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Rodrik Harlaw. © FFG
|Title|| Lord of the Ten Towers|
Lord of Harlaw
The Harlaw of Harlaw
|Book(s)|| A Feast for Crows (Appears)|
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
Rodrik Harlaw is the Lord of Harlaw, the Lord of the Ten Towers, and the head of House Harlaw of Harlaw. He is nicknamed Rodrik the Reader because he is always reading, which is uncommon amongst the ironborn. He is the captain of the Sea Song.
Appearance and Character
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.
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.
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.
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.
|“||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.||”|
|“||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?"
|“||Euron: "I have sailed the Smoking Sea and seen Valyria."
Rodrik: "Have you?"