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|“|| Let me make this clear for you, girl: you can either come live at my home in Prythian- offer your life for the wolf's in that way- or you can walk outside right now and be shredded to ribbons. Your choice.
–Tamlin, A Court of Thorns and Roses
Tamlin is described as strikingly handsome and young in appearance, he’s tall with tanned skin and a warrior’s build, honed to perfection over several hundred years. He is first seen in his Fae form wearing an exquisite golden mask embedded with emeralds shaped like whorls of leaves that covered his nose, cheeks, and brows. He has long golden blond hair and deep green eyes flecked with gold. He tends to wear warrior's clothes, preferring practicality to finery.
His beast form is a horse sized creature with a bear-like body that moved with a feline fluidity, a distinctively lupine head, and massive elk-like antlers. But lion or hound or elk, there was no doubting the damage his black, dagger-like claws and yellow fangs could inflict.
Tamlin is initially a very strong, quiet person describing himself as not very good at making friends or talking to people. He believes he is only good at war and killing people, aside from his skills at playing the fiddle. He repeatedly refuses Amarantha's advances and does his best to keep his Court safe from her after his father dies, even though he never wanted to be High Lord. Tamlin has always shown kindness to humans and refused to harm them after what his father and brother did to them, having always sympathized with them.
Tamlin was shown to have a short and explosive temper. After the events that happened Under the Mountain Tamlin becomes obsessive towards Feyre, ignoring her needs so he can feel she's safe and goes far enough to lock her in the manor as if she was a prisoner. When she leaves him, his obsession and anger grows, he sends his sentinels after her and when she refuses to return he destroys her bedroom. He even allies himself with the King of Hybern, someone he considered a monster in exchange for having Feyre back.
Tamlin was born in the Spring Court, the youngest of the three sons of the High Lord of the Spring Court and his mate. Tamlin's father was a friend of the King of Hybern and Amarantha and often went on trips to Hybern when Tamlin joined him, that was how he first met Amarantha and when she first decided that she desired him.
During the war, Tamlin was too young to fight. He never expected – never wanted – his father’s title. Tamlin’s brothers would have never let him live to adolescence if they had suspected that he did. So the moment Tamlin was old enough, he joined his father’s war-band and trained so that he might someday serve his father, or whichever of his brothers inherited the title. In the war band there were contests to see who could write the dirtiest limericks Tamlin didn’t particularly enjoy losing, so he took it upon himself to become good at them. Tamlin realized from an early age that fighting and killing were about the only things he was good at.
During various court functions over the years, Rhysand and Tamlin got to know each other, the youngest son of the High Lord of Spring Court at the time and the heir to the High Lord of Night Court. Rhys being a half-breed Illyrian who had to prove himself and defend his power, saw what Tamlin was going through and befriended him. He sought Tamlin out whenever he was able to get away from war-camps or court and taught him some Illyrian techniques. Rhysand’s family disapproved, but Tamlin's father was threatened by it, by him. And because he was weaker than both Tamlin and Rhys, he wanted to prove to the world that he wasn't.
Tamlin's father, brothers, and Tamlin himself set out to the Illyrian wilderness, having heard from Tamlin, who knew from Rhys, where his mother and sister would be, that he had plans to see them. Rhys was supposed to be there, and when they found out that he wasn't, they slaughtered his mother and sister anyway. They put their heads in boxes and sent them down the river – to the nearest camp. Tamlin’s father kept their wings as trophies pinned to the wall of his study.
When Rhys and his father heard, they winnowed to the edge of the Spring Court that night, then went the rest of the way on foot to the manor. When they got there, Rhys slew Tamlin's brothers on sight. However, when he got to the High Lord's bedroom, he found the High Lord and his wife dead, killed by his father, even after he had promised not to touch her. Then the High Lord of Night went for Tamlin's room. Rhys tried to stop him, but his father didn't listen. He was going to kill Tamlin too, but Rhysand couldn't let his father do it. So he stopped his father before the door. But when his father tried to go through him, Tamlin opened the door, saw them – smelled the blood spilled from his father's room, and killed Rhys' father in one blow.
Moments later, the powers from the two deceased High Lords shifted to both of them respectively, crowning them both as the new High Lords of their court. After that, Rhys ran from the Spring Court, and they had a deep hatred for each other ever since.
Most High Lords are trained from birth in manners and laws and court warfare but Tamlin was never intended to become High Lord so when he inherited his father’s title, many of the late High Lord’s courtiers defected to other courts rather than “have a warrior-beast snarling at them.”
After Beron the High Lord of Autumn killed his youngest son’s lover, Lucien left. He cursed his father, abandoned his title and the Autumn Court, and walked out, going to the Spring Court. Without his title protecting him, Lucian’s brothers thought to eliminate one more contender to the High Lord’s crown. Three of them went out to kill him; one came back.
Lucian killed one and Tamlin killed the other, as they had crossed into the Spring Court territory, and Tamlin was now High Lord and could do what he wanted with trespassers threatening the peace of his lands. He claimed Lucien as his own – named him emissary of the Spring Court, since he’d already made many friends across the courts and had always been good at talking to people, something that Tamlin found difficult. Lucian had been there ever since until the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin.
Sometime after Tamlin became High Lord but long before the beginning of the series he burned the wings of Rhysand's mother and sister.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
After Feyre kills a large wolf in the forest a day after killing the wolf, when she is having dinner with her family, a beast with a bear-like body, wolf head and elk horns destroys her cottage's door and storms into it, asking who killed the wolf. When Feyre confesses it was her and asks the beast what the price is, the beast replies "a life for a life". When Feyre requests the beast not to end her life there but do it outside, so that her family does not have to clean her blood from the floor, the beast tells her that she could fulfill her debt by spending the rest of her life in Prythian. Feyre's father encourages her to do it and never come back. She leaves with the beast but for the few minutes they move through the woods, she looks for a way to run away or kill the beast. She is then knocked out by the beast with magic and kept unconscious through the whole trip.
The beast goes back to the cottage and glamours Feyre's family to think she left to take care of a sick aunt and her father's ships were found across the sea. The beast, Tamlin, sends them gold and jewels to ensure their well being after he takes Feyre, who is their only source of food.
Feyre regains consciousness in the Spring Court and arrives at a nice, seemingly empty, manor. She is taken into a dining room by the beast whom with a flash of light transforms into a blonde, young man with a mask, Tamlin. Tamlin offers her food, which she refuses. He sends her to have a bath and come back. When she returns, she still refuses to eat, believing that she will be spelled. They are joined only by Lucien who initially starts mocking her for being human and looking starved. Tamlin tries to get her interest by telling her she looks cleaned and well dressed, which she dismisses as pathetic flirting. Due to her continued distrust he magically chains her to the seat and promises not to release her until she eats, Feyre obliges and is sent to her room and not a cell, to her surprise.
Although initially the relationship with Tamlin is hard, eventually he gains Feyre's trust and interest. He continuously left the manor to take care of problems within his land, sometimes taking her for strolls.
The night of the Calanmai, when Tamlin returns from the celebration and is drunk with magic, he finds Feyre on her way to the kitchen. He starts seducing her and bites her neck. Feyre slaps his face and tells him she is not a second plate. After these events, the interest between them becomes more obvious.
One morning while having lunch, Rhysand enters the manor. Before he gets to the dining room, Lucien glamours Feyre to not be visible by him. Rhysand come to the Spring Court to pass a message from an unknown woman, later revealed to be Amarantha. Before Rhysand leaves he notices the extra plate on the table and recognizes Feyre's smell. He destroys the glamour and using his powers, reads and grabs Feyre's mind, hurting her and scaring Tamlin.
After this, Tamlin sends Feyre home. The Spring Court was later attacked by Amarantha's forces and Tamlin, as well as the most of his court were taken Under the Mountain, until Feyre came to rescue them. Amarantha agreed if Feyre survived three challenges. Tamlin always kept silent and unmoved throughout the whole interaction between the ladies and following trials.
Only the night before the third trial Tamlin approached Feyre when she was left alone. He took her to a room behind the throne and started kissing her.
Tamlin is later involved in Feyre's resurrection. Tamlin then returns to the Spring Court.
A Court of Mist and Fury
Three months after the events Under the Mountain, Tamlin and Feyre are battling with the traumatic events that marked them. Tamlin decided to ignore the issues they were having, pretending nothing had happened. Feyre's physical and mental health contiuned to deteriorate, and Tamlin refused to let her leave the manor.
Tamlin became very possessive and controlling, as well as easily angered. He assigned Ianthe to help Feyre with the wedding.
According to Ianthe and Tamlin, Feyre's responsibilities were to bear children to ensure Tamlin's bloodline's survival and plan parties. She was to behave according to his desires to send the "right message" to the remaining courts. Tamlin confesses to Feyre that she will be a consort only, never a High Lady.
The day of the wedding, Feyre attempts to stop the wedding, however, she could barely speak and only stopped walking down the aisle. Tamlin realized what was happening and tries to grab her and pull her towards him. Suddenly Rhysand appears to take Feyre away to the Night Court, calling in the bargain she made with him Under the Mountain. Instead of fighting for her, Tamlin only warns Rhysand not to hurt her.
This event infuriates Tamlin and in a tantrum, destroys part of the manor. When Feyre returns to the Spring Court, Tamlin tries to use her as a spy to gather all possible information about the Night Court and Rhysand. During the Tithe, a tax collection, Tamlin assembles for all members of his lands. Feyre helps a water wraith pay her debt, fact that infuriates Tamlin. When they start arguing about it, Feyre confesses that she feels controlled and overwhelmed by him. Out of fury, Tamlin destroys his study. Feyre protected herself by creating a wall of air around herself. She immediately forgives Tamlin for what happened.
When Rhysand comes to get Feyre a second time, Tamlin tries to kick him out. However, his mood changes from demanding to pleading. He offers Rhysand anything in exchange for ending the bargain, an offer Rhysand refuses.
When Feyre returns to Tamlin's manor, he revoked any privileges she had to go out, using the excuse of it being for her own safety. One morning Tamlin, wards the house with her inside, locking her in, before he winnowed out.
Tamlin decides to do anything possible to get Feyre back, no matter who he hurts along the way and without regard for what she wants.
In the commencing period of a Court of Thorns and Roses, Feyre is bound to Tamlin due to the treaty between their lands. Tamlin takes her to his court, the Spring Court where she is free to roam but forbidden to escape. As the story progresses, her feelings for Tamlin blend from bitter cold to a burning passion. Eventually, Feyre and Tamlin fall in love. Towards the end, After sending Feyre back to her home to keep her safe, Tamlin is taken to Under the Mountain because of the fact that he was unable to break the curse put on him by Amarantha. Feyre, unable to control her love for him, ventures out to Under the Mountain. There she has to face either three trials waiting to be completed and or a riddle to be solved to claim her love, Tamlin. After successfully completing them Amarantha goes against her word of giving Feyre, Tamlin and the rest of the people of Pythian lands freedom. She attempts to kill Feyre and succeeds but is shredded to ribbons by Tamlin after.
Tamlin with the help of the High Lords of the courts brings Feyre back to life making her an immortal High Fae. They leave Under The Mountain to return to the Spring Court, their home.
It is revealed that Tamlin had grown controlling and obsessive, seeing Feyre suffering Under The Mountain led him to believe that she needed protecting. He forbade her to leave the grounds and refused to take notice that Feyre had essentially lost her will to live and was painfully thin. Eventually he went so far as to lock her in the house. After she was rescued by the Night Court, Tamlin made a bargain with the King of Hybern to get her back, and Feyre feigned being under Rhysand's mind control and pretended to love Tamlin again to save her friends. Tamlin took Feyre back to the Spring Court, unaware he had just led a very dangerous fox into the chicken coop.
Tamlin had a rocky relationship with his family, save his mother, of whom he cared for deeply, and mourned her death.
Tamlin has been close friends with Lucien since he fled his home, the Autumn court. Lucien is Tamlin's right-hand man and emissary.
When Tamlin was younger he knew Amarantha. However, after the war she left those shores and when she returned Tamlin didn't trust her. Amarantha made everyone who attended her party under the mountain stuck there until a human woman who hated the faerie kind was willing to marry Tamlin. She did this because Amarantha wanted to make Tamlin her lover but after Amarantha had gouged out Lucien's eye, he refused. Tamlin said he'd rather bed and marry a human woman.
Powers & Abilities
Tamlin is known for his immense brute strength and the ability to shape-shift. He can change his own shape into that of a horse sized beast with a bear like body and the head of a wolf. He has been known to grow claws when his temper rises. He can also change the shape of others and turned many members of his court into wolves when he sent them across the wall in the hope of breaking his curse.
As a High Lord he has numerous magical abilities that include glamour magic that can be used to make people see and think things he wants, he demonstrated the ability when he glamoured Feyre’s family into believing that she went to live with a wealthy and elderly aunt, however this glamour didn’t affect Nesta and her steel mind. He can winnow himself across vast distances and during the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin he showed some skill in air manipulation.
- Tamlin is lightly based off of Beast from Beauty and the Beast.
- Sarah J Maas stated in an interview that Tamlin would be sorted into Gryffindor if he attended Hogwarts.
- Tamlin and Feyre's love story is loosely based on the ballad "Tam Lin". The story revolves around the rescue of Tam Lin by his true love from the Queen of the Fairies.
- Tamlin has a heart made out of stone.
|Characters||Tamlin · Feyre Archeron (former) · Lucien Vanserra (former) · Alis (former) · Ianthe † · Andras † · Bron · Hart · Tamlin's father · Tamlin's mother · Ianthe's father · Ianthe's mother · Ianthe's sisters|
|Locations||Village · Western Forest|
|High Lords and Ladies of Prythian|
|Current||Rhysand · Feyre · Tamlin · Tarquin · Beron · Helion · Kallias · Thesan|
|Former||Tamlin's father · Rhysand's father · Nostrus|