In the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin has managed to create a thriving world that contains thousands of characters, all with their own lives and history to go along with them. With so many figures gracing the pages of the main series and the subsequent spinoffs, it is easy to forget or pay little attention to those who appear infrequently and who seemingly have only but a small part to play. But despite this, Loras Tyrell, the third son of a powerful household in the Westerosi region of the Reach, has managed to garner the attention of both book readers, as well as those who live in the world with him. A flashy, ostentatious knight who seems more a modern day pop-star than a brutal warrior, it would have been easy for Martin to make Loras nothing more than a one-dimensional character based entirely on his good looks and skillful jousting performances. Indeed, many still see Loras as the young pretty boy who just so happens to be gay. But while seemingly a secondary character, Loras Tyrell represents a greater narrative. He is more than just a knight; he is representative of the naive soldier, gone off to war looking for glory only to return a broken and scarred young man, his life and his passions cut short by the brutality of love and loss. He is a medieval knight and a modern day soldier; a rosy-cheeked squire in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and an ancient Greek hero on the plains of Troy. Loras embodies a culmination of various mythological depictions of knights and soldiers, and this very invocation of the battle weary, lovelorn and hopelessly lost soldier makes him such a timeless character.

Loras Tyrell – Violence, Loss and Grief: The Real Life of a Knight

If you’d rather take a look at the book (and far superior) version of Loras Tyrell over the one-dimensional stereotype he’s been reduced to on Game of Thrones, we have you covered. Bring a hanky.

As I was just ranting about on Twitter:

Upset right now that one of my shows (Vikings) is giving me a glorious m/m love story but without crossing the line into sex, while another (GoT) is being generous with the m/m sex, but gutting an equally intense love story in the process. (Can’t say more without book spoilers, but this is not a Loras that seems likely to Do the Thing he’s supposed to do in this part of the story.)

What is SO threatening to people about the combo of m/m sex AND love that we never get to see both? It seems like we’re supposed to write off queer men as sex obsessed and incapable of deep love, or else write off deep m/m love as something without even a tiny hint of sexuality. Ugh. Tired of it.

  • Renly:Hi, you...would you be the Commander of the Rainbow Guard?
  • Loras:I... thought that was the plan?
  • Renly:No, I mean
  • Renly:Will you, in front of witnesses, pledge your life to mine
  • Renly:moreso than the other guards have done
  • Renly:and then...take off whatever cloak you happen to be wearing that day, maybe with like, your sigil on it
  • Renly:and then let me...drape a cloak... on your shoulders...that represents me
  • Renly:while asking the 7 to bless us, essentially.
  • Loras:..........
  • Loras:so like
  • Loras:kind of like that thing you and Marg did a few weeks ago?
  • Renly:.......Yeeeeeeah. Except. I don't. Remember a whole lot of that. And I will remember this. Forever. and Ever.
  • Renly:also I will be sober.
  • Renly:So sober, in fact, that I might not be able to sleep, while you are on guard duty, and you can keep me company :)
  • Renly:So uh...will you? Um. Do that thing with me?
  • Loras:..........................:)
  • Loras:Yes
  • Loras:Come kiss me right now