Greyjoy Rebellion


Eight years after King Robert Baratheon wrested the Iron Throne from the Targaryens, Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands initiated his own rebellion and declared his independence from the Seven Kingdoms. In a failed assault that claimed the life of Balon’s heir Rodrik, the Ironmen attacked Seagard.

The Ironborn were dealt another blow when the Crown’s forces, including Ned Stark, Barristan Selmy, Jorah Mormont and the King himself, launched a siege against Pyke. Balon’s second son was killed during this attack, and after his family stronghold was devastated, the Lord of the Iron Islands bent the knee to Robert. As punishment and to ensure there would be no other uprisings, Lord Greyjoy was forced to surrender his only surviving son, Theon (then 8), for Ned Stark to raise as his ward at Winterfell.

anonymous asked:

How would you've dealt with the first Greyjoy Rebellion? (And why do you think Theon was given to the Starks?)

I wouldn’t change much; I think Robert handled it very well. Two of his senior commanders, Tywin Lannister and Eddard Stark, hated each other, so I think dividing up the command by island to avoid any disputes was good generalship. Despite the crapshoot nature of feudal commands, Robert was lucky enough to not have any really bad commanders, they just hated each other, and the people he picked: Tywin, Eddard, Stannis, and Barristan, all were good commanders for the task given to them. Given that he spread the love to multiple commanders, many from Westeros could use it as a chance for glory and advancement. I think that Robert actually handled the Greyjoy Rebellion very well.

As for why Theon was given to the Starks, I think Eddard volunteered to take Theon on, to raise him to not be like Balon, and Robert was happy to foster that duty to Eddard. Consider it two parts indulging his friend and one part laziness.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King


Swift to respond, the young king called his banners and sent his brother Stannis, Lord of Dragonstone, around Dorne with the royal fleet. Warships from Oldtown and the Arbor and the Reach joined their strength to his. Balon Greyjoy sent his own brother Victarion to meet them, but in the Straits of Fair Isle, Lord Stannis lured the ironborn into a trap and smashed the Iron Fleet.


House Greyjoy, their words “We Do Not Sow.”

I am the Greyjoy, Lord Reaper of Pyke, King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, and no man gives me a crown. I pay the iron price. I will take my crown, as Urron Redhand did five thousand years ago.
—Balon Greyjoy

It was nigh on sunset when they reached the walls of Pyke, a crescent of dark stone that ran from cliff to cliff, with the gatehouse in the center and three square towers to either side. Theon could still make out the scars left by the stones of Robert Baratheon’s catapults. A new south tower had risen from the ruins of the old, its stone a paler shade of grey, and as yet unmarred by patches of lichen. That was where Robert had made his breach, swarming in over the rubble and corpses with his warharnmer in hand and Ned Stark at his side. Theon had watched from the safety of the Sea Tower, and sometimes he still saw the torches in his dreams, and heard the dull thunder of the collapse.
—  Theon’s still having nightmares about it all these years later? That’s horrible! But he was so young and his home was being invaded and his people killed and everything was being destroyed and set on fire. And that was the first time he saw Ned Stark. And yet this is still the good times when he has nothing more horrific to dream of. 

House Blacktyde Lords of Blacktyde, Sworn to Greyjoy

House Blacktyde is a noble house from Blacktyde Castle on the island of Blacktyde. They blazon their arms with vairy green and black. The most recent Lord was Baelor Blacktyde, who was taken as a hostage in Oldtown for 8 years after the Greyjoy Rebellion, when he returned to the Iron Islands he had converted to the faith of the seven which is quite unsual for an Ironborn. After the death of Balon Greyjoy the Blacktydes support Euron Greyjoy at the Kingsmoot. However when Euron triumphs in the kingsmoot and is crowned, he commands the Iron Fleet to close the island’s bay blocking all the ships from leaving. Baelor’s ship, the Nightflyer, is seized and Lord Blacktyde is delivered to Euron in chains for refusing to accept him as king. Euron then orders his men to kill him and cut him in seven pieces in ironic tribute to his worship of the seven mainland gods.


1. Catelyn and the Stark family just before the events of A Game of Thrones.

2. The Kingslayer being thrown before Lady Catelyn after the Battle of Whispering Wood.

3.  Cat and little Sansa welcome Ned home while little Robb greets little Theon after the Greyjoy Rebellion.

4. An imagined portrait of Lady Catelyn Stark and her daughters Sansa and Arya. 

Artist: @mathiaarkoniel

GoT Master Post - The Houses of Westeros

Guess what? It wasn’t just a Greyjoy one recorded of course. And it wasn’t just Houses (e.g. there are videos of Robert’s Rebellion explained from multiple character’s POV like Robert and Viserys or the Greyjoy rebellion from Robb and Theon’s POV. There’s even a video of the religions of GoT - Jaqen explains the Many Faced God but here are some of the houses of Westeros - great and small. 

House Arryn

narrated by Catelyn Tully/Stark (Michelle Fairley)

House Baratheon 

narrated by Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy)

House Baelish  

narrated by Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aiden Gillen)

House Bolton

narrated by Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton)

House Clegane 

narrated by Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann)

House Frey 

narrated by Catelyn Tully/Stark (Michelle Fairley)

House Greyjoy 

narrated by Theon and Yara Greyjoy (Alfie Allen and Gemma Whelan)

House Lannister 

narrated by Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance)

House Martell 

narrated by Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal)

House Reed 

narrated by Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick)

House Stark 

narrated by Robb and Bran Stark (Richard Madden and Isaac Hempstead-Wright)

House Targaryen 

narrated by Viserys Taragryen (Harry Lloyd)

House Tully 

narrated by Brynden Tully (Clive Russell)

House Tyrell 

narrated by Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer)

House Botley Lords of Lordsport, Sworn to Greyjoy

House Botley is one of the principal houses sworn to the Greyjoys, their seat of Lordsport is located on the island of Pyke, at the opposite side of the Greyjoys’ keep of Pyke. Their blazon is a shoal of silver fish on pale green.

At the outbreak of the war of the five kings Sawane Botley was lord of Lordsport however when he stands against Euron Greyjoy and claims that the Seastone Chair belongs to Theon after King Balon Greyjoy’s death, Euron Crow’s Eye has him drowned. Germund Botley pledges fealty to Euron, inheriting his brother’s lordship instead of his nephews. Tristifer Botley, Sawane’s son, however claims he is true heir to Lordsport. Tristifer was among the five boys brought to Pyke to become the foster son of Lady Alannys Harlaw after the Greyjoy Rebellion. Theon knew him since they were boys. Tris became friends with Asha Greyjoy but was sent away to Blacktyde after he and Asha were found touching each other, and Balon discovers Tristifer means to marry Asha.

Can you believe HBO is currently storyboarding the first season to A Song of Ice and Fire, the prequel series to Game of Thrones, set on the events of Robert’s Rebellion and the Greyjoy’s Rebellion? And that at this very moment they are each searching high and low for who they think could best fit the roles of Lyanna Stark, Rhaegar and Aerys Targaryen, and Elia Martell?

All those Jorah-haters who think Victarion Greyjoy is going to kill Jorah in Meereen conveniently forget that Jorah was knighted for being the hero of Pyke in the Greyjoy Rebellion. After which he won a tournament against Jaime Lannister because he was highly motivated by love. If he encounters Victarion, whose express plan is to marry Daenerys by force–the woman Jorah loves–well, I think Victarion fans need to be a little more worried.