A Game of Thrones – Chapter Thirteen: Tyrion

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  3. I don’t avoid spoilers.
  4. My citation format is not necessarily accurate, but it works for me.

I appreciate that some people may be turned off by this constant ‘pre-blog’ notification. I choose to respect that some people may not have read these books before, like I hadn’t and so make the effort to not spoil them unless they go to the post page. I figure if you really want to be here, reading, you’ll ignore it.

Oooh, another Tyrion chapter, and so soon!

Mmm, he’s going north with Benjen and Jon—everyone else goes south. He will go south eventually, I should think.

And this is a party that I think no one sensible would want any part in. At least after Yoren and his two ‘charges’ joined it. They creep me out. Jon is dismayed by them, and Tyrion seems unimpressed. Though I agree with Tyrion about Jon’s mistake, and vaguely wonder why Jon would be able to make the mistake. Surely the castle would have seen all of the Night’s Watch, and he would have heard the castle gossip about the men who were foul and unseemly?

So Benjen can be kind of a prick. But I admire Tyrion’s resolve to put up with it. At the same time, if “one did not say no to the queen’s brother”1, wouldn’t it be wiser to treat the queen’s brother with more respect? If you can’t say no to him, why can you treat him like shit?

I… kind of think the Lannisters have a point in accepting what is offered.

…and there’s the benefit of being a Lannister/the queen’s brother. You don’t have to share your wine. Though I bet he would if he liked the person well enough.

I WANT A DRAGONBONE BOW. It sounds awesome.

Those… are some big, big dragons. Whoa. *shivers*

“Look at me and tell me what you see.”
The boy looked at him suspiciously. “Is this some kind of trick? I see you. Tyrion Lannister.”
Tyrion sighed. “You are remarkably polite for a bastard, Snow. What you see is a dwarf. You are what, twelve?”2

I kind of get the idea now that Tyrion is so used to being nothing more than ‘a dwarf’ that he cannot comprehend that anyone would see past that to the man that he is.

…so Tyrion insults Jon, or pisses him off, and Jon forces him to ask for help nicely (which perhaps is well deserved), Jon makes a snarky comment about Tyrion maybe being a grumkin in Ghost’s eyes… and they’re all jovial and buddy buddy? They were not exactly happy friends five seconds ago!

I don’t understand men.

What does Tyrion care what Jon does or feels? Because it seems he has taken an interest in Jon, and I’m not sure why.

1. Martin, George R. R. (2010-12-23). A Game of Thrones, page 115. HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.

2. Martin, George R. R. (2010-12-23). A Game of Thrones, page 118. HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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6 Responses to “A Game of Thrones – Chapter Thirteen: Tyrion”

  1. Siri Paulson says:

    Poor Jon. Shunned by the only mother-figure he remembers, sent off to the Wall, and now he’s learning what he’s in for… (Good point about how he should’ve heard about the men while still at Winterfell, though.)

    Tyrion kind of has a chip on his shoulder about being a dwarf. Which is understandable — that’s how most people see him.

    I think that’s also why he has “taken an interest” in Jon, as you put it. They’re both outcasts, judged for accidents of birth rather than anything they’ve done themselves (in direct contrast to Jaime, who has the right background, the looks, and the knighthood, but is looked down upon for his actions). Tyrion sees in Jon an idealistic boy, and is moved to look out for him because of what they have in common. Tyrion/Jon, the unlikely couple! (Not that there’s any implication of *that* kind of relationship. At least not in canon; I’m sure it exists in fanfic.) I’m not entirely sure what Jon sees in Tyrion, though. Does he feel a kinship for the same reason?

  2. Anna says:

    Re: Jon’s perception of the Night’s Watch. I think Ned might have given people the stink-eye for badmouthing the Watch – Benjen’s in it, after all – so the gossiping about it might have been very quiet, and in any case, Jon might have chosen not to hear/believe it. He is still very young, and it is tempting to believe in glorious legends – especially if his only personal experience of the men of the Night’s Watch is his uncle Benjen. Who is, by all accounts, everything you could possibly want in a brave, self-sacrificing member of the NW.

    Speaking of Benjen’s treatment of Tyrion – men of the Night’s Watch stand sort of aside from society at large; part of it, but separate. They serve no lords, they take no part in worldly conflicts south of the Wall, and, in effect, serve no king. So while saying no to the queen’s brother might not work (even if they don’t serve the king, it’s still of interest to stay on his good side), they can be a little freer in their opinions of him – they are highly unlikely to be brought up on any charges, so to speak.

    Tyrion’s self-image is kind of important, and GRRM presents it pretty effectively here. It came up already, at Winterfell, in the yard when they were talking about being bastards – with Tyrion trying to get across that whatever you are on the inside (and whoah, is Jon ever a character with a lot going on on the inside!), the world sees only the outside; Tyrion could have the greatest mind of his generation, but since it’s wrapped in a misshapen shell, people are going to think of him as that misshapen thing. This is a medieval setting, after all, and social justice isn’t exactly a thing. This thing – this contradiction between the man he feels himself to be, and the dwarf everyone sees him has – is pretty integral to Tyrion’s motivations.

    … I don’t think Tyrion and Jon’s mood at the end there is necessarily jovial – Jon making that crack about grumkins, and laughing later when Tyrion repeats it, sounds less like an actual shared laugh, and more of a case of Jon putting a brave face on accepting his situation; the Night’s Watch is turning out to be a bunch of grumkins too, after all. (Also? Tyrion laughing at the first grumkin-crack is probably him being a little bit relieved at not being eaten by a wolf, and a little bit him having a pretty off-beat sense of what is funny).

    As for Tyrion’s caring about Jon and his feelings… Well. As he said in an earlier chapter, he, too, is a bastard in the eyes of the world – perhaps he sees in Jon a little of himself?

    • Dianna says:

      …well, I also have an off-beat sense of what is funny too. *grins innocently*

      Tyrion is going to be a complex, interesting character, I take it.

      • Anna says:

        Oh definitely – while most of GRRMs characters are complex in some way (there are exceptions, like, er, Gregor Clegane), Tyrion is one of the most complex; possibly because he spends so much time being the focus of the story that we get to see more of his complexities.

        While I have on occasion been disappointed by Tyrion chapters for loads of different reasons, I have never been bored by them.

      • Siri Paulson says:

        YES.

        …excuse me while I go off in this corner and fangirl for a while. 😀

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