On The Curious Use Of ‘Hand’ Imagery In ‘Game Of Thrones’


**************SPOILER WARNING!**************

This article contains some minor and a couple
of major details about the plot of ‘Game of
Thrones’ up to and including the end of the
fourth book, ‘A Feast For Crows’
(i.e. further than season Three of the TV Show!)

**************SPOILER WARNING!**************

There are loads of references to ‘hands’ in Game Of Thrones. They’re everywhere, in plot points, character names and locations. Can you think of any that I haven’t listed here?

Instances of ‘Hand’ Imagery in ‘Game Of Thrones’:

– The Hand of The King, who wears a chain of inter-locked golden hands in the book, and a pin with a fist on it in the show. The Tourney of the Hand was held in King’s Landing to celebrate the naming of Eddard Stark as Hand of the King to Robert I. Letters sent by the Hand of the King are sealed with a hand symbol:
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– Jon Snow’s hand is burned when he first encounters a White Walker in Castle Black and throws an oil lamp at the thing to kill it and protect the Old Bear, Commander Jeor Mormont.

– Jaime Lannister’s hand is cut off by Vargo Hoat, ‘The Goat’. He later gets a replacement hand, made from solid gold. He thinks about potentially becoming known as ‘Gold Hand‘, as oppose to ‘Kingslayer’.

– Jon Snow’s direwolf Ghost finds a frozen hand in the snow, when they are on patrol north of the wall.

– Quorrin Halfhand, the man of the Nights Watch who is killed by Jon Snow in order for him to infiltrate Mance Rayder’s army.

– Littlefinger, who comes from a place called ‘The Fingers‘.

– The area north of the wall called ‘The Fist Of The First Men’.

– Davos had the fingers on one hand shortened by a knuckle by Stannis as cruel (but fair?) punishment for being a smuggler, after the seige on Storm’s End, during Robert Baratheon’s Rebellion. He has since worn his severed finger bones in a pouch around his neck.
– A place in the north of Westeros called ‘Flint’s Finger‘.

– Catelyn Stark’s hands are badly scarred from protecting herself from the blade of the assassin who tries to kill her and her son Bran, in Bran’s bedroom in Winterfell.

– The land that used to connect Westeros to the land across the sea, long ago, called ‘The Broken Arm‘.

– Lord Wyman Manderlay’s full title is “Lord of White Harbour and Warden of the White Knife, Shield of the Faith, Defender of the Disposed, Lord Marshall of the Mander, a Knight of the Order of the Green Hand.”

– Garth Gardener, better known as Garth Greenhand, was the first King of the Reach and founder of House Gardener.

– Left Hand Lew is a steward of the Night’s Watch.

– The Fiery Hand, known also as The Lord of Light’s sacred soldiers and defenders of the temple, is a group of Warriors that protect the Red temple of R’hllor in the free city of Volantis.

– Will is a ranger of the Night’s Watch. The prologue of A Game of Thrones is written from his point-of-view. Will had been a poacher before joining the Night’s Watch, hunting in House Mallister’s woods. Lord Mallister’s freeriders caught him skinning a buck and gave him the choice of taking the black or losing a hand. He chose the former.

– Gared is a ranger of the Night’s Watch. His are the first words of the series. He lost both ears, three toes and the little finger of his left hand to the cold.

– Tormund, better known as Tormund Giantsbane or Tormund Thunderfist, is a famous wildling raider.

– Robbett Glover wears a scarlet cloak fattened at the shoulder with a heavy silver brooch in the shape of a mailed fist.

– Davos nearly gets his head and hands chopped off at White Harbour. Someone else’s head and hands are chopped off instead, and hung on display from the castle walls.



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