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|The knight of the yellow chicken
|Game of Thrones: Season 1
Appearance and Character
When Tytos Lannister was Lord of Casterly Rock, Ser Harys borrowed large sums of money from House Lannister. Upon Ser Tywin Lannister's return from the War of the Ninepenny Kings, the young heir of Casterly Rock was determined to return his House's status and began by demanding repayment of gold lent by his father, Tytos. Those who could not repay immediately had to send a hostage to the Rock until their debt was settled. Harys hastened to obey, stating, "The lion has awoken." Unable to pay immediately, Harys surrendered his daughter, Dorna, into the custody of Tywin's younger brother Ser Kevan Lannister until the debt was settled. Kevan eventually married Dorna.
A Game of Thrones
Ser Harys is part of Lord Tywin Lannister's force in the riverlands, and he participates in the battle on the Green Fork. When a courier arrives at Tywin's camp bearing the news of the defeat of the Lannister forces in the Battle of the Camps, lifting the siege of Riverrun, Harys questions Ser Jaime Lannister's tactical ability, criticizing that Jaime split up his host into three different camps. Ser Kevan Lannister refutes his good-father's critique, considering Riverrun's strategic position. When the defeatist Harys wants to appeal for peace, Tyrion Lannister explains that Robb Stark will want vengeance for the execution of his father, Lord Eddard Stark. Harys suggests appealing to the Crown for new troops and trying to raise a new host at Casterly Rock.
A Clash of Kings
Harys is with Lord Tywin's army when they take Harrenhal. During their time there Harys alienates the cooks, who spit in his food. His squire is killed in an argument with the Brave Companions over their inability to kill Lord Beric Dondarrion. Arya Stark watches Harys kiss Vargo Hoat under Tywin's orders to put the conflict behind them.
During the Battle of the Blackwater, Harys is trapped beneath his horse after it falls on him. He is rescued by one of his men-at-arms, Willit, who defends him against all attackers, taking grievous wounds in the process.
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
Harys is named Hand of the King by Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, because he is a weak man whom Cersei could use as a hostage against her uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister. Harys is confused during the meetings of the small council of King Tommen I Baratheon.
A Dance with Dragons
Harys continues to serve as lord treasurer, although his vaults are empty. In order to placate the Iron Bank of Braavos, he writes to the bankers of Myr in hopes of a loan and is advised by Kevan to also write to the magisters of Pentos. Kevan refuses to follow Harys's suggestion of raising taxes as the realm is too full of rebellion and half its lords cannot tell taxation from tyranny. Kevan suggests to Harys that he travel to Braavos and treat with the Iron Bank in person.
The Winds of Winter
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Quotes by Harys
—Harys and Addam Marbrand
These are perilous times.—Harys to Kevan Lannister
Quotes about Harys
Better than you, you chinless craven, Tyrion thought. Jaime might have lost Riverrun, but it angered him to hear his brother slandered by the likes of Swyft, a shameless lickspittle whose greatest accomplishment was marrying his equally chinless daughter to Ser Kevan, and thereby attaching himself to the Lannisters.—Tyrion Lannister's thoughts
—Jaime Lannister's thoughts
Jaime: Only the Tower of the Hand.Genna: She would have done better to leave the tower and burn her Hand. Harys Swyft? If ever a man deserved his arms, it is Ser Harys.
The knight of the yellow chicken, Cersei mused. You ought to take a worm for your sigil, ser. A chicken is too bold for you.—Cersei Lannister's thoughts
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Harys Swyft.
- The Winds of Winter, Mercy
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 30, Arya VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.