Theon Greyjoy by Brittmartin©
|Alias|| Prince of Fools|
the squid prince
rightful Lord of the Iron Islands
The Prince of Stink
|Title|| Captain of Sea Bitch|
Lord of Winterfell
Prince of Winterfell
|Born||In 278 AC or 279 AC, at Pyke|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (appears)|
A Clash of Kings (POV)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
The Winds of Winter (POV)
|Played by||Alfie Allen|
|TV series||Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6 | Season 7|
Theon Greyjoy is a member of House Greyjoy and is the sole surviving son and heir apparent of Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands. At the end of Greyjoy's Rebellion, Theon was taken to Winterfell as a hostage and ward to Lord Eddard Stark. He becomes a POV character in A Clash of Kings. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, he is played by Alfie Allen.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Theon Greyjoy
Theon is a lean, dark, handsome youth who seems to find everything amusing. He is known for his confidence and his cocky smile. He is promiscuous and vain, but behind his arrogant exterior hides insecurities relating to his uncertain familial and social identity. Theon seeks approval from the Starks, but usually feels unsatisfied. The youth is not particularly religious.
Theon wears a fur-lined cloak, black silk gloves, black leather boots, silvery-grey lambswool breeches, a white leather belt, and a black velvet doublet embroidered with the kraken of House Greyjoy. He has purchased a golden chain with gold. Another outfit includes a satin tunic striped black and gold and a leather jerkin with silver studs. For combat situations Theon wears a black kraken-emblazoned surcoat over a shirt of fine mail.
An experienced hunter and rider, Theon is accomplished with the longbow and he also wields a dirk. He carries a longsword in a scabbard striped with the Greyjoy colors of black and gold.
Theon was a boy of ten when Greyjoy's Rebellion was crushed and his brothers were killed, making him the heir to House Greyjoy and the Iron Islands. Theon was taken from his father, Lord Balon Greyjoy, as a hostage and ward by Lord Eddard Stark and has been raised at Winterfell for nine years since.
Considered to be in fosterage, Theon was raised with the Stark children and tutored with them in all disciplines, including instruction from Maester Luwin and training from Ser Rodrik Cassel. His relationship with the Starks is respectful, considering Robb a close friend and younger brother. Theon ignores the sullen Jon Snow, the other outsider of the family. However, though he claims to Catelyn Stark that Lord Eddard was like a second father to him, and Eddard indeed attempted to be like a father to him from time to time, Theon still thought Eddard to be cold. As a child, Theon used to think that Eddard might marry him to his eldest daughter Sansa and claim him for a son.
Theon and Robb trained with wooden swords on the steps of Winterfell, and together with Jon Snow were trained at arms by Ser Rodrik Cassel. He played in the castle's godswood, and participated in melees during tourneys. In 296 AC Theon traveled with Lord Eddard to Torrhen's Square, where he spent a fortnight with Benfred Tallhart, whom Theon teased for his large neck.
A Game of Thrones
When the Stark boys witness the execution of Gared, Theon ceremonially presents Lord Eddard Stark with the Valyrian steel sword Ice. Theon kicks away Gared's afterwards. When King Robert I Baratheon rides north to ask Lord Eddard Stark to assume the position of Hand of the King, Theon joins the king's hunt. Theon remains in Winterfell after Ned Stark leaves with Robert for King's Landing.
Catelyn Stark travels to the capital to inform Lord Stark of the catspaw's Valyrian steel dagger, and Ned advises his wife to watch Theon in case they need the Iron Fleet of Theon's father, Lord Balon Greyjoy.
Theon and Hallis Mollen advise Robb Stark, the acting lord in Winterfell, and Theon thinks Robb should call the banners when Eddard is wounded in King's Landing. When a group of wildlings and Night's Watch deserters attack Bran Stark in the wolfswood, Theon kills Stiv with an arrow. Theon is hurt when Robb criticizes him for risking Bran's life with the shot.
After the outbreak of war, Theon becomes Robb's trusted battle companion and one of Ser Brynden Tully's scouts. Riding a courser as one of Robb's personal guard, Theon takes pride in almost fighting Ser Jaime Lannister in the Whispering Wood. He advocates assaulting the Twins and executing the captive Jaime. After the Battle of the Camps, Theon accompanies Robb to Riverrun, where his friend is proclaimed King in the North.
A Clash of Kings
Robb Stark, now King in the North and King of the Trident, sends Theon from Riverrun to the Iron Islands to forge an alliance with his father, Lord Balon Greyjoy, asking him to attack the westerlands with his longships. Robb's mother, Catelyn Stark, unsuccessfully advises Robb against the decision.
Theon travels with Lord Jason Mallister and Patrek Mallister to Seagard, where he boards the Myraham. During his journey home, Theon sleeps with the captain's daughter, who wants to be his salt wife, and he considers the red comet to be a good omen of his mission. Theon's uncle, Aeron Damphair, pours salt water over Theon, a blessing from the Drowned God, and he is given chambers in the Bloody Keep of Pyke.
Theon brings Robb's offer of alliance to his father, hoping to lead the Iron Fleet against Lannisport and claim Casterly Rock from House Lannister as his own seat. Balon—offended by Theon's northern ways and attire, as well as his failure to pay the iron price—rejects Robb's offer to ally and grant a crown. Later, Theon meets his sister, Asha, who flirts with him under the assumed identity "Esgred" and humiliates him. Theon learns of Balon's plans to conquer the north, since most of its fighting men are south of the Neck with Robb. Theon receives a position of minor authority and is granted a squire, the mute boy Wex Pyke, and a horse, Smiler.
Under the supervision of Aeron and Dagmer Cleftjaw, Theon commands eight longships in the harrying of the Stony Shore. Captaining Sea Bitch, he raids several villages and has some difficulty controlling his men. When Benfred Tallhart's Wild Hares march to intercept him, Theon ambushes the party. At Aeron's insistence, he drowns the survivors as a sacrifice to the Drowned God. Dissatisfied with his duties and jealous of Asha's taking of Deepwood Motte, Theon disobeys Balon's orders and plans to take Winterfell. He convinces Dagmer to march on Torrhen's Square to draw out Winterfell's garrison.
Theon captures Winterfell with a small party and overwhelms its remaining guards. With the castle under his control, Theon takes Bran and Rickon Stark hostage and declares himself Prince of Winterfell. He sleeps with Kyra in the bed of the late Lord Eddard Stark. Theon's slim iron crown is decorated with black diamond and gold.
Theon has difficulty controlling Winterfell's population, many of whom are known to him. He frees "Reek" from the castle's dungeon and takes him into his service. Maester Luwin also serves Theon, and pleads for him to show mercy and tolerance. Bran and Rickon escape with the help of Osha, Hodor, and Meera and Jojen Reed, but Theon fails to track the boys down in the wolfswood. Following the advice of "Reek", he kills two boys around the same age from the Acorn Water mill and presents their preserved corpses as the Starks'. Theon forbids Luwin from burying the bodies in the crypt of Winterfell, instead mounting their heads on the castle walls.
When mysterious deaths start happening to three of Theon's ironborn who had been part of the search party, Farlen is blamed by Theon without evidence. Farlen reminds Theon that Lord Eddard Stark did his own killings, forcing Theon to do the deed himself. However, it was actually "Reek" who, with Theon's approval, killed Aggar, Gelmarr, and Gynir to keep the secret of the "Stark bodies" more secure.
Meanwhile, Ser Rodrik Cassel repulses Dagmer in a fight at Torrhen's Square and gathers men to Castle Cerwyn. As the return of Winterfell's garrison looms, Theon reaches out to Asha for help. She arrives from Deepwood Motte, but tells Theon that the ironborn will never succeed in holding landlocked castles. After leaving behind a token group of men, she abandons Winterfell and advises Theon to do the same. Theon rages that his greatest achievement has earned him no respect from either the northmen or the ironborn, and sinks into despair. He has nightmares of direwolves, the miller's wife, and King Robert I Baratheon's feast at Winterfell.
Theon frees "Reek" to seek help at the Dreadfort before Winterfell's men returns under the command of Rodrik. At the start of the parlay with Rodrik Theon learns that he has acquired the moniker "Theon Turncloak". As a final gambit, Theon threatens to hang Rodrik's daughter, Beth, if Winterfell is attacked. As Theon awaits Rodrik's decision, Luwin convinces Theon to join the Night's Watch, where his crimes will be forgiven and he can earn respect. Before Theon can surrender, however, House Bolton men arrive and surprisingly attack Rodrik's men in the winter town, scattering them. As Theon attempts to thank "Reek", the servant reveals his true identity to be Ramsay Snow. The Bastard of Bolton shatters Theon's cheekbone and orders the garrison of the Dreadfort to burn Winterfell.
A Storm of Swords
Lord Tywin Lannister briefly considers having his widowed daughter, Queen Cersei Lannister, marry Theon. Big Walder Frey, brought with his cousin Little Walder to the Dreadfort by Ramsay, writes that Theon burned Winterfell when northmen tried to retake the castle. Ramsay is said to be flaying Theon alive as punishment.
Ramsay sends to his father, Lord Roose Bolton, a piece of flayed skin which Roose delivers to King Robb Stark and his mother, Catelyn Stark. With Theon's father, Balon, having fallen to his death at Pyke, Roose convinces Robb to spare Theon's life until the succession to the Iron Islands is resolved. Roose then betrays Robb and Catelyn in the Red Wedding, however.
A Feast for Crows
Euron Greyjoy, Theon's uncle who has claimed the Seastone Chair after Balon's death, drowns Lord Sawane Botley for insisting that Theon should succeed Balon. Aeron Damphair calls for a kingsmoot to decide the succession. Theon's sister, Asha, is unable to identify Theon's body at Winterfell, as wolves have been at the corpses. The small council of King Tommen I Baratheon believes Theon to be slain.
A Dance with Dragons
Theon has been tortured repeatedly by Ramsay Snow, who has since been legitimized by King Tommen as Ramsay Bolton. Ramsay and the Bastard's Boys remove the skin on several of Theon's toes and fingers, leaving him in agony for days before removing the joints but only after Theon begs him to remove them. He breaks and removes several of Theon's teeth because Ramsay hates his smiles. It is also implied that Ramsay has removed Theon's genitals as well.[N 1] Theon is forced to take on the guise of Reek, the name of Ramsay's late serving man. He is forbidden to bathe and is caked from head to toe in filth and excrement.
Due to the torture endured at Ramsay's hands, Theon looks like he has aged forty years. Besides missing teeth, many more are loose so he cannot eat without suffering agony. He has lost three stone in weight, his skin has turned pasty, and his hair is white and brittle. He can no longer use a bow due to the loss of three fingers, has difficulty riding, and he hobbles like an old man due to the loss of several toes.
Before he endured the worst of Ramsay's tortures, Theon was allowed to escape with the help of Kyra, his former bedwarmer at Winterfell. His captor let them get a day's head start before chasing them with his hunting hounds. Theon was taken back to the Dreadfort's dungeon while Kyra was killed by Ramsay and his hounds. Theon is mentally and physically broken by Ramsay and lives in great fear of him. He disgusts the Frey cousins, Arnolf Karstark, and Hother Umber during a feast at the Dreadfort.
With Ramsay's father, Lord Roose Bolton, returning to the north, Ramsay has Theon washed and properly clothed. Pretending to still be a prince, Theon is sent to deliver peace terms to the ironborn occupying Moat Cailin. Theon gives the gift of mercy to the dying Ralf Kenning and relays Ramsay's promise of food and safe passage to the survivors. When they do surrender, Ramsay has them all flayed alive and displays their skinless bodies along the causeway to the ruined castle. As a reward, a rag-clad Theon is allowed to sleep among Ramsay's dogs. He is present when Ramsay is introduced to his bride, "Arya Stark", whom he instantly recognizes as Jeyne Poole. With the siege of Moat Cailin resolved, Ramsay sends scraps of Theon's skin to his sister Asha at Deepwood Motte and Dagmer at Torrhen's Square, warning them to abandon the north.
Roose angers Ramsay by taking Theon from him in Barrowton and introducing him to Lady Barbrey Dustin at Barrow Hall. Theon insists he is actually Reek, believing that "Theon" was some other man. Roose's host and other northern bannermen gather at the partially-rebuilt Winterfell.
Because Theon was a ward of Winterfell for ten years and is the closest thing to kin "Arya" has, he gives the bride away at the wedding in the godswood of Winterfell. Jeyne pleads with Theon several times before the wedding to help rescue her, but Theon refuses. During the wedding banquet held in the Great Hall, Theon sits with Barbrey and is reviled by those in attendance. Fearing that Roose will return him to Ramsay, Theon hopes that Stannis Baratheon will arrive to kill them all, putting him out of his misery. During the bedding Ramsay has Theon strip his bride for him and makes Theon watch as he humiliates and degrades Jeyne, then forces him to prepare her sexually before he rapes her.
Lady Dustin has Theon show her the crypt of Winterfell, where he admits he wanted to be a Stark. Theon prays before the heart tree in Winterfell's godswood. During one visit he sees hints of Bran Stark's face in the weirwood, hearing it whisper his name and temporarily restoring his sanity. Wandering the castle, Theon is approached by Holly and Rowan, two washerwomen, on behalf of the singer Abel; they are actually disguised free folk spearwives led by Mance Rayder.
When several northmen men are suspiciously found dead, Theon is thought a suspect, although he wonders if a hooded man he meets is instead to blame. The idea of Theon being the murderer is quickly dismissed by Roose, who claims that Theon is too broken and weak to have carried out murders. The deaths cause tension in the castle between the Freys, Boltons, Manderlys, and other northern houses, finally erupting into a brawl after Little Walder Frey dies.
Responsible for some of the deaths, the free folk enlist the help of a reluctant Theon to free Jeyne Poole, whom they believe to be "Arya Stark", during the confusion. As they are escaping, Jeyne's scream when one of the Bolton men is killed by Frenya alerts the guards. They reach the top of Winterfell's walls, only to realize that the rope has been left with one of the spearwives down below. Under attack by guards shooting arrows, Theon grabs Jeyne and jumps from the battlements.
Theon and Jeyne land in snow and are caught by Mors Umber, who sends them to rendezvous with Stannis's army at a crofters' village in the wolfswood a few days ride away. Asha, a captive with Stannis's army after the fight by Deepwood Motte, barely recognizes Theon due to his torture at the hands of Ramsay.
The Winds of Winter
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Theon is held prisoner by Stannis Baratheon, who plans to execute Theon to placate northern mountain clansmen who want vengeance for the supposed murders of Bran and Rickon Stark. Stannis intends to keep Theon alive for the time being as he might have useful information about Roose and Ramsay Bolton. Theon is present during the agreement between Stannis and Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank of Braavos, as well as the exposure of Arnolf Karstark's planned treachery and the subsequent arrest of Arnolf's family and men.
After Asha's attempts to ransom Theon fail, she urges Stannis to execute Theon as Eddard Stark would have - by beheading him in front of a heart tree. This is likely done in an attempt to spare Theon the agony of being burned alive as a sacrifice to R'hllor.
|“||Catelyn: If even part of what I suspect is true, Ned and my girls have ridden into deadly danger, and a word in the wrong ears could mean their lives.
Theon: Lord Eddard is a second father to me. I do so swear.
- Catelyn Stark and Theon
|“||A dead enemy is a thing of beauty.||”|
- Theon toRobb Stark
|“||He'd led men in war, hunted with a king, won honor in tourney melees, ridden with Brynden Blackfish and Greatjon Umber, fought in the Whispering Wood, bedded more girls than he could name, and yet this uncle was treating him as though he were still a child of ten.||”|
- Theon's thoughts
|“||Balon: My daughter has taken an axe for a lover. I will not have my son bedeck himself like a whore. It is as I feared. The green lands have made you soft, and the Starks have made you theirs.
- Balon Greyjoy and Theon
|“||Theon:I will lead the attack myself, if it please you. As my reward I would ask that you grant me Casterly Rock for my own seat, once we have taken it from the Lannisters.
Balon: You reward yourself handsomely for a notion and a few lines of scribbling.
- Theon and Balon Greyjoy
|“||Only a fool humbles himself when the world is so full of men eager to do that job for him.||”|
- Theon to "Esgred"
|“||Asha: Ten years a wolf, and you land here and think to prince about the islands, but you know nothing and no one. Why should men fight and die for you?
– Asha Greyjoy and Theon
|“||Theon: I am a Greyjoy of Pyke. The cloak my father swaddled me in bore a kraken, not a direwolf.
Rodrik: For ten years you have been a ward of Stark.
– Theon and Rodrik Cassel
|“||The boar can keep his tusks, and the bear his claws. There's nothing half so mortal as a grey goose feather.||”|
- Theon after a hunt
|“||I'm not him, I'm not the turncloak, he died at Winterfell. My name is Reek. It rhymes with freak.||”|
– Theon to Barbrey Dustin
|“||Theon found himself wondering if he should say a prayer. Will the old gods hear me if I do? They were not his gods, had never been his gods. He was ironborn, a son of Pyke, his god was the Drowned God of the islands ... but Winterfell was long leagues from the sea. It had been a lifetime since any god had heard him. He did not know who he was, or what he was, why he was still alive, why he had ever been born.||”|
- Theon's thoughts
|“||Please. A sword, that's all I ask. Let me die as Theon, not as Reek.||”|
-Theon to Winterfell's heart tree
|“||Theon: Winter is coming ..."||”|
- Theon and Rowan
|“||Robb, who had been more a brother to Theon than any son born of Balon Greyjoy’s loins. Murdered at the Red Wedding, butchered by the Freys. I should have been with him. Where was I? I should have died with him.||”|
– Theon's thoughts
Theon: Theon. My name is Theon. You have to know your name.
- Asha Greyjoy and Theon
Quotes about Theon
|“||He smiled a lot, as if the world were a secret joke that only he was clever enough to understand.||”|
- Bran Stark's thoughts
|“||She studied Theon Greyjoy's sly smile, wondering what it meant. That young man had a way of looking as though he knew some secret jest that only he was privy to; Catelyn had never liked it.||”|
– Catelyn Stark's thoughts
|“||Your lord father did what he could to gentle Theon, but I fear it was too little and too late.||”|
|“||He had only the vaguest memory of Theon Greyjoy from his time with the Starks. A callow youth, always smiling, skilled with a bow; it was hard to imagine him as Lord of Winterfell.||”|
|“||If Theon had died in place of Lord Karstark’s sons, how much ill would have been undone?||”|
|“||The skin from the little finger of Theon Greyjoy's left hand. My son is cruel, I confess it. And yet ... what is a little skin, against the lives of two young princes? You were their mother, my lady. May I offer you this ... small token of revenge?||”|
|“||Arnolf: Him? Can it be? Stark's ward. Smiling, always smiling.
Ramsay: He smiles less often now. I may have broken some of his pretty white teeth.
|“||You're Reek. You'll always be Reek, no matter how sweet you smell. Your nose may lie to you. Remember your name. Remember who you are.||”|
|Lady of House Stonetree||Quellon||Lady of House Piper|
|Lady of House Sunderly|
|Harlon||Quenton||Donel||Balon||Alannys Harlaw||Euron "Crow's Eye"||Victarion||Urrigon||Aeron "Damphair"||Robin|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon V.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon VI.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran VII.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion I.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 50, Theon IV.
- ↑ See the Theon Greyjoy calculation.
- ↑ Game of Thrones/Cast and crew
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 37, Bran V.
- ↑ 16.00 16.01 16.02 16.03 16.04 16.05 16.06 16.07 16.08 16.09 16.10 16.11 16.12 16.13 16.14 16.15 16.16 16.17 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 46, Bran VI.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek II.
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 22.7 22.8 22.9 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 5, Jon I.
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 14, Catelyn III.
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 12, Reek I.
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 37, Theon III.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
- ↑ 30.0 30.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
- ↑ 31.0 31.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn X.
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- ↑ 35.0 35.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 55, Catelyn VII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
- ↑ 39.0 39.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 35, Jon VII.
- ↑ 46.0 46.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice.
- ↑ 47.0 47.1 The Winds of Winter, Chapter , Theon I.
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