In his first battle Tyrion only injured his elbow. Here he injures his shoulder at the arm and his face. The arm is that which we use to wield tools which applies to both. In the first case his ability to elbow
was damaged and in the second his ability to shoulder
was wounded. Idioms like to rub elbows or standing shoulder to shoulder come to mind. In the first case, as we saw with the meal, Tyrion was not capable of rubbing elbows with Tywin's inner circle. Here he is certainly not standing shoulder to shoulder with his family as would be expected in this type of political conflict.
Hideous though his face might be, the worst of his wounds was the one at the juncture of shoulder and arm, where his own mail had been driven back into his armpit by an arrow.
His injury was caused by his own protection from an unseen attacker out of reach. I also noted the similarity of his injuries to the Hound's in his own rebirth scene.
His arm, Arya thought, and his face. But he was the Hound.
As an unrelated side not to Lummel on the Hound and Northern associations, the weirwood/Old Gods scenery in that scene is prevalent even down to Dondarrion looking like a one eyed Bloodraven descending a weirwood staircase.
There is also the parallel between the Hound always fixating on Sansa looking at his face and this bit from Tyrion.
Perhaps he would dream of Tysha again. I wonder how she’d like my face now, he thought bitterly.
I suspect the Hound parallels are mostly part of Martin's toying with Beauty and the Beast
with Sandor and Tyrion rather than a specific illumination of Tyrion's character but I still found the similarities interesting.Tywin, Tywin, Tywin
This post battle confrontation is very much a mirror of the one following the Battle of the Green Fork.
His father’s eyes were on him, pale green flecked with gold, so cool they gave Tyrion a chill. “Did that surprise you, Father?” he asked. “Did it upset your plans? We were supposed to be butchered, were we not?”
Even with the windows of the solar shuttered against the night, the chill in the room was palpable.
In both cases Harrenhal and its new lord, the Hound and dogs/beasts in general, Littlefinger, and the spectre of Jaime's captivity come up. Addam Marbrand shows up at the end of his confrontation at the Green Fork and before it in this chapter. In addition Tywin is clearly exchanging letters regarding the Red Wedding (which is already unfolding given Duskendale) so we have another example of Tywin not sharing his plans with Tyrion.
Another part was remembering the battle upriver, and wondering if he was being sent to hold the left again.
Especially given the parallels I suspect the answer to that is "Yes."
Several of Tywin's values are illuminated here. He sent Tyrion to KL to rule despite Cersei being the current Regent. Either he values Tyrion's abilities far greater than Cersei's, he was setting Tyrion up to take the blame for an inevitable defeat rather than Cersei, or both. Robb was sacking the Westerlands but by his own admission to Edmure lacked the force to take Casterly Rock. Renly (and then Stannis) clearly had the forces to take KL. Tywin chose Casterly Rock over the Iron Throne. The image of a secure Westerlands matters more to him than the image of a Lannister on the Iron Throne. He also chose to confront Robb who he claims to fear less than Stannis and has a smaller army. Of course the Baratheons were striking at the seat of the Lannister's new power while Robb was destroying the heart of the illusion of all Lannister power.
“King’s Landing. I am sending you to court.”
It was the last thing Tyrion Lannister would ever have anticipated.
He reached for his wine, and considered for a moment as he sipped. “And what am I to do there?”
“Rule,” his father said curtly.
Tyrion hooted with laughter. “My sweet sister might have a word or two to say about that!”
“Let her say what she likes. Her son needs to be taken in hand before he ruins us all. I blame those jackanapes on the council
Does Tywin really blame the council? Cersei is Regent and he says her son must be taken in hand (literally by the Hand.)
He pointed a finger at Tyrion’s face. “If Cersei cannot curb the boy, you must. And if these councillors are playing us false…”
It seems that despite having suspicions about the counselors Tywin knows the issue is Joffrey and Cersei's inability to control him as his Regent. Since Cersei is the real issue Tywin has to send a Lannister to carry the full weight of his authority. He still could have sent Kevan instead of Tyrion. Tyrion goes from being unfit for his own command to being Tywin's choice to rule the Kingdoms in two chapters. Granted he fought well, figured out Tywin's battle plan and showed an understanding of the consequences of killing Ned, but given Genna's assessment of Tyrion, his performance with the drains at Casterly Rock, and Tyrion's academic knowledge of history and warfare I suspect Tywin always knew he was capable. Tywin also knows the nature of the relationship between Cersei and Tyrion. Assigning Tyrion instead of Kevan is as much a disciplinary measure against Cersei as it is a show of his raw value of their respective abilities given the existential crisis to House Lannister (though part of it may be the extent to which Tywin truly relies on Kevan.)
So none of the conflict that played out between Tyrion and Cersei can really be any great mystery to Tywin. He intentionaly set it up to play out that way. As upset as he claims to be at Tyrion's threat to his own family over a mere whore's honor, he has to know that Cersei took the whore into custody as part of the power play between the two that Tywin himself deliberately set in motion. While I'm certain his anger over the whore is quite real, his supposed ignorance over the true reason for Tyrion's threat is not. Tyrion was taking Joffrey and Cersei in hand per Tywin's instructions and Cersei was lashing out at Tywin's vicarious grip. He can't not know this. Cersei tattling about Tyrion's whore is one thing but having her in a dungeon tells a story. So one aspect of Tyrion being sent to "hold the left" again is Stannis but the other is Cersei. Tyrion was always going to fight and beat Cersei but lose in Tywin's eyes at the end. She's a queen and he's a pawn.
He steepled his fingers under his chin. “Why did you dismiss Ballabar?”
Tyrion shrugged. “Maester Frenken is not so determined to keep me insensate.”
“Ballabar came to the city in Lord Redwyne’s retinue. A gifted healer, it’s said. It was kind of Cersei to ask him to look after you. She feared for your life.”
The steepled fingers is not a casual gesture for Tywin. That Pycelle was not treating Tyrion is no mystery to either the reader or Tywin. Why Tyrion threw a man who has been Tywin's piece for decades into the Black Cells never comes up. We can assume he heard a "why" from both Cersei and Pycelle. This seems to be Tywin's way of probing Tyrion for answers on that subject. Note how he brings the subject back to Cersei after Tyrion's casual dismissal. We know that Cersei tattled on Tyrion. I suspect Tywin wants a little tattling on Cersei here. Tyrion's only response is “Doubtless that’s why she’s never once left my bedside” which really boils down to the issue of him not being loved.
Tywin also has a pattern of responding to Tyrion with seemingly reasonable responses that deny or obfuscate an obvious truth.
The Red Keep is overcrowded with wedding guests. Once they depart, we will find you more suitable accommodations.
Don’t be impertinent. Cersei has a royal wedding to plan, I am waging a war, and you have been out of danger for at least a fortnight.
A wounded Jaime would be in the Tower of the Hand and both Tywin and Cersei would rarely be far from his side. This is a son of Tywin Lannister wounded in leading the defense of Kings Landing-- Tywin
isn't willing to oust some lord in favor of accomodations for a Lannister
? If it were Jaime he'd be happy to tell Mace Tyrell to sleep in an outhouse.
Jaime would never be so foolish as to remove his helm in battle.
Even if true this only serves to deny the actual and unquestionable valor Tyrion did in fact display.
You did as you were commanded, and I am sure it was to the best of your ability. No one denies the part you played.
Except for a begrudging acknowledgment of the chain and a simultaneously criticized recognition of the Dorne alliance Tywin denies every part Tyrion played. A Dorne/Lannister alliance was a diplomatic impossibility and denied the Starks and Stannis an invaluable ally.
To save a whore’s virtue, you threatened your own House, your own kin? Is that the way of it?
While on its face this sounds as credible an offense as Tywin phrases it, as I said above he had to know. Back in GoT Joffrey was "her son" and "the boy" who needed to be curbed and taken in hand with some lessons
Tyrion had taken from Tywin before he ruined House Lannister. Now Joffrey is Tywin's grandson and threats against him are incomprehensible and irrational. We saw similar rationalized criticism of Tyrion in GoT with "I am not inclined to trust my plans to a man who consorts with sellswords and savages" from a man sending Gregor and the Bloody Mummers out to rape and murder. The pattern will continue later.Littlefinger
Whose notion was it to make this Janos Slynt a lord? The man’s father was a butcher, and they grant him Harrenhal. Harrenhal, that was the seat of kings!
An empty title, so long as Roose Bolton holds the castle for Robb Stark, yet Lord Baelish was desirous of the honor. He did us good service in the matter of the Tyrell marriage. A Lannister pays his debts.
How maleable-- from the seat of kings
to an empty title
. Granted the "jackanape" known sarcastically as "our friend Petyr" wasn't the lowborn son of a butcher but hardly of high enough birth or so longstanding a House to merit the seat of kings. Slynt only got the castle. Tywin is giving Petyr the whole of the Riverlands making him in effect a king of 300 years ago to go along with the seat. Are we to believe Tywin Lannister thinks that Lord of one of the Seven Kingdoms is an empty title? Can we assume Lord of the Riverlands and a seat of kings is a reward Tywin deems appropriate for LF's "service and station?" Could LF's duel with Brandon for Cat's hand have something to do with a Rains of Castamere like appointment to punish the Tullys? Is this wise? LF boasted of bedding Lysa and she is an available marriage opportunity. Isn't LF marrying Lysa (a Tully to give him real loyalty among the River Lords) and having the might of two of the Seven kingdoms a fairly obvious and foreseeable potential threat? Clearly he is being less than honest with Tyrion referring to a High Lord of one of the Seven Kingdoms as an empty title. In any case this really was Tyrion's idea and LF was more of a messenger so it is one more case of someone denying the role Tyrion played.A lord and his beasts
He lent honor to any man he served. Can anyone say the same of the Hound? You feed your dog bones under the table, you do not seat him beside you on the high bench
“Or have you grown so fond of Gregor Clegane that you cannot bear to part with him?”
“Ser Gregor has his uses, as did his brother. Every lord has need of a beast from time to time… a lesson you seem to have learned, judging from Ser Bronn and those clansmen of yours.”
“The woods are full of beasts,” he reminded his father. “The alleyways as well.”
“True. Perhaps other dogs would hunt as well. I shall think on it. If there is nothing else…”
Tywin did seat his beast Gregor at the high table and in his war councils. He also made Bronn a knight (He had liked that “by your lord father’s command
” not at all.) and his men sent Tyrion's savages away. We have Tyrion giving Tywin's beast away in exchange for Dorne and Tywin sending a taking Tyrion's beasts away. Is that a deliberate response on Tywin's behalf? Jumping ahead slightly we know Tywin does not think this is true and he isn't really going to think on it.
“Not to…?” Tyrion was shocked. “I thought we were agreed that the woods were full of beasts.”
“Lesser beasts.” Lord Tywin’s fingers laced together under his chin. “Ser Gregor has served us well. No other knight in the realm inspires such terror in our enemies.”
We have yet another example of Tywin posturing with a rational front to Tyrion that obfuscates the real truth.Final Thoughts
Addam Marbrand is very cordial with Tyrion. He is also quite open with what he discussed with Tywin and even shares Tywin's mood. He even shares his troubles with Tyrion as if Tyrion might have some influence on the matter. There is also no mention of him reacting negatively to Tyrion's scar either. Is this because he was a childhood friend of Jaime's or does Marbrand have some respect for Tyrion in his own right? One thing in particular that struck me is that he does not come off as someone who knows Tyrion had been disinherited by Tywin. Quite the opposite. Although Tywin states his intent is for Tyrion to never get the Rock has he actually told anyone?
“You ask that? You, who killed your mother to come into the world? You are an ill-made, devious, disobedient, spiteful little creature full of envy, lust, and low cunning. Men’s laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colors, since I cannot prove that you are not mine. To teach me humility, the gods have condemned me to watch you waddle about wearing that proud lion that was my father’s sigil and his father’s before him. But neither gods nor men shall ever compel me to let you turn Casterly Rock into your whorehouse.”
Genna said to Tywin that Tyrion was his true son. This assessment of Tyrion explains his reaction. Given the idea that Tyrion is a bit of a mirror or the embodiment of Tywin what does this tell us about him? Does Tywin view Tyrion as his own harsh lesson
from the gods? One thing that struck me is that Tywin, who seems to be a man that answers to no one, always feels compelled to answer to the charges that come from Tyrion even if he doesn't do so honestly. Later he just ignores the Aerys comment from the King and sens him to bed with some dreamwine, but when Tyrion places such accusations at his feet he seems compelled to respond or justify himself. It seems to be a certain power Tyrion wields over Tywin. It seems the approval dynamic is at least partially two way.
The other thing that really struck me about this passage is that Tywin is planning the Red Wedding here. We see that he feels compelled by the laws of man to tolerate Tyrion as his own and compelled by the gods to learn some measure of humility from Tyrion's birth and possibly the loss of Joanna (or at least accept it as a punishment for lack of humility.) He expresss this while planning to violate guest right
which seems to be about the highest law of gods and men we encounter in these books and one that transcends specific religions.