Harys Swyft

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Harys Swyft
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Alias The knight of the yellow chicken[1]
Culture Westermen
Born Westerlands[3]
Spouse Unknown[4]

Played by Unidentified
TV series Game of Thrones: Season 1

Harys Swyft is the Knight of Cornfield and the head of House Swyft. He is the good-father to Ser Kevan Lannister.[5]

Appearance and Character

Harys has a small white beard[7] over his small chin.[8] He is bald, soft, and obsequious.[7]

Harys's yellow doublet is decorated with the bantam rooster of House Swyft in lapis beads.[7] He also wears a cloak and breeches of yellow silk. His unnamed wife is extremely fat.[4]


When Tytos Lannister was Lord of Casterly Rock, Ser Harys borrowed large sums of money from House Lannister. Upon Ser Tywin Lannister's return from the War of the Ninepenny Kings, the young heir of Casterly Rock was determined to return his House's status and began by demanding repayment of gold lent by his father, Tytos. Those who could not repay immediately had to send a hostage to the Rock until their debt was settled. Harys hastened to obey, stating, "The lion has awoken." Unable to pay immediately, Harys surrendered his daughter, Dorna, into the custody of Tywin's younger brother Ser Kevan Lannister until the debt was settled. Kevan eventually married Dorna.[2]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Harys is part of Lord Tywin Lannister's force in the riverlands, and he participates in the battle on the Green Fork. When a courier arrives at Tywin's camp bearing the news of the defeat of the Lannister forces in the Battle of the Camps, lifting the siege of Riverrun, Harys questions Ser Jaime Lannister's tactical ability, criticizing that Jaime split up his host into three different camps. Ser Kevan Lannister refutes his good-father's critique, considering Riverrun's strategic position. When the defeatist Harys wants to appeal for peace, Tyrion Lannister explains that Robb Stark will want vengeance for the execution of his father, Lord Eddard Stark. Harys suggests appealing to the Crown for new troops and trying to raise a new host at Casterly Rock.[8]

A Clash of Kings

Harys is with Lord Tywin's army when they take Harrenhal. During their time there Harys alienates the cooks, who spit in his food. His squire is killed in an argument with the Brave Companions over their inability to kill Lord Beric Dondarrion. Arya Stark watches Harys kiss Vargo Hoat under Tywin's orders to put the conflict behind them.[9]

During the Battle of the Blackwater, Harys is trapped beneath his horse after it falls on him. He is rescued by one of his men-at-arms, Willit, who defends him against all attackers, taking grievous wounds in the process.[10]

A Storm of Swords

Harys is among the nobles that accompany Tyrion Lannister to meet the Dornish party when they arrive at King's Landing.[11]

A Feast for Crows

Harys is named Hand of the King by Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, because he is a weak man whom Cersei could use as a hostage against her uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister.[7] Harys is confused during the meetings of the small council of King Tommen I Baratheon.[7][12]

After the death of Lord Gyles Rosby, Cersei names Harys lord treasurer and replaces him as Hand with Lord Orton Merryweather.[13]

When Cersei is arrested by the Faith of the Seven, Harys and Grand Maester Pycelle take control of King Tommen and request that Kevan Lannister return to King's Landing as regent.[1]

A Dance with Dragons

Harys continues to serve as lord treasurer,[14] although his vaults are empty.[15] In order to placate the Iron Bank of Braavos, he writes to the bankers of Myr in hopes of a loan and is advised by Kevan to also write to the magisters of Pentos. Kevan refuses to follow Harys's suggestion of raising taxes as the realm is too full of rebellion and half its lords cannot tell taxation from tyranny. Kevan suggests to Harys that he travel to Braavos and treat with the Iron Bank in person.[15]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

In Braavos, Harys attends a performance of The Bloody Hand at the Gate, accompanied by the Black Pearl of Braavos and some of the Mountain's men as guards, including Raff the Sweetling.[4]

Quotes by Harys

Harys: Ser Jaime taken, the siege broken ... this is a catastrophe!
Addam: I am sure we are all grateful to you for pointing out the obvious, Ser Harys.[8]

—Harys and Addam Marbrand

These are perilous times.[15]

—Harys to Kevan Lannister

Quotes about Harys

Better than you, you chinless craven, Tyrion thought. Jaime might have lost Riverrun, but it angered him to hear his brother slandered by the likes of Swyft, a shameless lickspittle whose greatest accomplishment was marrying his equally chinless daughter to Ser Kevan, and thereby attaching himself to the Lannisters.[8]

Tyrion Lannister's thoughts

Kevan should be Tommen's Hand. Harys Swyft is a toad, and my sister is a fool if she thinks elsewise.[16]

Jaime Lannister's thoughts

Genna: Is it true that Cersei burned the Red Keep?

Jaime: Only the Tower of the Hand.

Genna: She would have done better to leave the tower and burn her Hand. Harys Swyft? If ever a man deserved his arms, it is Ser Harys.[17]

The knight of the yellow chicken, Cersei mused. You ought to take a worm for your sigil, ser. A chicken is too bold for you.[1]

Cersei Lannister's thoughts




Last known title holder:
Lord Swyft
as Lord of Cornfield
Knight of Cornfield Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Steffon Swyft
Preceded by Hand of the King
300 AC
Served under: Tommen I Baratheon
Succeeded by
Preceded byas Lord treasurer Master of coin
Lord treasurer

300 AC–present
Served under: Tommen I Baratheon