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"My mother used it for sewing. She'd let me sit with her in her chamber, while she sewed, and read to her. My father put a stop to it, when he found out."
Samwell Tarly giving Gilly a thimble[src]

Lady Melessa Tarly, née Florent, is the wife of Randyll Tarly, the Lord of Horn Hill and head of House Tarly. Together, they have three children: sons Samwell and Dickon and daughter Talla. In contrast to her husband, Melessa is a very warm and welcoming person.

Biography

Background

Lady Melessa of House Florent is the wife Lord Randyll Tarly and mother of Samwell, Talla, and Dickon. She is a first cousin of Selyse Florent (the wife of Stannis Baratheon), Lord Axell Florent, and Imry Florent.

Season 1

When Jon Snow asks Samwell what he is doing at the Wall, Samwell tells him that his father did not think him manly enough to inherit his title and lands so he forced him to join the Night's Watch or he implied that he would kill him and tell Melessa that it was a hunting accident.[1]

Season 2

Before leaving Craster's Keep, Samwell gives Gilly a thimble that once belonged to Lady Melessa. He explains that he used to read to her while she was sewing but that his father ended the practice when he found out. He reveals that the thimble is the only possession he has from her and that it was a gift given when he left for Wall.[2]

Season 6

Since the Citadel only admits men, Sam decides to send Gilly and her baby to his family at Horn Hill. While he gets on poorly with his father, he regards his mother and sister as nice.[3]

The Tarly family has dinner with Gilly.

Melessa responds just as Sam expected, eagerly greeting him as he arrives. She is also delighted when she sees little Sam, and coos over her "grandchild". At dinner that evening, Melessa notices that Gilly seems unused to cutlery and seems to be copying her when trying to eat. She later sits uncomfortably as Randyll insults Sam repeatedly, and finally stands up for him, offering the opinion that being the Maester to the Night's Watch is an honor. When Randyll realizes that Gilly is a wildling, Melessa listens to his rant before finally snapping and giving him a piece of her mind, then storming out with Gilly and Talla in tow.[4]

When Sam takes Gilly and the baby and escapes in the middle of the night, he tells Gilly that his mother will understand.[4]

Family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Alester
Florent

 
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Melara
Florent

 
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Ryam
Florent
Deceased
 
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Unknown
Lady Florent

 
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Rylene
Florent

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Randyll
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Deceased
 
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Melessa
Florent


 
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Stannis
Baratheon
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Deceased
 
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Selyse
Florent

Deceased
 
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Axell
Florent

Deceased
 
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Imry
Florent


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Samwell
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Talla
Tarly
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Dickon
Tarly
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Deceased
 
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Three stillborn
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Deceased
 
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Shireen
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Deceased

Appearances

Season Six appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Melessa Florent is a daughter of Lord Alester Florent, head of House Florent and Lord of Brightwater Keep, and Lady Melara Crane. She has not appeared yet in the books.

Melessa is a first cousin of Selyse Baratheon, as Melessa's father Alester is the older brother of Selyse's father Ryam.

See also

References

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Lord: Unknown Heir: Unknown
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Seat: Brightwater Keep Lands: The Reach
Title(s): Lord of Brightwater Keep
Current members: Imry Florent · Melessa Florent · Rylene Florent
Deceased members: Axell Florent · Selyse Florent
Overlord: Lord Bronn
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Lord: Lady Talla Tarly Heir: Unknown
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Seat: Horn Hill Lands: The Reach
Title(s): Lord of Horn Hill
Current members: Melessa Tarly · Samwell Tarly
Deceased members: Randyll Tarly · Dickon Tarly
Overlord: Lord Bronn
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