Quellon Greyjoy

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Quellon Greyjoy
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Title Lord of the Iron Islands
Lord Reaper of Pyke
Allegiance House Greyjoy
Culture Ironborn
Died In 283 AC, at the mouth of the Mander
Spouse 1st: Lady Stonetree
2nd: Lady Sunderly
3rd: Lady Piper
Book(s) A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)

Quellon Greyjoy was a Lord of the Iron Islands, Lord Reaper of Pyke, and head of House Greyjoy. He was the father of the current lord, Balon Greyjoy. The longship Lord Quellon is presumably named in his honor.

Character and Appearance

Quellon has been considered one of the wisest of the Greyjoys. He stood six and a half feet tall, and was both strong and fast.[1]


Quellon fought corsairs and slavers in the Summer Sea as a youth and commanded a hundred longships during the War of the Ninepenny Kings.[1] According to a semi-canon source,[2] Quellon's ironmen once attacked the fleet of Lord Farman and sacked Faircastle, as Lord Tytos Lannister was a poor liege lord of the westerlands.

Quellon tried to reform the ways of the ironborn and integrate them with the rest of the Seven Kingdoms by freeing thralls, forbidding most reaving, discouraging salt wives, encouraging marriages with the mainland, and bringing maesters to the Iron Islands.[1]

Quellon's health was failing during Robert's Rebellion, however, and it was only after the Battle of the Trident that he was convinced by his eldest sons to join the war against House Targaryen. He led fifty longships against the Reach, keeping most of the ironmen home to guard against House Lannister. Quellon died at sea[3] in the battle at the Mander's mouth against the Shield Islands, and the ironmen's contribution to the war turned out to be minimal.[1]

With Quellon's death, the title of head of House Greyjoy and Lord of the Iron Islands passed to his eldest surviving son, Balon Greyjoy. Lord Balon rejected most of his father's reforms, and his desire to return to the Old Way led to Greyjoy's Rebellion against the rule of King Robert I Baratheon.[4]


Quellon had three wives and nine sons, of which only four survived to adulthood. With his first wife, Lady Stonetree, he fathered Harlon, Quenton, and Donel, none of whom survived childhood. With his second wife, Lady Sunderly, Quellon fathered Balon, Euron, Victarion, Urrigon, and Aeron, with all surviving to adulthood with the exception of Urrigon. Quellon's third marriage, this time with Lady Piper, resulted in Robin, who also died as a child.

Lady of House Stonetree
Lady of House Piper
Lady of House Sunderly
Alannys Harlaw
Euron "Crow's Eye"
Aeron "Damphair"

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The World of Ice and Fire, The Old Way and the New.
  2. georgerrmartin.com: WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE SAMPLE
  3. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  4. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.

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