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.
A master mummer is in charge of each troupe, which often have a dwarf or a dancing bear. Some mummers own monkeys.
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.
Ser Humfrey the Mummer, a hedge knight, was among the first Kingsguard of Aegon I Targaryen. Queen Rhaenys Targaryen and her son, King Aenys I Targaryen, sponsored many mummers.
Mummers and singers heralded the birth of King Viserys I Targaryen's children. During the Dance of the Dragons, some mummers offered to attempt to tame dragons on Dragonstone.
Prince Aegon Targaryen "wed" Megette with the aid of a mummer who portrayed a septon. He also fathered bastards on mummer's maidens.
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.
The tourney at Harrenhal included a mummer show.
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.
Hop-Bean was a famous dwarf mummer who bought his freedom. His children, Oppo and Penny, became accomplished at jousting while on animals. Izembaro calls himself the King of the Mummers.
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.
Within the House of the Undying, Daenerys Targaryen has a vision of a mummer's dragon on poles among a cheering crowd.
A Storm of Swords
Mummers are hired to perform at the royal wedding of King Joffrey I Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell.
A Feast for Crows
Mummers perform at Margaery's court.
Arya, calling herself Cat of the Canals, befriends mummers in Braavos. Mummers are sometimes used to officiate "weddings" involving the Sailor's Wife.
A Dance with Dragons
Quaithe warns Daenerys against a mummer's dragon.
While at Volon Therys, Jon Connington notices a gaily painted mummers' barge next to the Shy Maid.
When Arya Stark's eyes are taken at the House of Black and White, the waif also shaves her head in a mummer's cut.
Tyrion, Penny, and Ser Jorah Mormont are forced to become mummers when enslaved and added to Yezzan zo Qaggaz's grotesquerie.
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.—thoughts of Jon Snow
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.—Varys to Eddard Stark
Varys: Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less.
Tyrion: So power is a mummer's trick?
Varys: A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill.—Varys and Tyrion Lannister
Tywin: What is it you would have of me? Lands, castle, some office?
Tyrion: A little bloody gratitude would make a nice start.
Tywin: Mummers and monkeys require applause.
The mummers were a loud and lively lot, always quoting speeches at each other and drunk more oft than not.—thoughts of Jon Connington
Mummers change their faces with artifice, and sorcerers use glamors, weaving light and shadow and desire to make illusions that trick the eye.—the kindly man to Arya Stark
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