Urron Greyiron

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Urron Greyiron
Biographical Information
Reign about 5,000 years ago.
Full Name Urron Greyiron
Alias Urron Redhand
Other Titles Iron King
King of the Iron Islands
Salt king of Orkmont
Culture Ironborn
Royal House House Greyiron
Predecessor Urragon IV Greyiron
Books The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)

Urron Greyiron, known as Urron Redhand, was a member of House Greyiron and was the first King of the Iron Islands to make the throne hereditary, five thousand years before the War of the Five Kings.[1] His descendants ruled uncontested for a thousand years, until the Andals swept over the Iron Islands.[1]


Urron was the salt king of Orkmont during the rule of his great-uncle, Urragon IV Greyiron, who had assumed the High Kingship of the Iron Islands without being chosen in a kingsmoot. It was the dying Urragon's wish for Urron to succeed him, but the priests of the Drowned God were determined not to lose the power of kingmaking for a third time after Urragon's assumption of the throne and, before that, Torgon Greyiron's usurpation from Urrathon IV Goodbrother. Nevertheless, Urron put an end to the institution of kingsmoot when he descended with his axemen on Nagga's hill on Old Wyk, and slew all captains, the thirteen salt and rock kings, and half a hundred priests and prophets assembled for the choosing, taking the title of the High Kingship of the Isles and making it an hereditary one.[2] Urron had the crown of the king be made of black iron instead of driftwood,[3] and ruled for twenty-two years.[4]

In his reign, the rulers of Great Wyk, Old Wyk, Pyke, Harlaw and the lesser isles were reduced to lords, while several ancient lines that refused to bend the knee were extinguished. Along with the kingsmoot, Galon Whitestaff's decree against ironborn making war upon each other ended. Urron Redhand and his descendants had to deal with half a dozen major rebellions and at least two major thrall uprisings.[citation needed]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Lord Baelor Blacktyde believes that Euron Greyjoy will descend on all those gathered for the kingsmoot and kill them all, as Urron Greyiron had once done.[5] Lord Rodrik Harlaw similarly believes that Euron sounds too much like Urron, and that history is bound to repeat itself.[5]


The Drowned God makes men, but it's men who make crowns.[1]

- Urron Greyiron

I am the Greyjoy, Lord Reaper of Pyke, King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, and no man gives me a crown. I pay the iron price. I will take my crown, as Urron Redhand did five thousand years ago.[1]

- Balon Greyjoy


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  2. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Iron Kings.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.