House Blacktyde

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House Blacktyde of Blacktyde
House Blacktyde.svg
Coat of arms Vairy green and black
(Vairy vert and sable)[1]
Seat Blacktyde Castle[2]
Head Unknown
Region Iron Islands[2]
Overlord House Greyjoy[2]

House Blacktyde of Blacktyde is a noble house from Blacktyde Castle on the island of Blacktyde, one of the seven major islands, though of little note.[3] They are among the foremost bannermen to House Greyjoy, the overlords of the Iron Islands.[4]

They Blacktydes blazon their arms with vairy green and black.[1]


In some historical accounts, Qhored the Cruel, High King of the Iron Islands, is said to have been a Blacktyde.[5]

King Joron I Blacktyde captured Gyles II Gardener, King of the Reach, when their fleets clashed off the Misty Islands. After torturing the king to death, Joron cut Gyles II's corpse to pieces for bait. He also raided the Arbor, carrying off many of its women.[5]

After the death of Lord Dalton Greyjoy at Faircastle, the Blacktydes and the Harlaws joined the Red Kraken's cousins to raise up Rodrik Greyjoy, a younger salt son of Dalton, as the Lord of the Iron Islands. The resulting succession crisis brought on a bloody struggle that lasted for half a year.[6]

During Greyjoy's Rebellion, Baelor Blacktyde's father was killed in battle.[7] After the rebellion, Baelor was taken as a hostage for eight years in the city of Oldtown in the Reach.[8] Upon his return, Baelor had converted to the mainland's Faith of the Seven.[7]

Also after the rebellion, the young Tristifer Botley was sent away to be fostered with the Blacktydes. Tris had been fostered at Pyke with the Greyjoys, but was sent away by Lord Balon Greyjoy when Maester Qalen told him the boy intended to marry Balon's daughter, Asha Greyjoy. At Blacktyde, Maester Joseran refused to send letters from Tris to Asha.[8]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

With the start of the War of the Five Kings between powerful mainland noble houses, Lord Balon Greyjoy uses the opportunity to proclaim the Iron Islands independent from the Iron Throne once again, and gathers all his captains in his seat of Pyke. The recently-crowned King in the North, Robb Stark, assigns Theon Greyjoy to travel to the Iron Islands and seek an alliance with his father, Balon, against the Iron Throne.[9] At Pyke, Theon enters the castle's great hall where he notices that his father has gathered hundreds of his captains, with the Blacktydes from Blacktyde amongst them.[2]

A Feast for Crows

Beron Blacktyde, known as Blind Beron, is one of the priests of the Drowned God who adds their voices to Aeron Greyjoy's calling for the kingsmoot, a gathering of all ironborn captains and lords, to elect a new King of the Iron Islands after Balon's death. Before the kingsmoot, Lord Baelor Blacktyde comes to see Lord Rodrik Harlaw at Ten Towers but departs soon after to the island of Old Wyk, where the kingsmoot is going to occur. Baelor thinks that Euron Greyjoy, another candidate, will descend upon the other candidates and kill them all, just like Urron Greyiron had done thousands of years before.[8]

Already on Old Wyk, Lord Blacktyde's ship, Nightflyer, is seen on the island's shores and several Blacktydes, including Baelor, gather around Victarion Greyjoy, one of the candidates for king, supporting his claim. Baelor, thinking of his father's ultimate fate in Greyjoy's Rebellion, asks if Victarion will end the war in case the latter wins the crown but Victarion refuses to bend the knee. Still with his wishes for the war's end, Baelor switches support by deciding to follow Asha Greyjoy for the Seastone Chair instead, after she announces that if she were to win, she would bring about the conflict's ending.[7]

When Euron triumphs in the kingsmoot and is crowned, he commands the Iron Fleet to close the island's bay blocking all the ships from leaving. Baelor's Nightflyer is seized and Lord Blacktyde is delivered to Euron in chains for refusing to accept him as King of the Isles and the North. Euron then orders his men to kill him and cut him in seven pieces in ironic tribute to his worship of the seven mainland gods. After the taking of the Shields, Euron wears Baelor's sable cloak.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Blind Beron is a captured priest put to questioning during Euron's hunt for Aeron Damphair.[11]

House Blacktyde at the end of the third century

The known Blacktydes during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

With unspecified familiar relationship with the lord of the house there is also:


Historical Blacktydes


Lord Blacktyde says this kingsmoot is a dangerous folly. He thinks your uncle will descend on them and kill them all, as Urron did.[8]

Balon the Widowmaker, I call him. I will gladly trade his freedom for a father. Have you one to give?[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Iron Islands
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Greyjoys of Pyke.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of the Regency.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
  9. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.