Arthur Dayne

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Arthur Dayne
Ser Arthur Dayne by henning.jpg
by Henning Ludvigsen, Fantasy Flight Games ©.

Title Ser
Sword of the Morning
Allegiance House Dayne
Died In 283 AC, at Tower of Joy
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)

Ser Arthur Dayne, known as the Sword of the Morning, was a famed and legendary knight from House Dayne and a member of King Aerys II Targaryen's Kingsguard. Many considered him to be the most chivalrous warrior of the Seven Kingdoms.[1]

Arthur was Prince Rhaegar Targaryen's closest friend.[2] He was the brother of Lady Ashara Dayne and Lady Allyria Dayne. His nephew, the son from Arthur's unknown older brother, is Lord Edric Dayne.[3]



Arthur wielded the greatsword called Dawn as part of his office as Sword of the Morning, carrying it slung across his back.[4] To defeat the Kingswood Brotherhood, he gained the trust of the smallfolk of the kingswood by paying for what he and his forces took and taking their grievances before King Aerys II Targaryen. In the end Arthur slew the Smiling Knight in single combat and ended the threat of the outlaws. Following that victory, he knighted Jaime Lannister, who would later become a sworn brother of the Kingsguard.[5]

Arthur was the champion in the tournament in honor of Viserys's birth in 276 AC, defeating Prince Rhaegar Targaryen.[1] Arthur broke twelve lances against Rhaegar in the tourney at Storm's End, losing to the prince.[6] At the tourney at Harrenhal in 281 AC, he was defeated by Rhaegar once again.[7]

Sometime after Harrenhal, Arthur, along with his other sworn brother Ser Oswell Whent, aided Rhaegar in the kidnapping of Lyanna Stark. Their lord commander, Ser Gerold Hightower, was sent to find Rhaegar when the ensuing War of the Usurper started to become out of hand. When he found the crown prince, Gerold stayed with his two Kingsguard brothers in the Red Mountains of Dorne, on the orders of the prince.

Arthur died at the Tower of Joy fighting Lord Eddard Stark and his companions, but the exact circumstances of his death are unclear. In a memory of his father, Bran Stark recalls his father Eddard describing Arthur as the finest knight he ever saw, and elaborates further that Dayne would have killed him if not for Howland Reed.[8] According to Catelyn Tully, Arthur was the deadliest of the seven knights of Aerys's Kingsguard.[9]

Arthur is remembered as not only a skilled fighter but a valiant and true knight. Eddard Stark, Jaime Lannister, Barristan Selmy, and Viserys Targaryen all recall or remember Arthur with nothing less than absolute respect for both the man and his legend. After his death, Eddard rode directly to Starfall, the seat of House Dayne, to return the sword Dawn to his sister, Lady Ashara Dayne,[9] as a sign of respect.[10]

Quotes by Arthur

Ser Arthur Dayne. By Jose Daniel Cabrera Pena
Our knees do not bend easily.[4]
– Arthur to Eddard Stark, regarding the Kingsguard

Arthur: And now it begins.

Eddard: No. Now it ends.[4]

– Arthur to Eddard Stark at the Tower of Joy

Smiling Knight: It's that white sword of yours I want.

Arthur: Then you shall have it, ser.[11]

– Arthur to the Smiling Knight

All knights must bleed, Jaime. Blood is the seal of our devotion.[12]
– Arthur to Jaime Lannister

Quotes about Arthur

They whispered of Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning, deadliest of the seven knights of Aerys's Kingsguard, and of how their young lord had slain him in single combat.[9]

Catelyn Tully thinking of Winterfell's maids

The finest knight I ever saw was Ser Arthur Dayne, who fought with a blade called Dawn, forged from the heart of a fallen star. They called him the Sword of the Morning, and he would have killed me but for Howland Reed.[8]

Eddard Stark to Bran Stark

I learned from Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning, who could have slain all five of you with his left hand while he was taking a piss with the right.[11]

Jaime Lannister to Loras Tyrell, Osmund Kettleblack, Balon Swann, Meryn Trant, and Boros Blount


Unknown Dayne
Gerold "Darkstar"

See also

References and Notes

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