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Kinslaying is a great taboo in Westeros. When a member of family kills a relation he/she is dubbed a kinslayer. Any individual who slays a member of their own family is believed to be cursed forever in the sight of gods and men.[1] Many Lords and smallfolk believe this and thus those who slay their own blood are usually looked down upon or shunned. There is a saying, in the religions of both the old gods or new gods, stating that "no man is so accursed as the kinslayer".

Victarion Greyjoy hates his brother Euron and thinks about killing him, but the stigma and curse associated with kinslaying is what restrains him from doing so.[2][3] When Tristifer Botley, believing Aeron Greyjoy was killed by his brother Euron, says Euron is afraid of being seen as a kinslayer. Asha Greyjoy states that, should Euron hear this, he would murder one of his sons, to prove them wrong.[4]

People accused of kinslaying

  • Theon Greyjoy: named a kinslayer by some for his supposed murder of Bran and Rickon Stark, as he was their father's ward, although they are not his blood kin.[9]
  • Gregor Clegane: It is rumored that he murdered his father and his sister.

Historical Kinslayers or suspected of Kinslaying

32pxJonos Arryn: was called Jonos the Kinslayer when he killed his own brother, Ronnel, and their family during the reign of Aenys.
32pxQueen Visenya Targaryen: She was suspected of poisoning her nephew and stepson Aenys so her son Maegor could succeed.
32pxKing Maegor I the Cruel: For slaying his nephew Aegon Targaryen and later having another nephew Viserys Targaryen tortured to death.
Lord Larys Strong: Is suspected of beginning the fire at Harrenhal in which his father, Lord Lyonel Strong, and elder brother Ser Harwin Strong, died.
Mini aegonii.pngKing Aegon II: For feeding his half-sister Rhaenyra Targaryen to his dragon Sunfyre during the Dance of the Dragons.
32pxAemond Targaryen: For killing his nephew Lucerys Velaryon during the Dance of the Dragons.
32pxDaemon Targaryen: For killing his nephew Aemond Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons.
32pxKing Viserys II: Was alleged to have poisoned his nephew Baelor I Targaryen, though many people think Baelor fasted himself to death.
32pxKing Aegon IV the Unworthy: Was alleged to have poisoned his father Viserys II.[10]
32x32 Maekar Targaryen.pngKing Maekar I: Was called a kinslayer when he slew his own brother Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen (although it was an accident).
32x32 Brynden Rivers.pngBrynden Rivers: Was called a Kinslayer when he killed his half-brother Daemon Blackfyre and Daemon's sons Aegon Blackfyre and Aemon Blackfyre during the Battle of the Redgrass Field. Later Brynden executed another of Daemon's sons, Aenys Blackfyre.
32pxMaelys Blackfyre: Was called a kinslayer because he supposedly consumed his own twin in the womb. Later in life he killed his own cousin, Daemon.
32x32 Kingsguard.png Ser Erryk Cargyll: For slaying his twin brother Ser Arryk Cargyll during the Dance of the Dragons; each died by the other's sword.
32x32 Kingsguard.png Ser Arryk Cargyll: For slaying his twin brother Ser Erryk Cargyll during the Dance of the Dragons; each died by the other's sword.
32px Lord Stark (grandson of Brandon the Daughterless): Slew Bael the Bard, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, ignorant that he was his actual father.[11]
Erich Durrandon: known as Erich Kin-Killer when he slew his brother King Durran, who was possibly Durran the Young.


Fratricide ... my lord, this is evil, unthinkable.[12]

– Maester Cressen, considers the thought of Stannis killing his younger brother, Renly

Old gods or new, it makes no matter, no man is so accursed as the kinslayer.[8]

Rickard Karstark

Jaime had not wanted to believe it. Kinslaying was worse than kingslaying, in the eyes of gods and men. He knew the boy was mine. I loved Tyrion. I was good to him. Well, but for that one time ... but the imp did not know the truth of that.[13]

Jaime Lannister's thoughts

The gods hate kinslayers, even when they kill unknowing.[14]


Kinslaying is dry work. It gives a man a thirst.[15]

Tyrion Lannister, to Illyrio Mopatis, on his drinking too much wine.

Kinslayer or no, I am a lion still.[15]

Tyrion Lannister, to Illyrio Mopatis

Tell me, my lord ... if the kinslayer is accursed, what is a father to do when one son slays another?[7]

Roose Bolton, to Theon Greyjoy

The gods hate kinslayers.[16]

Victarion Greyjoy, brooding on his brother.

See also

Customs for additional information on customs and traditions of Westeros.

References and Notes