Garin the Great

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Garin the Great as depicted in Game of Thrones: Histories & Lore.

Title Prince of Chroyane
Allegiance Rhoynar
Race Rhoynar
Culture Rhoynar
Died In ~700 BCChroyane

Garin the Great was a noble of the Rhoynar and the Prince of Chroyane.


During the Second Spice War, Prince Garin gathered a great army of the Rhoynar to Chroyane to oppose the Valyrian Freehold. According to Beldecar, Garin had a quarter of a million men in his command. He began to be called the Great after victories at Selhorys, Valysar, and Volon Therys.[1]

After Garin the Great threatened Volantis, however, his Rhoynish host was defeated by the dragonlords of Valyria.[1] According to legend, the men of Volantis and Valyria hung Garin in a golden cage and carried him north to his city of Chroyane. The victors mocked Garin as he called upon Mother Rhoyne to destroy them. That very night, the waters rose and drowned many invaders, and survivors began to die of greyscale.[2][1]

From that day, the spirits of the fallen conquerors are said to have remained beneath the waters of the Sorrows. It is believed that their cold breath is still said to rise from the murk to make the fogs that infest the ruined city of Chroyane, and their flesh is said to have turned as stony as their hearts. It is believed by some that Garin rose from his watery grave and became the Shrouded Lord.[2] Some say Garin's Curse brought the Doom of Valyria.[3]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Traveling through the Sorrows, Tyrion Lannister insists that Garin's Curse is merely greyscale.[2]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

In modernity there is a Braavosi play called the Wroth of the Dragonlords which features a speech made by Prince Garin on the eve of battle.[4]


It shall go ill for any man who fails me.[4]

—The fictionalized Prince Garin in the play Wroth of the Dragonlords

Garin: Prince Oberyn was full of stories. He told about Prince Garin, I remember, the one that I was named for.

Andrey: Garin the Great, the wonder of the Rhoyne.

Garin: That's the one. He made Valyria tremble.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 18, Tyrion V.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Winds of Winter, Mercy
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.