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Harwin. © FFG

Title Ser[1]
Culture Northmen
Born 271 AC or after[2]
Father Hullen

Harwin is a member of the household guard of Lord Eddard Stark at Winterfell.[4]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Harwin

Harwin is a stocky man with a clean-shaven appearance. He is known to speak boldly.[5]


Harwin is the son of Hullen, the master of horse at Winterfell.[6] 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.[7]

Harwin remembers Lyanna Stark's skills at horse-riding and was privy to the rumors of Lord Eddard Stark and Lady 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.[8][9]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Harwin is among the party that comes across the direwolf pups in the snow. When Robb Stark states that they would keep the pups, he says it cannot be done.[6]

Harwin is among the guardsmen who accompany Lord Eddard Stark when he travels south to assume the office of Hand of the King to Robert I Baratheon.[10] 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.[5]

Harwin takes part in the Hand's tourney but does not fare well, being unhorsed in his first tilt by Ser Meryn Trant of the Kingsguard.[11]

Along with Alyn, Harwin is one of the guards that Eddard sends with Lord Beric Dondarrion to arrest and bring to justice Ser Gregor Clegane.[12]

A Clash of Kings

Bran Stark believes Harwin among the dead who never came back from the south.[13]

A Storm of Swords

Harwin is encountered by Arya Stark in the riverlands, having joined the brotherhood without banners.[7] 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.[8] His time in the brotherhood has hardened him, and he has since grown out his beard and hair and become thinner.[7]

When Arya attempts to escape from the brotherhood on 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.[8]

Harwin takes part in the engagement with the Brave Companions at the septry.[14] He later attempts to comfort Arya after Lord Edric Dayne tells her of her father's love affair with his deceased aunt, Lady Ashara Dayne, and reveals he too heard the same rumor at Winterfell as a child no older than she was, but that it is an irrelevant one.[9]

After the Red Wedding when the body of Lady Catelyn Stark is found by the brotherhood without banners, Harwin asks Thoros of Myr to revive her but Thoros refuses. However, Beric Dondarrion follows Harwin's request and revives her, giving his own life.[15]

A Feast for Crows

Harwin is listed as being part of Lady Stoneheart's band of outlaws.[16] When the brotherhood captures Brienne of Tarth, a young northman wearing a greasy sheepskin jerkin, who may be Harwin, interprets Stoneheart's rattled speech for the captive Brienne.[15]

Behind the Scenes

In an early draft of the last Brienne's chapter in A Feast for Crows, published in Russia in February 2007, the northerner in a sheepskin cloak, then described as "aged", is confirmed to be Harwin.[17]