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Euron returns to the Iron Islands the day after Balon Greyjoy dies and claims to have sailed all over the world. During his travels he made a trip to Valyria. After reading of A Dance with Dragons I was under the impression that getting into/near Valyria was impossible due to the remnants of The Doom (the cataclysmic event that wiped out dragons and magic).

Why did Euron venture there, and what was there for him to risk that trip?

  • I don't believe you'll get a definitive answer till the last two books are released. My only thoughts are that he probably went to prove he could. The Iron born seem to need to prove their valor and boldness. Or maybe he just went seeking treasure and glory. – Ryan Feb 24 '12 at 14:53
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At a minimum Euron returned with the horn that will allegedly control dragons, as revealed at the Kingsmoot. It is also not impossible to reach Valyria, just that you are more likely to die than to return. I suspect more will be revealed in future books.

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Not much is known about this at the moment. For one thing, we're not even sure Euron is telling the truth. We only have his word that he visited Valyria. We do know that reaching Valyria is extremely dangerous (the ancestral Lannister Valyrian steel sword was lost on such a quest), but we are not told that it is impossible.

As for why he went, we are also not told. Although Euron does return with a horn that allegedly controls dragons, so that's one possibility.

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I do not believe Euron ever travelled to Valyria. He was banished by Balon after the incident with Victarion's wife, and have most likely just roamed the world, trying to gather power and treasures.

It is interesting to note that Euron likely captured Pyat Pree, which gives one cause to wonder about the reason for his return. It is clearly his plan to conquer the dragons with his horn, hence he might see the need to return home to get himself an army. We have seen a vision of what is likely Balon's assassin as told by the ghost of high heart:

I dreamt of a man without a face, waiting on a bridge that swayed and swung. On his shoulder perched a drowned crow with seaweed hanging from his wings.

With Euron's timely return to the Iron Islands, and his plans to conquer the world, I'd say it was Euron who hired this assassin.

With his penchant for drinking shade-of-the-evening, it is possible that he has seen visions -- or been tricked by a vengeful Pyat Pree to believe he has seen visions -- that motivated him to attempt this scheme.

As for why he has said he's sailed to Valyria, I'd say that's just lies to make himself out to be something he is not. If it were possible to sail to Valyria, I believe someone would have by now.

  • Where did he get the horn from if not Valyria? – TheMathemagician May 1 '13 at 16:48
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    Just because something is Valyrian does not mean one has to go there to get one. He might have captured the horn along with Pyat Pree, who was on a journey to revenge himself on Daenerys. Though it would be cool if someone had gone to Valyria. – TLP May 1 '13 at 17:00

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