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A drowned man with his driftwood cudgel. © Fantasy Flight Games
A drowned man drowns Emmond.
© Fantasy Flight Games

Drowned men are priests of the Drowned God in the Iron Islands.[1] Maester Kirth collected ironborn legends in Songs the Drowned Men Sing.[2]


See also: Images of Drowned Men

In the religion of the Drowned God, ironmen of the isles have seawater poured over their heads. A priest asks the Drowned God to have his "servant be born again from the sea, as you were. Bless him with salt, bless him with stone, bless him with steel." The man being baptized then responds, "What is dead may never die."[3]

Ironmen can become drowned men by being submerged in salt water a second time in earnest and brought back to life with a crude form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Not all men are successfully revived, however. Aeron Greyjoy, known as the Damphair, has never failed in a resuscitation.[1]

The drowned men wear roughspun robes of mottled green, grey, and blue, the colors of the Drowned God. They carry driftwood cudgels to show their devotion in battle, and skins of saltwater to perform ritual anointment as well as to sate their thirst.[1][3]

While priests of the Drowned God must not shed the blood of ironborn, they have no such reservation about other methods of killing, such as drowning.[1]

Priests of the Drowned God bless new ships, speaking invocations and pouring sea water over prows.[4] "Lord God who drowned for us" is part of the litany of the Drowned God's priests.[1]

Known Drowned Men

Historical Drowned Men


The Sparr: These are not matters I would speak of here before these others.

Aeron: These others are my drowned men, god’s servants, just as I am. I have no secrets from them, nor from our god, beside whose holy sea I stand.[1]

The Sparr and Aeron Greyjoy

The god took me deep beneath the waves and drowned the worthless thing I was. When he cast me forth again he gave me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a voice to spread his word, that I might be his prophet and teach his truth to those who have forgotten.[1]
Aeron Greyjoy to his drowned men

References and Notes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, The Dawn Age.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  4. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
  6. The World of Ice and Fire, The Iron Islands.
  7. The World of Ice and Fire, Driftwood Crowns.
  8. The World of Ice and Fire, The Black Blood.
  9. The World of Ice and Fire, The Greyjoys of Pyke.

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