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House Strong of Harrenhal
House Strong.svg
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] 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.[2]


Early Targaryens

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

Ser Osmund Strong was named Hand of the King during the reign of King Aegon I Targaryen 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]

Lords of Harrenhal

Lyonel Strong was awarded the great castle Harrenhal after House Towers died out during the reign of Jaehaerys I.[7] Lyonel served the Old King's successor, Viserys I Targaryen, as master of laws from 105 AC.[8] Four years later he replaced Ser Otto Hightower as Hand of the King.[9]

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.[8] Larys eventually became master of whisperers for Viserys.[10]

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.[10]

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.[11] Possession of Harrenhal eventually went to House Lothston in 151 AC.[7] It is unknown if other branches of the Strongs have survived to the present day.

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.[12]

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.[13]

The mysterious Ser Robert Strong is added to the Kingsguard of Tommen I Baratheon and is to serve as the champion of Cersei Lannister.[14]

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


  1. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 22, Arya II.
  2. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 The Rogue Prince.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 The Princess and the Queen.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, Aegon III.
  12. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
  13. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  14. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 65, Cersei II.
  15. The World of Ice & Fire, Aegon I.