Serwyn of the Mirror Shield

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Serwyn
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Alias Serwyn of the Mirror Shield
Title Ser (in songs and tales)
Allegiance House Gardener
Kingsguard (in songs and tales)
Culture First Men
Book(s) The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)

Serwyn of the Mirror Shield is a legendary figure from the Age of Heroes,[1] although singers now claim he was a knight of the Kingsguard.[2] He is a favorite of the smallfolk.[3] Serwyn served the ancient Kings of the Reach from House Gardener.[4]

Legends

According to songs, Serwyn once saved Princess Daeryssa from giants.[5] He slew the dragon Urrax by approaching the beast behind his shield so the dragon only saw its own reflection, then spearing Urrax through the eye.[6] Serwyn was haunted by ghosts of all the knights he killed.[7]

Despite the legends that have him as a member of the Kingsguard, an institution created in 10 AC during the reign of Aegon I Targaryen,[8] Serwyn lived in the time of the First Men,[9] thousands of years before there was a Kingsguard or even knights in Westeros.

References and Notes

  1. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Age of Heroes.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran II.
  3. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 3, Tyrion I.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Gardener Kings.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa I.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys VII.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
  9. asoiaf.yuko.com, The Kingsguard, Ran's comment

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