Great Wyk

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The Iron Islands and the location of Great Wyk
The Iron Islands and the location of Great Wyk
Great Wyk
The Iron Islands and the location of Great Wyk
Great Wyk. © FFG

Great Wyk is the largest of the islands that make up the Iron Islands.[1] Aside from the Lonely Light, it is the westernmost of the major isles. Great Wyk is west of Old Wyk and Orkmont, north of Saltcliffe, and northeast of Pyke.[2] Unlike the other isles, Great Wyk is so large that some of its castles, such as Hammerhorn, are inland instead of near the Sunset Sea or Ironman's Bay.[1]


Some of the noble houses found upon the island include House Merlyn, House Sparr, House Goodbrother,[3] and House Farwynd.[4]

Hammerhorn, the seat of the main line of House Goodbrother, is located in the Hardstone Hills. Other branches of the Goodbrothers on Great Wyk live at Corpse Lake, Crow Spike Keep, and Downdelving.[1] The Merlyns reside in Pebbleton,[1] while the Farwynds live at Sealskin Point.


The first sept in the Iron Islands was built on Great Wyk during the reign of King Wulfgar Hoare.[5]

Hoare Castle, the seat of House Hoare on Great Wyk, was destroyed by Ser Aubrey Crakehall after the defeat of King Hagon Hoare.[5]

After the War of Conquest, King Aegon I Targaryen invaded Great Wyk with Balerion and a host to subdue the various iron lords claiming to be King of the Iron Islands. Aegon slew Qhorin Volmark with Blackfyre.[6]

Stannis Baratheon subdued Great Wyk during Greyjoy's Rebellion.[7]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Aeron Greyjoy is on Great Wyk when he learns of the death of his brother Balon Greyjoy, King of the Isles and the North.[1]

A Dance with Dragons

After the selection of Euron Greyjoy at the kingsmoot, Aeron is said to have gone into hiding on Great Wyk.[7]