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A Leviathan

A leviathan is a type of enormous whale, usually grey in color.[1] They are described as the oldest and largest creatures living in the entire world, implying they surpass even dragons in size.[2]

Leviathans are found in the Shivering Sea and are known to gather and breed in Lorath Bay.[3] They also mate and birth at Leviathan Sound.[4]


According to ironborn legend, Nagga, the first sea dragon, was able to feed on krakens and leviathans.[5] A black leviathan is included in the sigil of House Volmark of the Iron Islands.[6] The longship Leviathan is part of the Iron Fleet.[7]

Ibbenese whalers hunt leviathans at Leviathan Sound from their strong ships.[8] The waters of the northern Sunset Sea are said to have leviathans as large as islands.[9]

In the Merman's Court, the great hall of the New Castle in White Harbor, there is a painting of a kraken and a grey leviathan locked in battle.[10]


Ser Eustace Hightower's Lady Meredith encountered a pod of leviathans and was damaged by a white bull while returning to Oldtown in 56 AC. The ship redirected for the Summer Isles, but would up in Sothoryos.[11]

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Leo Tyrell insults Samwell Tarly of the Night's Watch by calling him a black-clad leviathan.[1]


Who shall be our king in Balon's place? Sing to me in the language of leviathan, that I may know his name.[12]

Aeron Greyjoy praying to the Drowned God

A fisherman may hook a grey leviathan, but it will drag him down to death unless he cuts it loose.[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 45, Samwell V.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Shivering Sea.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Lorath.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: East of Ib.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: Ib.
  9. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  10. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II.
  11. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  12. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  13. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.