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House Strong of Harrenhal
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Coat of arms A tripartite pale, blue, red, and green, on a white field
(Argent, a pale tierced per pale azure, gules, and vert)
Seat Harrenhal
Current Lord Extinct
Region Riverlands
Title Lord of Harrenhal
Overlord House Tully
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.[1] 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.[2]


During the War of Conquest, House Strong followed House Tully in rebelling against Harren Hoare, King of the Isles and the Rivers, supporting instead House Targaryen.[3]

During the reign of King Aegon I Targaryen, Ser Osmund Strong was named Hand of the King and oversaw the construction of the wall around King's Landing.[4]

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.[5][6]

Also during the reign of the Old King Jaehaerys, Lyonel Strong was awarded Harrenhal after House Towers died out.[7]

At time 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, while his castellan and kinsman Ser Simon held Harrenhal against the blacks. That the House supported the green cause may mean that Rhaenyra Targaryen's sons were not those of Ser Harwin Strong, or at least that their affair ended badly.[8]

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. Thus, 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.[9] Possession of Harrenhal then went to House Lothston.[7]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Petyr Baelish uses the extinction of House Strong as an example of the fate of those who claim to own Harrenhal.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Denys Strong and Duncan Strong are members of the Golden Company. It is unknown if they actually descend from House Strong, as men of the free companies can take any name they want.[11]

The mysterious Ser Robert Strong is added to the Kingsguard of Tommen I Baratheon and is to serve as the champion of Cersei Lannister.[12]

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:

Historical Members

Familytree during the Dance of the Dragons

3 Wives
Unknown daughter
Unknown daughter

References and Notes

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