Edmure Tully, by Roman Papusev ©
|Born||In 267–274 AC, Riverrun|
|Spouse||Lady Roslin Frey|
|Played by||Tobias Menzies|
Game of Thrones: |
Season 3 | 6 | 8
Edmure Tully is a knight and the heir of House Tully of Riverrun, the liege lords of the riverlands. He is the only living son of Hoster Tully, the Lord Paramount of the Trident, and his wife Lady Minisa Whent. Edmure is the younger brother of Catelyn Stark and Lysa Arryn. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, Edmure is portrayed by Tobias Menzies.
Appearance and Character
Edmure has auburn hair and deep blue eyes, like most Tullys, and he has a fiery red beard. Of stocky build, Edmure is a head taller than his sister, Catelyn, but not as tall as Lord Tytos Blackwood.
Edmure is fond of smiling and pretty girls, but is sulky and sullen when angered. According to Catelyn, Edmure dislikes singers because one once slept with a girl fancied by Edmure. According to the singer Tom of Sevenstreams, Edmure once drank too much and was unable to "perform", so Tom made a mocking song about a floppy fish. Edmure is friends with Lymond Goodbrook, Patrek Mallister, Marq Piper, and young Vances.
Edmure wears bright mail for battle and owns flowing blue-and-red and mud-and-water cloaks. A silver trout is painted on his shield and adorns the crest of his greathelm, and he wields a sword. Edmure owns tunics embroidered with silver fish or striped in red and blue, as well as a quilted doublet of red wool with an embroidered leaping trout.
As a youth, Edmure was known as hot headed but good hearted. He had a number of friends who had similar characteristics, most notably Marq Piper. Edmure once broke his arm after falling from an elm in the godswood of Riverrun.
Edmure gave Petyr Baelish, Hoster's ward, the nickname "Littlefinger", because of House Baelish's holdings on the Fingers and because of Petyr's short stature. When Lords Blackwood and Bracken visited Hoster to discuss their feud, young Edmure, his sisters, and Petyr drank wine while the adults were preoccupied. When Petyr challenged Brandon Stark, the betrothed of Edmure's sister Catelyn, for her hand, Edmure served as Brandon's squire. Brandon easily defeated Petyr in their duel, and the wounded Littlefinger sent Edmure away when he tried to visit afterward.
Hoster refused an offer by Lord Walder Frey to wed Edmure to one of his daughters. Princess Arianne Martell wanted to accept Hoster's offer for her to meet Edmure at Riverrun, but Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, declined because of a secret marriage pact.
A Game of Thrones
Edmure takes command of the riverlands due to the illness of his father, Lord Hoster Tully. To prevent the Seven Kingdoms from learning that Hoster is dying, Edmure is forbidden from even informing his sister, Catelyn Stark.
When Edmure hears that Ser Jaime Lannister is massing forces at Casterly Rock, Edmure sends Lords Vance and Piper to guard the mountain pass. In response to Ser Gregor Clegane's raids into the riverlands, Edmure spreads his forces along the border; Lord Walder Frey is late in responding to Edmure's summons. Edmure wants to retaliate against the westermen, but Lord Hoster insists the river lords receive permission from King Robert I Baratheon first. The Hand of the King, Lord Eddard Stark, sends a detachment under Lord Beric Dondarrion to apprehend Gregor.
After the death of King Robert and the accession of King Joffrey I Baratheon, Edmure is called upon to present himself before the Iron Throne and swear allegiance. Lord Tywin Lannister and his brother, Ser Kevan, defeat Edmure's scattered border forces and Gregor ambushes Beric. Tywin's son, Jaime, smashes Vance and Piper below the Golden Tooth and then advances to Riverrun, where he takes Edmure prisoner before its walls in a crushing defeat.
While Jaime besieges Riverrun, Edmure's nephew, Robb Stark, marches south with northmen, Freys, Mallisters, and other warriors. Robb captures Jaime in the Whispering Wood and then destroys Jaime's army in the Battle of the Camps, during which Lord Tytos Blackwood leads a sortie from Riverrun which rescues Edmure. Edmure is wounded in the neck during one of the battles. During the war council held at Riverrun, the northern and river lords proclaim Robb to be King in the North.
A Clash of Kings
Edmure thinks the red comet is an omen of victory for Riverrun, and he convinces King Robb to give the river lords leave to return to their castles and defend their lands. When Robb decides to take his northern horse west into the westerlands, he tasks Edmure with holding Riverrun and guarding his rear. Edmure shelters the frightened smallfolk in Riverrun when Tywin Lannister burns and pillages through the riverlands, although this reduces Riverrun's supplies.
After Lord Roose Bolton takes the crossroads, Edmure commands Ser Helman Tallhart to leave the Twins and aid Roose in retaking Harrenhal from Tywin. Edmure, Lord Blackwood, and Lord Jonos Bracken believe Tywin can be caught between Riverrun and Harrenhal once Robb returns from the west.
Tyrion Lannister includes four false envoys in the party escorting Ser Cleos Frey from King's Landing back to Riverrun. While Edmure is wenching north of the Tumblestone, the plotters attempt to free Ser Jaime Lannister from his Riverrun captivity, with a mummer imitating Edmure's voice. The scheme fails when Long Lew spotted Edmure's returning boat, however. Edmure hangs the four plotters and the red cloaks that aided them. Edmure moves Jaime to the dungeon and places Cleos in Jaime's old tower cell.
During the Battle of the Fords, Edmure defends a crossing of the Red Fork against the Lannisters in a fierce battle fought at Stone Mill. Ser Gregor Clegane manages to cross, suffering heavy losses, but is pushed back when Edmure sends in his reserves. The smallfolk within Riverrun celebrate Edmure's victory and Robb's storming of the Crag.
A Storm of Swords
While Edmure is away from Riverrun, his sister, Catelyn Stark, frees Ser Jaime Lannister and sends him back to King's Landing with Brienne of Tarth and Ser Cleos Frey, hoping that Tyrion Lannister will in return free Catelyn's daughter, Sansa and Arya Stark. Edmure's castellan, Ser Desmond Grell, confines Catelyn to Lord Hoster Tully's chambers. Once Edmure returns to the castle, he sends ravens offering a reward of a thousand gold dragons. Rymund the Rhymer writes a verse about Edmure's victory at the Stone Mill.
Robb Stark, King of the Trident, returns to Riverrun from the westerlands. While Robb publicly praises Edmure in the Great Hall for Stone Mill, the king and Ser Brynden Tully berate Edmure in a private audience chamber for disrupting Robb's plan. According to them, Edmure, in defending the Red Fork, unknowingly thwarted Robb's plans. Robb argues he wanted Tywin to cross the river and then be trapped in the westerlands by the Stark and Frey cavalry there. However, Robb did not reveal this plan to Edmure beforehand. By pushing Tywin's army back, Edmure inflicted enough of a delay for messengers from Bitterbridge to reach Tywin with word of what was happening to the south, allowing Tywin to turn his army around and aid the Tyrells and his grandson, King Joffrey I Baratheon, in the Battle of the Blackwater. Edmure offers to lead the van in the next battle.
After Lord Rickard Karstark murders the young Willem Lannister and Tion Frey, two of Robb's prisoners, as well as some of Riverrun's guards, Edmure advises Robb to keep Rickard as a hostage. The king instead chooses to behead his bannerman in Riverrun's godswood.
Edmure succeeds his father as Lord of Riverrun when Hoster dies, but Edmure takes the loss hard. He fails to ignite Hoster's funeral boat with three fire arrows, although Brynden succeeds in doing so. Edmure is offended when Lord Walder Frey sends a cripple, Lame Lothar Frey, and a bastard, Walder Rivers, as emissaries to Riverrun. With Robb having broken his alliance with House Frey by wedding Jeyne Westerling, Edmure agrees to wed one of Walder's daughters, Roslin, to make amends for the Battle of the Fords and for Robb's marriage.
The Brave Companions capture Jaime, chop off his sword hand, and bring him to Lord Roose Bolton at Harrenhal. Instead of returning Jaime to Edmure and Robb, Roose sends him on to King's Landing, hoping that Lord Tywin Lannister will not blame Roose for the actions of Vargo Hoat.
At Hag's Mire during the journey to the Twins, Edmure is present when Robb plans his siege of Moat Cailin and announces a successor; according to a semi-canon source this is Robb's half brother, Jon Snow.
Edmure, Robb, Catelyn, and their retinue receive guest right when they arrive at the Twins. Edmure had thought Walder would offer him an ugly or half-witted girl just to spite him and Robb, but Roslin turns out to be beautiful. Edmure is considerate to his new bride, but Roslin has a fixed smile and cries before the wedding and at the ensuing feast. Edmure and Roslin leave the hall to consummate the marriage in the bedding custom. Edmure is distracted by fiddlers outside his guest chamber, and by Roslin within. Meanwhile, Freys and Boltons attack the guests remaining in the hall in what becomes known as the Red Wedding. Edmure's sister, Catelyn, and his nephew, King Robb, are murdered, along with numerous others.
Edmure is taken prisoner by his new father-in-law, Walder Frey. His closest friend, Ser Marq Piper, is also held captive at Riverrun, while Patrek Mallister is used by Black Walder Frey to force the surrender of Lord Jason Mallister at Seagard.
After the death of King Joffrey I Baratheon, the new king, his brother Tommen I, issues bills of attainder against Edmure and his uncle, Brynden Tully. Riverrun is to be granted to Ser Emmon Frey once the castle is surrendered by Brynden the Blackfish.
A Feast of Crows
Ser Ryman Frey brings Edmure to the siege of Riverrun, whose castellan is Edmure's uncle, Ser Brynden Tully. Ryman threatens to hang Edmure if Riverrun does not surrender. Every day Edmure is made to stand at the gallows in sight of the castle, but Brynden refuses to surrender, and Ryman does not make good on his threats. The siege continues in this stalemate, until Ser Jaime Lannister, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, is sent by the crown to take over command from Ser Ryman. Ser Perwyn Frey has told Ser Daven Lannister, Warden of the West, that Roslin Frey is fond of Edmure and is now pregnant. Daven tells Jaime that Ser Emmon Frey, the new titular Lord of Riverrun, wants Edmure hanged, as he considers him a threat. Lady Genna Lannister, Emmon's wife and Jaime's aunt, thinks Emmon may be correct, as she too considers Edmure a danger. She also sees a potential danger in Edmure's unborn child, as well as Brynden, as she feels their hold over Riverrun will not be safe as long as a male Tully heir remains alive. However, she believes if Edmure's unborn child is a girl, the child could marry her grandson, Tywin Frey, which would unite the Frey, Lannister, and Tully lines, and would help pacify the Riverrun smallfolk.
Jaime parleys with Brynden, who refuses to end the siege or to exchange Edmure for the Westerlings within Riverrun. Brynden says that as Edmure is marked for death no matter what he does, the besiegers may as well kill him and be done with it. Taking command of the siege, Jaime sends Ryman back to the Twins and takes Edmure as his own prisoner, ordering Ser Ilyn Payne to cut the rope with his sword, though Edmure intially thinks the King's Justice is there to execute him. Edmure is thin and filthy, wearing a soiled silken tunic in Tully colors, but Jaime's squire Lewys Piper draws a tub of bathwater for him, and his servant Pia gives him fresh clothes. Jaime reminds Edmure that he is lord of House Tully, and explains that if he sends Edmure into Riverrun to yield the castle, the garrison and smallfolk will be spared, and Brynden will be allowed to join the Night's Watch. Edmure may also join the Watch, or if he prefers, he will live in comfort as a hostage at Casterly Rock, with Roslin and their child. Jaime promises that Edmure's child, if a boy, will serve House Lannister as a page and squire, and will be granted lands when he is knighted; or if a girl, she will be granted a fine dowry. However, if Edmure does not yield Riverrun, Jaime threatens that he will use river lords in the first wave of the assault on the castle, where both the attackers and defenders would suffer great losses. He also threatens that when Roslin's child is born, Jaime will send the baby to Edmure in a trebuchet. Afterward, Jaime leaves Edmure to his bath, with the sole company of Tom of Sevenstreams, playing "The Rains of Castamere".
Having entered Riverrun, Edmure waits most of the day before surrendering the castle. In the confusion of the castle changing hands, it is not until the next morning that Jaime learns that Brynden Tully is not among the prisoners. Under further threats from Jaime that his and Roslin's captivity at Casterly Rock may be in an oubliette instead of comfort, Edmure confesses that he raised the Water Gate to allow Brynden to escape into the Red Fork. After Riverrun is handed over to Emmon Frey, Edmure is sent west with an armed escort to begin life as a hostage of House Lannister. Their group is joined by the Westerlings, and Ser Forley Prester's best archers are to shoot Edmure and Jeyne Westerling if they attempt to escape.
A Dance with Dragons
During the siege of Raventree, Lord Tytos Blackwood requests information about Edmure's status. Jaime says that he is well, and that after Roslin gives birth, she and the child will be sent to join Edmure at Casterly Rock. He tells Tytos that as long as Edmure does not try to escape or plot rebellion, he will have a long life. Tytos says that it will be a life without honor, as men will say Edmure was afraid to fight. Jaime thinks that is unjust, as Edmure was afraid of the threat to his child by the son of Tywin Lannister.
Quotes by Edmure
—Edmure to Robb Stark
—Catelyn Stark and Edmure
Edmure: Tell Father I have gone to make him proud.
Catelyn: He was always proud of you, Edmure. And he loves you fiercely. Believe that.Edmure: I mean to give him better reason than mere birth.
—Edmure and Catelyn Stark
Brynden: I am the last man in the Seven Kingdoms to tell anyone who they must wed, Nephew. Nonetheless, you did say something of making amends for your Battle of the Fords.
Edmure: I had in mind a different sort of amends. Single combat with the Kingslayer. Seven years of penance as a begging brother. Swimming the sunset sea with my legs tied. The Others take you all! Very well, I'll wed the wench. As amends.—Brynden Tully and Edmure
Roslin: Lord Edmure, I hope I am not a disappointment to you.
Edmure: You are a delight to me, my lady. And ever will be, I know.—Roslin Frey and Edmure
Edmure: And if I will not yield?
Jaime: You've seen our numbers, Edmure. You've seen the ladders, the towers, the trebuchets, the rams. If I speak the command, my coz will bridge your moat and break your gate. Hundreds will die, most of them your own. Your former bannermen will make up the first wave of attackers, so you'll start your day by killing the fathers and brothers of men who died for you at the Twins. The second wave will be Freys, I have no lack of those. My westermen will follow when your archers are short of arrows and your knights so weary they can hardly lift their blades. When the castle falls, all those inside will be put to the sword. Your herds will be butchered, your godswood will be felled, your keeps and towers will burn. I'll pull your walls down, and divert the Tumblestone over the ruins. By the time I'm done no man will ever know that a castle once stood here. Your wife may whelp before that. You'll want your child, I expect. I'll send him to you when he's born. With a trebuchet.—Edmure and Jaime Lannister
This was my father's solar. He ruled the riverlands from here, wisely and well. The light was good there, and whenever he looked up from his work he could see the river. When his eyes were tired he would have Cat read to him. Littlefinger and I built a castle out of wooden blocks once, there beside the door. You will never know how sick it makes me to see you in this room, Kingslayer. You will never know how much I despise you.—Edmure to Jaime Lannister
Quotes about Edmure
Only my sweet brother would crowd all these useless mouths into a castle that might soon be under siege. Catelyn knew that Edmure had a soft heart; sometimes she thought his head was even softer. She loved him for it, yet still ...—Catelyn Stark's thoughts
You owe His Grace your thanks for his forbearance. He played out that mummer's farce in the Great Hall so as not to shame you before your own people. Had it been me I would have flayed you for your stupidity rather than praising this folly of the fords.—Brynden Tully to Edmure
Robb: We must win back the Freys. With them, we still have some chance of success, however small. Without them, I see no hope. I am willing to give Lord Walder whatever he requires ... apologies, honors, lands, gold ... there must be something that would soothe his pride ...
Catelyn: Not something. Someone.
To keep him standing there day after day, with that noose around his neck ... better to have his head off and be done with it.
A fish on a leash. There's a sight I never saw before.
Tytos: For honor's sake I must ask about my liege lord.
Jaime: Ser Edmure is on his way to Casterly Rock as my captive. His wife will remain at the Twins until their child is born. Then she and the babe will join him. So long as he does not attempt escape or plot rebellion, Edmure will live a long life.Jaime (thinking): Unjustly. It was his child he feared for. He knew whose son I am.
Tytos: Long and bitter. A life without honor. Until his dying day, men will say he was afraid to fight.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
- See the Edmure Tully calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Edmure Tully.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- Cast of Game of Thrones on IMDB
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 18, Catelyn IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 43, Eddard XI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion VII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn X.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 55, Catelyn VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 31, Jaime IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 44, Jaime VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Robb Stark.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 48, Jaime I.