Balon Greyjoy

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Okres panowania 298AC - 299AC
Nazwa Balon Greyjoy, the Ninth of His Name Since the Grey King
Przydomki Balon the Brave
Balon the Blessed
Balon the Twice-Crowned
The Greyjoy
Inne tytuły Iron King
King of the Żelazne Wyspy and Północ
King of Salt and Rock
Son of the Sea Wind
Lord Reaper of Pyke
Zmarły 299AC, w Pyke
Ród Ród Greyjoyów
Spadkobierca Theon Greyjoy
Sukcesor Euron Greyjoy
Królowa Alannys Harlaw
Ojciec Quellon Greyjoy
Książki Gra o Tron (Mentioned)
Starcie Królów (Appears)
Nawałnica Mieczy (Mentioned)
Uczta dla Wron (Mentioned)
Taniec ze Smokami (Mentioned)
Grany przez Patrick Malahide
Serial TV Season 2

Balon Greyjoy is the head of Ród Greyjoyów of Pyke; as such he is lord paramount of the Żelazne Wyspy. He is captain of the Great Kraken.[1] He is a follower of the old ways of the Żelaźni Ludzie and tried to bring them back to prominence. In 298AC he proclaimed their independence from the Żelazny Tron but was defeated by King Robert's forces. In the TV series, Balon is played by Patrick Malahide.[2]

Appearance and Character

Balon has a personality to match his people: stubborn, fearless, and quarrelsome. He is uncompromising even when it comes to his own family, and his faith in the Old Way is absolute.[3]

Balon had always been thin, but by 298AC he is gaunt with a hard face. He has hard black eyes with long grey hair flecked with white that hangs past the small of his back.[1]


Balon is the eldest surviving son of Lord Quellon Greyjoy and a lady of House Sunderly. It is not clear when he was born.

Balon learned to sail when still young and was a very skilled captain. Balon scaled the Flint Cliffs to the Blind Lord's haunted tower when he was ten. By thirteenth year, he had become an expert oarsman. At fifteen he sailed with Dagmer Cleftjaw to the Stopnie on a reaving, killing his first man and taking his first two salt wives there. By seventeen he captained his own longship.[4] Later he often went raiding and was known for his fierceness and fearlessness.

He succeeded his father as Lord Reaper of Pyke when the latter died during a raiding journey. When he returned to Pyke he found out his younger brother Urrigon had died of gangrene after being injured in the finger dance. The maester had tried to save the hand of the boy but his potions had failed and Urrigon (14 years old) lost his life instead. Balon commanded the same treatment be used on the maester, who died along with Balon's stepmother.[4]

Balon was married to Alannys Harlaw, who gave him three sons and a daughter: Rodrik, Maron, Asha, and Theon.

Later Balon and Alannys grew apart.

First Rebellion

Główny artykuł: Bunt Greyjoyów

In the past the Żelaźni Ludzie raided their neighbors. They used to attack, killing any who resisted, taking thralls and salt wives, and leaving before an army could assemble. An Żelaźni Ludzie man took pride in not having to pay for jewelery but taking it from those too weak to hold it ("Paying the Iron price"). They ruled large parts of Westeros, including the Dorzecze, Wyspa Niedźwiedzia and the Arbor. After Aegon's Conquest they had lost their independence and were not allowed to raid other territories of the Kingdom. Balon wished to return to those customs, which he considered a better way for the Żelaźni Ludzie.

Balon watched as Robert Baratheon overthrew the Targaryens taking no part, but Balon was quick to seize the chance to revert to the way of old when he thought that Robert recent gained rule, through conquest. Would not have the support, the men and/or the will to resist him and lunched hie Rebellion.

The Żelaźni Ludzie won early success when they attacked Lannisport and destroyed its fleet, but Balon's triumph was short lived, his elder son Rodrik died at the walls of Seagard and his fleet and forces were defeated, his second son Maron died while defending Pyke. Balon was forced to accept defeat and bent the knee, re swearing fealty to the Baratheons, allowing Theon, his sole surviving son, to be taken hostage by Eddard Stark.[1]

In 297AC Balon's brother Euron seduced the wife of their other brother Victarion. To prevent bloodshed between the brothers Balon sent Euron to exile and swore he would be killed if he returned. To keep his honor Victarion killed his wife.

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Second Rebellion

Główny artykuł: Wojna Pięciu Królów

Though defeated, Balon Greyjoy never gave up on his desire to become King of the Żelazne Wyspy, at the out break of the Wojna Pięciu Królów, an opportunity presented it self. Balon assembled his fleet and ordered all ships which visited the Żelazne Wyspy to remain so he would have the element of surprise.

Robb Stark, the Król Północy, had offered to ally with Balon against the Lannisters but Balon spurned the offer, which was carried to him by his son Theon.[1] Instead he declared himself King of the Żelazne Wyspy and Północ, taking Przesmyk and cutting off Robb's army campaigning in Dorzecze and Krainy Zachodu. Then the Żelaźni Ludzie, led by Asha, Theon, and Dagmer Cleftjaw, went ravaging the western coastline of Północ.

His forces were able to conquer a number of castles because most soldiers had left with Robb to fight in the south. Amongst these were: Deepwood Motte, Torrhen's Square and the seat of the Starks: Winterfell.[5][6][7][8]

Death and succession

Balon died in a fall while crossing a bridge during a storm in 299AC.[9][10] Some portents and the timely return of his brother Euron lead to speculation that Balon may have been murdered by an assassin at Euron's command.[11][12][13]

After his death, his daughter Asha and his brothers Victarion and Euron were among candidates to succeed him.[4][13][14] Theon had been taken prisoner by the Boltons and was not able to press his claim.[15][16] The matter was decided during a Królewski Wiec organized by Aeron Greyjoy, another brother of Balon.[4][14] Euron, Balon's eldest brother, was chosen as his successor after he promised to conquer the whole of Westeros with the power of Smok.[17]


Lady z Rodu Stonetreeych
Lady z Rodu Piperów
Lady z Rodu Sunderlych
Alannys Harlaw
Euron "Wronie Oko"
Aeron "Mokra Czupryna"

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