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At some occasions in Game of Thrones now and then Tyrion Lannister uses to whistle some melody (at least during the first two seasons, where he still had a bit more reasons to be elated). Is this just some varying random tune he whistles without any further significance or is this a particular melody known to him and others (and to the book readers, if even true to the source material in this regard)?

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Not really sure about the tags, neither soundtrack nor dialogue nor character seems to fit. –  Napoleon Wilson Jun 16 at 7:09
    
Ohhh...so you started GoT. –  Ankit Sharma Jun 16 at 9:32
    
@AnkitSharma Well, "started" is good, I started 4 or 5 days ago and am at S04E04. Speaks in favour of the show, I guess. ;-) –  Napoleon Wilson Jun 16 at 9:37
    
Well quite fast, i am still in the last running season (the only season i have watched) and not able to understand 60% of character and their motivations. –  Ankit Sharma Jun 16 at 9:40
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@AnkitSharma: Do yourself a favour buddy and binge watch, starting from S01E01. You can (and will) thank me later ;) –  KeyBrd Basher Jun 17 at 8:21

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Do you mean The Rains of Castamere?

The Rains of Castamere is a famous song in Westeros... [It] immortalized the destruction of House Reyne by Tywin Lannister.

The Rains of Castemere went on to become very popular with soldiers of the Westerlands, becoming an "anthem" of sorts for House Lannister. This extends to the point that even Western soldiers sometimes refer to it simply as, "the Lannister song".

Tyrion whistles the tune to the song when he arrives at the Small Council in King's Landing for the first time. He does it again while on his way to visit Shae, when he is surprised to find that Varys is there with her.

Here's an instrumental version. It's also sung in Season 3 and 4, there's an episode named after it, and it plays during the Purple Wedding. One instance of the whistle can be found here (albeit a bit out of tune):

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Thanks for the answer. Indeed those seem like the incidents I was after. I even thought about "The Rains of Castamere" as a likely possibility (more or less because it's the only song from the TV show with much of a significance to it I know) but wasn't sure about it. –  Napoleon Wilson Jun 16 at 8:32
    
Though, I have to say Tyrion isn't really particularly good at it, given the amount of training he should have had on this one (or maybe it was just Dinklage's incapacity?). ;-) –  Napoleon Wilson Jun 16 at 16:19

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