When I read this Game of Thrones Quotes collection, I've asked myself which qutes from the show are my favorite. And of course, they all come from the House Lannister.
House Lannister is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, one of its richest and most powerful families and oldest dynasties. They used to rule the Westerlands as the Kings of the Rock before swearing allegiance to the Targaryen family. They have since served the Targaryens and now King Robert Baratheon as the Wardens of the West.
House Lannister’s symbol is a golden lion on a crimson background, and their house motto is “Hear Me Roar!”. Their unofficial motto, which is as well known as the official one is “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts”.
Sworn to House Lannister
The Lannisters also command a modest fleet, berthed at Lannisport. The fleet was largely destroyed at anchor during the Greyjoy Rebellion in a pre-emptive strike led by Balon Greyjoy’s brothers.
My best quotes by Tyrion Lannister are:
Tywin is by far my favorite character in the show. Here is selection of my favorite Game of Thrones quotes by the big guy:
Lannisters In the books
In the Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Lannister was established many thousands of years prior to the books’ opening by a trickster-hero called Lann the Clever, who tricked the powerful Casterly family into abandoning their stronghold of Casterly Rock, which the Lannisters took for their own. The Lannisters have ruled the region known as the Westerlands ever since, getting rich of the many gold and silver mines in the western hills and mountains.
During Robert’s Rebellion, the Lannisters sat out most of the war, refusing to heed the calls of King Aerys II Targaryen to aid him in crushing the rebellion. After the rebel victory at the Battle of the Trident, the Lannister army marched to the relief of King’s Landing but, instead of helping defend the city, they brutally sacked it, killing King Aerys and his grandchildren.
Robert Baratheon publicly forgave the Lannisters their actions and accepted their allegiance, marrying Cersei Lannister in thanks for Tywin’s assistance. However, Eddard Stark saw the Lannister action as betrayal and murder, and has not trusted them ever since.
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The pilot is the first Game of Thrones episode recorded, but was never broadcast. The recordings took place between October 24 and 19 November 2009 in Northern Ireland and Morocco. The pilot was directed by Thomas McCarthy.
Will the pilot ever be transmitted or released, it is not known. It is said to have cost between 5 and 10 million dollars.
The cast of the pilot is quite different to the rest of the series. For various reasons, HBO replaced some actors. Below is an overview:
Another difference is what is included in the show. Scenes for the pilot were filmed in Scotland and Morocco The Scottish Doune Castle served as Winterfell. Most scenes with Daenerys were recorded in Morocco, these are scenes used by Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven. In the official first episode, these locations are not included.
Author George R. R. Martin has a cameo as a Pentoshi nobleman with a giant hat, included for the Game of Thrones pilot purposes, this scene is the first official clip that we know that is not included in final episode. However, there are at least three scenes from the pilot that were included in the official first episode:
House Greyjoy is one of the Great Houses of Westeros. It rules over the Iron Islands, a harsh and bleak collection of forbidding islands off the west coast of Westeros, from the castle at Pyke.
House Greyjoy’s sigil is traditionally a golden kraken on a black field. Their house motto is “We Do Not Sow.”
Sworn to House Greyjoy
In the Song of Ice and Fire novels the Greyjoys have been a powerful family in the Islands for possibly thousands of years, long ruling the formidable castle of Pyke. When King Harren the Black was slain by King Aegon the Conqueror during the Targaryen invasion, the ironborn lords elected Lord Vickon Greyjoy of Pyke to succeed him as ruler of the isles, now oath-sworn to the Iron Throne. The Greyjoys have ruled ever since. The Greyjoys hold themselves distant from the other Great Houses, rarely taking part in events on the mainland (which they call the green lands) and, at various times, even returning to their ancient practices of reaving and raiding the nearby coastlines.
After holding themselves aloof during Robert’s Rebellion, Lord Balon Greyjoy rebelled against the Iron Throne, declaring himself King of the Isles. Balon’s belief was that Robert, who had only been on the throne for five years, did not command the total support of the nobles due to his status as a usurper and would not be able to rally the support needed to crush the rebellion. He was proven wrong and defeated, with his fleet burned and two eldest sons slain during the war.
House Targaryen is one of the former Great Houses of Westeros and the previous ruling royal house of the Seven Kingdoms, before House Baratheon took the Iron Throne. House Targaryen’s symbol is a three-headed red dragon on a black background and their motto is “Fire and Blood”.
Once a noble family of the vast Valyrian Freehold, an empire spanning most of the eastern continent, the Targaryens were given control of the island of Dragonstone in the Narrow Sea some centuries ago.
After the obliteration of Valyria in the Doom, the Targaryens launched a devastating invasion of Westeros using three dragons to spearhead their attack. In a short period of time six of the seven formerly-independent kingdoms had surrendered to the Targaryen leader, King Aegon I, unifying the continent under his rule. The last hold-out, Dorne, joined the kingdom through a political and marriage alliance some two centuries later.
The Targaryens adopted the religion and many of the customs of Westeros, but two old Valyrian customs they continued to perform in defiance of public disapproval: Targaryen princes and kings were allowed to have multiple wives and Targaryens were allowed to marry brother to sister, something considered an abominable sin elsewhere in Westeros.
During the increasingly erratic reign of King Aerys II, his son Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna Stark of Winterfell for reasons unknown. This sparked a massive uprising led by Eddard Stark, Robert Baratheon and Jon Arryn. At the end of this war Aerys and Rhaegar were dead and the Targaryen power-base in Westeros destroyed. Aerys’s youngest two children were taken by Targaryan loyalists into exile in the Free Cities of the east.
The Targaryens have some unusual genetic traits, such as their silver-white hair and an apparent ability to withstand higher temperatures than most people. It is noted that in the latter case, Daenerys Targaryen is specifically shown to have this trait whilst Viserys is not noted as possessing it.
Due to the constant inbreeding insanity has become a common factor in Targaryens. When they ruled the seven kingdoms it became a bit of joke among the people for a coin toss to be held to see if the child would be “mad or great”. Despite this insanity does not dominate the bloodline with Daenerys seen as the exception while her brother is clearly unhinged.
King Aerys’s aunt, Princess Rhaelle, married into House Baratheon. Robert Baratheon and his brothers are her grandsons, giving Robert his claim to the Iron Throne that he pursued during the civil war.
In the booksIn the books House Targaryen moved from Valyria to Dragonstone, apparently in fear of a prophecy predicting the destruction of Valyria a century before it happened. After the fall of Valyria, the Targaryens stayed on Dragonstone for a hundred years, apparently hoarding the strength of their dragons and debating whether to invade Westeros or to attempt to seize control of the Valyrian colony-states which later became known as the Free Cities. In the event, they chose to invade Westeros instead.
House Targaryen ruled Westeros for 283 years, during which time they survived substantial civil wars (including the Dance of Dragons and no less than five Blackfyre Rebellions), plague (the Great Spring Sickness) and even an attempted foreign invasion (in the War of the Ninepenny Kings). They were brought down when the Mad King’s insanity became too dangerous to be ignored.
Welcome! I'm Johnny and I will be your guide through noble houses of Westeros. Join me on this travel! Let's explore great houses in Game of Thrones universe.
Game of Thrones should be about relationship of noble houses in Westeros. Of course it's much more than the houses, but that's how it started. The story is, in the end, about Jon and Daenerys. Targaryens both, as it seems. Fire and Ice. OK, then it's only about Jon :)
However, whoever is the central character in the end (if it is such a thing in GoT), Houses are what Game of Thrones makes extraordinary. Such a level of political games and realistic portrayal has never been seen in the fantasy writing until George RR Martin.
Most of the readers and fans of the show love House Stark the most. And nobody can blame them, it represents all the ideals that humanity should be striving for. At least in theory. They often fail greatly when faced with reality of the politics.
That's why others love Lannisters more. Some even idolized Tywin.
Whichever house is your pick, I'm sure you have good reasons for that choice. I have my favorites, but I will try to cover most of them.
So, welcome to my blog, and let us learn something new about this great GoT Universe.