House Grimm

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House Grimm of Greyshield
House Grimm.svg
Coat of arms An iron escutcheon with silver studs on a grey-green field strewn with longships proper
(Vert-cendrée semé of longships proper, an escutcheon cendrée platé)
Seat Grimston on Greyshield (deposed)
Head Lord Guthor Grimm (captive)
Region Reach, Shield Islands
Title Lord of Greyshield[1]

House Grimm of Greyshield rules the island Greyshield, one of the Shield Islands of the Reach, from their castle, Grimston.

Neither their arms nor their words appear in the books, but according to semi-canon sources they blazon their shield as an iron escutcheon with silver studs on a grey-green field strewn with longships proper.[2]


King Jaehaerys I Targaryen visited Greyshield during his royal progress in 89 AC.[3]

During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Grimm declared Greyshield for the blacks.[4] They surrendered to Lord Ormund Hightower and Prince Daeron Targaryen, however, to avoid facing Tessarion, Daeron's dragon.[5]

A Grimm was among the names of thirty-one maidens from the Reach proposed by Samantha Tarly as a suitable wife for King Aegon III Targaryen.[6] Greyshield sent three galleys to aid Lord Alyn Velaryon when the Oakenfist sailed to confront Lord Dalton Greyjoy.[7]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

The Shield Islands are the first line of defense when the ironborn try to sail up the Mander to sack the wealth of the Reach. Hotho Harlaw reports that Lord Guthor Grimm's septon decided the gods had spoken and surrendered Grimston after Ser Harras Harlaw defeated seven men.[1]

After the taking of the Shields, King Euron Greyjoy gives Greyshield to Harras.[1] Lord Grimm is kept a prisoner of the ironmen at Grimston according to the tidings that reach King's Landing.[8]

House Grimm at the end of the third century

The known Grimms during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Historical members

Behind the Scenes

The Grimms may be a reference by George R. R. Martin to Ben Grimm, the superhero known as the Thing. Martin was a fan of the Fantastic Four in his youth,[9] and his first published content was a letter in the comic book in 1963.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
  2. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Reach
  3. Fire & Blood, Jaenaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  5. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  7. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Voyage of Alyn Oakenfist.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei VII.
  9. SDCC: George R.R. Martin on Avatar Adaptations, Comic Influence, August 13, 2014
  10. So Spake Martin: Influential Authors, February 29, 2000