Alannys Harlaw

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Alannys Harlaw
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Alias Lanny
Title Queen of the Iron Islands
Allegiance House Greyjoy
House Harlaw
Culture Ironborn
Born At Harlaw[1]
Spouse Balon Greyjoy
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Alannys Harlaw is the wife of Lord Balon Greyjoy and sister to Lord Rodrik Harlaw. She had four children with Balon; Rodrik, Maron, Asha and Theon. She is nicknamed "Lanny" by her brother, Lord Rodrik.[2]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Alannys Harlaw

Alannys has long white hair and thin skin. Although never a conventional beauty, she once had a strong face and laughing eyes. She has become frail and sickly,[2] however, with a troubling cough.[3]

Alannys has lost much of her mental faculties, frequently forgetting that her sons Rodrik and Maron have died.[2]


Alannys briefly served as the queen of Balon Greyjoy during Greyjoy's Rebellion. Their sons Rodrik and Maron were killed in the fighting, however, and Theon was taken by Lord Eddard Stark as a hostage. After the war, Alannys brought five boys, including Tristifer Botley, to Pyke to foster.[2]

As time passed, Alannys began to roam the halls of Pyke in search of her lost sons, even walking the rope bridge to the Sea Tower while barefoot.[2] She eventually moved to Ten Towers to live with her sister, Gwynesse Harlaw, as Harlaw is less raw than Pyke.[3]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

When Theon Greyjoy returns home, his mother is on Harlaw and not expected to return to Pyke due to her poor health.[4]

Alannys's husband, Lord Balon Greyjoy, declares himself King of the Isles and the North.[5] After the capture of Winterfell, Asha Greyjoy advises Theon to return to Deepwood Motte for their mother's sake, but he refuses.[6]

A Storm of Swords

Alannys is widowed after Balon falls to his death from Pyke.[7]

A Feast for Crows

Alannys lives in the Widow's Tower at Ten Towers, the castle of her brother, Lord Rodrik Harlaw. Asha had visited Alannys before her departure for Deepwood and found her a shadow of her former self. Rodrik feels that Alannys is beginning to recover on Harlaw, but she is still frail. Lady Greyjoy believes that Balon was murdered. She gives consent to Tristifer Botley for him to marry Asha, who has no interest in Tris.[2]

Quotes about Alannys

The cold winds have worn her away.[4]
Asha Greyjoy to Theon Greyjoy

Is this my mother, or her ghost?[2]
Asha Greyjoy's thoughts

Asha: How is she?

Rodrik: Stronger. She may yet outlive us all. She will certainly outlive you, if you persist in this folly. She eats more than she did when she first came here, and oft sleeps through the night.[2]

- Asha Greyjoy and Rodrik Harlaw


Sigfryd "Silverhair"
Unknown Harlaw
Unknown Harlaw
Unknown Harlaw
Balon Greyjoy
Rodrik "The Reader"
Harras "The Knight"
Hotho "Humpback"
Boremund "the Blue"
Rodrik Greyjoy
Maron Greyjoy
Asha Greyjoy
Theon Greyjoy
Unknown Sons
Unknown Daughter

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