'The sea meant freedom to the men of the Iron Islands. He had forgotten that until the Myraham had raised sail at Seagard. The sounds brought old feelings back; the creak of wood and rope, the captain’s shouted commands, the snap of the sails as the wind filled them, each as familiar as the beating of his own heart, and as comforting.
I must remember this, Theon vowed to himself. I must never go far from the sea again.
↳ A Clash of Kings / A Song of Ice and Fire
“Theon,” they seemed to whisper, “Theon.” The old gods, he thought. They know me. They know my name. I was Theon of House Greyjoy. I was a ward of Eddard Stark, a friend and brother to his children. “Please.” He fell to his knees. “A sword, that’s all I ask. Let me die as Theon, not as Reek.” Tears trickled down his cheeks, impossibly warm. “I was ironborn. A son… a son of Pyke, of the islands.”
“Reek,” said the larger of the boys. “Your name is Reek. Remember?” He was the one with the torch. The smaller boy had the ring of iron keys.
Reek? Tears ran down his cheeks. “I remember. I do.” His mouth opened and closed. “My name is Reek. It rhymes with leek.” In the dark he did not need a name, so it was easy to forget. Reek, Reek, my name is Reek. He had not been born with that name. In another life he had been someone else, but here and now, his name was Reek. He remembered.
Reek? Tears ran down his cheeks. “I remember. I do.” His mouth opened and closed. “My name is Reek. It rhymes with leek.” In the dark he did not need a name, so it was easy to forget. Reek, Reek, my name is Reek.He had not been born with that name. In another life he had been someone else, but here and now, his name was Reek. He remembered.↳A Dance with Dragons / A Song of Ice and Fire
and words are wind
Now I’ve burned everything down.
↳3.04 / Game of Thrones
“Reek”, he said. “Your Reek”
Ramsay always made him ask. Ramsay always makes me beg
Lady Alannys sat beside a window, staring out across the sea. “Did you bring my baby boy?” she asked, mouth trembling.
“Theon could not come,” Asha had told her, looking down upon the ruin of the woman who had given her birth, a mother who had lost two of her sons.
And the third…
I send you each a piece of prince.
↳ A Dance with Dragons / A Song of Ice and Fire
Gods help you, Theon Greyjoy. Now you are truly lost.
i should have been with him.
#This line is a fucking loaded gun #reek was a servant boy who became friend’s with Ramsay #while always being in a position of subservience to him #it is heavily implied that he carved ramsay into the sadistic blood thirsty man he is today #ramsay takes on the persona of reek the servant boy obliged to Theon this time #but we find out this is a hoax#and ramsay is already compelling ‘reek’ into theon’s consciousness #when he inevitably reveals himself to be ramsay bolton he forces theon onto his knees #theon is forced to become ‘reek’ #and here’s the thing #there is once an inversion of power and control between ramsay and theon #but also a shared psychological experience #because they have BOTH internalized reek in certain ways #Ramsay was constructed by Reek #Theon was deconstructed #but reek comes to define them both #reek is a part of them #and they are a part of each other