The Worm or Worm River is a river in central Essos. Its headwaters begin in the hills north of Ghiscar and the city of Astapor lies near the river's mouth, where it flows into Slaver's Bay.
The Worm is a meandering river, wide and slow and crooked. It has tranquil banks, and is dotted with tiny wooded islands. At dusk Astapori pleasure barges sail up and down the Worm, playing soft music and calling at little islands for food, wine and other delights.
A Storm of Swords
On her way to the Plaza of Punishment to collect the Unsullied she has agreed to purchase, Daenerys Targaryen leads her tattered band up along the Worm. She glimpses children playing on one of the wooded islands, darting amongst elegant marble statues. On another island two lovers kiss in the shade of tall green trees, with no more shame than Dothraki at a wedding. Without clothing Daenerys cannot tell if they are slaves or free.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 23, Daenerys II.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Map of Valyria
- ↑ The Lands of Ice and Fire, Central Essos.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 27, Daenerys III.