Kingsmoot

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The Greyjoy contenders during the Kingsmoot
by Mathia Arkoniel©

A kingsmoot is a traditional ceremony held by the inhabitants of the Iron Islands where all longship captains choose their new Iron King by casting votes. The kingsmoot is traditionally held on Nagga's Hill on Old Wyk.[1] According to the book History of the Ironborn, there has not been a kingsmoot in four thousand years. According to Questions, it has been two thousand years.[2]

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History

Some of the famous kings chosen at a kingsmoot include Urras Ironfoot, Sylas Flatnose, Harrag Hoare, and the Old Kraken.[1] The last kingsmoot called was a bloodbath. Urron Greyiron gathered his men and killed all the other attendees and set up the Greyiron rule, which lasted a thousand years until the arrival of the Andals. That was the last kingsmoot for anywhere between two thousand and four thousand years.[2]

Once a candidate puts himself forth, he is bound to the kingsmoot decision. Only once in the history of the Iron Islands has a kingsmoot been declared unlawful. When one king died, the king's brother called a kingsmoot while Torgon the Latecomer, the deceased king's son, was off at sea raiding. The king's brother hoped he would be elected in the son's absence, but the kingsmoot raised up Urragon Goodbrother, whose first act was to put all the present kin of the old king to death.

Torgon returned two years later and claimed the kingsmoot was unlawful since he, the previous king's son, was not present to put forth his candidacy as was his right. Since Urragon was bloodthirsty and his cruelty made him many enemies, the priests and Ironborn denounced him and raised Torgon to be the new Iron King.

Recent Events

Euron Greyjoy was elected the new Iron King - by Zippo514 ©

A Feast for Crows

Aeron Greyjoy declared a kingsmoot as the proper way to raise the next King of the Iron Islands after the death of King Balon.[1] This move was made by Aeron to end a potential civil war between the Ironborn and to prevent Euron Greyjoy from taking the Seastone Chair.

Several Ironborn put themselves forward as a possible candidate.

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
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