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A kraken is a large sea creature, similar to a giant squid, said to be able to pull down a whaling ship.

The arms of House Greyjoy of Pyke depict a gold kraken.[1] Lord Balon Greyjoy's ship is Great Kraken.[2]


Tales of the Seven Kingdoms claim that large dragons could pluck krakens from the sea.[3] According to ironborn legend, Nagga, the first sea dragon, was able to feed on krakens and leviathans.[4] The Seastone Chair was carved in the shape of a great kraken from oily black stone.[2] Cape Kraken is a peninsula historically contested by ironborn and northmen.[5]

The Summer Sea south of Dorne is said to be infested with krakens,[6] as are the waters of the northern Sunset Sea.[7]

The legendary Hrothgar had a kraken-summoning horn,[8] and House Celtigar is rumored to have a similar horn among their treasures at Claw Isle.[9]

Hundreds of krakens are said to have been drawn to the bloody waters of the Iron Islands when ironborn fought each other after the burning of Harrenhal. Lodos called upon krakens to attack the fleet of King Aegon I Targaryen, but none did so.[10]

The crew of Ser Eustace Hightower's Lady Meredith claimed that Ser Norman Hightower's Autumn Moon was brought down by a kraken during a storm in the southern Sunset Sea in 56 AC.[11]

A painting at the Merman's Court depicts a kraken fighting a leviathan.[12]

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A Storm of Swords

A kraken, by Kevin Catalan ©

Jorah Mormont tells Daenerys Targaryen the Smoking Sea north of Valyria is demon haunted and a treacherous route, one where krakens could pull their ship under.[3]

During the small council meeting to discuss the progress of the War of the Five Kings, Varys tells the attendees that a kraken had been seen off the Fingers. It reportedly attacked an Ibbenese whaler ship and pulled it under.[13]

The Winds of Winter

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Lady Valena Toland tells Princess Arianne Martell 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.[14]


Krakens rise from the sea, Theon, or did you forget that during your years among the wolves?[15]

A lion may be fierce enough on land, but at sea the kraken rules supreme.[16]


  1. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 7, Arya I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Mountain Clans.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne.
  7. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
  10. Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
  11. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  12. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 19, Davos III.
  13. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
  14. The Winds of Winter, Arianne I
  15. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon V.
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