A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 11 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 11 Summary

Theon is returning to Pyke, where his father, Balon Greyjoy, rules the Iron Islands. Long ago, the men of the Iron Islands were reavers, a tradition that was ended by Aegon the Conqueror. When Theon was a boy, his father had led a rebellion, not just to become a king but also to restore the Old Way. The words of the Greyjoys are "we do not sow," and their sigil is a gold kraken on a field of black. When King Robert and Lord Eddard Stark defeated Balon, Theon was taken to Winterfell as a hostage. Now, he brings word that Robb Stark would name Balon a king again. When he lands, Theon meets his uncle, Aeron Damphair, a priest of the Drowned God. Aeron tells Theon that little has changed, people live their lives and die. Still, much has changed: Theon does not recognize anyone when he returns to his father's grim castle. When he meets his father, Balon wonders whether Theon has returned to him a Stark or a Greyjoy. Theon is wearing a chain around his neck, and Balon asks whether Theon paid the gold price or the iron price for it. Theon admits that he paid the former, but presses on that they can take Lannisport and Casterly Rock—feats that have never been done. Balon tells Theon he will not be given a crown; he will take it. There is other fruit ripe for the taking in the north.