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Ser Harwin Strong, popularly called Breakbones, is a knight who is said to be the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms. He is the eldest son and heir of Lord Lyonel Strong of Harrenhal and the brother of Larys Strong.[1]

Family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lyonel
Strong


 
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Lyonel Strong's
two wives

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Harwin
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Larys
Strong



Behind the scenes

On September 24, 2021, HBO announced that Ryan Corr had signed on for House of the Dragon in the role of Harwin Strong. The character breakdown reads as follows:

"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."
―HBO[|[src]]

In the books

This particular section contains MAJOR spoilers for House of the Dragon. Anyone wishing to avoid spoilers for the upcoming prequel series should not click [Expand].

Harwin Strong served as a captain of the City Watch of King's Landing.

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen granted Harwin her favor at a tourney celebrating her wedding to Ser Laenor Velaryon. At this tourney, Ser Criston Cole broke Harwin's collarbone and shattered his elbow, which prompted the fool Mushroom to nickname him "Brokenbones". Harwin was believed to be Princess Rhaenyra's lover and rumored to be the true father of her three eldest sons Jacaerys, Lucerys and Joffrey Velaryon. He travelled with her when she moved to Dragonstone in 114 AC, hence becoming the leader of the Blacks.

Harwin died alongside his father in a fire of unknown origin at Harrenhal. Some believed it to have been caused by a curse on the castle, though others suspected the cause was not mystical. One suspect was Rhaenyra's uncle and second husband Prince Daemon Targaryen, eliminating Harwin as a competitior for her affections. Another was Ser Laenor's father Lord Corlys Velaryon, avenging his cuckolded son. Harwin's younger brother Larys was also suspected, having inherited Harrenhal due to the untimely deaths of his father and older brother. The final suspect was King Viserys I Targaryen, wishing revenge upon Harwin for dishonoring House Targaryen by fathering bastard children with his daughter.

See also

References

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Lord: Lyonel Strong Heir: Harwin Strong
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Seat: Harrenhal Lands: The Riverlands
Title(s): Lord of Harrenhal
Current members: Larys Strong
Overlord: House Tully
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