Harwyn Hoare

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Harwyn Hoare
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Biographical Information
Full Name Harwyn Hoare
Alias Harwyn Hardhand
The Hardhand
Titles King of the Iron Islands
King of the Isles and the Rivers
Royal House House Hoare
Predecessor Qhorwyn Hoare
Heir Halleck Hoare
Successor Halleck Hoare
Issue Halleck Hoare
Father Qhorwyn Hoare
Books The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (appendix)

Harwyn Hoare, known as Harwyn Hardhand, was a King of the Iron Islands from House Hoare who conquered the riverlands and became the first King of the Isles and the Rivers. The ironborn longship Hardhand is presumably named in his honor.


In his youth Harwyn raided the Stepstones and visited Free Cities such as Volantis, Tyrosh, Braavos, and Lys. He was a captive in the Basilisk Isles for two years, served as a sellsword in the Disputed Lands, and joined the Second Sons, with whom he fought in several battles.[1]

Harwyn succeeded his ailing father, King Qhorwyn the Cunning, although Harwyn had only been third in line to the Seastone Chair. His eldest brother had already died of greyscale two years prior, but the middle brother, Prince Harlan, died after falling from a horse. Though it was said to be an accident, the death was considered suspicious especially when King Qhorwyn passed six days later, allowing Harwyn to claim the throne as King of the Iron Islands.[1]

Harwyn planned the invasion of the riverlands, which were weakly held by the Storm King Arrec Durrandon. The ironborn landed one hundred longships south of Seagard and then carried the ships to the Blue Fork. Ser Samwell Rivers' small host was shattered by Harwyn's charge at the Tumblestone. Harwyn then defeated the army of Lady Agnes Blackwood, who was betrayed by Lord Lothar Bracken. Harwyn was impressed with Agnes and offered her to become his salt wife, but the king killed her when she refused.[2]

The Storm King Arrec then met Harwyn in a battle at Fairmarket. Aided by many river lords, including Lothar Bracken, Theo Charlton, and Lords Goodbrook, Paege, and Vypren, the Hoares crushed the stormlanders and Arrec's rule over the riverlands collapsed. The rivermen had hoped to regain their independence and celebrated at first, but Harwyn retained control for himself. Lord Bracken had desired to be river king; he rose in rebellion six months later, which resulted in him starving to death in a crow cage.[2]

Harwyn spent most of his reign ruling and suppressing rebellions in the riverlands rather than the Iron Islands. Harwyn died in bed with a salt wife at the age of sixty-four, and he was succeeded as King of the Isles and the Rivers by his son, Halleck Hoare.[2] Harwyn was the grandfather of Harren the Black.[3]

Quotes by Harwyn

Longships are meant to be sailed [and] swords are meant to be blooded.[1]

—Harwyn to the ironborn

Quotes about Harwyn

His palace was a tent, his throne a saddle.[1]

—Harwyn's men regarding Harwyn


Unknown wife
Unknown wife
Salt wife
[Note 1]
Unknown wife
Unknown wife
Sons[Note 2]
  1. King Harwyn Hoare is known to have had at least one salt wife.
  2. King Harren Hoare is known to have had at least four sons.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Black Blood.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Riverlands.
  3. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.