Lyonel Strong

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Lyonel Strong
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Title Lord of Harrenhal
Master of laws
Hand of the King
Allegiance House Strong
Culture Rivermen
Died In 120 AC, at Harrenhal
Spouse 1st: Unknown
2nd: Unknown
3rd: Unknown
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)

Lyonel Strong was a Lord of Harrenhal and head of House Strong who served as both master of laws and Hand of the King for Viserys I Targaryen. He had two sons, Ser Harwin and Lord Larys, and two daughters.[1]

Appearance and Character

Lyonel was a large, balding man who had a reputation as a battler. He was slow of speech and quiet and was often mistaken for a brute. He was in reality extremely intelligent and well learned, however.[1]


Lyonel studied at the Citadel, where he earned six links, and he had an exhaustive knowledge of law.[1]

Lyonel became the Lord of Harrenhal during the reign of the Old King, Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[2] He became master of laws for King Viserys I Targaryen in 105 AC[1] and, he replaced Ser Otto Hightower, as Hand of the King when Otto was removed from the office in 109 AC.[3]

When the allegation that Prince Daemon had taken Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen's maidenhead came before the small council, Lord Lyonel's counsel to Viserys was that Daemon should be executed for treason. Septon Eustace, however, reminded the council about the taint of kinslaying, and Daemon was exiled instead.

Lyonel died in a fire at Harrenhal with his eldest son and heir, Ser Harwin. The fire was considered an accident and blamed on the curse of Harrenhal. Other non-mystical suspects included Daemon, Lord Corlys Velaryon, Lyonel's younger son Larys, who inherited Harrenhal, and King Viserys.[1]


Lord Strong
3 Wives