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Urron Greyiron
the Redhand
Reign about 5,000 years ago.
Full name Urron Greyiron
Predecessor Urragon IV Greyiron
Personal Information
Culture ironborn
Dynasty House Greyiron

Urron Greyiron, known as Urron Redhand and Urron of Orkmont, was a member of House Greyiron. He was the first King of the Iron Islands to make the throne hereditary, five thousand years before the War of the Five Kings.[1]


Urron was the salt king of Orkmont during the rule of his great-uncle, Urragon IV Greyiron, who had assumed the title High King of the Iron Islands without being chosen in a kingsmoot. It was the dying Urragon's wish for Urron to succeed him, but the priests of the Drowned God were determined not to lose the power of kingmaking for a third time after Urragon's assumption of the throne and, before that, Torgon Greyiron's usurpation from Urrathon IV Goodbrother.

Urron put an end to the institution of kingsmoot when he descended with his axemen on Nagga's Hill on Old Wyk, slaying all captains, the thirteen salt and rock kings, and half a hundred priests and prophets assembled for the choosing. Urron made the high kingship hereditary.[4] Calling himself simply King of the Iron Islands, Urron had his crown be made of black iron instead of the traditional driftwood.[5]

During Urron's reign of twenty-two years,[3] the rulers of the various Iron Islands were reduced to lords, and several ancient lines that refused to bend the knee were extinguished.[5] Along with the kingsmoot, Galon Whitestaff's decree against ironborn making war upon each other ended. Urron Redhand and his descendants had to deal with half a dozen major rebellions and at least two major thrall uprisings.[5] House Greyiron is said to have ruled the islands for a thousand years, until the coming of the Andals.[4]

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A Feast for Crows

Lord Baelor Blacktyde believes that Euron Greyjoy will descend on all those gathered for the kingsmoot and kill them all, as Urron Greyiron had once done.[2] Lord Rodrik Harlaw similarly believes that Euron sounds too much like Urron, and that history is bound to repeat itself.[2]


The Drowned God makes men, but it's men who make crowns.[1]

—Urron to his followers

I am the Greyjoy, Lord Reaper of Pyke, King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, and no man gives me a crown. I pay the iron price. I will take my crown, as Urron Redhand did five thousand years ago.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Iron Kings.