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Lady of Pyke|
Queen of the Iron Islands
A Game of Thrones (appendix)|
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.
Appearance and Character
During her husband's rebellion, Alannys was briefly the Queen of the Iron Islands. Her eldest two sons, Rodrik and Maron, were killed during the rebellion, however, and her youngest son, Theon, was taken by Lord Eddard Stark as a hostage. After the war, Alannys brought five boys, including Tristifer Botley, to Pyke to foster.
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. She eventually moved to Ten Towers to live with her sister, Gwynesse Harlaw, as Harlaw is less raw than Pyke.
A Clash of Kings
Alannys's husband, Lord Balon Greyjoy, declares himself King of the Isles and the North. After the capture of Winterfell, Asha Greyjoy advises Theon to return to Deepwood Motte for their mother's sake, but he refuses.
A Storm of Swords
Alannys is widowed after Balon falls to his death from Pyke.
A Feast for Crows
Alannys lives in the Widow's Tower at Ten Towers, the castle of her brother, Lord Rodrik Harlaw. Asha visits Alannys before her departure for Deepwood Motte. Her brother Rodrik feels that Alannys is beginning to recover on Harlaw, though she is still frail, but Asha thinks that Alannys is a shadow of her former self. Alannys is convinced that her husband Balon was murdered. She also gives her consent to Tristifer Botley for him to marry Asha.
Quotes by Alannys
—Alannys and Asha Greyjoy
Quotes about Alannys
The cold winds have worn her away.
Is this my mother, or her ghost?—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.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Alannys Harlaw.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.