5 Questions Every Reader Has About House Lannister


House Lannister is known to be one of the richest houses in the history of Westeros. With huge heaps of gold come power – hence, they are also known to be one of the most influential families in the land.

As A Song of Ice and Fire (or Game of Thrones on TV) continues, House Lannister continue to amass a lot of fans around the globe.

If you are one of these fans, then you probably already know about their massive wealth, cunning means, and fierce loyalty. But, that’s not all there is to know about this powerful house – so here are 5 questions that numerous readers have about the Lannisters, and their answers!

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01. Where did the Lannisters come from?

The Lannisters appear in ancient historical records as one of the First Men in Westeros. At this point in Westerosi history, House Lannister ruled a huge portion of the Westerlands that spanned from Casterly Rock, Lannisport, and the mines throughout the west.

Unlike the Targaryens or Starks that made their castles or forts from their own blood and sweat, the Lannisters are said to have tricked their way into Casterly Rock.

It was Lann the Clever, an Andal adventurer, who used his wit to trick and swindle his way into calling Casterly Rock his own. However, there are no records that narrates what he did exactly to claim Casterly Rock for his own. Whatever he did, it successfully erased House Casterly from Westerosi history and replaced their banners with a Golden Lion on a field of crimson red.

02. How did they win against the Andal invaders?

Before the Targaryen conquest of Westeros, the Lannisters were already defending their Westerland territories from invaders – particularly from Andal adventurers. They fought wars against the Andals and were victorious - although they did not win through a battle, but through a deal.

Being the profit-oriented House that they are, the Lannisters saw that it was quite costly to keep a prolonged fight against the Andals. They instead chose to arrange marriages between the heirs of Lannisters and the Andal nobility. This gave the Lannisters a sense of sense of security since it prevented any betrayal on the part of the Andals.

During the time of King Gerold III Lannister, the Lannister throne was unable to produce a male heir and died to leave House Lannister without any heir to their seat of power. A council was put together by the Lannisters and they named Joffrey Lyden, the husband of the only daughter of King Gerold, as the heir to the Lannister name.

03. Where do the Lannisters get all their money?

The Lannisters get their income from different sources and this has secured their position as a source of finances for the iron throne.

For starters, the keep on Casterly Rock sits on a gold mine which the Lannisters closely monitor and manage. Castamere to the north of Casterly Rock is also a Lannister mine that holds gold and gems of silver. Pendric Hills is also another Lannister mine that supplies gold that is sent to Casterly Rock. To top everything off, there is also Lannisport, which serves as a trading port where the Lannisters engage trade with other parts of Westeros and Essos.

04. What happened to the lost Lannister sword?

Brightroar was one of the few Valyrian steel greatswords to have made it to Westeros and was owned by House Lannister. This relic was forged by the Valyrian Freehold was held by the Lannisters up until Tommen II Lannister.

During the time of Tommen II Lannister, he led a quest to old Valyria - because he believed that there were powerful relics and riches to be found in the ruins of the once great empire. Sadly, Tommen II Lannister brought the sword with him and never returned from his quest – leaving House Lannister without a Valyrian blade to call their own.

05. How did the Lannisters survive the first Arrival of the Targaryens?

During the conquest of Aegon the Conqueror, House Lannister, and House Gardener rallied troops to resist the small invading force. At first, their 55,000 combined troops held their ground and even threatened to defeat the Dragonlords of Dragonstone.

But, eventually, Aegon and his sisters released three dragons in battle in what came to be known as The Field of Fire. The combined power of the three Dragons made short work of the Gardener-Lannister forces – effectively forcing a surrender and making Loren the Last to bend the knee to Aegon the Conqueror.

During the time of the Targaryen civil war, the Lannisters supported the Targaryen faction known as ‘The Greens’ in their bid for the Iron Throne. This was during the time of Lord Jason Lannister who served as the head of House Lannister. The Lannisters were known for managing the gold of the Iron Throne and divided it for safe keeping and to fund the faction of ‘The Greens’ in the civil war.

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