As a white male with #dwarfism, I see him and I think "Yes!"
I wish I'd read these 15 years ago.
Let's look at some examples...
Yes, yes. I get this is supposed to be how other people see him but, damn man, *every* character seems to loathe the sight of a #dwarf body.
Daenerys is served by a dwarf servant who is described as having a "pinched, pointed, and snoutish" face.
(this scene is totally gratuitous, btw. Pure fetishisation. It is there to repulse Daenerys and the reader)
The way GRRM describes Tyrion walking is unsettling.
"His stunted legs might make him a comic grotesque at a harvest ball."
"His body swaying heavily from side to side with every step, like something from a grotesquerie."
Sometimes, when running or climbing stairs our legs swing out to the side a little and then out to the front.
GRRM calls this "waddling".
You know what *we* call it? WALKING.
"A joyless laughter, the sort of laughter that can turn into sobbing in half a heartbeat"
Yet when it comes to Tyrion's legs, it's all waddle, waddle, waddle.
But it is a fleeting moment, and then it's gone...
But there are flashes of pride, too.
"Mighty but short, somewhat like me", he says.
Cersei: "You have always been cunning."
Tyrion: "In my own small way."
But even then he presents himself as less than. He doesn't shout CHARGE but
"'They say I'm half a man. What does that make the lot of you?' If I fight, they must do the same, or they are less than dwarfs he thinks."
Let's talk about this.
we are giving WAY too much credit to the abilities of an average height man, GRRM, to depict internalised oppression built over years of living in a body. he. doesn't. have. and. doesn't. know.
It needs to be scrutinised, questioned and challenged.
I worry readers won't do this.
But I've already read 1600 pages and I'm still wanting.
I love Tyrion. I just wish he loved himself a bit more. He defies everyone in all other aspects - save this one.
PS: * Arya comes a close second.