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Heartsbane, by Antonio Maínez © Fantasy Flight Games

Heartsbane is the two-handed Valyrian steel greatsword of House Tarly.[1]


For the last five centuries, the sword has been an heirloom of House Tarly passed down from one Lord of Horn Hill to the next.[1][2]

Savage Sam Tarly cut down dozens of Dornishmen with Heartsbane during the Vulture Hunt.[3]

Lord Randyll Tarly let his son and heir, Samwell Tarly, hold Heartsbane a few times, but the boy was afraid he would hurt his sisters.[4] Randyll eventually disowned his pacific son, forcing Sam to take the black.[1]

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A Clash of Kings

Lord Randyll Tarly with Heartsbane, by Francisco Rico Torres © Fantasy Flight Games

Lord Randyll Tarly wears Heartsbane while with Renly Baratheon's army.[5]

A Storm of Swords

While serving beyond the Wall with the Night's Watch, Samwell Tarly dreams of a feast at Horn Hill during which he cuts a roast with Heartsbane.[6]

A Feast for Crows

Randyll carries Heartsbane while bringing order to Maidenpool.[7]

Victarion Greyjoy anticipates claiming Heartsbane from Randyll when the Reach retaliates for the taking of the Shields by the ironborn.[8]

Known wielders


Heartsbane must go to a man strong enough to wield her, and you are not worthy to touch her hilt.[1]

I was heir to my father's blade once. Heartsbane. Lord Randyll let me hold it a few times, but it always scared me. It was Valyrian steel, beautiful but so sharp I was afraid I'd hurt one of my sisters. Dickon will have it now.[4]

Dunstan: Lord Tarly bears the greatsword Heartsbane, forged of Valyrian steel, and he is always in Lord Tyrell's van.
Victarion: Let him come. I will take his sword for mine own, as your own forebear took Red Rain.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 26, Jon IV.
  2. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 18, Samwell I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 46, Samwell III.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
  8. 8.0 8.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.