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There are many Game of Thrones quotes circling around the web. Some articles, like the one on HoopoeQuotes, aim to create a complete collection of GoT quotes. Other focus on single characters or houses, quotes from the TV show, or the quotes from the books. We aim to explore the best of both.

The Game of Thrones TV show is based on the eponymous novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, but it's certainly much more interesting to watch if you’ve read the books. The books have a much deeper characterization of characters and a much more detailed view of places and events that are being dropped or not even mentioned in the series. Reading these books will get to know you better with the world of Westeros and Essos, you will have a more comprehensive picture of these fictional and imaginative continents and their inhabitants.


The "Game of Thrones" is slowly rising to the one of the best series of this decade, and millions of fans around the world are eagerly waiting for the next season, as well as the following books in the „A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R. R. Martin.


The differences between books and the series have been noticed since the first season, and the writer personally said that the creative team of the HBO network allowed certain freedoms by changing the story, and that he only revealed to them what would eventually happen to the whole story with which character to happen, in case he suddenly dies.
This creative freedom of HBO is used often, so fans are often furious because of all the more noticeable differences. The characters living in books die, and vice versa and some of them are experiencing serious personal changes and deviate from the roads directed by Martin and end up in completely different places.

However, one thing that is constantly good, both in the books and in the TV show, are the quotes by our favorite Game of Thrones characters. So, here is my selection:

You have many admirable qualities, self pity is not one of them. - Varys

 

Turns out, far too much has been written about great men and not nearly enough about morons. Doesn’t seem right. - Tyrion

 

The world is overflowing with horrible things, but they’re all a tray of cakes next to death. - Olenna Tyrell

 

These three account for my favorite characters in the show. I could spend half a day just reading their quotes. However, if you would like to read some other takes on the theme, be welcome to read Best Game of Thrones Quotes article on weebly.

If we die, we die, but first we’ll live. - Ygritte to Jon Snow

 

I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid. - Tyrion to his sister Cersei

That's it folks! If you're hungry for more quotes from GoT, check out this blog.

See ya!

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House Tyrell is one of the Great Houses of Westeros. It rules over the Reach, a vast, fertile and heavily-populated region of south-western Westeros, from the castle at Highgarden. It is currently led by Lord Mace Tyrell. His third son Loras is a noted tournament knight and the lover of Lord Renly Baratheon.

The Tyrell sigil is a golden rose on a green field. Their motto is, “Growing Strong”.

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  • Lady Olenna Tyrell, known as the Queen of Thorns, Mace Tyrell’s mother.
    • Lady Mina, Mace’s older sister, now married into House Redwyne.
      • Lady Mina’s children, Horas, Hobber and Desmera Redwyne.
    • Lord Mace Tyrell, the head of the family.
      • His wife, Lady Alerie of House Hightower.
        • His eldest son and thus heir, Ser Willas Tyrell.
        • His son, Ser Garlan Tyrell, called Garlan the Gallant, noted for his valor and his skill with a sword.
        • His son, Ser Loras Tyrell, called the Knight of Flowers, noted for his youth, valor and his skill with a lance.
        • His daughter, Margaery Tyrell, young and beautiful, as yet unwed.
    • Lady Janna, Mace’s younger sister, married into House Fossoway.

Sworn to House Tyrell

  • House Hightower of Oldtown.
  • House Redwyne of the Arbor.
  • House Rowan of Goldengrove.
  • House Tarly of Horn 

In The Books

In the Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Tyrell is a powerful noble house. The Reach is the most populous region of the Seven Kingdoms and the Tyrells can field the largest army on the continent, although the Lannisters, being richer, can better-equip their troops. This makes the Tyrells formidable enemies but excellent allies.

Before King Aegon I Targaryen’s invasion, the Tyrells were stewards to House Gardner, the Kings of the Reach. The Tyrells had responsibility for maintaining the castle of Highgarden, the seat of royal power in the Reach. In the battle known as the Field of Fire, King Mern IX Gardner and all of his issue were slaughtered by Aegon’s dragons. Harlen Tyrell, King Mern’s steward, surrendered Hightower to King Aegon and was rewarded with the title Lord of the Reach. House Florent of Brightwater Keep, which claims a superior blood-relationship to the Gardners and the first King of the Reach, Garth Greenhand, has long disputed the suitability of the Tyrells to the title.

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When New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin created A Game of Thrones, it was almost in response to the limitations set upon him during his years of writing in Hollywood, where scripts would be cut because they were either too lengthy or expensive. He envisioned something so grand that it would be “unfilmable” – a tale with a cast of thousands.

With A Song of Ice and Fire he very nearly achieved this goal, but HBO just had to prove him wrong. A few reviews here and there may gripe about the purported sexist themes or gratuitous sex scenes, but no Game of Thrones HBO review can deny that the series premiere was an instant hit or that it was immediately renewed for a second season.

How did HBO accomplish it?

With similar, larger than life historical dramas such as Rome under its belt, producing a series that takes place in a quasi-medieval era and one that is more character-driven than fantastical is not that far of a stretch. The story of A Game of Thrones mainly revolves around noble families fighting for control of the Iron Throne. A long time ago, the fictional continent of Westeros comprised of several independent kingdoms until the Targaryen family invaded and unified all the noble Houses under one King who rules from the Iron Throne. The reign of the Targaryens ended when the House Baratheon, headed by Robert Baratheon, usurped the throne. Many years later, King Robert finds himself disenchanted with both his crown and his loveless, political marriage. Soon the Iron Throne will once more be up for grabs and many Houses lie in wait, preparing to strike.

The character-driven nature of the series amidst a complex political conflict is a huge chunk of what made Martin’s masterpiece so popular. The ten one-hour episodes comprising Game of Thrones HBO manages to capture the essence and depth of the novel. It is remarkably faithful to the book, a feat that can be attributed to Martin himself working closely with producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. There may be a few minor changes and cut-scenes, but none that hardcore fans were expected to complain about. The character of Daenerys Targaryen, for example, has been aged for the show and is played by an older actress. This deviation from the 13-year old child bride in the book can actually be viewed as a good (and more palatable) change.

In addition, no expense was spared for Game of Thrones HBO. Review the cast alone, which consists of well-known names such as Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, along with a well-rounded ensemble of actors who have had roles in film, television, and theater, and you will get the sense that the rumored 50-60 million dollar budget may very well be true. The episodes were mostly shot in Ireland and the stunning visuals are unlike any before seen on an HBO series, befitting the hauntingly beautiful fantasy world that Martin had crafted. Moreover, there was a keen effort to keep the production as detailed as possible, from the costumes, to the accents, to creating a full-blown, fictional language for the Dothraki tribe that Daenerys married into!

Whether HBO can continue to take on Martin’s huge novels without making the series unwieldy remains to be seen, but this Game of Thrones HBO review proves that the first season lives up the challenge and is a must-see for fans and new viewers alike. The HBO show is but a small part of this ongoing series. Check out Game of Thrones Review for more insights into the show and everything else related to this epic fantasy series.

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House Tully is one of the Great Houses of Westeros. It rules over the Riverlands from the castle at Riverrun. Its current head is Lord Hoster Tully. His daughters, Catelyn and Lysa, married Lords Eddard Stark and Jon Arryn during Robert’s Rebellion, forming a powerful alliance of major houses.

The Tully sigil is a silver trout on a red and blue background. Their motto is “Family, Duty, Honor.”

Members

  • Lord Hoster Tully, the head of the family.
    • His son and heir, Ser Edmure Tully.
    • His eldest daughter, Catelyn, married to Lord Eddard Stark.
      • His grandchildren, Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon Stark.
    • His youngest daughter, Lysa, married to Lord Jon Arryn.
      • His grandson, Robert Arryn.
  • Hoster’s younger brother, Brynden Tully, called the Blackfish.

Sworn to House Tully

  • House Bracken of Stone Hedge.
  • House Frey of the Twins.
  • House Mallister of Seagard.
  • House Whent of Harrenhal.

In The Books

In the Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Tully is an old house which has held the castle at Riverrun for some centuries, but did not rise to greatness until King Aegon I’s invasion. Aegon drove the ironborn out of the Riverlands and appointed Lord Edmyn Tully as the overlord of the area in thanks for his support during the Conquest. The Tullys joined the Starks, Baratheons and Arryns in rising against the Mad King, providing numerous troops for Robert Baratheon’s armies.

House Tully’s symbol is a silver fish on a blue field and their family motto is “Family, Duty, Honor”.

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House Arryn is one of the Great Houses of Westeros. It has ruled over the Vale of Arryn for millennia, originally as the Kings of Mountain and Vale and more recently as Lords of the Vale and Wardens of the East under the Targaryen kings and King Robert Baratheon.

House Arryn’s sigil is a white moon and falcon on a sky-blue field. Their motto is “As High As Honor”.

Members

  • Lord Jon Arryn, the former head of the family, now deceased.
    • His first wife, Lady Jeyne Arryn, who died in childbirth. Their daughter was stillborn.
       
    • His second wife, Lady Rowena Arryn, who died of a chill.
       
    • His third and current wife, Lady Lysa, of House Tully. Currently the ruling lady of the Vale until her son comes of age.
       
      • Lord Jon’s only surviving child and heir, Robin Arryn, the Lord of the Vale.
         
  • Lord Jon’s younger sister, Lady Alys, married into House Waynwood.
    • Alys’s eldest son, Ser Denys Arryn, killed during Robert’s Rebellion.
      • Alys’s grandson by her daughter, Harrold Hardyng.
  • Lord Jon’s youngest and deceased brother, Ser Ronnel Arryn.
    • Ser Ronnel’s son, Ser Elbert Arryn, formerly Lord Jon’s heir, slain at the order of the Mad King before the rebellion.

 

Sworn to House Arryn

  • House Baelish of the Fingers.
  • House Corbray of Heart’s Home
  • House Egen
  • House Hunter of Longbow Hal
  • House Redfort of Redfort
  • House Royce of Runestone.

In the books

In the Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Arryn is the oldest and purest line of Andal nobility. The Andals landed on the Fingers, an area of peninsulars, hills and rivers on Westeros’s eastern coast, six thousand years ago and helped conquer the area of the Vale. Ser Artys Arryn is said to have founded the family after slaying the Griffin King, who had previously ruled the region for the First Men, on the shoulder of the Giant’s Lance where the Arryns later built the Eyrie.

During the summer they rule over the Vale from the Eyrie, but during the winter they descend to the Gates of the Moon, a castle at the foot of the mountain. The Gates of the Moon appear to be missing from the TV version.

A notable change from the books is that Jon Arryn and Lysa Tully’s son is now called ‘Robin’, whilst in the books he is ‘Robert’. This change was made to prevent confusion with Robert Baratheon or Robb Stark. George R.R. Martin approved this change, noting that Robert Arryn’s nickname in the books, ‘Sweetrobin’, remains intact.

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I am thrilled by the way noble houses are presented in Game of Thrones. It’s like I’ve been placed in some history era and watching it for myself. There are, of course, many articles about the most famous houses in ASOIAF universe. The Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens… you can easily find a lot about them. However, I am more into the less famous ones. Mormonts, Arryns, Tullies… and I feel there are no such in-deep articles on these houses. That is why I decided to do something about it.

In this blog I will be looking into any of the noble houses featured in the Game of Thrones TV show or George RR Martin's associated book series, no matter how small or obscure each family of Westeros was. I will also consider mentioning plot points from the show story so far, so if you've been living in a cave like the three-eyed Raven for the past few years this is your spoiler alert.

I’ll start with House Arryn, then write a bit about Tullies, then about Tyrells. We’ll see how it goes from there, but these are my favorite houses. Let me know about yours in the comments.

So, let’s start!
 

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