|Born||In or before 78 AC|
|Died||In 120 AC, Harrenhal|
|Played by||Gavin Spokes|
|TV series||House of the Dragon: Season 1|
Lyonel Strong was the Lord of Harrenhal and the head of House Strong during the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen. He served as both master of laws and Hand of the King for Viserys.
In the television adaptation House of the Dragon, Lyonel is portrayed by Gavin Spokes.
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. Lyonel also had a reputation as a warrior.
Lyonel studied at the Citadel, where he earned six links, and he had an exhaustive knowledge of law.
In 105 AC, Lyonel came to court with his four children - Ser Harwin, Larys and two unnamed daughters - to serve as master of laws for King Viserys I Targaryen. He later replaced Ser Otto Hightower, as Hand of the King, when Otto was removed from office in 109 AC.
In 111 AC, when the allegation that Prince Daemon Targaryen 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.
In 120 AC when Lyonel's son, Ser Harwin, was removed as Princess Rhaenyra's sworn shield, Lyonel left the court at King's Landing to accompany him on his return to Harrenhal. He died in a fire at Harrenhal with his eldest son and heir that same year. The fire was considered an accident and blamed on the curse of Harrenhal. Other non-mystical suspects included Prince Daemon, Lord Corlys Velaryon, Lyonel's younger son Larys, who inherited Harrenhal, and King Viserys I.
—Viserys I Targaryen about Lyonel
Lyonel had four children from his three marriages: Ser Harwin, Larys and two daughters. According to Grand Maester Munkun and Septon Eustace, Lyonel also sired a bastard daughter, Alys Rivers.
[Note 1][Note 2]
- ↑ See the Lyonel Strong calculation.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
- ↑ HBO.com: House of the Dragon Cast & Characters
- ↑ The Rise of the Dragon, The Reign of Viserys I: Apex of Power.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.