House Farwynd of the Lonely Light

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House Farwynd of the Lonely Light
House Farwynd of the Lonely Light.svg
Coat of arms Per fesse: below a black sea with crested line, a black longship, outlined against the setting sun, dark red on orange
(Per fess wavy crested tenné and sable, in chief on a demi-guze per fess issuant from the division a longship sailing upon the division of the second)
Seat Lonely Light[1]
Head Lord Gylbert Farwynd[1]
Region Iron Islands[1]
Title Lord of the Lonely Light[1]
Heir Gyles Farwynd[1]
Overlord House Greyjoy[1]

House Farwynd of the Lonely Light is a noble house from the Iron Islands. Their lands lie on the Lonely Light, an island eight days sail to the northwest of Great Wyk. They blazon their arms with per fesse: below a black sea with crested line, a black longship, outlined against the setting sun, dark red on orange.[1][2] Some Farwynds hold lands on the westernmost shores of Great Wyk, such as the Farwynds of Sealskin Point.[1][3]


The Farwynds and the smallfolk they rule are regarded as queer. Some claim that the Farwynds from the Lonely Light lie with seals to bring forth half-human children, while others claim the Farwynds are skinchangers who can take the forms of sea lions, walruses, and spotted whales.[1][4]


A thousand years after the time of King Brandon the Burner, ironmen sailing out of Great Wyk were blown off course into a cluster of islands eight days sail from the closest shore. Their captain built a tower and a beacon there, took the name "Farwynd", and declared the Lonely Light his seat. His descendants prospered and continue to live there, though other ironborn believe them mad.[5]

Lord Farwynd of the Lonely Light was one of the many nobles in attendance for the Great Council of 101 AC at Harrenhal.[6]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

After the death of Balon Greyjoy, King of the Isles and the North, Lord Gylbert Farwynd puts forth his name at the kingsmoot, supported by his sons as his champions. He promises to lead the ironborn to lands beyond the Sunset Sea where every man would be a king and every wife a queen. His gifts are considered poor, his words mad, and his claim is dismissed quickly.[1]

House Farwynd of the Lonely Light at the end of the third century

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

Historical Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  2. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Iron Islands
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands.
  5. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.