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The narrow sea is the sea between the continent of Westeros to its west and the continent of Essos to its east. The sea is relatively narrow and easy to cross, but large enough to make large-scale invasions and military incursions between the Siedem Królestw and the Wolne Miasta difficult. There is regular trade across the narrow sea between the two continents.[1]

The narrow sea can be rough in autumn, when storms are common. In winter, the storms are worse but less frequent.[2] The Krainy Burzy are especially hit hard by storms which develop in the warmer waters of the Summer Sea to the south.[3] It is suggested that a journey from the Shield Islands to the far side of the narrow sea is so hazardous in autumn that two-thirds of a fleet might be lost in the attempt.[4] Trading galleys are sometimes better off crossing in the safety of the Stopnie.

Westerosi nobles—such as Bradamar Frey, Oberyn Martell, Aerion Targaryen, and Laena Velaryon—are sometimes fostered or seek refuge in the cities across the water.


The narrow sea separates Westeros from Essos.

The narrow sea connects the Shivering Sea in the north, the Sea of Dorne in the west, the Sea of Myrth in the east, and the Summer Sea in the south, which it is separated from by the island chain known as the Stopnie.


The narrow sea begins along the eastern coast of northern Westeros. The nearby Shivering Sea is generally held to begin north of the Mur,[5] but it is also described as reaching Skagos in the Bay of Seals and the Grey Cliffs.[6] Settlements near the two seas along the eastern coast of the Północ include Wschodnia Strażnica,[7] Widow's Watch,[8] and Ramsgate.

Located in or near the Bite are the Three Sisters, Biały Port, and Oldcastle. Settlements of the Vale of Arryn along the sea include Old Anchor, Runestone, and Gulltown. Across the Bay of Crabs to the south is Crackclaw Point with the Whispers in the Włości Korony.

The Gullet separates the narrow sea from Blackwater Bay, upon which are located Królewska Przystań and Duskendale. Lords of the narrow sea sworn to Smocza Skała include House Celtigar of Claw Isle, Ród Velaryonów of Driftmark, House Sunglass of Sweetport Sound, and House Bar Emmon of Sharp Point.[9] Further south is Massey's Hook with Stonedance.

The isle of Tarth and the Straits of Tarth separate the narrow sea from Zatoka Rozbitków. Located on Tarth is Evenfall Hall. South of Tarth on Cape Wrath in the Krainy Burzy are Rain House near the Deszczowy Las and the Weeping Town, and nearby is Greenstone on the isle of Estermont.

South across the Sea of Dorne is Ghost Hill in Dorne. East of the Sea of Dorne are the Stopnie.


The Free City of Braavos is located in a lagoon in northwestern Essos, where the narrow sea meets the Shivering Sea. South of Braavos is the Braavosian Coastland, which stetches to Andalos.

East from Massey's Hook across the narrow sea is the Bay of Pentos, with the Free City of Pentos. Further south is the Sea of Myrth with the Free City of Myr.

The Free City of Tyrosh is located on an island near the Stopnie and the Sporne Ziemie of southwestern Essos.


The Stopnie, including Bloodstone, and Grey Gallows, divide the narrow sea from the Summer Sea to the south. Tyrosh is on the northeasternmost of the Stepstones.[10]


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Cliffs along the narrow sea. Illustrated by Trevor Cook. © Fantasy Flight Games

The Pierwsi Ludzie of antiquity crossed the Arm of Dorne from Essos to Westeros. According to legend, however, the hammer of the waters shattered the land bridge and created the Stopnie between the narrow sea and the Summer Sea.[11] During the Inwazja Andalów, Andalowie sailed in longships across the narrow sea from Andalos to the east coast of Westeros.[12] When Andals attacked the Północ, King Theon Stark retaliated by raiding the coast of Andalos.[13] The Wolf's Den was built to protect the White Knife from raiders from the east.[14]

After conquering the Old Empire of Ghis, the Valyriańskie Włości expanded west and established several colonies, which are now called the Wolne Miasta.[15] These included Pentos and Myr along the narrow sea and Tyrosh, which was founded to control trade in the Stepstones.[10] Refugees from Valyrian slavery founded Braavos where the narrow sea meets the Shivering Sea.[16]

Princess Nymeria led ten thousand ships of the Rhoynarowie across the narrow sea to Dorne after the Valyrians defeated them in the Rhoynish Wars.[17][18]

Overcoming the resistance of the local lords of the narrow sea, Smocza Skała was raised as the westernmost outpost of the Valyrian Freehold.[19] The Targaryens controlled the skies above the narrow sea with their dragons, while the fleets of their Valyrian allies, the Velaryons and Celtigars, controlled the middle region of the sea.[20]

Królewska Przystań, which was built after Aegon's Conquest, surpassed Duskendale as the largest Westerosi port of the narrow sea.[21]

Prince Daemon Targaryen claimed to be King of the Stepstones and the Narrow Sea, but he was opposed by the Kingdom of the Three Daughters.[22] King Viserys II Targaryen encouraged greater trade across the narrow sea during his brief reign.[23] Exiled in Essos, the Blackfyre Pretenders plotted to cross the narrow sea and claim the Żelazny Tron.

In the aftermath of Rebelia Roberta, the fleet of House Targaryen at Dragonstone was destroyed by a fierce storm. Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen were smuggled across the narrow sea by Ser Willem Darry before the assault on Dragonstone.[24] Daenerys spent much of her childhood fleeing across the sea from one city to the next.[25]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Rodrik Cassel is seasick while traveling on the rough narrow sea from Biały Port to Królewska Przystań.[26]

Lord Tywin Lannister brings the Dzielni Kompanioni across the narrow sea.[27]

A Clash of Kings

Stannis Baratheon hires sellswords from the Wolne Miasta across the narrow sea.[28] Stannis sends Ser Davos Seaworth on Black Betha and Allard Seaworth on Lady Marya to spread word of his claim to both coasts of the sea.[29] The pirate and sellsail Salladhor Saan styles himself Prince of the Narrow Sea.[29]

Stannis's royal fleet sails from Koniec Burzy to Królewska Przystań before the Bitwa nad Czarnym Nurtem, but the ships are scattered and delayed by a storm in the narrow sea.[30]

Tyrion Lannister sends his niece, Princess Myrcella Baratheon, to Dorne via Braavos.[31]

Nawałnica Mieczy

Stannis grants the title of Admiral of the Narrow Sea to Davos.[32] Davos sends Edric Storm from Dragonstone to the Wolne Miasta to protect him from Melisandre.[33] Stannis's remaining ships carry him from Dragonstone north to Wschodnia Strażnica for the defense of the Wall.[34]

A Feast for Crows

Arya Stark sails on the Titan's Daughter from Saltpans to Braavos.[35]

Word spreads across the narrow sea that Queen Regent Cersei Lannister seeks her brother, Tyrion Lannister, and will reward his captor with a lordship.[36]

The raid on Saltpans occurs when some of the Brave Companions are unable to find transport across the sea.[37]

A Dance with Dragons

Varys smuggles Tyrion from King's Landing to Pentos.[38]

Eastwatch at the Mur[7] and Arnolf Karstark of Karhold[39] report of savage storms in the narrow sea. Salladhor's Lysene fleet is scattered by storms in the narrow sea while sailing south from Eastwatch.[40] Storms also scatter the sellsword fleet of Aegon Targaryen during the landing of the Golden Company in the Krainy Burzy.[41]


Robert: This Khal Drogo is said to have a hundred thousand men in his horde. What would Jon say to that?

Eddard: He would say that even a million Dothrakowie are no threat to the realm, so long as they remain on the other side of the narrow sea. The barbarians have no ships. They hate and fear the open sea.[42]

- Robert I Baratheon and Eddard Stark

Autumn in the narrow sea could often be wet and rainy, he remembered from years past.[43]

- thoughts of Davos Seaworth

Tyrion: In Westeros, the word of a Lannister is considered good as gold.

Inkpots: This is not Westeros. On this side of the narrow sea, we put our promises on paper. Debts written on the wind tend to be ... forgotten, shall we say?[44]

- Tyrion Lannister and Inkpots

Words are wind, and the wind that blows exiles across the narrow sea seldom blows them back.[45]

- Stannis Baratheon to Justin Massey

References and Notes

  1. Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Free Cities.
  2. Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 15, Samwell II.
  3. Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Stormlands.
  4. Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 29, Łupieżca, 440.
  5. Świat Lodu i Ognia (aplikacja), Shivering Sea.
  6. Świat Lodu i Ognia, Beyond the Free Cities: The Shivering Sea.
  7. 7,0 7,1 Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 10, Jon III.
  8. Świat Lodu i Ognia (aplikacja), Widow's Watch.
  9. Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 25, Davos III.
  10. 10,0 10,1 Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
  11. Świat Lodu i Ognia, Dorne: The Breaking.
  12. Świat Lodu i Ognia, Ancient History: The Arrival of the Andals.
  13. Świat Lodu i Ognia, The North: The Kings of Winter.
  14. Gra o Tron, Rozdział 66, Bran VII.
  15. Świat Lodu i Ognia, Ancient History: Valyria's Children.
  16. Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Free Cities: Braavos.
  17. Gra o Tron, Rozdział 7, Arya I.
  18. Świat Lodu i Ognia, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  19. Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Doom of Valyria.
  20. Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Conquest.
  21. Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  22. Książę Łotrzyk.
  23. Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
  24. Gra o Tron, Rozdział 3, Daenerys I.
  25. Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 8, Daenerys I.
  26. Gra o Tron, Rozdział 18, Catelyn IV.
  27. Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 77, Tyrion XI.
  28. Starcie Królów, Wystąpił błąd w drugim parametrze.
  29. 29,0 29,1 Starcie Królów, Rozdział 10, Davos I.
  30. Starcie Królów, Rozdział 58, Davos III.
  31. Starcie Królów, Rozdział 41, Tyrion IX.
  32. Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 36, Davos IV.
  33. Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 63, Davos VI.
  34. Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 75, Samwell IV.
  35. Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 6, Arya I.
  36. Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 7, Cersei II.
  37. Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 31, Brienne VI.
  38. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 1, Tyrion I.
  39. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 17, Jon IV.
  40. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 9, Davos I.
  41. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 61, Gryf Odrodzony.
  42. Gra o Tron, Rozdział 12, Eddard II.
  43. Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 5, Davos I.
  44. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 66, Tyrion XII.
  45. Wichry Zimy, Rozdział , Theon.

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