Quellon Greyjoy

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Quellon Greyjoy
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Quellon Greyjoy as depicted in Game of Thrones: Histories & Lore.

Title(s) Lord of the Iron Islands
Lord Reaper of Pyke
Allegiance House Greyjoy
Culture(s) ironborn
Died In 283 AC, the mouth of the Mander
Father Son of Dagon Greyjoy
Spouse(s) 1st: Lady Stonetree
2nd: Lady Sunderly
3rd: Lady Piper
Issue Harlon Greyjoy
Quenton Greyjoy
Donel Greyjoy
Balon Greyjoy
Euron Greyjoy
Victarion Greyjoy
Urrigon Greyjoy
Aeron Greyjoy
Robin Greyjoy
Stillborn daughter
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)

Quellon Greyjoy was a Lord of the Iron Islands, Lord Reaper of Pyke, and head of House Greyjoy. He was the father of the current lord, Balon Greyjoy. The longship Lord Quellon is presumably named in his honor.

Appearance and Character

Quellon has been considered one of the wisest of the Greyjoys. He stood six and a half feet tall, and was both strong and fast.[1]


Quellon fought corsairs and slavers in the Summer Sea as a youth and commanded a hundred longships during the War of the Ninepenny Kings.[1] According to a semi-canon source,[2] Quellon's ironmen once attacked the fleet of Lord Farman and sacked Faircastle, as Lord Tytos Lannister was a poor liege lord of the westerlands.

Quellon tried to reform the ways of the ironborn and integrate them with the rest of the Seven Kingdoms by freeing thralls, forbidding most reaving, discouraging salt wives, encouraging marriages with the mainland, and bringing maesters to the Iron Islands.[1]

Quellon's health was failing during Robert's Rebellion, however, and it was only after the Battle of the Trident that he was convinced by his eldest sons to join the war against House Targaryen. He led fifty longships against the Reach, keeping most of the ironmen home to guard against House Lannister. Quellon died at sea[3] in a battle at the Mander's mouth against the Shield Islands, and the ironmen's contribution to the war turned out to be minimal.[1]

With Quellon's death, the title of head of House Greyjoy and Lord of the Iron Islands passed to Balon Greyjoy, his eldest surviving son. Lord Balon rejected most of his father's reforms, and his desire to return to the Old Way led to Greyjoy's Rebellion against the rule of King Robert I Baratheon.[4]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

After the death of Balon Greyjoy, King of the Isles and the North, his brother Euron Crow's Eye claims the Seastone Chair.[3] Their younger brothers, Victarion and Aeron Damphair, think the blood of their parents went bad in Euron.[5] Victarion desires to claim his father's crown,[5] but Euron is instead chosen in the kingsmoot.[6]


Quellon had three wives and nine sons, of which only four survived to adulthood. With his first wife, Lady Stonetree, he fathered Harlon, Quenton, and Donel, none of whom survived childhood. With his second wife, Lady Sunderly, Quellon fathered Balon, Euron, Victarion, Urrigon, and Aeron, with all surviving to adulthood with the exception of Urrigon. Quellon's third marriage, this time with Lady Piper, resulted in Robin, who also died as a child and a posthumous stillborn daughter.

Lady Stonetree
Lady Piper
Lady Sunderly
Alannys Harlaw
3 wives


Nine sons had been born from the loins of Quellon Greyjoy, but only four had lived to manhood. That was the way of this cold world, where men fished the sea and dug in the ground and died, whilst women brought forth short-lived children from beds of blood and pain.[3]

—thoughts of Aeron Greyjoy

Lord Quellon never returned from his last voyage; the Drowned God in his goodness granted him a death at sea. It was Lord Balon who came back, with his brothers Euron and Victarion.[3]

—thoughts of Aeron Greyjoy

Aeron: Do you mean to claim our father's crown?

Victarion: If the Drowned God wills it.

Aeron: The waves will speak. Listen to the waves, brother.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New.
  2. georgerrmartin.com: WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE SAMPLE
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  4. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.