Crow

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The Feast of the Crows, by Tiziano Baracchi © Fantasy Flight Games

Crows are black birds found in the known world.

Culture

Crows at the Wall, by Jason Engle © Fantasy Flight Games

Like the larger ravens,[1] crows have a reputation for scavenging corpses.[2][3][4][5][6] Iron cages hanging from posts care called crow cages, as carrion crows can peck at prisoners held inside.[7][8][9]

Crows are fond of sweetcorn;[10][11] humans use scarecrows to ward off the birds.[12]

Members of the black-clad Night's Watch are sometimes called crows,[13][14][15][16] and their recruiters can be referred to as wandering crows.[17][18] Free folk often denigrate the Watch as black crows,[19][14][20][21] and the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch can be called Lord Crow by them.[20][22]

A Goodbrother branch resides at Crow Spike Keep. Groups named after the bird include the Stone Crows and the Stormcrows.

The crow's nest is a lookout atop a ship's mast,[23] and the lookout sailor can be called a crow's eye.[24] Storm Crow is a ship at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.

Euron Greyjoy is known as the Crow's Eye.[25] Mors Umber has been called Crowfood after a crow pecked out his eye and he responded by biting its head off.[14]

In heraldry

Crows are depicted in the coats of arms of Euron Greyjoy[26] and House Morrigen,[27] as well as the banner of the Stormcrows.[28]

History

The defeat of the Sarnori by the Dothraki became known as the Field of Crows.[6]

Some tales of Brynden Rivers claimed that carrion crows were spies who whispered secrets in his ears.[7]

Crows nest atop the broken tower of Winterfell[10] and the common hall of Castle Black.[29] Bran Stark enjoys climbing the broken tower to feed corn to its crows.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Comatose after falling from the First Keep, Bran dreams of a three-eyed crow.[30]

A Clash of Kings

Arya Stark sees carrion crows during her travels in the wartorn riverlands.[11][3][1]

Theon Greyjoy observes crows arriving at dusk after the battle at Winterfell,[31] and Bran sees numerous crows feasting on bodies after the sack of Winterfell.[32]

A Storm of Swords

The ghost of High Heart says she dreamed of a man without a face with a drowned crow on his shoulder.[33]

A Feast for Crows

Samwell Tarly sees crows on bodies floating in Whispering Sound.[26]

Quotes

Crows are all liars.[34]

Tyrion saw no bodies, but the air was full of ravens and carrion crows; there had been fighting here, and recently.[35]

—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister

The crow is the raven's poor cousin. They are both beggars in black, hated and misunderstood.[36]

Brienne: I'll leave no innocents to be food for crows.
Jaime: A heartless wench. Crows need to eat as well.[4]

Crows. When did a black bird ever bring good to a man's hall, I ask you? Never. Never.[37]

How much can a crown be worth, when a crow can dine upon a king?[38]

—thoughts of Jaime Lannister

Crow's Eye, you call me. Well, who has a keener eye than the crow? After every battle the crows come in their hundreds and their thousands to feast upon the fallen. A crow can espy death from afar.[39]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn VI.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya V.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 1, Jaime I.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Grasslands.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Sworn Sword.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran II.
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 9, Arya III.
  12. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
  13. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 14, Arya IV.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
  16. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 31, Melisandre I.
  17. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 75, Samwell IV.
  19. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 37, Bran V.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 23, Jon III.
  21. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 58, Jon XII.
  22. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.
  23. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 6, Arya I.
  24. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  25. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  26. 26.0 26.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 45, Samwell V.
  27. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 52, Sansa IV.
  28. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  29. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon III.
  30. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 17, Bran III.
  31. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon VI.
  32. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran VII.
  33. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
  34. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
  35. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion VII.
  36. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
  37. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 33, Samwell II.
  38. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
  39. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.