A dwarf, Tyrion is considered an embarrassment to his House and the fact that his mother died during his birth has not endeared him to his father. What Tyrion lacks in size and strength, he makes up for in mental acuity; his loyalty to House Lannister and the good of the Seven Kingdoms is unquestioned, but as acting Hand of the King, he has been given more responsibility than ever.
"A very small man can cast a very
large shadow." — Varys