Lord Petyr Baelish, also known as Littlefinger, is the head of House Baelish of the Fingers. Descendent from a Braavosi sellsword who settled in Westeros, Petyr was sent to be fostered by Lord Hoster Tully of Riverrun after his father befriended Lord Hoster during the War of the Ninepenny Kings. At Riverrun, Petyr grew up with Hoster's children Catelyn, Lysa, and Edmure. Petyr eventually fell in love with Catelyn, while Catelyn's younger sister Lysa fell in love with Petyr. Once when Petyr attempted to kiss Catelyn, she rejected him, laughing. Drinking his pain away, Petyr had sex with Lysa, but drunkenly believed she was Catelyn. He challenged Catelyn's betrothed, Brandon Stark, to a duel to win Catelyn's hand, but was easily defeated, and severely injured as a result. Lysa nursed him, and slept with him again, resulting in a pregnancy which her father forced her to abort. Petyr was sent away from Riverrun, back home to the Fingers.
Several years later, Lysa convinced her husband, Lord Jon Arryn, to give Petyr control of customs at Gulltown. There, he displayed such a skill with finances, that Jon brought him to King's Landing. Within three years, Petyr was named master of coin and appointed to the small council of King Robert I Baratheon. He increased his influence, moving his own people in place, while developing a complex web of loans, transactions, and investments. Petyr is an ambitious and bold man, but also extremely subtle and intelligent. Many highborns often underestimate him on account of his low birth, viewing him as powerless, friendly and helpful. Instead of using his family's sigil, based on the Titan of Braavos, Petyr wears a mockingbird as his personal crest. Read more...
- "You cannot eat love, nor buy a horse with it, nor warm your halls on a cold night." – Tywin Lannister 
- "The things I do for love." – Jaime Lannister 
- "A bag of dragons buys a man's silence for a while, but a well-placed quarrel buys it forever." – Petyr Baelish 
Did you know...
- The wealth of Tyrosh originates from a rare species of sea snails?
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran II.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 61, Sansa V.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 21, Tyrion III.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35, Samwell IV.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
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