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.

Appearance

See also: Images of Grey Wind

Grey Wind has smoke grey fur and yellow eyes.[1] He is a lean direwolf.[2]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

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

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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 in the Whispering Wood, Grey Wind kills several men.[1]

A Clash of Kings

King Robb Stark, Grey Wind, and the northern army attack Lannister forces - by Tomasz Jedruszek. © Fantasy Flight Games

Grey Wind is present at Riverrun when Robb gives peace terms for Cleos Frey, who is visibly scared.[1]

Robb's cavalry slip past the Golden Tooth into the westerlands using a secret goat track that Grey Wind discovers.[7] At the Battle of Oxcross Robb sets Grey Wind on the Lannisters' horses after Ser Brynden Tully's scouts cut the horse lines, causing a stampede and a crushing rout of Ser Stafford Lannister's host.[8] The dire wolf kills six or seven men[9] and rumors circulate that Robb fed Stafford's heart to Grey Wind after the battle.[7]

A Storm of Swords

Grey Wind goes into battle several more times beside Robb, killing a man at both Ashemark and the Crag.[9] He does not like the smell of Ser Rolph or Sybell Spicer, which leads Robb's mother, Catelyn Stark, 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 loses faith in the idea after hearing that Bran and Rickon were killed by Theon Greyjoy at Winterfell.[9]

Catelyn hears Grey Wind howling after Riverrun learns of the deaths of Willem Lannister and Tion Frey.[10] Robb often scouts with Grey Wind during the journey from Riverrun to the Twins for the wedding of Lord Edmure Tully to Roslin Frey. At Oldstones the direwolf leaps upon the tomb of King Tristifer IV Mudd.[2]

Arriving at the Twins, Grey Wind growls at Ser Ryman, Ser Edwyn, Black Walder, and Petyr Frey, and Petyr Pimple falls from his scared horse. Grey Wind balks at the gatehouse, so Robb has Ser Raynald Westerling keep the the direwolf outside of the hall.[11] Catelyn urges Robb to trust Grey Wind's instincts, but Robb has him tethered in the stables during Edmure's wedding, since Lord Walder Frey bans the direwolf from his hill.[12] While the butchery of the Stark forces takes place in the Red Wedding, Frey men kill Grey Wind, but not before he is released by Raynald, allegedly killing four Frey wolfhounds and tearing the arm off of the kennelmaster, even while being shot by crossbows.[13] Grey Wind's crowned head is sewn onto Robb's corpse as a final insult to the Starks.[14]

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's and Grey Wind's deaths.[15]

A Feast for Crows

Grey Wind's defender, Raynald, is presumed dead after falling into the Green Fork.[16]

A Dance with Dragons

Jon Snow's direwolf, Ghost, is aware that his litter mate Grey Wind is dead,[17] while Bran Stark fears the same.[18]

Quotes about Grey Wind

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.[19]

– A messenger to Lord Tywin Lannister's council after the battle in the Whispering Wood


A hall is no place for a wolf. He gets restless, you've seen. Growling and snapping. I should never have taken him into battle with me. He's killed too many men to fear them now. Jeyne's anxious around him, and he terrifies her mother.[9]

Robb Stark to Catelyn Stark


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. [9]

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


A silence fell across the torchlit hall, and in the quiet Catelyn could hear Grey Wind howling half a castle away. He smells the blood, she thought, through stone walls and wooden doors, through night and rain, he still knows the scent of death and ruin.[10]
- thoughts of Catelyn Stark


He's a direwolf, not a dog, and dangerous to men he does not trust.[11]
Robb Stark to Lothar Frey


Walder: Your wild beast has a taste for human flesh, I hear, heh. Rips out throats, yes. I'll have no such creature at my Roslin's feast, amongst women and little ones, all my sweet innocents.

Robb: Grey Wind is no danger to them, my lord. Not so long as I am there.[12]

- Walder Frey and Robb Stark

References and Notes

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