|The title of this article is conjecture based on information revealed in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels or related material and may be subject to change.
- "An elder brother objected, so an elder brother fell off a horse and at the kingsmoot no man objected."
- ―Euron Greyjoy
After his father died, Harlan was made a candidate at the Kingsmoot. However, his disgraced brother Harwyn Hoare returned from Essos to claim the Salt Throne, but Harlan objected to this claim. Under mysterious circumstances, Harlan died after falling from his horse. No man at the Kingsmoot objected to Harwyn's rule after that.
In the books
Harlan was the heir of King Qhorwyn the Cunning, as Qhorwyn's eldest son had died of greyscale. When Qhorwyn was dying, Harlan died suddenly, allegedly due to falling from a horse. Some suggested that Harlan's younger brother, Harwyn was actually to blame, while others attributed Harlan's death to a Faceless Man. Harwyn succeeded as King of the Iron Islands six days after Qhorwyn's own death.