"My husband, the late Lord Luthor. He was an oaf, as well. He managed to ride off a cliff while hawking. They say he was looking up at the sky and paid no mind to where his horse was taking him."
Olenna Tyrell[src]

Lord Luthor Tyrell was the father of Mace Tyrell, the Lord of Highgarden and the head of House Tyrell. He is survived by his widow Olenna Tyrell, known as the "Queen of Thorns".[1][2]



In his youth, Luthor was expected to marry Viola Redwyne. The night before he was due to propose to her, however, Viola's sister Olenna "stumbled" upon his bedchamber after allegedly getting lost after her embroidery lesson. The next morning, Luthor did not propose to Viola; in fact, he never left his chamber, as he couldn't walk, and could only think of what Olenna had given him the night before.[3]

Season 3

Lord Luthor's widow, Lady Olenna, describes her late husband to Sansa Stark as "an oaf".  She explains that her husband died when he rode over a cliff while hawking. He had been looking up and not paying attention to where his horse was going. She used the incident as a metaphor for the Tyrells' alliance with the Lannisters.[4]

Season 4

After Joffrey is poisoned and dies right in front of Margaery, she is left somewhat shaken. Days later, wearing mourning clothes, Olenna recalls to her that Luthor was an oaf she had to sit through boring banquets with and produce heirs with - but it was still horrifying after he died in his hunting accident, when they brought him back and she saw his lifeless corpse laid out on a table. Olenna seems uncharacteristically a little upset, though she tries to hide it, as she clearly didn't rejoice when Luthor died.[5]

Family tree

Luthor Tyrell
Family tree Olenna
Olenna Tyrell
née Redwyne House-Redwyne-Main-Shield
Mace tree
Mace Tyrell
Alerie Tyrell
née Hightower
Joffrey tree
Joffrey Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-King's Landing-Main-Shield
2nd husband
Margaery Tree
Margaery Tyrell
Renly Tree
Renly Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-Storm's-End-Main-Shield
1st husband
Loras Tree
Loras Tyrell
Tommen Baratheon family tree
Tommen Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-King's Landing-Main-Shield
3rd husband

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Luthor Tyrell's backstory remains the same, except that it was planned for him to marry Shaera Targaryen, a member of House Targaryen, who was cut out in the show to simplify the Targaryen-dynasty, and not another Redwyne.

After a short conversation with Olenna, Tyrion Lannister wondered if Luthor deliberately rode off that cliff.

See also


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Lord: Lady Olenna Tyrell Heir: Uncertain
Seat: Highgarden Lands: The Reach
Title(s): Lord Paramount of the Reach · Lord of Highgarden · Warden of the South
Ancestors:Garth Gardener · Harlen Tyrell · Lyonel Tyrell
Current members:Tyrell lady · Alerie Tyrell
Deceased members:Luthor Tyrell · Mace Tyrell · Margaery Tyrell · Loras Tyrell
Household:Mira Forrester · Sera Durwell
Overlord:House Targaryen