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The Iron Islands and the location of Harlaw
The Iron Islands and the location of Harlaw

Harlaw is one of the islands that make up the region known as the Iron Islands. Second in size only to Great Wyk, Harlaw is distinguished from the other islands by being both the wealthiest and most densely populated.[1]

The easternmost of the Iron Isles, Harlaw is northeast of Pyke, from which it is a day's sail,[2] and southeast of Orkmont and Blacktyde. Banefort in the westerlands is across Ironman's Bay to the south.[3]

Harlaw is renowned for its shaggy ponies which are used throughout the Iron Islands.[2] Lead, tin, and iron are mined from Harlaw, Great Wyk, and Orkmont.[4] Archmaester Hake came from the island.[4]


Harlaw is the seat of House Harlaw, which reigns supreme on the island as one of the few families to rival the Greyjoys in strength and influence. The Harlaws have five keeps on the isle that gives them their name: Ten Towers, the seat of House Harlaw and Lord Rodrik Harlaw; Harridan Hill, ruled by Boremund the Blue; the Tower of Glimmering, the seat of Hotho Humpback, Grey Garden, presided over by Ser Harras Harlaw; and ancient Harlaw Hall, which belongs to Sigfryd Harlaw the Silverhair. Harlaw Hall was the seat of the family before the construction of Ten Towers.[1]

The bannermen of Lord Rodrik on the isle include the Kennings, the Myres, the Stonetrees, and the Volmarks of Volmark.[1]


There were once extensive forests on Harlaw, but they were exhausted by the ironborn of old for use in shipbuilding.[4] Ships from Harlaw began to trade at Lannisport, Oldtown, and the Free Cities during the dynasty of House Hoare, Kings of the Iron Islands.[5]

Qhorin Volmark of Harlaw tried to succeed Harren the Black after the burning of Harrenhal, but he was cut down by King Aegon I Targaryen.[6]

Harlaw was conquered by King Robert I Baratheon's supporters during Greyjoy's Rebellion.[7]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Asha Greyjoy visits her uncle, Lord Rodrik Harlaw, at Ten Towers prior to the kingsmoot. Rodrik mentions that Lord Baelor Blacktyde briefly visited Harlaw before continuing to Old Wyk.[1]

A Dance with Dragons

After Euron Greyjoy was crowned King of the Isles and the North at the kingsmoot, Asha fled Old Wyk for Deepwood Motte, bidding farewell to her mother Alannys Harlaw at Ten Towers during her flight. While at Ten Towers she received word that Euron had married her by proxy to Erik Ironmaker.[8]

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
  3. The Lands of Ice and Fire.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Black Blood.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Greyjoys of Pyke.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.