- "Kraken: strong, as long as they're in the sea. When you take them out of the water, no bones. They collapse under their proud weight, and slump into a heap of nothing. You'd think they'd know that."
- ―Ramsay Snow
Krakens are legendary, massive cephalopods that are said to stalk the world's oceans. They are largely held to be mythical, though sailors occasionally report seeing them.
In the booksEdit
There have only been unconfirmed reports of krakens. Some say that they're just the figments of the wild imaginations of drunken sailors, similar to wild reports of "mermaids" by sailors who have been out at sea too long, which turn out to just be sea cows. Others adamantly insist that in a world where dragons once stalked the skies, krakens might live in the deep oceans. If krakens do really exist, they are extremely rare.
When the Small council meets to discuss the progress of the War of the Five Kings, Varys tells the attendees that a kraken had been seen off the Fingers. It reportedly attacked an Ibbenese whaler ship and pulled it under. Hearing that, Tywin Lannister scoffs that Dragons and krakens do not interest him, regardless of the number of their heads.
Exact descriptions of what "krakens" look like in real-life legends vary, but the mythological kraken in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels is specifically said to resemble a giant squid.
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