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"House Greyjoy"[3] is the ninth short of the second season of Histories & Lore. It is the thirty-third short of the series overall. It was released on February 19, 2013 in Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season. It was narrated by Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy and Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy, and written by Dave Hill.


Theon and Yara Greyjoy detail the legacy of House Greyjoy, their dominion over the Iron Islands, and the history of the Ironmen themselves.[3]


Theon Greyjoy: Where the North has its honor and the South its chivalry, the Iron Islands has its strength.

Yara Greyjoy: We call ourselves the "Ironborn," and we are warriors feared throughout the Seven Kingdoms.

Theon Greyjoy: Or so we used to be. Unlike their mainland cousins, the First Men of the Iron Islands never bowed to the Old Gods.

Yara Greyjoy: Theirs was the Drowned God, who made the Ironborn to reave and sack and write their names in salt, steel, and song, that his enemy, the Storm God, could not wash away.

We raised our kings from our own ranks and used beaten foes as thralls to work our mines and farm our land.

Theon Greyjoy: Or as salt wives, if a woman was pretty enough. Such was the Old Way, and while we followed it, we held sway wherever the waves were heard.

When Aegon came demanding fealty, King Harren the Black ruled as far east as the Trident.

Yara Greyjoy: Other kings, like the Starks, could kneel, but Harren was Ironborn, and the Ironborn must be beaten. In Harrenhal, he had the mightiest castle in Westeros, and the army to defend it.

Theon Greyjoy: But Aegon did not intend a siege. He mounted his dragon and roasted Harren and all his sons in their tower, and the old way with them.

Because of Harren's defiance, Aegon pushed the Ironborn back to our islands and gave the Riverlands to the Tullys. But he did allow the Ironborn to choose who would lead them.

Yara Greyjoy: House Greyjoy had always been one of the greatest houses of the Iron Islands. We trace their descent from the Age of Heroes and the legendary Grey King, who took a mermaid to wife and made war upon the Storm God for a thousand years.

Theon Greyjoy: Blessed by the Drowned God, the Grey King fought and slew Nagga, the great Sea Dragon, and took her fire for his own.

Yara Greyjoy: This history made our ancestor, Vickon Greyjoy, the natural choice to lead the Ironborn after Aegon's Conquest.

For three hundred years, House Greyjoy ruled the Ironborn. We style ourselves Lord of the Iron Islands, King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, Lord Reaper of Pyke.

Theon Greyjoy: In truth, we were thralls. Our people still chanted "What is Dead May Never Die," but the Old Way had died.

Yara Greyjoy: Until the Targaryens followed their dragons into the grave, and our lord father, Balon Greyjoy, rose against the new king, Robert Baratheon.

He seized our ancient crown and sent our Iron Fleet against the Lannisters at Lannisport, burning all of their ships before any could lay anchor.

Theon Greyjoy: Though Robert and Eddard Stark would later defeat him, they understood us no better than Aegon. The Greyjoy sigil is the kraken. What it grasps once, it will never surrender.

Theon and Yara Greyjoy: What is dead may never die, but rises again harder and stronger.












  1. Charlie Harwood (November 19, 2012). Release Date & Details for Game of Thrones Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 9: "House Greyjoy" (2013).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (2013).
  4. Vanessa Cole (July 22, 2017). Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill gives a behind the scenes look at the creative process. Watchers on the Wall. Retrieved December 15, 2023.