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House Lannister

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House Lannister

The sigil of House Lannister from Game of Thrones.


Based on George R.R. Martin’s famous series of novels (collectively known as “A Song of Ice and Fire”), the television series “Game of Thrones” first premiered in 2011 on the channel HBO. It is set in a fantasy world heavily based on the society and culture of the European Middle Ages. Two primary continents, known as Westeros and Essos, make up the bulk of the visible landmass in this world, with the former being featured in storylines much more frequently. While typical elements from fantasy stories, such as dragons and various forms of magic, are seen throughout the series, in the long run these generally take a backseat to the military conflicts, political machinations and family dynamics that are the principle focus of the story.

The continent of Westeros is made up of many different regions, each of which has its own culture and history. Most of these regions form constituent parts of a single political realm, which is presided over by a ruling monarch. While the monarch holds ultimate power over the realm, local governance of each region is handled by a “Great House”, a noble family whose members answer directly to the sovereign. House Lannister is one of these Great Houses. Their ancestral land is known as The Westerlands, a region of mountains and hills on the western coast governed from the stronghold of Casterly Rock. Due to the numerous gold and silver mines found in the region, the Lannisters are the richest family in Westeros, able to finance any number of ventures and even lend substantial sums to the ruling monarch. Their sigil is a golden lion on a field of red, and their motto is “Hear Me Roar”. The great wealth of the Lannisters and the influence it has brought them resulted in the House garnering a second, unofficial motto; “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts”.

The particular reason why a lion, and specifically a golden one, serves as the sigil of House Lannister is never fully explained, but there are clues to suggest that the Lannisters have had a significant history with the beasts. Caged lions have been kept in Casterly Rock for generations, and prior to the start of the series, Tytos Lannister was nearly killed by a wild lioness while out on a hunt (his banners didn’t offer much protection there, did they?). Also, as members of House Lannister tend to be tall and attractive with blonde hair, they have been compared to lions on a number of occasions.

Graphical characteristics:
Asymmetric, Closed shape, Colorful, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.

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