwood Frey, Lady Amerei's cousin.
  • Ser Leslyn Haigh a half-uncle of Lady Amerei's, and his sons Ser Harys, and Ser Donnel, household knights all
  • Maester Ottomore, counselor and healer.
  • Ser Harwyn Plumm, called "Hardstone", commander of the Darry garrison.

Historical Members of House Lannister

Original Lineage

  • Lann the Clever, legendary founding ancestor of House Lannister during the Age of Heroes.
  • King Loreon Lannister, the Lion, the first true known Lannister king.
  • King Tybolt Lannister, the Thunderbolt, who made sure that the first Andal warlords in the westerlands met a bloody end.
  • King Tyrion III Lannister, who instead of fighting the Andals, took their sons and daughters for wards and fosterlings.
    • King Gerold II Lannister, son of King Tyrion III, who took the same approach as his father regarding the Andal invaders.
  • King Gerold III Lannister, died without male issue.

Andal Lineage

  • Ser Joffrey Lydden, married the only daughter of Gerold III, adopted the Lannister name and arms as his own. First Andal to rule the Rock as King Joffrey Lannister.
  • King Cerion Lannister, extended his rule as far east as the Golden Tooth.
  • King Tommen I Lannister, built a great fleet and brought Fair Isle into the realm.
  • King Loreon II Lannister, held the first tourney ever seen in the westerlands.
  • King Tywell II Lannister, who was identified by some as being the king in the tale of the Rat Cook.
  • King Lancel I Lannister, the Lion, rode to war against the Gardener kings and conquered the Reach as far south as Old Oak.
    • King Loreon III Lannister, son of King Lancel I, lost all his father gained and earned the mocking name Loreon the Limp.
  • King Gerold Lannister, the Great, sailed to the Iron Islands and returned with a hundred hostages.
  • King Lancel IV Lannister, is said to have beheaded the ironborn king Harrald Halfdrowned and his heir with the House's Valyrian steel sword Brightroar in one swing. Invaded the Reach during the reign of Gyles III Gardener. He was killed by Ser Wilbert Osgrey at Red Lake.
  • King Norwin Lannister, the Niggardly, who was not known for his openhandedness.
  • King Loreon IV Lannister, the Lackwit, one of Casterly Rock's many weak, cruel and feeble kings.
  • King Loreon V Lannister, known as Queen Lorea, for he was fond of dressing in his wife's clothing walking the docks of Lannisport in the guise of a common whore. One of Casterly Rock's many weak, cruel and feeble kings.
  • King Tyrion II Lannister, the Tormentor, a strong king, famed for his prowess with a battle-axe, his true delight was torture.
  • King Lancel V Lannister
  • Queen Lelia Lannister, the wife of King Harmund II Hoare and mother of Kings Harmund III and Hagon Hoare.
  • King Tommen II Lannister, the Lion King, disappeared with the ancestral greatsword Brightroar during an expedition to Valyria.
  • King Loren I Lannister, Loren the Last, last King of the Rock at the time of Aegon's Conquest, he rose a lord.
  • Lord Lyman Lannister, the Lord of Casterly Rock during the Faith Militant uprising.
  • Lord Tymond Lannister, who was present at the Great Council of 101 AC.
  • Lord Jason Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock during King Viserys I's reign and Aegon II's. He was the older twin brother of Tyland Lannister. Killed during the Dance of the Dragons by Pate of Longleaf.
    • Lady Johanna Lannister, his widow.
  • Ser Tyland Lannister, master of ships during the reign of Viserys I and the younger twin brother to the Lord of Casterly Rock. Later made master of coin and Hand of the King.
  • Tya Lannister, last Lannister to wed a Baratheon before the reign of Robert I Baratheon.
  • Lord Damon Lannister, known as the Grey Lion, a participant at the Ashford tourney and head of house during the reign of Daeron II.
    • Lord Tybolt Lannister, eldest son and heir of Damon, succeeded as Lord of Casterly Rock during the reign of Aerys I.
      • Lady Cerelle Lannister, daughter and only child of Lord Tybolt, the child-Lady of Casterly Rock. Rumored to have been murderd by her uncle Gerold.
    • Lord Gerold Lannister, known as Gerold the Golden, younger brother, and adviser to Lord Tybolt. Regent for Lady Cerelle.
      • Lady Alysanne Farman, Gerold's first wife.
      • Lady Rohanne Webber, Gerold's second wife. Mother to his children. Vanished under mysterious circumstances.
        • Ser Tywald Lannister, his eldest son. Squire to Lord Roger Reyne. Knighted on his deathbed.
        • Ser Tion Lannister, Gerold's second son and Tywald's twin. Killed at Battle of Wendwater Bridge during the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion.
        • Lord Tytos Lannister, known as the Toothless Lion, Lord Gerold's third son and successor. Lord of Casterly Rock.
        • Jason Lannister, Gerold's fourth son. Father of Damon, Stafford and Joanna Lannister, two others sons and two other daughters, and a bastard daughter, Lynora Hill.

Trivia

  • They are loosely based off of Houses Lancaster and York from the real life War of the Roses, but as something of a reversal; typically House York were considered the "bad guys" by most historians, while the Lancasters (whose name most resembles the Lannister name), were seen as the "good guys" by most historians.
  • Ironically, their sigil greatly resembles that of House Gryffindor from Harry Potter, despite being in many ways the opposite of Gryffindor (villainous instead of heroic, dishonorable and treacherous instead of loyal and courageous, etc.)
  • In the TV series, it is stated that the Lannister mines in the westerlands have gone dry. In the books the gold mines are still active.
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