House Lannister. House Lannister is one of the Great Houses of Westeros. Their lands are in the far west of the continent. Their seat is Casterly Rock, a castle on a rocky promontory overlooking the Sunset Sea. It overlooks the thriving city of Lannisport and sits atop the most productive gold mine in the Westerlands. They are the wealthiest family in the realm. They once possessed a Valyrian steel sword called Brightroar, which was lost by King Tommen II Lannister.
The sigil for House Lannister is a golden lion rampant on a crimson background. The official motto is “Hear Me Roar.” The unofficial motto that reoccurs many times in the books is “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts.”
The Lannisters, like all of George RR Martin’s families have a long ‘colorful’ history. I find it fascinating the reasons why a person comes to have a favorite character in a work of fiction. The Lannisters immediate family contains my choice.
The father, Tywin hates his son Tyrion because his wife, Joanna, died giving birth to their son. Tyrion is born with a form of dwarfism and is a ‘little person’. I found Tyrion one of the most engaging and likable characters I have ever experienced in a novel. He is far from perfect and does some awful things, but he sure is interesting.
A flawed, unlikely hero: Tyrion Lannister. (And Peter Dinklage was the finest actor in the entire cast of hundreds on the TV version.)
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