Rodrik Harlaw

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Rodrik Harlaw
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Rodrik Harlaw. © FFG

Alias The Reader
Title Lord of Harlaw
Lord of the Ten Towers
The Harlaw of Harlaw
Captain of the Sea Song
Allegiance House Harlaw
Culture Ironborn
Born At Harlaw[1]
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Rodrik Harlaw is the Lord of Harlaw, Lord of the Ten Towers, and head of House Harlaw. He is nicknamed Rodrik the Reader because he is always reading, which is uncommon amongst the ironborn.[2] He is the captain of the Sea Song.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Rodrik Harlaw

An average-looking man, Rodrik has brown hair and eyes and a short, neat beard that is grey. He has requested a Myrish lense to assist with his vision.[2]


Rodrik's two sons died at the Battle of Fair Isle during the Greyjoy Rebellion. When the Faith of the Seven was still tolerated in the Iron Islands, Rodrik kept septons at Ten Towers to help care for his books, which he reads in the Book Tower. Rodrik's sister, Gwynesse, insists that she should rule Ten Towers, as she is seven years his elder.[2]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Lord Rodrik assembles all those faithful to his niece, Asha Greyjoy, at the Ten Towers. Hotho Harlaw, who wants the widower Rodrik to marry his daughter, brings his lord a copy of Archmaester Marwyn's Book of Lost Books. Rodrik tries to convince Asha not to attend the kingsmoot at Old Wyk, fearing a bad outcome. He offers to name her his heir, but she refuses.[2]

At the kingsmoot Rodrik is one of the first to call Asha's name. However, her uncle, Euron Greyjoy, is chosen King of the Iron Islands instead.[3]

After the Battle of the Shield Islands, Rodrik is spotted by Victarion Greyjoy and Nute the Barber talking with Gorold Goodbrother and Dunstan Drumm in the castle yard at Lord Hewett's Town. They discuss their fears that the gains from the battle are little compared to the emnity of the Reach they have earned. During the feast in the Hewetts' hall, King Euron tells the ironborn they will conquer Westeros. Rodrik is skeptical of Euron's planning as well as his claims of having sailed the Smoking Sea and seen Valyria.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

Asha recalls how after her uncle Euron Greyjoy was named the new king at the kingsmoot, Rodrik told her to flee while her uncle was busy. He also recommended she read Haereg's History of the Ironborn, which recounts the only time a kingsmoot decision was overturned.[5]


Harlaw was not the largest of the Iron Islands, but it was the richest and most populous, and Lord Rodrik's power was not to be despised.[2]
Asha Greyjoy's thoughts

Rodrik: I prefer my history dead. Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood.

Asha: Do you want to die old and craven in your bed?
Rodrik: How else? Though not till I'm done reading.[2]

– Rodrik and Asha Greyjoy

Euron: I have sailed the Smoking Sea and seen Valyria.

Rodrik: Have you?
Euron: Reader, you would do well to keep your nose in your books.[4]

– Rodrik and Euron Greyjoy


Sigfryd "Silverhair"
Unknown Harlaw
Unknown Harlaw
Unknown Harlaw
Balon Greyjoy
Rodrik "The Reader"
Harras "The Knight"
Hotho "Humpback"
Boremund "the Blue"
Rodrik Greyjoy
Maron Greyjoy
Asha Greyjoy
Theon Greyjoy
Unknown Sons
Unknown Daughter

References and Notes

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