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. 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. 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.
People accused of kinslaying
- Stannis Baratheon – conceived a shadow assassin with Melisandre that went on to slay his brother King Renly Baratheon, though Renly intended to kill Stannis and it is unknown if Stannis was aware of this.
- Tyrion Lannister: accused of the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey I, of which he's actually innocent. Also held responsible for the murder of his own father, Tywin Lannister, of which he is actually guilty.
- Ramsay Bolton: his own father, Roose Bolton, suspects he poisoned his half-brother Domeric, Roose's trueborn son.
- Euron Greyjoy: is suspected of being involved in the death of his older brother Balon, and because of the disappearence of his younger brother Aeron as well.
- Robb Stark: when preparing to execute Rickard Karstark, per Eddard Stark's custom that the man who passes the sentence should also swing the sword, Karstark calls Robb a kinslayer due to the (distant) blood ties between Starks and Karstarks, though Robb's great-great-great grandmother Alys Karstark was a Karstark.
- 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.
- Gregor Clegane: It is rumored that he murdered his father and his sister.
- Gilwood Hunter: Was accused by his two younger brothers Eustace and Harlan of killing their father Eon Hunter.
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.
King 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.
King Maekar I: Was called a kinslayer when he slew his own brother Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen (although it was an accident).
Brynden 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.
Ser Erryk Cargyll: For slaying his twin brother Ser Arryk Cargyll during the Dance of the Dragons; each died by the other's sword.
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.
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.
– Maester Cressen, considers the thought of Stannis killing his younger brother, Renly
– Jaime Lannister's thoughts
The gods hate kinslayers, even when they kill unknowing.
Kinslaying is dry work. It gives a man a thirst.
The gods hate kinslayers.
- Customs for additional information on customs and traditions of Westeros.
References and Notes
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 70, Tyrion X.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Viserys II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 51, Jon VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 51, Jon VI, p 545.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.