Sea battle off Fair Isle

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Sea battle off Fair Isle
Conflict Greyjoy's Rebellion
Place off Fair Isle
Result Decisive royal victory
House Greyjoy Iron Throne
Lord Captain Victarion Greyjoy
Euron Greyjoy
Lord Stannis Baratheon
Lord Paxter Redwyne
Iron Fleet Royal fleet
Warships from the Arbor, Oldtown, and the Reach
Iron Fleet scattered unknown

A sea battle off Fair Isle[1] was a pivotal battle of Greyjoy's Rebellion, taking place in the Straits of Fair Isle.


Victarion and Euron Greyjoy burned the Lannister fleet at anchor at Lannisport to begin Greyjoy's Rebellion. In response, King Robert I Baratheon brought the royal fleet commanded by Lord Stannis Baratheon, supported by warships from the Arbor, Oldtown, and the Reach, to deal with the longship threat of the Iron Islands. Stannis had overall command against the Iron Fleet.[2]


The Iron Fleet was in the Straits of Fair Isle, with the island of Fair Isle to their west and the mainland of the westerlands to their east. Stannis's ships trapped them from the north and the south, smashing Victarion's fleet off Fair Isle.[3][4]

The Golden Storm of Aeron Greyjoy was destroyed by Stannis's flagship, Fury.[3] Lady Gwynesse Harlaw's husband died in the battle, as did the two sons of Lord Rodrik Harlaw.[5]


With the threat of the Iron Fleet diminished, King Robert I was able to land in the Iron Islands and put down Greyjoy's Rebellion. Aeron Greyjoy, the younger brother of Victarion and Euron, was held prisoner at Casterly Rock.[3]


Victarion: Would you lesson me in warfare? I was fighting battles when you were sucking mother's milk.

Asha: And losing battles too.
Victarion: Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old.[6]

- Victarion Greyjoy and Asha Greyjoy

The memory of Fair Isle still rankled in the iron captain's memory.[4]
- thoughts of Victarion Greyjoy

References and Notes

  1. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, The Old way and the New.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.

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