Qhored I Hoare

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Qhored I Hoare
the Cruel
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Qhored I Hoare as depicted in Game of Thrones: Histories & Lore.
Full name Qhored I Hoare
Title High King of the Iron Islands
Personal Information
  • Qhored Greyiron
  • Qhored Blacktyde
  • Qhored the Cruel
Died an unknown date (aged 90)[1]
Dynasty House Hoare
House Greyiron (possibly)
House Blacktyde (possibly)

Qhored I Hoare, known as Qhored the Cruel,[1], was one of the greatest High Kings of the Iron Islands. While he is usually associated with House Hoare, some accounts state he was actually of House Greyiron or House Blacktyde.[1]


The young Qhored sacked Oldtown, taking thousands of women as captives.[1] When he was thirty, Qhored defeated King Bernarr II Justman and took his three sons as hostages. Three years later he murdered the boys in the Bloody Keep of Pyke, crushed Bernarr's vengeful army, and drowned the river king as a sacrifice to the Drowned God, putting an end to House Justman.[2][1]

During the reign of King Qhored, the ironborn could rightfully claim that his writ ran "wherever men can smell salt water or hear the crash of waves." The ironborn were at their peak of expansion, ruling territory along the Sunset Sea from the Arbor to Bear Island.[3] Many men abandoned the shores for fear of Qhored's reavers, while those who remained were forced to pay tribute.[1] The Kingdom of the Reach called him Qhored the Cruel.[4] King Qhored died at the age of ninety, having ruled for seventy five years.[1] Qhored's conquests were gradually lost by his successors and descendants, however.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: The Gardener Kings.