Wyman Manderly

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Wyman Manderly
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Alias Lord Lamprey
Lord Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse
Lord Pig
Lord Lard
Title Lord of White Harbor
Warden of the White Knife
Shield of the Faith
Defender of the Dispossessed
Lord Marshal of the Mander
Knight of the Order of the Green Hand
Allegiance House Manderly
Born In +/- 239 AC
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)

Lord Wyman Manderly, known as Lord Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse, of White Harbor is the head of House Manderly. He has two sons, Ser Wylis and Ser Wendel and has been a widower for eight years. He is so fat he can no longer ride a horse and must be carried in a litter.[1] He is nearly sixty years old.[2] He has a loud, booming laugh. He is mocked by his own people as "Lord Lamprey."[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Wyman meets Lady Catelyn Stark when she comes ashore at White Harbor after her return from the Eyrie. He stays to command the defense of White Harbor when Robb Stark calls his banners. He sends his two sons in his absence.[2]

A Clash of Kings

Lord Wyman came to Winterfell to partake in the harvest feast. There he proposed to mint new coinage for the King in the North and a new warfleet for the North. He also offered himself or his son Wendel as a possible new husband for Lady Donella Manderly, the Lady of Hornwood.[1] He danced with Beth Cassel during the harvest feast.[3] When Ramsay Snow kidnapped and forcibly married Lady Hornwood, Lord Wyman moved quickly to seize Hornwood and prevent Ramsay from having it.[4]

A Feast for Crows

It was reported to Queen Cersei that Lord Wyman had Ser Davos Seaworth executed. Members of House Frey testified that they had seen his head, confirming Lord Wyman's claim.[5]

A Dance with Dragons

Stannis Baratheon sends a letter to White Harbour that demands fealty to him as King from Lord Wyman. Lord Wyman responds with obfuscation, speaking of his age and infirmity.[6]

Davos Seaworth arrives to treat with Lord Manderly on behalf of Stannis and he is brought before him at The Merman's Court. A large audience is present at court, with three Freys attending (Rhaegar Frey, Symond Frey, and Jared Frey), as well as his son Wylis's wife Leona Woolfield, his two granddaughters Wynafryd and Wylla, his maester Theomore, his cousin and commander of the garrison Ser Marlon Manderly, in addition to several lords, knights, squires, along with their daughters, sons, and wives. After Lord Wyman hears Davos's plea to join Stannis's cause, he orders Davos's execution due to his loyalty to House Lannister, the Iron Throne, and his faith in the Frey's explanation of the Red Wedding being Robb Stark's work.[7]

Instead of executing Davos, he executes another prisoner in Davos's place and sends Davos to the Wolf's Den, a prison in White Harbour. The other prisoner's head and hands are removed, dipped in tar, and the unnamed prisoner's fingers are removed in order to make the remains which are displayed in public look truly like Davos's. The Freys write King's Landing stating that Manderly loyally ordered the execution of the "onion knight" Davos Seaworth. Wyman Manderly's trick works, and the Iron Throne returns his only living son Wylis Manderly from captivity. During the celebration feast welcoming Wylis home to White Harbour, Wyman slips out to "visit the privy" and in a secret room he meets with Davos Seaworth and Robett Glover. He apologizes to Davos for the way in which he has been treated, and explains that the need for all the acting and deception was to trick the Lannisters and Freys into releasing his son from captivity and make them think he is a fat, stupid oaf who fears them. He then promises Davos he will swear allegiance to Stannis if Davos does a task for him. Manderly explains to Davos that he has learned from a survivor of the Sack of Winterfell, Wex Pyke, that it was Ramsay Bolton who was responsible for the massacre. He also explains to Davos that he has learned from Wex that Rickon Stark is alive and he needs a smuggler as opposed to a normal sailor to retrieve him from his current location, Skagos.[8]

After he and Davos reach an agreement, Manderly leaves to attend the wedding of Ramsay Bolton to "Arya Stark" with an armed escort. Before doing so, he gifts his three Frey guests a palfrey each (guest gifts are given to guests when they leave their host's protection, meaning they are no longer under the protection of Guest right).[9] With him, Manderly brings a huge supply of food to Ramsay's wedding at Winterfell, but he brings no hostage as Roose Bolton commanded. This is unsettling to Roose, but with word of Stannis marching on Winterfell, Roose cannot quarrel with Manderly as he is in need of his knights.

The three Freys do not arrive with Manderly.[10] He claims they rode ahead of him, being that he cannot ride a horse and instead traveled by boat. Hosteen and Aenys Frey suspect Manderly of foul play.[11] At the wedding feast, Manderly is in a jolly humor, laughing and jesting and calling out songs for the singer Abel to sing. He then presents three huge pies and cuts out portions to the Boltons and Freys and asks Abel to sing of the Rat Cook, most probably intended to make violators (the Freys) of the Guest right etiquette uncomfortable.[12] See: Frey Pies/Theories.

Roose Bolton doesn't eat any of the food unless he sees Manderly eating off the same dish and doesn't drink any of the beverages unless he witnesses Manderly drinking from the same cask. When several men-at-arms in the castle are murdered, and once Theon Greyjoy is dismissed as a suspect, suspicion is cast upon Manderly ordering the deaths. When Little Walder Frey is murdered, Hosteen openly accuses Manderly, who denies the charge yet at the same time insults House Frey, which causes an enraged Hosteen to attack Wyman. Wyman's throat is nearly slit open but his knights intervene. He is treated by Maester Medrick for his wounds.[13]


"The North remembers".[8]

When learning of the death of Little Walder:

""Though mayhaps this was a blessing. Had he lived he would have grown up to be a Frey".[14]



References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
  3. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
  4. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran IV.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 3, Jon I.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 19, Davos III, pages 243-252.
  8. 8.0 8.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV, pages 382-394.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell, page 609.
  10. Bad reference param1.
  11. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III, pages 420-424.
  12. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell, page 497.
  13. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I, pages 675-67.
  14. A Dance with Dragons, Theon I