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Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
Hand of the King
|Died||In 105 AC, at King's Landing|
The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
Ser Ryam Redwyne was a famed knight from House Redwyne who served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard under Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Viserys I Targaryen. He also served as Hand of the King for a year under Jaehaerys.
In a tourney at King's Landing to celebrate the fiftieth year of Jaehaerys I Targaryen's reign in 98 AC, Ryam and Ser Clement Crabb broke thirty lances against each other before the king proclaimed them co-champions. It is often called the finest display of jousting in the history of Westeros.
In 99 AC, Ryam was named Hand of the King by Jaehaerys, after the death of the previous Hand, Septon Barth. Considered one of the worst Hands the Seven Kingdoms has seen, Ryam was replaced by the king's son and heir, Prince Baelon, less than a year after having been raised to the office.
Ryam served King Viserys I Targaryen after the death of Jaehaerys in 103 AC. Ryam was succeeded as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard by Ser Harrold Westerling when he died in 105 AC. His slot in the Kingsguard was taken by Ser Criston Cole.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
Jaime advises Loras to learn about their predecessors in the Kingsguard, such as Ryam.
He thought back on all the songs he had heard, songs of blind Symeon Star-Eyes and noble Serwyn of the Mirror Shield, of Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, Ser Ryam Redywne, and Florian the Fool. They had all won victories against foes far more terrible than any he would face. But they were great heroes, brave men of noble birth, except for Florian. And what am I?
– thoughts of Duncan the Tall
Bran was going to be a knight himself someday, one of the Kingsguard. Old Nan said they were the finest swords in all the realm. There were only seven of them, and they wore white armor and had no wives or children, but lived only to serve the king. Bran knew all the stories. Their names were like music to him. Serwyn of the Mirror Shield. Ser Ryam Redwyne. Prince Aemon the Dragonknight. The twins Ser Erryk and Ser Arryk, who had died on one another's swords hundreds of years ago, when brother fought sister in the war the singers called the Dance of the Dragons. The White Bull, Gerold Hightower. Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning. Barristan the Bold.
– thoughts of Bran Stark
White wool hangings covered the walls, and there was a white shield and two crossed longswords mounted above the hearth. The chair behind the table was old black oak, with cushions of blanched cowhide, the leather worn thin. Worn by the bony arse of Barristan the Bold and Ser Gerold Hightower before him, by Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, Ser Ryam Redwyne, and the Demon of Darry, by Ser Duncan the Tall and the Pale Griffin Alyn Connington. How could the Kingslayer belong in such exalted company?
– thoughts of Jaime Lannister
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
- The Rogue Prince.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
- The Hedge Knight.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 79, Jon XII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 52, Sansa IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.