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The '''Grey King''' is a legendary hero from the [[Iron Islands]].  
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The '''Grey King''' is a legendary monarch of the [[Iron Islands]] who is said to have ruled for 1,007 years.{{ref|AFFC|1}} All of the great houses of the islands claim descent from the Grey King, including [[House Greyjoy]],{{ref|agot|Appendix}} with the exception of [[House Goodbrother]], who claim descent from the Grey King's loyal eldest brother.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns}}
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==Appearance==
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:''See also [[:Category:Images of the Grey King|Images of the Grey King]].''
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The Grey King is so named because his hair, beard, and eyes were grey as the winter sea, and at the end of his life even his skin had turned grey.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns}} He supposedly wore robes of woven seaweed and a tall pale crown made from [[Nagga]]'s teeth,{{ref|AFFC|1}} but he is alternatively said to have worn a driftwood crown.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns}}
  
 
==Legend==
 
==Legend==
The legends say the [[Drowned God]] himself helped the Grey King to slay the sea dragon [[Nagga]]. From her bones he made his hall, the [[Grey King's Hall]], which he heated with Nagga's living fire. For a thousand years he reigned. He took a [[mermaid]] as his wife so his sons and daughters might live above or beneath the waves as they chose. His hair and beard and eyes were as grey as the winter sea, and from them he took his name. He also wore a crown of driftwood so all who knelt before him would know his power came from the sea and the [[Drowned God]] himself.
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[[File:Nagga and Grey King fight2.jpg|350px|thumb|right|The Grey King fights [[Nagga]].]]
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Legends say the Grey King slew the sea dragon [[Nagga]], after which the [[Drowned God]] turned the sea dragon's bones to stone. From the bones was made the [[Grey King's Hall]], which he heated with Nagga's living fire.{{ref|AFFC|19}} He took a [[mermaid]]{{Ref|agot|appendix}} as his wife so his children could live on land or in water. He also wore a crown of driftwood so all who knelt before him would know his power came from the sea and the Drowned God himself.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns}}
  
The Grey King brought fire to the earth by taunting the [[Storm God]] until he lashed down with a thunderbolt and set a tree ablaze. He also taught men to weave nets and sails and carved the first longship from the [[Weirwood|pale wood]] of [[Ygg]], a demon tree who fed on human flesh.
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The Grey King brought fire to the earth by taunting the [[Storm God]] into setting a tree on fire with a thunderbolt. He taught men to weave nets and sails. The Grey King allegedly carved the first longship from the [[weirwood|pale wood]] of [[Ygg]], a demon tree which fed on human flesh.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns}}
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He supposedly wore robes of woven seaweed and a tall pale crown made from Nagga's teeth. When the Grey King died, the Storm God snuffed out the fire and the sea stole his throne. Only his hall remains.{{ref|affc|19}} Another account states that he ruled for a thousand years until his skin turned as grey as his hair and bear. Then he cast aside his driftwood crown and walked into the sea to descend to the watery halls of the Drowned God to take his place at the right hand of the god.
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The Grey King's skin turned as grey as his hair and beard as he ruled over centuries. Eventually he cast aside his driftwood crown and walked into the sea to descend to the watery halls of the Drowned God to take his place at the right hand of the god.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns}} The Storm God snuffed out Nagga's fire after the Grey King's death and the sea stole his throne, with Nagga's bones the only remnants of the Grey King's Hall.{{ref|AFFC|1}}
  
The Grey King is said to have had a hundred sons who fought after his death. The sixteen who survived divided the Iron Islands amongst themselves. All of the great houses of the islands claim descent from the Grey King, including [[House Greyjoy]],{{ref|agot|Appendix}} with the exception of [[House Goodbrother]], who claim descent from the Grey King's loyal eldest brother.{{ref|TWOIAF| Driftwood Crowns}}
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The Grey King is said to have had a hundred sons who fought after his death. The sixteen who survived divided the Iron Islands amongst themselves.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns}}
  
[[Urras Greyiron]] was chosen in a [[kingsmoot]] as the first [[High King of the Iron Islands]] since the Grey King.{{ref|TWOIAF| Driftwood Crowns}}
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==History==
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[[Urras Greyiron]] was chosen in a [[kingsmoot]] as the first [[High King of the Iron Islands]] since the Grey King.{{ref|TWOIAF|The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns}}
  
==See also==
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[[Vickon Greyjoy]], a descendent of the Grey King, was chosen as the new [[Lord of the Iron Islands]] after [[Aegon's Conquest]].{{ref|TWOIAF|The Iron Islands: The Greyjoys of Pyke}}
*[[:Category:Images of the Grey King|Images of the Grey King]]
 
  
==References and Notes==
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==References==
 
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{{References}}
  
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Latest revision as of 09:55, 12 May 2019

Grey King
Grey King.png
The Grey King upon his throne, as depicted by Arthur Bozonnet in The World of Ice & Fire
Biographical Information
Reign During the Age of Heroes
Titles High King of the Iron Islands
Died in watery halls of the Drowned God (alleged)
Culture ironborn
References
Books The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (appendix)
A Storm of Swords (appendix)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appendix)

The Grey King is a legendary monarch of the Iron Islands who is said to have ruled for 1,007 years.[1] All of the great houses of the islands claim descent from the Grey King, including House Greyjoy,[2] with the exception of House Goodbrother, who claim descent from the Grey King's loyal eldest brother.[3]

Appearance

See also Images of the Grey King.

The Grey King is so named because his hair, beard, and eyes were grey as the winter sea, and at the end of his life even his skin had turned grey.[3] He supposedly wore robes of woven seaweed and a tall pale crown made from Nagga's teeth,[1] but he is alternatively said to have worn a driftwood crown.[3]

Legend

The Grey King fights Nagga.

Legends say the Grey King slew the sea dragon Nagga, after which the Drowned God turned the sea dragon's bones to stone. From the bones was made the Grey King's Hall, which he heated with Nagga's living fire.[4] He took a mermaid[2] as his wife so his children could live on land or in water. He also wore a crown of driftwood so all who knelt before him would know his power came from the sea and the Drowned God himself.[3]

The Grey King brought fire to the earth by taunting the Storm God into setting a tree on fire with a thunderbolt. He taught men to weave nets and sails. The Grey King allegedly carved the first longship from the pale wood of Ygg, a demon tree which fed on human flesh.[3] [4]

The Grey King's skin turned as grey as his hair and beard as he ruled over centuries. Eventually he cast aside his driftwood crown and walked into the sea to descend to the watery halls of the Drowned God to take his place at the right hand of the god.[3] The Storm God snuffed out Nagga's fire after the Grey King's death and the sea stole his throne, with Nagga's bones the only remnants of the Grey King's Hall.[1]

The Grey King is said to have had a hundred sons who fought after his death. The sixteen who survived divided the Iron Islands amongst themselves.[3]

History

Urras Greyiron was chosen in a kingsmoot as the first High King of the Iron Islands since the Grey King.[3]

Vickon Greyjoy, a descendent of the Grey King, was chosen as the new Lord of the Iron Islands after Aegon's Conquest.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Greyjoys of Pyke.