Mid-Week M.E.L.A: Game of Thrones – House Greyjoy has been edited by Rushi Bhimani.
We do not sow.
These are the words inscribed on the flag of House Greyjoy, along with the sigil. Literally, no crops grow on the rocky terrain of the islands. But symbolically, “We reap what you sow” tells us how iron-borns lived on the efforts of others without working in the fields. All being a contribution of Balon Greyjoy, the Lord Reaper of the Pyke.
As legends say, the Grey King, with the blessing of the Drowned God, defeated the first giant sea dragon and made a crown and castle out of its teeth and bones. He was said to have ruled almost thousand years during which he even married a mermaid. It was him that the House Greyjoy boasts its descent from.
“We are iron-born. We’re not subjects, we’re not slaves. We do not plough the field or toll in the mine. We take what is ours.”
House Greyjoy, of Pyke, is one of the greatest houses of Westeros, with Balon Greyjoy as its head. The king of the iron islands, Balon Greyjoy rules the harsh and desolate islands from the Pyke Castle. He led a failed rebellion against Robert Baratheon and lost two of his sons to the ordeals of death. His youngest son, Theon Greyjoy was taken as a ward at the age of nine by Eddard Stark as an assurance of their loyalty towards the north. As a result, Balon was left with his sole daughter, Yara Greyjoy.
Over the years, the Starks raised Theon Greyjoy. He is the heir to the title of Lord Reaper, should anything happen to Balon Greyjoy, though his chances of succeeding Balon are quite grim.
While Theon gained the Starks’ trust, Robb Stark sent him to negotiate an alliance with Balon Greyjoy, the ruler of Iron Islands, during The War of Five Kings. However, when Theon presented the proposal, he received protests for suggesting something so preposterous. As Balon recollected the incidences from the past, Theon found himself torn between his birth family and his loyalty to the Starks. Eventually, he decided to submit himself to Balon and reneged on his allegiance with the Lords of Winterfell. Following this, they baptised him in the name of the Drowned God, the only God iron-borns believed in.
Theon Greyjoy, now Captain of the Sea Bitch, disregarded his father’s orders to capture the fishing villages. And with a notion to prove his worth, he set to capture Winterfell. Although he succeeded in doing so, he found himself in a difficult position when the treasured two of his captives, Bran and Rickon Stark, escaped with the help of Osha and Hodor. To cover up this misfortune, he murdered two orphans and declared the death of the young Starks. But soon, Ramsay Snow, the bastard son of Roose Bolton, the warden of the North. besieged his paltry garrison and him. Then Ramsay captured and tortured him ruthlessly in the Dreadfort. This led Theon Greyjoy to obtain the persona of Reek. Oh how tortured he was, that the fear of Ramsay kept him from perceiving the real enemy when Yara Greyjoy came to his rescue after attaining his severed penis.
It was a blessing that Sansa Stark made him come to his senses. Only after that did he escape the new Winterfell with Sansa, and they parted ways to return home. But, back home, something unexpected awaited. Euron Greyjoy, Balon’s younger brother, once exiled, had now returned. And with that, came the demise of the Lord Reaper of Pyke. Following an encounter with his younger brother at the rope bridge, Balon struggled to defy his brother’s intentions to murder him. But, as the destiny might have it, he fell off the bridge. Balon Greyjoy was dead and the Salt Stone throne empty.
Theon’s return had no enthralling effect on his sister. But soon, her mood lifted up as Theon pledged to support her to occupy the throne. At the Kingsmoot, as Yara established the reputation of a potential ruler, her efforts soon diminished when Euron pitched his alleged plans of an alliance with Daenerys Targaryen. The Kingsmoot voted Euron as the new ruler and baptised him in the name of the Drowned God. With that, he vowed to murder his niece and nephew who fled in the best ships in the iron fleet. Then they travelled to Meereen to meet with Daenerys Targaryen to help them defeat Euron, to which she agreed at a promise that the iron-born will cease raiding, and terrorise the mainland.
Well, House Greyjoy might not be our favourite house in the Game Of Thrones, but they sure are the most badass. I mean come on, think about the system of the iron price. It refers to acquiring something by killing a man and looting the corpse. While they consider even the gold price, paid in terms of coins, as a sign of weakness. Pretty badass, right?
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