Lord Tyrion Lannister, also known by the nicknames the Halfman or the Imp and the alias Hugor Hill, 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. 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]

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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
  • Yollo
  • Hugor Hill
  • The Imp
  • The Little Monster
  • The Halfman
  • Beast
  • Acting Hand of the King
  • Master of Coin
  • Lord of Casterly Rock (claimant)
FamilyHouse Lannister
Significant otherShae

Tyrion is the youngest child of Lord Tywin Lannister, the patriarch of House Lannister, one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the fictional continent of Westeros. As Tyrion is born a dwarf and his mother died during childbirth, he is resented by Tywin since birth. Tyrion uses his status as a Lannister partly to mitigate the prejudice he has received all of his life, especially from Tywin and his sister, Cersei Lannister. He soothes his inadequacies with wine, wit and self-indulgence. As a civil war begins, he is sent by Tywin to impose order on the capital as well as serve as his nephew King Joffrey Baratheon's acting Hand of the King in his absence. Tyrion struggles to strengthen and protect the city and family, narrowly winning the Battle of the Blackwater. When his father returns and takes his position as Hand of the King, Tyrion is compensated with the difficult position of Master of Coin. He is framed for Joffrey's murder and flees Westeros for Essos.

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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