I noticed some parallels between Theon and his uncle Aeron
1.) Both of them are the youngest of the family and considered the “least.”
Aeron had been the last and least of the four krakens. (AFFC)
2.) They’ve both failed to gain Balon’s approval.
[Balon] was all that an elder brother ought to be, though he had never shown Aeron aught but scorn. (AFFC)
3.) They’ve both been imprisoned. Theon’s imprisonment is obviously a lot more drastic, but it’s still interesting that they have that in common.
Some fishermen took him captive and marched him down to Lannisport in chains, and he spent the rest of the war in the bowels of Casterly Rock … (Aeron in AFFC)
4.) Both have gone through identity changes due to the “death” of their former selves.
That man is dead. Aeron had drowned and been reborn from the sea, the god’s own prophet. (Aeron in AFFC)
“I’m not him, I’m not the turncloak, he died at Winterfell.” (Theon in ADWD)
This last parallel is my favorite one. Aeron was once a drunkard, but after a near-death experience at sea, he became a priest and is now devoted to the Drowned God. Theon committed terrible crimes at Winterfell, then lost his name, discovered himself after breaking free from “Reek,” and now believes that the old gods are real after hearing Bran say his name through the heart tree. I love that Theon and his uncle have a number of things in common, especially since there’s so much discord in the Greyjoy family, and I like to think that Theon and Aeron might understand each other better if they ever meet up again.
I seriously need an entire saga on the Greyjoys, because this family just fascinates me to no end.
theon greyjoy: robb stark??? nah what a jerk what a— [trips][hundreds of thousands of photos of robb stark begin to spill out of his jacket] w-what a fuckign asshole i— these aren’t mine i’m just [gathering them up frantically sweating] listen i just listen fuck [thousands of pictures of robb stark spill across the floor] shit fcuk i’m just holding them for jeyne just listen
game of thrones challenge: [1/9] characters - theon greyjoy I was Theon of House Greyjoy. I was a ward of Eddard Stark, a friend and brother to his children. “Please.” He fell to his knees. “A sword, that’s all I ask. Let me die as Theon, not as Reek.” Tears trickled down his cheeks, impossibly warm. “I was ironborn. A son … a son of Pyke, of the islands.”
Of course Theon/Robb is one of these angsty ships you love because they touch you and all. But you’ve got comforting aspects in every angst filled relationship and these are interesting too. So here you are. Comforting facts about Theon and Robb ! (you won’t learn anything new I bet but if you’re feeling down it’s a nice read)
The honorable heir of Winterfell somehow decided his parental figures were all wrong about Theon Greyjoy. He clearly stands in opposition with them and their education by not only loving but admiring their hostage. Admiration is a strong (and unexpected) feeling to have towards someone who’s basically powerless. Especially when you are in a position of power over this person. (you’re more likely to pity them or have empathy for them)
Theon and Asha being all like, “yeah we’re ironborn we don’t BELIEVE in gift giving” and then they somehow found out that Jeyne actually got them super nice super thoughtful gifts and then they’re like “FUCK FUCK we need to get her something nice—” “NO WAIT THIS IS THE GREENLANDER’S TRICK SHE’S TRYING TO TRICK US INTO GETTING HER SOMETHING NICE—” “THIS IS JEYNE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT YOU FUCKING ASSFACE WE NEED TO GET HER SOMETHING NICE SHE DESERVES NICE THINGS."
And then Asha and Theon just have this fucking mad scramble at the mall two days before christmas and it’s AWFUL because it’s so crowded and there’s MUSIC and BRIGHT COLORS and PERFUME SAMPLES everywhere and it’s super over-stimulating and they’re like, "FUCK FUCK WHAT DOES JEYNE LIKE?! CLOTHES? WHAT SIZE IS SHE??? SHE’S FUCKING TINY FUCK. WHAT IS EVEN OUR BUDGET???” It’s a goddamn nightmare.
“Theon’s smile was gone” – The day they shouldn’t have gone to the woods.
I love pretty much every aspect of Theon and Robb’s relationship but one of my favourite thing is how realistic and multi layered their friendship and/or romance is.
It was liberating for both of them. For Theon it meant finally having someone who loved and admired him in a sincere, genuine way. He didn’t have to pretend to be anyone else than Theon with Robb.
Even though it’s hard to be certain since we don’t get Robb’s pov, it seems that he behaved differently with Theon as well. We know he looked up to Theon which, given their respective status, is remarkable. We can never be 100% certain for Robb although Theon seemed to be one of his closest friend and someone he trusted with his life As for Theon I am convinced Robb was the love of his life if only in the strict sense of the term. He never loved anyone like he loved Robb and nobody ever offered him the same respect and admiration Robb had for him.
And this is enough to prove it wasn’t doomed to fail at all. They could have lived as happy as can be if it wasn’t for the war and Robb sending Theon back to the Islands. In a way, one of Robb’s most touching token of love – freeing Theon and trusting him with coming back to the place he was born (which he thought was the home he had been looking for all along) – is the first step to the “destruction” of their relationship. Even though I’d like to remind you that it’s Balon’s refusal which precisely triggered Theon’s betrayal of Robb’s trust. If Balon had showed a little respect and affection for his last son, maybe he wouldn’t have felt the irrational need to prove he was worthy of his love/admiration/respect, no matter the costs.
Then, one can wonder how Robb could be so harsh with Theon the day he saved Bran from the wildlings. That’s an argument I have seen from times to times and always with very different answers. I have tackled this issue in the Throbb manifesto but I couldn’t go into details. I think that first of all it’s very important to remember that this scene is told from Bran’s point of view thus making it pretty hard for us to know what happened in Theon and Robb’s heads. As for Theon, I’m pretty sure my interpretation is close to the truth. Robb is a more difficult case as he has no POV whatsoever to help us but I think it makes sense.
Modern!AU Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones headcanons
1: Robb has a habit of taking pictures of people doing adorable things with his phone when they’re people who really don’t want their “cred” damaged like that. Theon Greyjoy, Dacey Mormont, Jon, Ygritte, and Arya, all of them tremble in fear of when they’re doing something less-than-badass and Robb walks up without their noticing.
2: Loras and Theon dislike each other, but in a sitcom-like way where they snipe and bicker but actually get annoyed if someone else really hurt the other one.
3: Loras is a gym rat and Renly loves cooing over his muscles. Loras also plays sports (leaning towards either fencing or basketball, but rugby is an option) and is likely to go pro. Renly likes being his personal cheeleader.
4: Renly intentionally acts overly camp in order to troll people because he finds it funny watching his brothers or the Lannisters squirm. Ironically Stannis is much more cool with it than Robert.
5: Rickon loves taking Shaggydog to the dog park and can be talked into doing almost anything by his older siblings if they offer to take him there as a reward.
6:Ygritte despises being called either a hippie or a hipster and will forcibly eject anyone who says so from the vicinity. Even the owner of the vicinity, as Samwell’s dad once found out.
7: Jaime having a massive crush on Brienne who frankly sees him as a bit of a sleeze and won’t give him the time of day. Which naturally only makes him try harder. Which Tyrion points out makes him look like a stalker.
8: When Theon eventually left home to stay with Robb, the Stark kids all conspired to get him his own dog so he wouldn’t feel left out. Ned stopped them and wisely instead got Theon a fish tank, since the only dog Theon actually likes is Grey Wind.
Reasons why “I should have been with him. Where was I ? I should have died with him." is one of the most powerful lines in the series so far in my (biased) opinion.
It comes from someone who has been fighting all his life to be admired and to make his mark. It comes from someone who could have committed suicide when everything went wrong in Winterfell but didn’t because he refused to admit he had failed and lost everything in the process. It comes from someone who couldn’t ever face the truth. When he realises that he should have died with Robb, Theon implies that leaving his side was a mistake which is incredible given that he buried his head in the sand for so long (quite understandably in a way but still).