Durran Godsgrief

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House Baratheon.svg King
Durran Godsgrief
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Durran Elenei.jpg
Durran and his wife Elenei
Full name Durran
Title Storm King
Heir Durran the Devout
Successor Durran the Devout
Personal Information
  • Durran Godsgrief
  • The Godsgrief
  • King of a Thousand Years
Born Age of Heroes
Culture First Men
Dynasty House Durrandon
Queen Elenei
Issue Durran the Devout

Durran, called Durran Godsgrief, was the mythic first Storm King and the founder of House Durrandon. Legend has that he was married to Elenei and was the builder of Storm's End.


Elenei protects Durran as Storm's End is constructed.
Art by Roman Papsuev

According to legend, Durran won the love of Elenei, the daughter of the sea god and the goddess of the wind, during the Age of Heroes. Her divine parents forbade their love, but Durran and Elenei wed despite them. The gods' wrath was terrible to behold, destroying Durran's keep on his wedding night and killing all his family and guests, but Durran survived under Elenei's protection. Enraged, Durran declared war on the gods, who replied by hammering his kingdom with massive storms. Each time Durran built a castle to face the sea the gods destroyed it.[1]

King Durran persisted in building larger and more powerful fortifications, until finally the seventh castle, Storm's End, stayed in place and resisted the storms of Shipbreaker Bay. Some believe this is because the children of the forest took a hand in its construction; others believe that a young boy, who grew up to be Bran the Builder, advised Durran on its construction. The truth of the matter is unknown.[1]

Afterward, Durran supposedly ruled for a thousand years. Archmaester Glaive proposed that the "King of a Thousand Years" was in fact a succession of monarchs all bearing the same name.[2] The Storm Kings of old from House Durrandon named their firstborn son and heir after Durran Godsgrief, complicating the research of maesters.[2]

Durran Godsgrief claimed the rainwood, but much of it was returned to the children of the forest by his son, Durran the Devout.[2]


Sea god
of the wind
Durran II

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Durrandon.
New title 1st Storm King Succeeded by