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House Greyjoy

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The sigil of House Greyjoy from Game of Thrones.

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Based on George R.R. Martin’s famous series of novels (collectively known as “A Song of Ice and Fire”), the television series “Game of Thrones” first premiered in 2011 on the channel HBO. It is set in a fantasy world heavily based on the society and culture of the European Middle Ages. Two primary continents, known as Westeros and Essos, make up the bulk of the visible landmass in this world, with the former being featured in storylines much more frequently. While typical elements from fantasy stories, such as dragons and various forms of magic, are seen throughout the series, in the long run these generally take a backseat to the military conflicts, political machinations and family dynamics that are the principle focus of the story.

The continent of Westeros is made up of many different regions, each of which has its own culture and history. Most of these regions form constituent parts of a single political realm, which is presided over by a ruling monarch. While the monarch holds ultimate power over the realm, local governance of each region is handled by a “Great House”, a noble family whose members answer directly to the sovereign. House Greyjoy is one of these Great Houses, and their ancestral home is known as The Iron Islands. Located off the western coast, these islands consist of seven small bits of land- rocky, agriculturally unproductive and swept by harsh winds- which the Greyjoys govern from their castle of Pyke. The sigil of House Greyjoy is a golden kraken on a field of black, and their motto is “We Do Not Sow”.

The symbolism of the kraken is very much related to the way of life on the Iron Islands. The Ironborn (as the natives call themselves) are first and foremost warriors; they disdain farming and other manual labor as work fit only for thralls (slaves captured in battle) and believe that the only legitimate way of acquiring what they want is to take it from defeated enemies (they call this paying the “iron price”). Expert mariners, the Ironborn have an extensive history of raiding mainland Westeros by sea and, three hundred years prior to the series beginning, they had carved out an empire and built the greatest stronghold ever seen anywhere on the continent. The kraken, therefore, is an appropriate symbol for House Greyjoy; not only is it an impressive creature of the sea, but like the kraken, once the Greyjoys take hold of something, they will never give it up.

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Symmetric, Closed shape, Colorful, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.

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