Donnel of Duskendale

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Donnel of Duskendale
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Ser Donnel of Duskendale, as depicted in The Hedge Knight graphic novel

Title Ser
Allegiance Kingsguard
Culture Crownlands[1]
Born Duskendale[1]

Ser Donnel of Duskendale was a knight of the Kingsguard during the reigns of the kings Daeron II and Aerys I Targaryen.[1]

Appearance and Character

Ser Donnel was red of hair and red of beard, and shorter than his sworn brother Ser Roland Crakehall.[2] Originally from the port town of Duskendale in the crownlands,[1] Donnel was not a nobleman of the ruling House Darklyn, though he may have been inspired by their coat of arms for his own personal heraldry.[3]

Ser Duncan the Tall considered Donnel and his fellow sworn brothers to be the most puissant knights in the realm, aside from perhaps Prince Baelor Targaryen.[2]


At the tourney at Maidenpool in 208 AC, Ser Donnel of Duskendale was among those overthrown by Ser Humfrey Hardyng in the lists.[2]

The following year, Ser Donnel, along with his two fellow brothers of the Kingsguard, Ser Roland Crakehall and Ser Willem Wylde, escorted the Targaryen princes to the tourney at Ashford Meadow. As the princes participated in the tourney, the Kingsguard knights did not join in the lists, as it would not be fitting to have them ride against those they are sworn to protect.[2] After the princes Daeron and Aegon Targaryen disappeared, Ser Donnel accompanied Prince Maekar Targaryen in searching for them.[1] The three of them fought on the side of Prince Aerion Targaryen during the trial of seven. In the first charge, he slew Ser Humfrey Beesbury during the trial.[2]

After King Daeron II passed away during the Great Spring Sickness, Ser Donnel continued to serve in the Kingsguard of Aerys I Targaryen.[1]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Ser Jaime Lannister asks Ser Loras Tyrell if he is familiar with Ser Donnel of Duskendale; Ser Loras recalls the name, but does not remember his deeds.[4]