As Peter Dinklage walked to the stage yesterday to collect the Emmy award for portraying the role of Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s magnum opus series, Game of Thrones, I shouted for joy. I am a huge GoT fan. But more than that, I am a Tyrion fan. What is it about the not-so-handsome dwarf that had me hooked? The simple fact that he was one hundred percent okay with that.
Yes, Tyrion is clever and has a good heart. But other than these two qualities, what else does he have to stand a chance amidst the avalanche of characters that GoT offers? Indeed, his list of problematic areas long overrides his positives. He is a weird faced dwarf. His father is ashamed of him. His sister hates him. He always runs out of luck in love. He is no master of the sword. No matter what he does, he will always be considered with a doubt in mind because after all, isn’t he too clever?
Yet, Tyrion Lannister was fine with who he was. Nothing else mattered and nobody else’s opinion mattered as long as he was clear in his head and accepted it aloud – without a tinge of shame.
“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and it can never be used to hurt you.”
“Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.”
“Let them see that their words can cut you and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name, take it. Make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore.”
We all have insecurities. This man had all the more reason to go into a shell. But he did not. Instead, he chose to stand out, in all ways possible. And he shone!
Tyrion Lannister taught me to accept myself – in all my glory and shame – as I am. Although I am not completely there yet, I try.
That is the power of a good character!