Jon Connington

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Przydomek Gryf
Tytuł Lord Gniazda Gryfów[1]
Namiestnik Króla[2]
Przynależność Ród Conningtonów
Ród Targaryenów
Złota Kompania
Kultura Krainy Burzy
Urodzony W lub między 263AC a 265AC
Ksiązki Świat Lodu i Ognia (Mentioned)
Nawałnica Mieczy
Uczta dla Wron (Mentioned)
Taniec Smoków (POV)

Jon Connington was Lord of Griffin's Roost, the head of House Connington, and for a time Namiestnik Króla to Aerys II Targaryen. Jon was one of the few close friends of Rhaegar Targaryen.[3] He had no brothers.[4] After failing to defeat Robert Baratheon during Rebelia Roberta, he fled in exile to Essos[4] and took the name Griff.[5] He is believed to have drunk himself to death in exile.[4]

Character and Appearance

Jon is clean shaven with leathery skin and crow's feet at the corners of his eyes. His greying red hair is dyed blue when under the alias of "Griff".[6]

In his youth Jon was described as proud, bold, energetic, reckless, and thirsty for glory, and was ever a capable warrior and commander. His years spent in exile have made him more cautious, more seasoned, and, according to Kevan Lannister, more dangerous.[7]

It is implied that Jon was in love with Rhaegar, as he refers to Rhaegar as his silver prince when he reminisces about him. Jon's love for Rhaegar is supported by his disdain for Rhaegar's wife, Elia of Dorne. He thinks of Elia as not having been worthy of Rhaegar, as she was frail and sickly from the start, and left even weaker by childbirth. Jon's love for Rhaegar may also have been confirmed by semi-canon sources.[8] It is also said that while Griffin's Roost is sworn to Koniec Burzy, Jon chafed at serving under a lord like Robert Baratheon.[9]


Jon Connington is the only surviving son of Armond Connington, Lord of Griffin's Roost, and his wife. He served as a squire in Królewska Przystań together with Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. He danced with Ashara Dayne at the Turniej w Harrenhal.[10] He was unhorsed at a tourney held at Koniec Burzy by Ser Barristan Selmy.[11]

Because of his connection with the royal family, and because he was a noted warrior, Aerys II Targaryen chose him as Namiestnik Króla after the dismissal of Owen Merryweather. Aerys wanted someone young and vigorous to match Robert's youth and vigor. After the Battle of Ashford, Connington took over the pursuit of Robert Baratheon from the Tyrell army. In the Dorzecze, near the town of Kamienny Sept, he caught up with Robert, who was hiding in the town. Connington's soldiers began a house-to-house search. After turning up nothing, Robert Baratheon's allies arrived at Stoney Sept to oust Connington and his forces.

At this point the Bitwa Dzwonów began. The rebel army under the joint command of Eddard Stark, Jon Arryn and Hoster Tully immediately began attacking the royal army. Connington fought back fiercely. He personally killed Arryn's nephew and heir, Denys Arryn, and wounded Lord Tully. Robert nearly kills him on the steps of the sept but he escapes and was still was able to retreat in good order.[12]

Connington could easily have had Stoney Sept surrounded and then set the whole town ablaze, killing Robert (and ending the rebellion) before the relief force of Eddard Stark and Hoster Tully could even arrive, as his critics said Tywin Lannister would have done; however, doing so would have meant the deaths of the innocent men, women and children of the town, so Connington chose not to go down that path, wanting the glory of slaying Robert for himself.[13]

King Aerys II held Connington responsible for the defeat and exiled him, stripping him of his lands, wealth and titles. Connington, while in exile, joined the Złota Kompania and served there for several years. It was said he was kicked out though after being caught attempting to steal from the company war chests. It was also said that Connington drank himself to death a year later.[4]

Recent Events

Taniec ze Smokami

The story of Connington stealing from the Złota Kompania and then drinking himself to death was a fabrication created by Varys, in order to hide Jon's true purpose. After some investigation, Tyrion Lannister learns that Connington changed his name to Griff and adopted Rhaegar's son Aegon (whom many falsely believed to be dead) with the intention of eventually conquering Westeros and placing the boy on the Żelazny Tron. They plan to join their strength to Daenerys Targaryen in Volantis.[5] Connington is infected with Szara łuszczyca during the journey to Volantis when rescuing Tyrion Lannister from drowning, but keeps it a secret.

Upon learning that Daenerys remains in Zatoka Niewolnicza, the Złota Kompania, under Aegon's direction, decide to attack Westeros instead because the time is ripe.[14] Connington, Aegon and the Złota Kompania land in the Krainy Burzy and take several castles, including Connington's ancestral keep Griffin's Roost. They next plan to take Koniec Burzy, where Aegon will raise the standard of Ród Targaryenów above the battlements.[13]

Connington is plagued by guilt over the Bitwa Dzwonów and hears the tolling of the bells every time he closes his eyes. He knows that with the Szara łuszczyca death is coming for him, but hopes to live just a few more years to end the usurper's line and restore Aegon VI to the Żelazny Tron. Jon Connington believes if he can achieve this it will finally stop the tolling of the bells and he can die content in his home of Griffin's Roost.


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I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.

- Jon Connington, on his younger self

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