Harlaw is the second largest of the Iron Islands. It is both the wealthiest of the islands, and the one with the densest population. It is known for it's shaggy ponies, which are used across the Iron Islands. Lead, iron, and tin are mined from the island.
The Harlaws rule over the island that gives them their name. They have five seats on the island. The senior branch holds Ten Towers, currently held by Rodrik Harlaw, then there is Harlaw Hall, held by old Sigfryd Harlaw, Grey Garden, presided over by Ser Harras Harlaw, Harridan Hill, property of Boremund Harlaw, and the Tower of Glimmering, which is the seat of Hotho Harlaw.
There used to be extensive forests on Harlaw, but they were all chopped down so that the Ironborn could build ships. Ships from Harlaw began to trade at Lannisport, Oldtown, and the Free Cities during the reign of House Hoare.
Archmaester Hake came from Harlaw.
A Feast for Crows Edit
Lord Rodrik Harlaw sends ravens around the Iron Islands calling for supporters of Asha Greyjoy as queen to gather at Ten Towers upon the death of King Balon Greyjoy. The Old Grey Gull spreads the word of a Kingsmoot around the island. Lord Baelor Blacktyde visits Harlaw to talk to Rodrik about the upcoming Kingsmoot.
Rodrik offers to name Asha the heir to Ten Towers if she backs down from claiming the crown. This would still, however, mean Harras Harlaw became Lord of Harlaw. She refuses the suggestion, however.
A Dance with Dragons Edit
Asha fled Old Wyk for Harlaw after the raising of Euron Greyjoy as King. She there says farewell to her mother and hears that Euron has married her to Erik Ironmaker. She then leaves Harlaw for Deepwood Motte.