Harren Hoare

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Biographical Information
Full Name Harren Hoare
Alias Harren the Black
Black Harren
Other Titles King of the Isles and the Rivers
Died in 1AC, at Harrenhal
Culture Ironborn
Family
Royal House House Hoare
Predecessor Halleck Hoare
Successor None
Issue sons slain in the War of Conquest
Father Halleck Hoare
References
Books A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
The World of Ice and Fire (Mentioned)

Harren Hoare, better known as Harren the Black or Black Harren, was last of the Kings of the Isles and the Rivers 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.

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History

Harren was born to House Hoare, the ruling house of Iron Islands. He was the grandson of King Harwyn Hardhand, who extended the ironborn rule over the riverlands from the Neck to the Blackwater Rush, and the son of King Halleck Hoare. Harren's brother rose to become Lord Commander Hoare, leader of the Night's Watch.[1]

During his reign, Harren was a vain, bloody tyrant hated by those he ruled. While Halleck ruled from a modest tower house at Fairmarket,[2] Harren desired a grander seat, and he commanded the 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. Aegon was victorious over Harren's men in the Battle of the Reeds, but two of Harren's sons were victorious at the Wailing Willows. While they were returning to Harrenhal across the Gods Eye, however, the sons were killed by Balerion.[3] Harren's tyrannical rule over the riverlands earned him little love from his lords. As Aegon advanced many of the river lords, led by Lord Edmyn Tully, revolted against Harren to support the Targaryen invader and joined the conqueror's host.

Harren took refuge in the well-stocked Harrenhal, the largest castle of Westeros, and the king rejected Aegon's offer of retaining Harrenhal in return for becoming Aegon's vassal. 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,[4] ending his rule and kingdom.[5][3] Harren's brother, Lord Commander Hoare, remained at the Wall when his kin died at Harrenhal.[1]

The death of Harren and his sons left a power vacuum in the riverlands and the Iron Islands. Aegon granted rule of the riverlands to Edmyn Tully, the new Lord Paramount of the Trident.[3] In the chaotic aftermath of the War of Conquest, Aegon allowed the ironborn to choose Lord Vickon of House Greyjoy, who was given dominion over the islands in the name of the Iron Throne.[6]

Quotes by Harren

Aegon: Yield now and you may remain as Lord of the Iron Islands. Yield now, and your sons will live to rule after you. I have eight thousand men outside your walls.

Harren: What is outside my walls is of no concern to me. Those walls are strong and thick.
Aegon: But not so high as to keep out dragons. Dragons fly.
Harren: I built in stone. Stone does not burn.
Aegon: When the sun sets, your line shall end.[3]

- Aegon the Conqueror and Harren

Quotes about Harren

No king in Westeros was more feared than Black Harren, whose cruelty had become legendary all through the Seven Kingdoms.[3]
- writings of Maester Yandel

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