Symon Silver Tongue
|Symon Silver Tongue
Symon, by Amok ©
|Symon Silver Tongue
|In 299 AC, King's Landing
Symon Silver Tongue is a singer and harper.
Symon learned to play the harp from an old master who believed each man has his song.
A Clash of Kings
When Tyrion Lannister discretely visits his mistress, Shae, at the manse near the Iron Gate one day, he hears music and then someone singing within. Symon Silver Tongue betrays that he recognizes Tyrion, addressing him as "My lord Hand", Tyrion threatens the singer into secrecy. Tyrion allows Shae to continue having Symon sing for her, as long as he does not spread tales in pot-shops.
A Storm of Swords
Symon is hired by Lady Tanda Stokeworth, on Shae's advice, to calm Lollys Stokeworth when her baby kicks. Symon is well informed about what will go on at the wedding feast for King Joffrey I Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. His detailed account of the wonders planned for the feast prompts Shae to ask Tyrion for permission to attend the feast, which Tyrion objects to because it is not safe for her. Tyrion orders Bronn to find Symon before anyone else does.
When Tyrion and Symon meet at a winesink, Tyrion advises the singer to depart King's Landing for the Free Cities. Symon responds by threatening to sing his new song about Tyrion and Shae to Tyrion's sister, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, or father, Lord Tywin Lannister. Symon will allow himself to be bribed into silence if Tyrion finds a way to let him participate in the tournament of singers that will be held at the wedding feast. If he is not allowed to perform for Joffrey, Symon will perform his new song in common winesinks. Tyrion tells Symon he will arrange it and Bronn will contact him. After Symon departs, Tyrion gives instructions to Bronn to instead make Symon disappear. Bronn refers to a pot shop in Flea Bottom that makes "a savory bowl of brown" with "all kinds of meat in it".
A Dance with Dragons
After joining the Second Sons, Kem mentions to Tyrion that he remembers a potshop in King's Landing that made the best bowl of brown. When he asks Tyrion whether he ever ate a bowl of brown, Tyrion answers that he did once or twice and calls it "singer's stew".
Quotes by Symon
Symon: I am called Symon Silver Tongue, my lord. A player, a singer, a taleteller—
Tyrion: And a great fool.—Symon and Tyrion Lannister
Very good, my lord. I shall sing the night of King Joffrey's wedding. Should it happen that I am called to court, why, I will want to offer the king my very best compositions, songs I have sung a thousand times that are certain to please. If I should find myself singing in some dreary winesink, though ... well, that would be an apt occasion to try my new song. For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman's hands are warm.—Symon to Tyrion Lannister
Quotes about Symon
Tyrion: Who is that?
Ibbenese: Fatbelly singer.
Tyrion: How well does he sing?
Shae: Better than some. Not so good as others.
In his soft hands he held a twelve-stringed woodharp more deadly than a longsword.—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Symon (Silver Tongue).
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 12, Tyrion II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 70, Tyrion X.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 33, Tyrion VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 66, Tyrion XII.