Harwin. © FFG
Brotherhood Without Banners
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A Game of Thrones (Appears)|
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Appears)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
Appearance and Character
Harwin is a stocky man with a clean-shaven appearance. He is known to speak boldly.
Harwin is the son of Hullen, the Master of Horse at Winterfell. Harwin often led Arya Stark's pony around the yard of Winterfell during her youth, rode at quintain with Jon Snow and Robb Stark, and was known for drinking too much on feast days.
Harwin remembers Lyanna Stark's skills at horse-riding and was privy to the rumours of Lord Eddard Stark and Ashara Dayne's love affair as a young boy no older than Arya, suggesting he has been a stable-boy and guard of Winterfell in the service of House Stark since his youth.
A Game of Thrones
Harwin is among the guardsmen who accompany Lord Eddard Stark when he travels south to assume the office of Hand of the King to King Robert Baratheon. Like the rest of the Stark household, Harwin does nothing to prevent Sandor Clegane from killing the butcher's son Mycah. Arya Stark, remembering how Harwin always speaks so boldly, resents him over his inaction.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
Harwin is encountered by Arya Stark in the Riverlands, having joined the brotherhood without banners. There he tells her what came of the men that Lord Eddard sent into the Riverlands with Lord Beric Dondarrion. He reveals there are only six of the twenty guardsmen from Winterfell remaining, but they are scattered. His time in the brotherhood has hardened him, and he has since grown out his beard and hair and become thinner.
When Arya attempts to escape from the brotherhood from horseback, Harwin is the only member who is able to keep up with her on horseback and catch her. He tells Arya that her skills in horse-riding remind him of her deceased aunt, Lady Lyanna Stark.
Harwin takes part in the engagement with the Brave Companions at the septry. He later attempts to comfort Arya after Lord Edric Dayne tells her of her father's love affair with his deceased aunt, Ashara Dayne, and reveals he too heard the same rumour at Winterfell as a child no older than she was, but that it an irrelevant one.
A Feast for Crows
Harwin is listed as being part of Lady Stoneheart's band of outlaws. When the brotherhood captures Brienne of Tarth, the northman wearing a greasy sheepskin jerkin interprets Stoneheart's rattled speech for the captive Brienne.
References and Notes
- Harwin tells Arya he first heard the rumour of Ashara and Ned when he was no older than her.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 22, Arya II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 13, Arya II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 17, Arya III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 58, Eddard XV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 42, Brienne VIII.