A leviathan is a type of enormous whale, usually grey in color. They are described as the oldest and largest creatures living in the entire world, implying they surpass even dragons in size.
Leviathans are found in the Shivering Sea and are known to gather and breed in Lorath Bay. They also mate and birth at Leviathan Sound.
According to ironborn legend, Nagga, the first sea dragon, was able to feed on krakens and leviathans. A black leviathan is included in the sigil of House Volmark of the Iron Islands. The longship Leviathan is part of the Iron Fleet.
Ibbenese whalers hunt leviathans at Leviathan Sound from their strong ships. The waters of the northern Sunset Sea are said to have leviathans as large as islands.
In the Merman's Court, the great hall of the New Castle in White Harbor, there is a painting of a kraken and a grey leviathan locked in battle.
Ser Eustace Hightower's Lady Meredith encountered a pod of leviathans and was damaged by a white bull while returning to Oldtown in 56 AC. The ship redirected for the Summer Isles, but would up in Sothoryos.
A Feast for Crows
Leo Tyrell insults Samwell Tarly of the Night's Watch by calling him a black-clad leviathan.
Who shall be our king in Balon's place? Sing to me in the language of leviathan, that I may know his name.—Aeron Greyjoy praying to the Drowned God
A fisherman may hook a grey leviathan, but it will drag him down to death unless he cuts it loose.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 45, Samwell V.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Shivering Sea.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Lorath.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: East of Ib.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: Ib.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.