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House Strong
City Watch of King's Landing

"He was gentle, and fierce. They called him 'Breakbones.' He loved us, I think."
―Jacaerys Velaryon[src]

Ser Harwin Strong, popularly called Breakbones, was a knight of House Strong. He was the eldest son and heir of Lord Lyonel Strong of Harrenhal and the brother of Larys Strong.[5]

Biography[]

Background[]

Harwin is the heir to Harrenhal, the largest castle in Westeros. He is said to be the strongest man in all the Seven Kingdoms.[4]

House of the Dragon: Season 1[]

Harwin participates in the royal hunt in the Kingswood on Prince Aegon Targaryen's second nameday. When Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen returns from the woods covered in blood, with the carcass of the boar she killed in close combat, Harwin grins and looks at her in amazement.[2]

Approximately a year later, Harwin has joined the City Watch of King's Landing. While patrolling the streets of the city, he runs into Rhaenyra, who he mistakes for a boy. Upon recognizing her, he lets her go.[3]

The Strongs are present during Rhaenyra and Ser Laenor Velaryon's pre-wedding feast. Harwin briefly dances with Rhaenyra before being asked by Daemon to switch places with him. Later, a brawl breaks out in the throne room between Ser Criston Cole and Ser Joffrey Lonmouth, sending the crowd into a frenzy. As King Viserys looks for Rhaenyra, Lyonel gestures Harwin to retrieve the princess and save her from being trampled. Harwin tosses and punches people in the crowd to get to Rhaenyra, then slings her over his shoulder and wades out to safety.[6]

Harwin becomes Lord Commander of the City Watch of King's Landing and Rhaenyra's lover over the next ten years, fathering three bastard children: Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey. Following an incident in the Red Keep's training yard in which Harwin attacks Criston Cole for insinuating the illegitimacy of the three princes, Harwin has a heated conversation with Lyonel. Later, Lyonel asks Viserys if he can bring Harwin, who has been dismissed from the City Watch, back to Harrenhal to prepare him to rule their family's seat. The king agrees. After Harwin leaves, Jace asks Rhaenyra if Harwin is his father, to which Rhaenyra replies that he is a Targaryen, and that is all that matters.[1]

At Harrenhal, Lyonel is awakened by a fire set by Larys's agents in the night. Harwin rushes to his father's chamber door, but it has been sealed shut. The ceiling collapses on them, and they both burn to death.[1]

During Laena Velaryon's funeral, Jace, who has already an inkling of his real father's identity, tells his mother that they should be at Harrenhal to mourn Lyonel and Harwin. Rhaenyra answers it would not be appropriate, pointing out that the Velaryons are their kin and the Strongs are not.[7]

House of the Dragon: Season 2[]

Baela Targaryen asks Jacaerys Velaryon about Harwin in a private conversation, inferring she knows Harwin was Jace's biological father. Jace fondly calls Harwin gentle and fierce, and concludes Harwin did genuinely love him and his brothers, to which Baela agrees.[8]

Harwin's great-uncle, Ser Simon Strong tells Daemon he genuinely believes Harwin and Lyonel's deaths were Larys Strong's handiwork, citing the suspicious nature of the fire that claimed their lives.[9]

Personality[]

He was a fierce and loyal protector of those he loved.[3]

Family[]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Strong-Square
Lord
Strong
Deceased
 
House-Strong-Square
Lady
Strong

 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-Simon Strong
Simon
Strong


 
House-Strong-Square
Wife


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-Lyonel Strong
Lyonel
Strong

Deceased
 
House-Strong-Square
Wives


 
 
 
 
 
House-Strong-Square
Son(s)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-HarwinStrong
Harwin
Strong
City Watch of King's Landing/House of the Dragon
Deceased
 
Famtree-RhaenyraTargaryen
Rhaenyra
Targaryen
House Targaryen/House of the Dragon

 
Famtree-Larys Strong
Larys
Strong


 
Famtree-Germund Strong
Germund
Strong


 
Famtree-Paxter Strong
Paxter
Strong


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-Jacaerys Velaryon
Jacaerys
Velaryon
House Velaryon

 
Famtree-Lucerys Velaryon
Lucerys
Velaryon
House Velaryon
Deceased
 
Famtree-JoffreyVelaryon
Joffrey
Velaryon
House Velaryon

Behind the scenes[]

On September 24, 2021, HBO announced that Ryan Corr had been cast in the role of Harwin Strong for House of the Dragon. His character description reads as follows:

"'Breakbones', Harwin is said to be the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms. Ser Harwin is the eldest son to Master of Laws Lyonel Strong and heir to Harrenhal."[10]

In the books[]

In Fire & Blood, Harwin Strong served as a captain of the City Watch of King's Landing.

Appearances[]

References[]

Notes[]

  1. In "The Princess and the Queen," Laenor Velaryon states that it has been ten years since his wedding to Rhaenyra Targaryen, which occurred in 116 AC; therefore, "The Princess and the Queen" takes place in 126 AC.

External links[]

Preceded by Lord Commander of the City Watch of King's Landing
? - 126 AC
Succeeded by
Unknown


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