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Harenhal by MarcSimonetti.jpg
Artwork by MarcSimonetti ©
Lokalizacja Westeros, Dorzecze
Zarządca House Baelish , Feudal Lord.
Religia Wiara w Siedmiu
Założony 300years ago, just before the Podbój Aegona.
Nazwany od King Harren the Black its founder.
Znane miejsca Its gigantic five Towers
The Dorzecze and the location of Harrenhal
The Dorzecze and the location of Harrenhal
Dorzecze and the location of Harrenhal

Harrenhal is a great castle constructed before the Podbój Aegona, located in the Dorzecze, on the north shore of the Oko Boga lake. It is the largest castle in the Siedem Królestw. Since the Podbój Aegona, however, it has become a dark and ruinous place.


The castle has five towers of dizzying size, with equally monstrous curtain walls. The walls are incredibly thick and its rooms are built on a scale that would be more comfortable for giants than humans. The castle's holdings are some of the richest in Westeros, claiming vast tracts of green fertile land.

Harrenhal covers three times as much ground as Winterfell and its buildings are so much larger that they can scarcely be compared. Its stables can house a thousand horses, its godswood covers 20 acres, and its kitchens are as large as Winterfell's Great Hall.

However, much of Harrenhal has far gone into decay. The Whents used only the lower thirds of two of the five towers, letting the rest go to ruin, and many places in the castle have not been entered in decades. Bats infest the tops of some of the towers.[1]

Murs and Towers

Harrenhall in the TV series

Harrenhal is built on a gigantic scale, its colossal curtain walls sheer and high as mountain cliffs while atop the battlements the wood-and-iron scorpions seem as small as their namesakes when seen from the ground. Harrenhal's gatehouse is as large as Winterfell's great keep, and its stone is discolored and fissured. From outside the gatehouse, only the tops of five immense towers can be seen because the height of the walls obscure the view of them.

Of the castle's five towers, the shortest is half again as high as the tallest one in Winterfell, yet none of the towers are proper, being bent, lumped, and cracked from the melting of the stone by the Targaryen smoks centuries earlier. Their original names were lost with the death of Harren the Black.[1]

The Five Towers:

  • Tower of Dread
  • Widow's Tower, It connects it to the 'Kingspyre Tower' via a stone bridge. Underneath there is a great cell that's used to keep prisoners.
  • Wailing Tower, It contains storerooms on the ground floor and cavernous vaults beneath.
  • Tower of Ghosts, The postern gate and the ruined sept are located near it.
  • Kingspyre Tower, The castellan's chambers are located within. It connects to the 'Widow's Tower' via a stone bridge.

Known Gates:

  • Main Gate, Through the main gates, the walls are so thick that no less than a dozen murder holes are passed before one reaches the yard on the other side.
  • East Gate, It's smaller than its main gate and located near the Tower of Ghosts.


  • Hall of the Hundred Hearths: The castle's Great Hall. It actually has only 34 or 35 hearths, and is said to be able to entertain an army.[1] Its floors are smooth slate and there are steps to two galleries above.
  • Kitchens: The kitchens are located in a round stone building with a domed roof. The building contains nothing but kitchens. The kitchens are as large as Winterfell's Great Hall.[1]
  • Barracks Hall: Located above the armory, it is where the men-at-arms take their meals.[1]
  • Armory: Located above the 'Barracks Hall', the forge is located here.
  • Godswood: The walled Czardrzewo covers over 20 acres. It has a small stream running through it. The heart tree appears to have a terrible visage full of hatred, with a twisted mouth and flaring eyes. It is located across the ward from where Barracks Hall and the Armory are.
  • Flowstone Yard: Men-at-arms exercise and drill and squires clean arms and armor here. It has lumpy surface and is located near the Wailing Tower. There is a covered gallery above the Flowstone Yard with arches looking towards it [1][2]
  • Bear Pit: The Bear Pit is ten yards across and five yards across, walled in stone, floored with sand, and encircled by six tiers of marble benches.[2] It's located in the middle ward.
  • Bathhouse: A low-ceilinged room filled with great stone tubs large enough to hold six or seven after the fashion of the Wolne Miasta[3]. The Bathhouse is made of stone and timber, with only one entrance to the room.[4]


Harren the Black

Harrenhall by Cris Urdiales ©

Harren the Black, King of the Żelazne Wyspy and the Dorzecze, built Harrenhal as a monument to himself, intending it to be the greatest of all castles in Westeros and for it to dwarf any other. The construction of his dream took forty years. Thousands of captives from the other realms died in the quarries chained to sledges or laboring on the five huge towers. Weirwoods were cut down to provide rafters and beams.

Upon its completion, King Harren boasted that his new fortress was impregnable, and it was. However, he didn't account for Aegon the Conqueror and his Smok invading Westeros. The smoks were not obstructed by high walls and forbidding towers and roasted Harren alive in the tallest of the towers, now known as the Kingspyre. Due to the extreme heat, the castle took on a charred, melted appearance.[5]

From 1AC till 298AC

Since the Conquest, the castle has become something of a white elephant. It is too big to garrison effectively and too expensive to maintain. Since Harren's death, the castle has passed through a number of noble houses, Every one of them met with misfortune.

It is believed the castle is cursed and haunted due to Harren's hubris and the horrors that have occurred within the castle's walls. It's said Harren was mixing human blood into the mortar for the stonework.[4] The curse is thought to prevent any Lord from holding Harrenhal indefinitely. All the Houses ever to hold Harrenhal have died out.

List of extinct Noble houses, who held Harrenhal after Harren, in order:

  1. House Qoherys
  2. House Towers
  3. House Harroway
  4. House Strong
  5. House Lothston
  6. Ród Whentów

After 298AC

During the early stages of the Wojna Pięciu Królów, Lady Whent yielded Harrenhal to Lord Tywin Lannister, who held it with his own troops. Officially, Cersei Lannister granted the castle to Janos Slynt in return for his service. Tyrion Lannister, acting as Hand, revoked the title and sent Slynt to Mur. Later, Tywin Lannister gave the castle instead to Petyr Baelish for his role in securing the marriage pact between the Lannisters and Tyrells. Baelish has retained official title to the castle ever since. Though he has never set foot within his walls, the castle's large dominion elevated Petyr's social position enough to marry Lysa Tully.

In truth, however, the castle was seized several times throughout the war and harbored a number of atrocities. Tywin Lannister's garrison included bannermen lead by Ser Amory Lorch and Ser Gregor Clegane. They were bolstered by the Dzielni Kompanioni mercenary company. All three groups had cut bloody swaths across the land to reach Harrenhal. The men treated the smallfolk of the castle cruelly. Lorch's men and the Dzielni Kompanioni feuded, resulting in more deaths. Tywin left, leaving Lorch as castellan. Arya Stark, who had been hiding at the castle, convinced Jaqen H'ghar to help her free the castle's northern prisoners and revolt against the Lannisters. The Dzielni Kompanioni butchered the Lannister bannermen and all who were loyal to them, then handed the castle to Lord Roose Bolton.

Roose ruled over Harrenhal for only a short time. Vargo Hoat suspected that Roose would switch sides to the Lannisters, and maimed his captive Ser Jaime Lannister in an attempt to prevent this. The ruse failed, and the northern men abandoned the castle, leaving it to the Dzielni Kompanioni. With Lannister reprisal dangling over their heads, the Companions indulged in wanton sadism and kept the castle's bearpit well-stocked with victims. Eventually Ser Gregor Clegane's men returned to the castle and butchered the mercenaries who had not already fled. Clegane left to participate in the trial-by-combat of Tyrion Lannister, and Ser Jaime Lannister returned to take control. He cleared out Clegane's men and replaced the garrison with the pious regiment known as the Holy Hundred, lead by Ser Bonifer Hasty.

Harrenhal's reputation for being cursed might be well founded as many of the lords Rycerzs who recently commanded or garrisoned the castle came to horrific ends.


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