Harp

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Prince Rhaegar Targaryen playing his silver-stringed high harp - by Felicia Cano. © Fantasy Flight Games

A harp is a multi-string musical instrument. It is popular in Westeros amongst all of society, and is often used to accompany a song. The high harp is mentioned as making soft sweet sounds.[1]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

In order to plant the notion of Ser Loras Tyrell taking the white Littlefinger slips a few silvers to Lord Tyrell's army of singers to sing of Ryam Redwyne, Serwyn of the Mirror Shield, and Prince Aemon the Dragonknight. He tells Sansa Stark that a harp can be as dangerous as a sword in the right hands.[2]

Prince Rhaegar Targaryen appears in one of Daenerys Targaryen's visions in the House of the Undying. At the end of the vision he goes to the window seat, picks up a harp, and runs his fingers lightly over its silver strings. Sweet sadness fills the room as the vision fades, and only the music lingers behind.[3]

A Storm of Swords

When Leonette Fossoway comes to King's Landing she teaches the high harp to Sansa Stark.[4]

Tom of Sevenstreams tells his companions that Lady Lysa Arryn once sent him up the high road, where the Moon Brothers took his gold, horse, and clothes. He walked up to the Gates of the Moon with nothing but his harp. There the guards made him sing two songs before letting him pass.[5]

A Feast for Crows

Music soothes Lord Robert Arryn, the high harp especially.[6]

Known harpers

A minstrel at Riverrun playing a harp - by Felicia Cano. © Fantasy Flight Games

Quotes

When you heard him play his high harp with the silver strings and sing of twilights and tears and the death of kings, you could not but feel that he was singing of himself and those he loved.[15]

Many a night she had watched Prince Rhaegar in the hall, playing his silver-stringed harp with those long, elegant fingers of his. Had any man ever been so beautiful?[16]

—thoughts of Cersei Lannister

Lord Petyr has been kind enough to let me keep my harp. My harp ... and my tongue ... so I may sing my songs.[22]

Marillion to Nestor Royce, after being tortured

At the welcoming feast, the prince had taken up his silver-stringed harp and played for them. A song of love and doom, Jon Connington recalled, and every woman in the hall was weeping when he put down the harp.[23]

—thoughts of Jon Connington

A harp can be as dangerous as a sword, in the right hands.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 61, Sansa V.
  3. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 48, Daenerys IV.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell II.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
  9. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  10. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn V.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Sisters of Baelor I.
  13. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
  14. The Hedge Knight.
  15. 15.0 15.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
  17. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  18. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  19. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
  20. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
  21. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
  22. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
  23. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.