The Summer Sea south of Dorne is said to be infested with krakens, as are the waters of the northern Sunset Sea. Krakens have also reportedly been seen in the southern Sunset Sea west of Westeros, in the Summer Sea west of Qarth, and in the narrow sea, including between the Broken Arm and the Stepstones.
The arms of House Greyjoy of Pyke depict a golden kraken on black. By metonymy, the ironborn as a whole are often referred to as "krakens" or "squids". Victarion Greyjoy's cloak is made of nine layers of cloth-of-gold, sewn in the shape of a kraken, with arms that reach his boots. His tall black iron warhelm is wrought in the shape of a kraken, its arms coiling down around his cheeks to meet beneath his jaw.
The Seastone Chair, carved into the shape of a kraken, was said to have been found by the First Men when they first came to Old Wyk. Archmaester Haereg argued that the chair was made by the first inhabitants of the Iron Islands, who came from an unknown land west of the Sunset Sea.
King Loron Greyjoy was called "the Old Kraken". He led an invasion of the western shores of the north, taking Bear Island and Cape Kraken in the process. After the Old Kraken died, King Rodrik Stark reclaimed Bear Island, while his sons and grandsons battled for Cape Kraken.
After King Aegon I Targaryen's burning of Harrenhal in 2 BC resulted in the death of King Harren Hoare and the destruction of House Hoare, claimants to the kingship of the Iron Islands battled for power for more than a year. It was said that the waters between the islands were so choked with corpses, that hundreds of krakens appeared, attracted by the blood.
In 2 AC, King Aegon I Targaryen invaded the Iron Islands to put down several rebellious would-be kings. Priest-King Lodos called upon the krakens of the deep to drag down Aegon's warships. When that failed to happen, Lodos filled his robes with stones, and walked into the sea to "take counsel" with his claimed father, the Drowned God. Thousands followed Lodos. Their corpses would wash up on the shores for years to come, except for Lodos's own body.
In 56 AC, when planning to travel west of Westeros to discover new lands, Alys Westhill chose to avoid the northern Sunset Sea and its many dangers, including monstrous krakens, and decided on a more southerly route for the journey of her Sun Chaser.
Ser Eustace Hightower and his brother, Ser Norman, accompanied Alys Westhill's journey west, on their ships Lady Meredith and Autumn Moon. When Ser Eustace returned to Oldtown in 59 AC, he related that in the midst of a great storm that struck Autumn Moon's mast with lightning, one of his crewmen screamed that he saw kraken arms rising from the sea. Ser Eustace then saw a monstrous wave sink Autumn Moon, but the crew of the Lady Meredith claimed it was a kraken that had pulled the ship beneath the sea. Afterwards, Ser Eustace's crew demanded to return to Westeros, afraid of encountering further krakens.
In 128 AC, while fighting in the Stepstones as a sellsail, the fifteen-year-old Dalton Greyjoy saw his uncle killed and avenged his death. Because Dalton emerged from the fight entirely drenched in blood from a dozen wounds, men began calling him "the Red Kraken". Later that year, Dalton returned to the Iron Islands to claim the Seastone Chair after hearing of his father's death.
A Storm of Swords
While traveling on the Balerion in the Summer Sea from Qarth to Pentos, Ser Jorah Mormont convinces Queen Daenerys Targaryen to instead sail for Astapor, buy an army of Unsullied, and continue to Pentos overland. When she points out that there are dangers on such a long march, he tells her that there are dangers at sea as well, such as krakens that could pull their ship under.
During the small council meeting in King's Landing to discuss the progress of the War of the Five Kings, Varys tells the attendees that a kraken has been seen off the Fingers. The kraken reportedly attacked an Ibbenese whaler ship and pulled it under.
Ser Axell Florent suggests that King Stannis Baratheon sack Claw Isle for its treasure, but Davos Seaworth convinces him otherwise. Later, Stannis's sellsail Salladhor Saan chides Davos for not letting him acquire House Celtigar's treasure, reportedly including a magic horn that can summon krakens from the deep.
A Dance with Dragons
The Winds of Winter
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Lady Valena Toland tells Princess Arianne Martell that sellswords have invaded the Stepstones, and that there are tales of krakens off the Broken Arm, pulling under crippled galleys. Valena says their maester claims that the blood draws them to the surface. She adds that there are bodies which remain in the water, while a few have washed up on Ghost Hill's shores.
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- Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
- Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
- The Winds of Winter, Arianne I
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- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands.
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