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"Weren't you the one who started that rebellion by sailing to Casterly Rock and burning the Lannister fleet? You certainly caught us there. Very smart move on your part."
Jaime Lannister to Euron Greyjoy[src]

The Raid on Lannisport was one of the opening attacks of the Greyjoy Rebellion, taking place approximately nine years before the War of the Five Kings. The Lannister fleet, docked at Lannisport was destroyed in an attack carried out by Euron Greyjoy, brother of Balon Greyjoy, who had crowned himself King of the Iron Islands.

History

Battle

Season 1

Tyrion Lannister remembers seeing the Lannister fleet burning at Lannisport, implying the fire was visible from Casterly Rock. He tells Theon Greyjoy his uncles were responsible.[1] [2]

Season 7

Jaime Lannister recalls Euron burning the Lannister fleet at Casterly Rock (actually it took place in Lannisport), the very act which started the Greyjoy Rebellion, when he meets with Cersei Lannister to propose to her and form an alliance. Jaime goes on to recount how he killed many Ironborn, which Euron is grateful of since the Iron Islands were "overcrowded" and how it led to Euron's exile which made him the "greatest captain of the fourteen seas," discomforting Jaime.[3]

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the attack on Lannisport was the first stage of the Greyjoy Rebellion, devised by Euron Greyjoy but carried out by his brother Victarion, Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet; he personally flung the first torch onto Tywin's flagship. That was, however, the only successful stage of the rebellion; from that point, the ironborn were repeatedly defeated until Balon surrendered.

The destruction of the Lannister fleet (which consisted of about twenty to thirty ships) gave the Ironborn freedom to launch the next stage of the rebellion - an attack against Seagard - and raid the coastline.

Balon hoped that the destruction of the Lannister fleet would give the ironborn naval supremacy over the Sunset Sea, but was wrong; Stannis eventually defeated Victarion's Iron Fleet in a sea battle off Fair Isle, allowing Robert to invade the rebellious Iron Islands.

In the fourth novel, Euron spreads rumors about his past deeds, taking the credit for destroying the Lannister fleet as if he performed that himself, not just planned it.

See also

References

  1. "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things"
  2. In the books, Victarion Greyjoy carries out the plan devised by Euron. But since Victarion is not introduced in the show, Tyrion seems to be referring to Aeron Greyjoy as the other uncle with Euron.
  3. "Dragonstone"
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