|House Strong of Harrenhal|
|Coat of arms|| A tripartite pale, blue, red, and green, on a white field|
(Argent, a pale tierced per pale azure, gules, and vert)
|Title||Lord of Harrenhal|
|Died out||131 AC|
House Strong of Harrenhal was a noble house in the riverlands. Their main seat was Harrenhal. Like the other families who have been in possession of Harrenhal, their family died out, at least in the main line. According to semi-canon sources they blazoned their arms with a tripartite pale blue, red, and green on white, representing the three forks of the Trident.
During the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, Ser Lucamore Strong was elevated to the Kingsguard. He was however caught breaking his vows after fathering sixteen children. He was gelded and sent to join the Night's Watch. There is a song about Lucamore.
Lords of Harrenhal
Lyonel Strong was awarded the great castle Harrenhal after House Towers died out during the reign of Jaehaerys I. Lyonel served the Old King's successor, Viserys I Targaryen, as master of laws from 105 AC. Four years later he replaced Ser Otto Hightower as Hand of the King.
Lyonel's powerful son, Ser Harwin Strong, was rumored to have been the true father of Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey Velaryon, the children of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Prince Laenor Velaryon. Lyonel and Harwin died in a fire at Harrenhal in 120 AC, however, and Lyonel's younger son Larys succeeded as lord. Larys eventually became master of whisperers for Viserys.
Dance of the Dragons
At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, the House's wealth was "not-inconsiderable" according to Archmaester Gyldayn. Lord Larys "Clubfoot" sat on the green council of King Aegon II Targaryen as master of whisperers, while his castellan and kinsman Ser Simon held Harrenhal against the blacks of Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen. Simon and his grandsons were taken captive by Rhaenyra's second husband, Prince Daemon Targaryen, when he captured their castle during the civil war.
Aegon II refused to surrender to the riverlands army led by young Lord Kermit Tully, who had defeated the last green army in the Battle of the Kingsroad, and the king was poisoned shortly after. During the Hour of the Wolf, Larys was accused of betraying his king and he chose death over the Wall. He was executed by Lord Cregan Stark, Hand for the newly-crowned Aegon III, thus ending the main branch of House Strong in 131 AC. Possession of Harrenhal eventually went to House Lothston in 151 AC. It is unknown if other branches of the Strongs have survived to the present day.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
House Strong at the end of third century
The known Strongs during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Duncan Strong, an exile serving with the Golden Company.
- Denys Strong, an exile serving with the Golden Company.
- Ser Robert Strong, a knight of the Kingsguard under Tommen I Baratheon.
- Ser Osmund Strong, a Hand of the King for Aegon I Targaryen.
- Ser Lucamore Strong, known as Lucamore the Lusty, a brother of the Kingsguard gelded and sent to the Wall by his sworn brothers for fathering sixteen children on three women.
- Lord Lyonel Strong, Lord of Harrenhal and the master of laws and Hand of the King during the reign of Viserys I Targaryen. Died at Harrenhal in a mysterious fire.
- Ser Harwin Strong, known as Breakbones, was the rumored paramour of Rhaenyra Targaryen and the supposed father to her three sons, Jace, Luke, and Joff Velaryon. Said to be the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms in his day. Died at Harrenhal in a mysterious fire.
- Lord Larys Strong, known as Larys Clubfoot, Lord of Harrenhal and the master of whisperers during the reign of Viserys I Targaryen.
- Two unnamed daughters.
- Ser Simon Strong, the elderly castellan of Harrenhal during the Dance of the Dragons. He quickly surrendered to Prince Daemon Targaryen at the sight of his dragon, Caraxes. Simon and his grandsons were then held as hostages.
- Ser Simon's unnamed grandsons, who were held hostage by Prince Daemon Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons.
Familytree during the Dance of the Dragons
References and Notes
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 22, Arya II.
- ↑ The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, Aegon III.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 65, Cersei II.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, Aegon I.