|Title||King of the Isles and the Rivers|
|Died||In around ~ 42 BC|
Lord Commander Hoare
Halleck succeeded his father, King Harwyn Hardhand, who had conquered the riverlands from Arrec Durrandon. As king, Halleck visited the Iron Islands only three times for a total of two years. The remainder of his time was spent on mainland Westeros warring against the neighbors of the riverlands. Halleck was not as successful as his father, as he was defeated in wars against the Kingdom of the Rock and the Kingdom of the Storm. Halleck also failed three times in attacks on the Bloody Gate, the bulwark of the Kings of Mountain and Vale. Halleck did succeed in extending control east to Duskendale and Rosby, however.
When not at war Halleck ruled from a modest tower house in Fairmarket. His son and successor, King Harren the Black, built Harrenhal as a grander seat. Another son of Halleck was Lord Commander Hoare of the Night's Watch.
Behind the Scenes
Halleck's name may be inspired by Gurney Halleck, a character created by Frank Herbert for Dune. George R. R. Martin has included Herbert among his preferred science fiction writers. The High Hallack Cycle by Andre Norton may be another possible inspiration, as her work is also enjoyed by Martin.
- See the Halleck Hoare calculation
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Black Blood.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
- Not A Blog: A Sense of Wonder, April 10, 2017
- Why I'm Here Today, or, Secrets of My Black Past, June 23, 1984
- So Spake Martin: Influential Authors, February 29, 2000