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Harren Hoare

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Harren Hoare
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Biographical Information
Full Name Harren Hoare
Alias Harren the Black
Black Harren
Other Titles Iron King
King of the the Riverlands
Died in 1AC, at Harrenhal
Culture Ironborn
Royal House House Hoare
Predecessor Unknown
Successor None
Books A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)

Harren Hoare, better known as Harren the Black or Black Harren, was last of the Iron Kings to rule over the Iron Islands and the Riverlands, and the last member of House Hoare to rule. He completed the grand castle, Harrenhal, which would serve to be his doom.



Harren was born to House Hoare, the ruling house of Iron Islands. He was the grandson of Harwyn Hardhand, the Iron King who extended the ironborn rule over the Riverlands from the Neck to the Blackwater Rush.

During his reign, Harren was a vain, bloody tyrant. Hated by those he ruled, he continued the construction of the grand castle Harrenhal, a project that took three generations (roughly 40 years) to complete. The Riverlands were drained to finance the building, with thousands of captives from around dying in the quarries chained to sledges or laboring on the towering walls and five huge towers of Harrenhal. Weirwoods were cut to provide rafters and beams.

Harren had finally completed his grand castle of Harrenhal, when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. Harren's tyrannical rule over the Riverlands earned him little love from his lords. When Aegon swept through the region, many of the river lords, led by Edmyn Tully, revolted against Harren to support the Targaryen invader and joined the conqueror's host. Aegon's dragons, who were not obstructed by the towering walls of Harrenhal, roasted Harren and his sons in the tallest tower of the castle,[1] ending his rule and kingdom.[2] Harren's brother, the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, remained at the Wall when his kin died at Harrenhal.[3]

Harren was the last king of the Iron Islands. After his death Lord Vickon of House Greyjoy was given dominion over the islands in the name of the Iron Throne.

Quotes by Harren

"What are eight thousand men? I have walls!" [4]

Quotes aboutHarren

No king in Westeros was more feared than Black Harren, whose cruelty had become legendary all through the Seven Kingdoms.[5]

References and Notes

  1. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon.
  4. Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) So Spake Martin
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