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 ~700 BC

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 at Chroyane to oppose the Valyrian Freehold. According to Beldecar's History of the Rhoynish Wars, Garin had a quarter of a million men in his command. The prince declared that as long as the army remained beside the Rhoyne, they would be protected from the dragons of Valyria by the Rhoynish water wizards . Garin began to be called the Great after victories at Selhorys, Valysar, and Volon Therys.[1]

However, after Garin the Great threatened Volantis, 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, to witness its destruction and the enslavement of his people. Garin called upon Mother Rhoyne to destroy his captors, but they only mocked him. Nevertheless, that very night, the waters of the Rhoyne flooded out of season and with great force, drowning the invaders. Additionally, a thick fog fell upon Chroyane, and the Valyrian conquerors began to die of greyscale.[2][1]

Legend says that the fallen conquerors have never rested since that day, down beneath the waters of the Sorrows. It is said that their cold breath rises 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.[2] Some also believe that Garin rose from his watery grave and became the Shrouded Lord.[2]

Some say Garin's Curse brought about the Doom of Valyria.[3]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Princess Arianne Martell, her companions Andrey Dalt and Gerold Dayne, and her milk brother, Garin of the Orphans of the Greenblood, discuss his namesake, Prince Garin.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

Traveling through the Sorrows aboard the Shy Maid, Tyrion Lannister insists that Garin's Curse is merely greyscale, caused by dampness and foul humors in the air, not curses. However, Ysilla tells him that the Valyrian conquerors also mocked when Garin cursed them, until the river rose and drowned them. She says that the the Valyrians still remain, restless beneath the river. When Tyrion asks about the Shrouded Lord, Yandry tells him that some say he is Garin the Great, but Haldon Halfmaester insists no man rises from the dead or lives for a thousand years, and that there have been over twenty Shrouded Lords.[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.

Phario Forel is a Braavosi playwright, whose first play, Wroth of the Dragonlords, features a speech made by Prince Garin on the eve of battle. Izembaro, the King of the Mummers, quotes Prince Garin's speech on the night he and his group of mummers at the Gate are set to perform The Bloody Hand, also written by Phario Forel.[5]


We shall all be slaves unless we join together to end this threat.[1]

—Garin, to the princes of the Rhoynar

It shall go ill for any man who fails me.[5]

—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.

Gerold: They trembled, then they killed him. If I led a quarter of a million men to death, would they call me Gerold the Great?[4]

Tyrion: Garin's Curse is only greyscale. Damp is said to be the culprit. Foul humors in the air. Not curses.
Ysilla: The conquerors did not believe either, Hugor Hill. The men of Volantis and Valyria hung Garin in a golden cage and made mock as he called upon his Mother to destroy them. But in the night the waters rose and drowned them, and from that day to this they have not rested. They are down there still beneath the water, they who were once the lords of fire. Their cold breath rises from the murk to make these fogs, and their flesh has turned as stony as their hearts.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 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 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Winds of Winter, Mercy