Grey Wind

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Grey Wind
Grey Wind and King Robb - by Amok ©
Grey Wind and King Robb - by Amok ©

Allegiance Robb Stark
Race Direwolf
Born In 298 AC, at the North
Died In 299 AC, at the Twins
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Grey Wind is a direwolf bonded to Robb Stark. He is the litter-mate of Lady, Nymeria, Summer, Shaggydog, and Ghost.


See also: Images of Grey Wind

Grey Wind has smoke grey fur and yellow eyes.[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Grey Wind is discovered along with his litter mates by Robb Stark and Jon Snow after the direwolves' mother has been killed by a stag.[2] Like the other Stark direwolves, Grey Wind forms a special bond with his master. Like Robb, Grey Wind grows bold and faithful. Robb names him Grey Wind due to his fast speed when running.[3] During Tyrion Lannister's return to Winterfell, Rickon Stark arrives with the direwolves, Summer, Grey Wind and Shaggydog in tow. When they catch the scent of Tyrion, all three direwolves move in to corner him and Tyrion is only saved when the Starks call off their wolves.[4]

During Bran Stark's first ride on a horse since his fall, Robb, Grey Wind and Summer go off in search of deer, leaving Bran alone. A small party of wildlings come upon Bran and promptly try to rob him. Robb, Grey Wind and Summer return and a fight ensues. Grey Wind kills Wallen and then runs down another of the wildlings. All of the wildlings are killed except for Osha, who surrenders and is taken captive for further questioning.[5]

Grey Wind follows Robb around Winterfell and sits at his feet when he holds court. When Greatjon Umber menaces Robb during an audience, Grey Wind bites two of the lord's fingers off, helping Robb gain the respect of Umber and other Stark bannermen. During the War of the Five Kings, Grey Wind follows Robb into battle and adds significantly to Robb's fearsome reputation. At the Battle of the Whispering Wood, Grey Wind kills several men.[1]

Robb Stark followed into battle by Grey Wind - by Tomasz Jedruszek. © Fantasy Flight Games

A Clash of Kings

Grey Wind is present when Robb gives peace terms for Cleos Frey; Cleos is visibly scared of him.[1] Robb's cavalry slip past the Golden Tooth into the Westerlands using a secret goat track that Grey Wind discovers.[6] At the Battle of Oxcross Robb sets Grey Wind on the Lannisters' horses after the Blackfish's scouts cut the horse lines, causing a stampede and a crushing rout of Ser Stafford Lannister's host.[7] Rumors circulate that Robb fed Ser Stafford's heart to Grey Wind after the battle.[6]

A Storm of Swords

Grey Wind goes into battle several more times beside Robb. At the Battle of Oxcross he kills six or seven men and a man at both Ashemark and the Crag. He does not like the smell of Rolph or Sybell Spicer, which leads Catelyn Tully to urge Robb to send Rolph away. However, the fear and disquiet that Sybell and her children show toward Grey Wind leads Robb to send Grey Wind away from him more often than not. Robb had believed the direwolves were guardians, but he lost faith in the idea after hearing that Bran and Rickon were killed by Theon Greyjoy at Winterfell.[8]

Just before the Red Wedding, Grey Wind senses the Freys' impending betrayal. He growls at Lothar Frey and Walder Rivers upon Robb's arrival at the Twins. Catelyn urges Robb to trust Grey Wind's instincts, but Robb has him tethered in the stables during Edmure Tully's wedding. While the butchery of the Stark forces takes place, Frey men kill Grey Wind, but not before he is released by Raynald Westerling, allegedly killing four Frey wolfhounds and tearing the arm off of a man, even while being shot by crossbows. His head is sewn onto Robb's corpse as a final insult to the Starks.

While defending the Wall, Jon Snow has a dream and sees a ghastly grey direwolf spotted with blood, staring back at him with sad golden eyes. He mistakenly thinks of Summer, unaware of Robb and Grey Wind's deaths.[9]

Quotes about Grey Wind

He’s killed too many men to fear them now. [8]

Robb Stark

He's a direwolf, not a dog, and dangerous to men he does not trust. [10]

Robb Stark to Lothar Frey

Any man Grey Wind mislikes is a man I do not want close to you. These wolves are more than wolves, Robb. You must know that. I think perhaps the gods sent them to us. Your father’s gods, the old gods of the north. [8]

Catelyn Tully to Robb Stark, upon learning that Grey Wind does not like Ser Rolph Spicer

I saw Lord Umber's giant-in chains and the Mallister eagle, but it was the boy who led them, with a monstrous wolf running at his side. I wasn't there to see, but it's said the beast killed four men and ripped apart a dozen horses. [11]

– A messenger to Lord Tywin Lannister's council after the Battle of the Whispering Wood

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