Game of Thrones
House Tyrell is one of the great noble Houses of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms, they are the Lords of the Reach, and Wardens of the South. Their House Sigil is a golden rose on a green field, and their House Words are “Growing Strong“. The Tyrell line can be traced all the way back to Garth Greenhand, the first King of the Reach during the Age of Heroes. The Tyrells weren’t always rulers, however, as they were in fact stewards to House Gardener, the Kings of the Reach before Aegon’s Targaryen’s conquest.
King Mern IX Gardener joined his forces with King Loren Lannister’s forces, in order to thwart Aegon’s invasion. However, Aegon and his sisters rode their dragons into battle, in what was the first and only time that all 3 of the great Targaryen dragons went into battle together, and they burned King Mern and all of his men on the Field of Fire. House Gardener was utterly destroyed, and Aegon Targaryen needed to appoint a House as rulers of the reach; House Tyrell stepped forward. As the stewards of House Gardener, the Tyrells were ingrained in the running of the Reach, and so Aegon appointed House Tyrell, Lords of the Reach and Wardens of the South.
House Tyrell’s wealth is only just surpassed by that of House Lannister, and they can field the largest army and the most men of any other great House in Westeros. The Reach is a rich and fertile land, and its bountiful crops produce a harvest that feeds the vast population of its lands. The Arbor, in the Reach, is responsible for producing fine wines that are known throughout the Seven Kingdoms, and across the Narrow Sea. Chivalry is said to be alive and well in the Reach, and the Knighthood is taken more seriously there, than anywhere else in Westeros.
In recent events, House Tyrell actively supported the Targaryen forces, in the War of the Usurper-Robert Baratheon. At the behest of their king, House Tyrell laid siege to Stannis Baratheon in Storm’s End, the Baratheon seat of Power, and would have eventually taken Stannis, if not for the intercession of Lord Eddard Stark and the great host of the North. Upon seeing Lord Eddard’s army, and knowing that Prince Rhaegar and his Father were dead, Mace Tyrell instructed his forces to relent, and they bent their knee to the new king, Robert Baratheon.
Years later, after Robert’s death, his younger brother Renly, called his banners, and with the support of House Tyrell, fielded the largest army of all the Five Kings, in the War of the Five Kings. However, Renly was assassinated before his first major battle, and his bannermen joined his older brother, Stannis. House Tyrell, realizing that House Lannister had the strongest claim tot he Iron Throne, joined forces with Lord Tywin, and lifted the siege of King’s Landing by defeating Stannis’ army. Because of their help, Lord Tywin appointed Loras Tyrell to the Kingsguard and arranged the marriage of Margaery Tyrell to King Joffrey.
With the impending marriage of Margaery to Joffrey, House Tyrell has planted themselves firmly into the politics and power struggles that is the Game of Thrones. What do you think is in store for the Tyrells in season 4 of game of Thrones? Let me know in the comments below.
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