Dunk and Egg

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Ser Duncan the Tall

Dunk and Egg stories are an ongoing series of novellas written by George R. R. Martin, set in the world of his Song of Ice and Fire, set as prequels to the main novels. The stories relate the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall, who would become a legendary member of the Kingsguard, and his squire Egg, who later became the King of the Seven Kingdoms.

Three novellas have appeared so far: The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight and there are plans for there to be 6 to 12 such stories.[1] The published stories deal with Aegon, known as Egg, in his youth being the squire to Duncan, a hedge knight. Starting with their meeting eighty-nine years before the events of the main novels (209 AC) and intended to cover a long period.


The three novellas that have appeared so far are:

  • The Hedge Knight, originally published August 25, 1998 in the Legends anthology, edited by Robert Silverberg[2], later also in Dreamsongs Volume II[3] and as a stand-alone graphic novel.[4]
  • The Sworn Sword, originally published in Legends II anthology series[5], later also in Legends II: Dragon, Sword and King[6] and as a Graphic Novel.[7]


Planned Instalments

The author has said that he would like to write a number of these stories (varying from six to twelve from interview to interview) covering the entire lives of these two characters. A fourth instalment, currently untitled, but with the working title The She-Wolves of Winterfell, has been announced by Martin as in the planning stages. It will feature Ser Duncan the Tall and Egg at Winterfell, where they will meet the so-called "She-Wolves". Originally, it was planned that this fourth Dunk & Egg novella would be published in the anthology Martin was co-editing with Gardner Dozois, titled 'Dangerous Women'. However, when unable to make the deadline, Martin submitted an abridged version of a piece he had written on the civil war Dance of the Dragons. This novella, The Princess and the Queen, was released as part of Dangerous Women instead.[10]

Currently, there are several Dunk & Egg tales planned. Besides The She-Wolves of Winterfell, Martin also has a fifth tale roughed out in his head, which has the working title The Village Hero. This novella is set to take place in the Riverlands,[10] taking place after She-Wolves.[11] On when these two novella's will be finished, Martin has stated the following:

There's no telling when I will have time to finish either of these, or which one I will write first. I don't expect I will know more until I've delivered THE WINDS OF WINTER.[10]

Further titles have been revealed by Martin.[11] With unknown order of chronology, and with a unknown amount of stories to take place in between:

  • The Sellsword
  • The Champion
  • The Kingsguard
  • The Lord Commander


While the original intent was to publish all the Dunk & Egg tales in a series of anthologies (as was done for the first three), and then collect them all in one big book, when The Mystery Knight was released, it had become clear that the stories were too long for this. The current plan, as expressed by Martin, is to release a series of Dunk & Egg collections, each consisting of three novella's. The first of such collections should thus consist out of the three published stories to date, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight. Originally, the obvious title "The Hedge Knight" was considered, but due to already consisting confusion about the novela and the graphic novel, which are both called "The Hedge Knight", the first collection was titled A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. It was released on October 6th, 2015, by Bantam Spectra.[10]

Movies or television shows

Martin had admitted that there has been interest for movies or television shows for the Dunk & Egg tales.

There has been interest, yes, but the rights situation is complicated. Film and television rights to the characters and the three published Dunk & Egg stories remain with me at present... but HBO, when acquiring the rights to the SONG OF ICE & FIRE novels, also acquired film and television rights to the world of Westeros. So if we did Dunk & Egg with anyone else, we would need to remove all the references to House Targaryen, the Iron Throne, etc... not completely impossible, but certainly undesireable. Whereas if HBO decided they wanted to make a Dunk & Egg miniseries or TV movies, they'd first need to buy the stories. That's a much more attractive proposition for all concerned, I think... but if it happens, it will happen years from now, not tomorrow, and not next week.[10]

References and Notes

  1. Harte, Bryant (July 12, 2011). "An Interview with George R. R. Martin, Part I". indigo.ca. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. http://blog.indigo.ca/fiction/item/512-an-interview-with-george-r-r-martin-part-one.html. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  2. Legends, ISBN 978-0006483946 (Paperback, 2011 Edition); ISBN 978-0002256674 (Paperback, June 1999 Edition); ISBN 978-0812566635 (Mass Market Paperback, September 1999 Edition); ISBN 978-0765300355 (Paperback, 2001 Reissue); ISBN 978-0007385034 (Paperback, 2010 Edition); ISBN 978-0312867874 (Hardcover, 1998 Edition) and several other Hardcover printings, some of them limited editions.
  3. Dreamsongs Volume II, ISBN 978-0553806588 (Hardcover); ISBN 978-0553385694 (Paperback)
  4. Hedge Knight Graphic Novel, ISBN 978-0785127246 (Second Edition, 2007, Marvel); ISBN 978-0976401100 (First Edition, 2005, Dabel Brothers)
  5. Legends II, ISBN 978-0007154364 (Paperback, 2011 Edition); ISBN 978-0812575231 (Mass Market Paperback, 1999 Edition); ISBN 978-0007154357 (Paperback, 2004 Edition); ISBN 978-0007305094 (Paperback, 2008 Edition); ISBN 978-0007154340 (Hardback, 2003 Edition); ISBN 978-0606186476 (Turtleback, 1999 Edition)
  6. Legends II: Dragon, Sword and King, ISBN 978-0345475787 (Paperback); ISBN 978-1435291133 (Library Binding)
  7. The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword, ISBN 978-0785126515 (2009 TPB); ISBN 978-0785126508 (2008 Hardcover)
  8. Warriors, ISBN 978-0765320483 (Hardcover)
  9. Warriors 1, ISBN 978-0765360267 (Mass Market Paperback)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Not a Blog: "Dunk & Egg"[1]
  11. 11.0 11.1 Not a Blog: How many seasons? "answer to comment"[2]

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