Tyrion Lannister

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Tyrion Lannister is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of epic fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones, where he is portrayed by American actor Peter Dinklage.

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Tyrion Lannister
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
First appearance
Last appearance
Created byGeorge R. R. Martin
Adapted byDavid Benioff
D. B. Weiss
(Game of Thrones)
Portrayed byPeter Dinklage
Voiced byPeter Dinklage
(video game)
Motion capturePeter Dinklage
(video game)
In-universe information
  • The Imp
  • The Halfman
  • Acting Hand of the King
  • Master of Coin
  • Lord of Casterly Rock (claimant)
FamilyHouse Lannister
Significant otherShae

Introduced in A Game of Thrones (1996), Tyrion is a prominent point of view character in the series, having the most viewpoint chapters in the first five published novels. He is one of a few prominent characters not included in A Feast for Crows (2005) but returned in A Dance with Dragons (2011), and is confirmed to appear in the forthcoming sixth novel The Winds of Winter.[2][3] Tyrion developed from a character concept Martin had while writing the 1981 novel Windhaven.[4] He is Martin's favorite character in the series.[4][5]

Tyrion is the youngest child of Lord Tywin Lannister, the patriarch of House Lannister, the wealthiest family in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. A dwarf whose birth killed his mother, Tywin and his sister Cersei despise him as a result. Tyrion soothes his perceived inadequacies with wit and self-indulgence, also using his status as a Lannister and the support of his brother Jaime to better his own position.

Tyrion has been called one of the author's finest creations and most popular characters by The New York Times.[6][7] The popularity of the character led Martin and Bantam Books to publish The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister (2013), an illustrated collection of Tyrion quotes from the novels. Dinklage has received widespread critical acclaim for his performance as Tyrion. He won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. He is the only Game of Thrones actor to win an Emmy award and the only actor to receive a nomination for each season.

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