Lord of the Iron Islands|
Lord Reaper of Pyke
The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
Goren was the son and heir of Lord Vickon Greyjoy, who ruled the Iron Islands in the name of Aegon I Targaryen. Having allowed septons of the Faith of the Seven preach on the islands, Vickon's decree angered pious ironborn and priests of the Drowned God, but Vickon reminded Goren that he was Aegon's man and that only a fool would rise against House Targaryen and their dragons. In 33 AC, Goren succeeded his father as Lord of the Iron Islands and Lord Reaper of Pyke. Not long after, he easily put down a clumsy conspiracy which attempted to crown Qhorin Volmark's son.
In 37 AC, King Aenys I Targaryen succeeded Aegon the Conqueror on the Iron Throne. Among the multiple rebellions which broke out in the Seven Kingdoms, one took place on the Iron Islands, where a man claimed to be Lodos the Twice-Drowned, returned at last from the watery halls of the Drowned God. Goren quickly descended on Old Wyk and Great Wyk, where most of Lodos's followers could be found, with a hundred longships and put thousands of them to the sword. Goren sent to Aenys the head of Lodos pickled in brine. In return, Aenys granted Goren any boon within his power to give. Wanting to prove himself a true son of the Drowned God, Goren requested permission to expel the septons and septas who had come to the Iron Islands since Aegon's Conquest, preaching the Faith of the Seven. Aenys was unable to refuse.
Goren was among those granted gold, honors, and offices by a grateful King Aenys I Targaryen.