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This is a listing of ancestral members of House Lannister who appear in A Song of Ice and Fire.

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"The Lannisters of Casterly Rock were a damnably large and fertile house."
Catelyn Stark

The Lannisters reigned as Kings of the Rock until they fell to the Targaryen conquest, but were allowed to remain the liege lords of the westerlands.


  • Altar Diplomacy: Tyrion III and Gerold II made their vassals marry Andals and fostered Andal children in their court.
  • The Caligula: Loreon IV the Lackwit and Loreon V, who wandered the Lannisport docks dressed as a whore.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Norwin the Niggardly (ungenerous) and Loreon III the Limp.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Tywell II may have been the king the Rat Cook tricked into eating his own son.
  • Last of His Kind: Gerold III was the last true Lannister of the male line.
  • Red Baron: King Tybolt Lannister, aka, Thunderbolt.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Gerold the Great captured and hanged a hundred Ironborn, one for each time they raided the Westerlands.
  • Shed the Family Name: Ser Joffrey Lydden took the Lannister name when he married Gerold III's daughter and became the first Andal King of the Rock.
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  • War Hawk: Cerion, Lancel I, Tommen I and Lancel IV extended Lannister rule.

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Tytos' generation

     Lord Tytos Lannister 

Lord Tytos Lannister

The Toothless Lion, The Laughing Lion
"His lordship wants only to be loved. So he laughs, and takes no offense, and forgives, and bestows honors and offices on those who mock him and defy him, thinking thereby to win their loyalty. Yet the more he laughs and gives, the more they despise him."
Maester Beldon

Third son of Gerold Lannister and Rohanne Webber. Married to Jeyne Marbrand, with whom he had five children: Tywin, Kevan, Genna, Tygett and Gerion. Known under the mocking alias "The Toothless Lion", he was a kind but weak man that brought House Lannister to near ruin, as he loaned money to lords that never bothered to repay him and allowed his vassals to mock him at court or ignore his orders. He was Happily Married with Lady Jeyne Marbrand, but she died shortly after giving birth to their fifth child, Gerion. The event broke the spirit of the ever optimistic Tytos something fierce; before it happened, one of his more flattering nicknames had been "The Laughing Lion", but it was a description no one could justifiably pin on him afterwards. The character is likely inspired by Henry III of England.

  • Adipose Rex: He's described as fat in later years.
  • Bumbling Dad: He loved his children, and they all appear to have loved him back (even Tywin), but they all acknowledge that his weak style of rulership and wish to please others was a disaster almost brought down his ancient house.
  • Foil: To Aegon the Unlikely. Both were low in the line of succession of their Houses and never expected to rule. However, Aegon spent his youth traveling with Duncan the Tall, living among his subjects and making plenty of friends. This helped him grow into a stable and confident king who was devoted to improve the lives of the smallfolk and he wasn't afraid to go against the wishes of high lords to do so, causing him to be hated by the country's nobles. Meanwhile, Tytos most likely spent his childhood sheltered in Casterly Rock and neglected in favor of his older brothers. So when he grew up into the ruler of the Westerlands, he was eager to do or give anything to have the approval and attention from those around him, which resulted in his vassal houses taking advantage of him and mocking him as a pushover.
  • Generation Xerox: Tywin inadvertently recreated his father in his own children. Undereducated Cersei, disregarded as a choice for inheritance for reasons beyond her control — and, who winds up trying to rule, anyway. Amiable Jaime, who really doesn't want to be a Lord, despite being constantly pressured into becoming it, so he finds escapist ways to avoid responsibility for as long as possible and inadvertently causes merry hell as a result. And, Tyrion — love-starved, regard-seeking, utterly unappreciated and the nice guy of the grandkids, despite an acid edge.
    • Also, just as Tytos was never the same after the death of his lady wife, the same happened with Tywin when Joanna passed.
  • Happily Married: He and Jeyne had a very loving relationship, and he was never the same after she died.
  • Hidden Depths: Dismissed as weak, useless and with a defective ability to judge others... Yet, Ellyn Reyne-Tarbek didn't get anywhere with him, whereas she did make inroads with his supposedly better and more prepared older brothers. Maybe, had he been given a little more education and care as a child, he'd have been a lot less of a "disappointment" as an adult. He, at least, saw her as only hot for the Rock.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Considered Walder Frey a good man.
  • The Load: You get the distinct impression that Tywin breathed a huge sigh of relief when his dad finally died, even though he loved him.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Following the death of Jeyne, he tried to fill the void with a number of women. Tyrion might get it from somewhere, after all. Which is also one reason why Tywin is less than happy about it.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: His children, Tywin, Kevan, Genna, Tygett and Gerion.
  • Nice Guy: Too nice for his own good, according to both children of his we hear from. He would hand out money and laugh off excuses for not repaying it, making House Lannister seem like a massive pushover and easily exploitable.
  • Non-Action Guy: He was never knighted.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: To Henry III. Like Henry, Tytos was an amiable, easy-going man but a weak ruler who had a revolt break out late in his rule from some of his most powerful vassals, a revolt put down by his more ruthless son; Edward I being an inspiration for Tywin Lannister, Tytos' eldest son.
  • Posthumous Character: Long dead by the time of the books.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Took a candlemaker's daughter as his Hot Consort, dressing her in his wife's jewels and deferring to her in the running of his House. This so humiliated his family that any indication that Tyrion is going the same way is Lord Tywin's Berserk Button.
    • He himself was one for his two elder brothers Tywald and Tion.
  • Unexpected Successor: He was Gerold Lannister's third son, only becoming his heir after Tywald died during the Peake Uprising and Tion during the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion.
  • Unfit for Greatness: In the higher echelons of Westerosian society (where underhanded politics and backstabbing is the norm), being deemed a kind, but weak-willed, man isn't going to go over all that well. And, will get used against you.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Genna mentions he was actually the third son of the previous Lord Lannister, Gerold Lannister, which is why he craved approval from older men.

     Ser Jason Lannister 

Ser Jason Lannister

The youngest son of Gerold Lannister and Rohanne Webber (so Tytos' younger brother). He was married twice, firstly to Alys Stackspear (with whom he had a son, Damon), and secondly to Marla Prester (with whom he had five children, including Stafford and Joanna). He also had a bastard daughter, Lynora Hill, by an unnamed serving girl. Killed during the War of the Ninepenny Kings while fighting on Bloodstone.

  • Arranged Marriage: To Marla Prester.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Inverted. His wife Alys Stackspear died in childbirth, allowing Jason to remarry. The child, however, survived, and was promptly never mentioned again, barring a single mention in the family tree.
  • Frontline General: During the War of the Ninepenny Kings, he commanded eleven thousand men and fought on the front lines.
  • Likes Older Women: At 15, he's married to Marla Prester, who is 30 at the time.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: Six trueborn children (Damon by Alys Stackspear, and Stafford, Joanna and four unnamed children by Marla Prester) and at least one bastard (Lynora Hill, by an unnamed serving girl).
  • No Name Given: Four of his eight children have yet to recieve names.
  • Odd Name Out: Brother to Tywald, Tion, and Tytos.
  • Really Gets Around: At 13 he fathered a bastard on a servant girl. At 15 he deflowered Alys Stackspear, whom he was forced to marry, though she died in childbirth. Two weeks after Alys' death, he was married to Marla Prester, who gave him six children.
  • Shotgun Wedding: To Alys Stackspear, and later, to Marla Prester.

Lord Gerold's generation

     Lord Gerold Lannister 

Lord Gerold Lannister

Gerold the Golden

Second son of Damon Lannister and Cerissa Brax. Younger brother of Tybolt and his advisor. Ruled as Regent for Cerelle and became Lord of Casterly Rock after her death. Was married twice, his first wife being Alysanne Farman (there being no children from that marriage) and his second Rohanne Webber, with whom he had four sons (twins Tywald and Tion, Tytos and Jason).

  • 0% Approval Rating: Despite being an excellent ruler, he was never loved because of the rumors he had killed his brother and niece.
  • Cain and Abel: If the rumours about him being responsible for Tybolt's death were true.
  • Evil Uncle: Likewise, if he was indeed involved in Cerelle's death.
  • Expy: If Tywin is Edward I and Tytos is Henry III, then Gerold is John Lackland. Do note that John is believed to have murdered a nephew too.
  • Fingore: It's mentioned that an infant Tywin bit one of his fingers.
  • Inheritance Murder: He was accused of murdering his brother Tybolt and niece Cerelle in order to gain the lordship of Casterly Rock. Its uncertain if he actually did however.
  • The Lost Lenore: His wife Rohanne, who mysteriously disappeared in 230 AL.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Tywald and Tion both predeceased him, which led to his third son Tytos becoming his heir.
  • The Patriarch: House Lannister was far more powerful and successful with him in charge.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: At least more reasonable than his son and grandson at least.

     Ser Tywald Lannister 

Ser Tywald Lannister

Tywald Lannister was the eldest son and heir of Lord Gerold Lannister. He squired for Lord Roger Reyne and betrothed to his daughter Ellyn. He died at the siege of Starpike during the Peake Uprising.

Post Targaryen Conquest

     King Loren Lannister 

King Loren I Lannister, the First of His Name

Loren the Last

The last King of the Rock. He joined forces with King Mern IX of the Reach against Aegon the Conqueror, but after Mern and the joint armies were devastated at the Field of Fire, Loren bent the knee and was made Lord Paramount of the Westerlands.

  • The Alliance: With King Mern IX against Aegon the Conqueror.
  • Les Collaborateurs: After being captured, he swore loyalty to Aegon and assisted him in his conquests.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When he saw Aegon and his sisters dragons burning the Reachmen during the Field of Fire, he knew the battle was lost and rode through a wall of flame to reach safety, although he was captured the next day.
  • Last of His Kind: He was the last King of the Rock.

     Lord Lyman Lannister 

Lord Lyman Lannister

Lord of Casterly Rock during the reign of Aenys I and Maegor I Targaryen. He wed Jocasta Lannister and protected Prince Aegon and Princess Rhaena from their uncle by extending their guest right and refusing to turn them over.

  • Refused the Call: While he protected Aegon and Rhaena, he didn't provide any martial support, and refused to leave Casterly Rock when the Prince was killed by his uncle in the Battle Beneath the God's Eye. It was only when Jaehaerys presented his claim to the throne that he did pledge his support. Considering his family barely avoided the same fate as House Gardener 40 years prior, it was rather justified he didn't want to face The Black Dread in open battle.
  • Sacred Hospitality: He extended his protection for the Targaryen prince and princess for as long as he could and refused to turn them over to Maegor.
  • Uriah Gambit: Sent his bastard son Tyler Hill to fight alongside Prince Aegon as his proxy, so that if he died, he could feign ignorance and blame it on a bastard's nature.

     Ser Tyler Hill 

Ser Tyler Hill

The bastard son of Lord Lyman Lannister and a knight at Casterly Rock during the reign of Aenys I and Maegor I Targaryen.

  • The Casanova: When Princess Rhaena Targaryen stayed at Casterly Rock for a time along with her second husband Androw Farman, Tyler did his best to seduce the princess, as well as disparage her husband.
  • Heroic Bastard: The bastard son of Lord Lyman, he commanded 500 men to fight for Prince Aegon after his father refused to openly declare Casterly Rock for the prince.
  • Pretty Boy: He was said to be quite handsome.
  • Riddle for the Ages: It's not known how he managed to survive the Battle Beneath the God's Eye. He was one of only a handful to escape Maegor's army after Prince Aegon was killed, and it came at the cost of a fair few battle scars.

     Lord Tymond Lannister 

Lord Tymond Lannister

Lord of Casterly Rock during the reign of Jaehaerys I Targaryen and the father of Jason and Tyland Lannister. In his youth he was considered one of the most handsome men in Westeros. He was one of the candidates to marry Princess Daella Targaryen before she chose Rodrik Arryn.

  • The Alcoholic: Alcohol can be a problem in his family, and he was very fond of wine, much like his descendants Tyrion and Cersei.
  • Badass Mustache: Described as having a long, golden mustache.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: When he brought 300 people on his entourage for the Great Council of 101 AC, Lord Matthos Tyrell surpassed him by bringing 500 people in his entourage.
  • Really Gets Around: He was also quite fond of women.

     Lord Jason Lannister 

Lord Jason Lannister

Lord of Casterly Rock during the reign of Viserys I Targaryen and the Dance of Dragons, as well as the older twin brother of Tyland Lannister. He supported the Greens during the Dance of Dragons, but when he marched his army into the riverlands, he was killed by Pate of Longleaf at the Battle of the Red Fork.

  • Adult Fear: Not only his homeland was sacked as soon as he was killed, his mistress and three base-born daughters were taken as salt-wives by the Red Kraken.
  • Brains and Brawn: Seems to be the Brawn of Tyland's Brains.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Much like his father Tymond, he was quite fond of women too.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He had six children with his wife Johanna, and at least three daughters with his favorite mistress.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His death not only left his army at the command of less experienced men, it also left his homeland vulnerable to the predations of Dalton Greyjoy and his Ironborn.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He was married to Johanna Westerling, but he also had at least one mistress at Lannisport.

     Ser Tyland Lannister 

Ser Tyland Lannister

The Hooded Hand

Twin brother of Lord Jason Lannister. He was Master of Ships during the reign of King Viserys I, and Master of Coin for Aegon II. He supported the Greens during the Dance of the Dragons, but later served as Hand of the King of Aegon III for two years before dying of the Winter Fever in 133 AC.

  • Brains and Brawn: He was the Brains to his brother Jason's Brawn.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Endured heavy torture by the Blacks after being captured in the fall of King's Landing, with them demanding to know where he had hidden the money from the royal treasury. He was blinded, mutilated and gelded by the end of it.
  • Evil Chancellor: In-Universe, his disfigurement and the hood he used to hide them gained him a sinister reputation among the smallfolk of King's Landing.
  • Eye Scream: He was blinded while tortured.
  • The Good Chancellor: Despite having every reason to hate the Blacks for what they had done to him, Tyland was an extremely competent, respectful and loyal Hand to Aegon III, to the point of becoming one of the single-most competent Hands in the history of Westeros.
  • Groin Attack: He was gelded by the Blacks during his torture.
  • In the Hood: To hide the horrific disfigurement of his face, he began wearing wearing a silken hood over his face on formal occasion. However, this had the effect of making him look like a Malevolent Masked Man and giving him an even more sinister reputation.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: While he refused to have Alicent Hightower executed (if only because doing so might incite the Greens to war again), he refused to allow her to attend court, for fear she might openly try to assassinate the young Aegon or at the very least curse him in front of his entire court. After Alicent also deeply traumatised Aegon's wife, her granddaughter Jaehaera, by urging her to kill Aegon in his sleep, Tyland forbade Alicent from ever interacting with her granddaughter again and kept the Dowager Queen under house arrest in her quarters in the Red Keep until her death.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He tried to have Princess Baela married off, to prevent any issues with succession should something happen to Aegon. She did not take his choice well, and did a runner. Once it was found she'd married Alyn Velaryon, Tyland threw up his hands and had the other regents act like that had been the plan all along.
  • Number Two: Following the death of Aegon II he became Hand of the King for the child-king Aegon III.
  • Put on a Bus: He missed the end of the Dance of the Dragons when he was dispatched to Essos to recruit sellswords for Aegon II. When he returned, he was pardoned and served as Hand of the King.
  • Undying Loyalty: His staunch refusal to give up the royal treasury to the Blacks despite heavy torture earned him much respect for how much he valued loyalty.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After Aegon II returned to King's Landing and the Blacks refused to stop fighting for fear of his retribution, Tyland suggested killing Rhaenyra's son Aegon to deny the Blacks their remaining figurehead. Corlys Velaryon was outraged by the suggestion and stormed out of the Small Council, and Larys Strong persuaded Aegon II to forgo any attempts to harm Rhaenyra's son until the war was over, for fear of sending House Velaryon straight back to the Blacks' cause.

     Lord Loreon Lannister 

Lord Loreon Lannister

The Lord of Casterly Rock during the reign of Aegon III Targaryen. Born as the only son of Lord Jason Lannister and Lady Johanna Westerling, he became Lord when he was only four years old when his father was killed at the Roverlands.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: He became Lord when he was only four years old, so his mother ruled in his stead.
  • Foil: His circumstances were very similar to those of his Stormlands' counterpart Olyver Baratheon. They were both the only sons with several older sisters whose fathers were killed during the Dance of Dragons and became Lords when they were mere children.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: He's the first known Lannister named after the Loreon Kings of old, who had fallen into disuse after more than a couple embarrassing namesakes.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He had five older sisters, Cerelle, Tyshara and three other unnamed sisters.

     Lord Damon Lannister 

Lord Damon Lannister

The Grey Lion

Damon Lannister, better known as the Grey Lion, was Lord of Casterly Rock and head of House Lannister during the reign of King Daeron II Targaryen. He wed Cerissa Brax and was the father of Tybolt and Gerold. Perished during the Great Spring Sickness.

  • Know When to Fold 'Em: During the Ashford Tourney he yields to Leo "Longthorn" Tyrell after the latter rips his helm off with a well placed lance.
  • Non-Action Guy: All mentions of him jousting or fighting end up in his defeat: unhorsed by Ser Arlan of Pennytree, by Black Tom Heddle. During the Blackfyre Rebellion he was defeated by Ser Quentyn Ball.
  • Refused the Call: He behaves quite cowardly, merely staring guiltily down at his hands when Dunk asks him to fight for him in the trial of seven. Not even having the common courtesy to look him in the eye and refuse aloud, as the Brute Of Bracken did. In all fairness, he hardly knew Dunk and it wasn't likely to expect Lord Damon to risk his life for him.

     Lady Cerelle Lannister 

Lady Cerelle Lannister

The only child of Lord Tybolt by his marriage to Teora Kyndall, and her father's heir.

Pre-Targaryen Conquest

     King Loreon I Lannister 

King Loreon Lannister, the First of His Name, King of the Rock

The Lion

Loreon Lannister was the first Lannister King of the Rock on record.

     King Tyrion II Lannister 

King Tyrion Lannister, the Second of His Name, King of the Rock

The Tormentor

A King of the Rock known for his battle-prowess and cruelty.

     King Lancel V Lannister 

King Lancel Lannister, the Fifth of His Name, King of the Rock

A King of the Rock, the Fifth of His Name.

  • Alliterative Name: Much like his distant descendant and namesake Lancel.
  • Cool Sword: Was among the Lannister lords who wield the Valyrian steel sword Brightroar.
  • Duel to the Death: With Ser Wilbert Osgrey, "the Little Lion".
  • Mutual Kill: King Lancel defeated Ser Wilbert Osgrey, but as the latter lay dying, he drove his dagger in Lancel's armor and killed him.

     King Tommen II Lannister 

King Tommen Lannister, the Second of His Name, King of the Rock

The Lion King

A King of the Rock after the Doom of Valyria, he sought to plunder the ruins of the devastated nation but disappeared on his voyage.

  • Famous Ancestor: Not exactly a positive one, as the Lannisters, particularly Tywin, are disgruntled over the fact they lost their Valyrian steel sword due to him.
  • Never Found the Body: No trace of his fate was ever discovered by the Triarchs of Volantis, who dispatched a fleet to search for him a year after he left their city for the Doom.

     Queen Lelia Lannister 

Queen Lelia Hoare (nee Lannister)

The sister of a Lannister king, Lelia married King Harmund the Haggler and was the mother of Kings Harmund the Handsome and Hagon the Heartless.

See the House Hoare page to read about her children.

  • Ear Ache: Her ears were cut off by the Ironborn.
  • Eye Scream: The Ironborn removed her eyelids.
  • Facial Horror: Before sending her back to the Westerlands, the Ironborn who overthrew her son Harmund removed her lips, ears, and eyelids.
  • The Scapegoat: The Ironborn put much of the blame for Harmund the Handsome's attempted reforms on her. However, ultimately, he's the one who made them and she may have had little to do with them. It's also unlikely she was entirely behind his "conversion" to more Andal ideas and was more like a symptom of it.
  • Tongue Trauma: Her tongue was removed by hot pincers.


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