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The Shrike
Title Priest of the Drowned God
Allegiance Drowned God
Culture Ironborn
Book The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)

The Shrike was a priest of the Drowned God who lived during the reign of Harmund III Hoare, King of the Iron Islands.[1] His given name is unknown.


Going against tradition, King Harmund III Hoare announced that ironborn reavers would be hanged as pirates. The king outlawed the taking of salt wives, declaring the children of such unions no more than bastards with no right to inheritance. Harmund also considered ending the practice of thralldom.[1]

The Shrike began to preach against Harmund, and the lords of the Iron Islands listened when other priests of the Drowned God took up the cry. Septons and their followers stood by King Harmund, but the Shrike managed to overthrow Harmund bloodlessly. Afterward, the Shrike took the deposed king's tongue so he may never again speak "lies and blasphemies". Harmund was also blinded and his nose cut off so "all men might see him for the monster he is".[1]

Harmund's brother, Hagon Hoare, was declared king. Hagon allowed the mutilation of his own mother, Dowager Queen Lelia Lannister, whom the Shrike blamed for turning her husband, Harmund II Hoare, and their sons away from the Drowned God to the Faith of the Seven.[1]

Hagon the Heartless was brought down by the westermen led by Ser Aubrey Crakehall, who wanted vengeance for the mutilation of Lelia. Surprisingly, Aubrey then claimed the kingship of the Iron Isles for himself. The reign of "King Aubrey" lasted less than half a year before he was captured by the ironborn and sacrificed to the sea by the Shrike.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Black Blood.