Harwin Strong

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Harwin Strong
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Alias(es) Breakbones
Title(s) Ser
Allegiance House Strong
City Watch of King's Landing
House Targaryen
Culture(s) Rivermen
Born In 90 AC or before[1]
Died In 120 AC[2]Harrenhal[2]
Father Lyonel Strong
Lover(s) Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (rumored)
Issue Jacaerys Velaryon (rumored)
Lucerys Velaryon (rumored)
Joffrey Velaryon (rumored)
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Played by Ryan Corr
TV series House of the Dragon: Season 1

Ser Harwin Strong, known as Breakbones, was a knight from House Strong and the heir to Harrenhal. He also served as a captain in the City Watch of King's Landing. The rumored lover of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Harwin is believed by some to have been the real father of her three sons with her first husband Ser Laenor Velaryon, (Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey).[2]

In the television adaptation House of the Dragon, Harwin is portrayed by Ryan Corr.[3]

Appearance and Character

Breakbones was said to be the strongest man in the Seven Kingdoms in his day. He was described as being massive and redoubtable.[2]


In 105 AC, Ser Harwin was brought to court by his father, Lord Lyonel Strong, alongside his younger brother Larys and his two sisters. Harwin was made a captain in the gold cloaks of King's Landing.[2]

During 112 AC, Harwin was one of many suitors to pay court to Rhaenyra Targaryen, the Princess of Dragonstone.[2]

According to Mushroom in 113 AC, Harwin one night returning to the Red Keep from a night of reveling in the capital happened upon a spurned Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and she took solace in his company, being found abed together by Mushroom the following morning.[2]

In 114 AC, Princess Rhaenyra granted Harwin her favor at the tourney celebrating her wedding with Ser Laenor Velaryon. At that tourney, Ser Criston Cole broke his collarbone and shattered his elbow. Mushroom mocked him as "Brokenbones" after this event. Thereafter Harwin was a consistent presence at Rhaenyra's side and was the foremost member among the blacks.[2]

In late 115 AC, according to Septon Eustace, during the birth of Rhaenyra's second son, Lucerys, both Rhaenyra's husband Ser Laenor and Breakbones were in attendance at her bedside. When Rhaenyra moved to Dragonstone after the rivalry with Queen Alicent Hightower and the greens grew to be too much, Breakbones went with her as her personal sworn shield.[4][2]

In 120 AC, after Prince Aemond Targaryen called Rhaenyra's sons "Strongs" and a brawl broke out, Harwin was removed as Princess Rhaenyra's champion by King Viserys I Targaryen and he returned to Harrenhal, being replaced by Ser Erryk Cargyll of the Kingsguard. Harwin died in a fire at Harrenhal that same year, with it also killing his father, Lord Lyonel Strong. The fire was said to be an accident and blamed on the curse of Harrenhal. Other non-mystical suspects included Prince Daemon Targaryen, whose motive would have been eliminating a rival for Princess Rhaenyra's affections; Lord Corlys Velaryon, as revenge for Harwin cuckolding his son; Harwin's brother, Larys, to claim the inheritance of Harrenhal; and King Viserys I, to eliminate the man who brought dishonor on his House.[2]


3 Wives
Alys Rivers
[Note 1][Note 2]
2 Daughters
  1. Both Grand Maester Munkun and Septon Eustace believed Alys Rivers to have been the bastard daughter of Lord Lyonel Strong.
  2. In 132 AC, Alys claimed to have wed Prince Aemond before his death.


  1. See the Harwin Strong calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  3. HBO.com: House of the Dragon Cast & Characters
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.