A mummer is an actor and entertainer in Westeros and the Free Cities. A mummer is usually part of a troupe of fellow actors who travel from place to place or perform at a playhouse. They entertain at various feasts and functions performing plays and shows. Because mummers' performances are often comical, a bungled, unbelievable, or manufactured event can be referred to as a mummer's farce.
Mummers can be accomplished at manipulating their face, while others wear masks. Many performers shave their head, the so-called mummer's cut, to allow wigs to fit better. Some mummers hide within a hollow horse and tumble from it for the amusement of patrons. A mummer's dragon is a cloth dragon on poles which heroes fight during performances.
During peacetime, gaily painted mummer's boats with quilted sails of half a hundred colors make their way up the forks of the Trident, visiting villages and castles. The Mummer's Ford is a crossing of the Red Fork. There is a mummers hall in White Harbor where bawdy entertainments can be had for a few pennies.
Mummers in Braavos perform written stories instead of making up farces. Braavosi playhouses include the Blue Lantern and the Ship. Mummers perform during the elections for triarchs of Volantis.
Varys claims to have been born a slave in Lys that was sold and apprenticed to a traveling folly, a troupe of mummers who worked the Free Cities, Oldtown, and occasionally King's Landing, by means of a fat little cog owned by the troupe's master.
Lady Ellyn Reyne sponsored mummers when she held court at Casterly Rock. Mummers that featured dwarfs in their troupes learned to stay away from Lannisport and the Rock, because Lord Tywin Lannister dislikes his dwarf son, Tyrion.
Before coming to the Wall, Pypar traveled the Seven Kingdoms with a mummers troupe. He can imitate a hundred different voices and loves to act. The Brave Companions, a sellsword company, are pejoratively called the Bloody Mummers. Archmaester Marwyn is said to consort with mummers and others with questionable reputations.
A Game of Thrones
Lord Eddard Stark sees a mummer on stilts along the Street of Steel in King's Landing. A dozen troupes come to the capital for the Hand's tourney. Arya Stark listens to two unidentified men—actually Varys and Illyrio Mopatis—conspiring in the Red Keep, but Eddard thinks they are mummers.
A Clash of Kings
A mummer is among four agents, disguised as House Lannister guards, sent by Tyrion Lannister to free Ser Jaime Lannister at Riverrun. The mummer impersonates Ser Edmure Tully's voice, but they are eventually caught and hanged by House Tully guards.
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
Mummers perform at Margaery's court.
A Dance with Dragons
|“||Pyp had traveled the Seven Kingdoms with a mummers' troupe, and bragged that he could tell what you were and where you'd been born just from the sound of your voice.||”|
|“||When I was a young boy, before I was cut, I traveled with a troupe of mummers through the Free Cities. They taught me that each man has a role to play, in life as well as mummery.||”|
|“||Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less.
Tyrion: So power is a mummer's trick?
|“||I have taught my Margaery what comely is worth, I hope. Somewhat less than a mummer's fart.||”|
|“||Tywin: What is it you would have of me? Lands, castle, some office?
Tyrion: A little bloody gratitude would make a nice start.
|“||The mummers were a loud and lively lot, always quoting speeches at each other and drunk more oft than not.||”|
|“||The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer's farce is almost done.||”|
|“||Mummers change their faces with artifice, and sorcerers use glamors, weaving light and shadow and desire to make illusions that trick the eye.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 32, Arya III.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 26, Jon IV.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 The Winds of Winter, Mercy
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 47, Tyrion X.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 22, Arya II.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 25, Brienne V.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 45, The Blind Girl.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 43, Eddard XI.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell II.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion VII.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
- ↑ The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
- ↑ The Sworn Sword.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 33, Tyrion VIII.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 30, Arya VII.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 40, Tyrion IX.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 48, Daenerys IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
- ↑ 40.0 40.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 47, Tyrion X.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 58, Eddard XV.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 8, Tyrion II.
- ↑ 44.0 44.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 4, Tyrion I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 64, The Ugly Little Girl.