Sunset Sea

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The Sunset Sea. © Fantasy Flight Games

The Sunset Sea[1] or sunset sea[2] is a sea to the west of Westeros. It borders the Reach, the Westerlands, the Iron Islands and the Riverlands, the North, and the lands beyond the Wall.


The Sunset Sea is west of Westeros (red continent).

In the south, the Redwyne Straits and the Arbor divide the Sunset Sea from the Summer Sea to the southeast. North of the Arbor is Whispering Sound with Oldtown, Blackcrown, and Three Towers. Farther north in the Reach along the Sunset Sea are Bandallon, the Shield Islands, and the mouth of the Mander.

Settlements of the Westerlands located on the sea include Crakehall, Lannisport and Casterly Rock, Feastfires, Kayce, the Crag, Banefort, and Faircastle on Fair Isle.

North of the Westerlands in the Sunset Sea are the Iron Islands and Ironman's Bay, as well as Seagard and the Cape of Eagles in the Riverlands.

North of the Iron Islands is a peninsula of the North which includes the Flint Cliffs, Cape Kraken, and Flint's Finger. The Fever River and the Saltspear flow into Blazewater Bay. North of the peninsula are the coastlines of the Rills and the Stony Shore. Even further to the north are the Bay of Ice and the forests of Bear Island, Sea Dragon Point, and the wolfswood. The Sunset Sea continues north beyond the Wall along the Frozen Shore.[3]

The Sunset Sea west of the Lonely Light is unknown.[4]


Brandon the Shipwright, King in the North, sailed across the Sunset Sea and was never heard from again. His son Brandon the Burner destroyed the remaining northern fleet in his grief.[5]

During the reign of Qhored Hoare, King of the Iron Islands, the ironborn controlled the western shore of Westeros from the Arbor to Bear Island, but his gains were gradually lost by his descendents.[6] Lord Dagon Greyjoy attempted to make the lands along the sea subject to the ironborn again, but was eventually defeated by House Targaryen.[7]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

The ironborn of the Iron Islands invade the North by attacking the Stony Shore, the Fever River, and Deepwood Motte near the Bay of Ice.

A Feast for Crows

During the kingsmoot, Lord Gylbert Farwynd puts his name forth for King of the Iron Islands, supported by three champions who are his sons. He promises to lead the ironborn to lands beyond the Sunset Sea where every man would be a king, but his claims are quickly dismissed.[8]

The ironborn under King Euron Greyjoy attack the Shield Islands and the Arbor.


No one has ever crossed the Sunset Sea to learn what lies on the other side.[4]
- George R. R. Martin

References and Notes

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