Arlan of Pennytree

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Arlan of Pennytree
Ser Arlan of Pennytree TheMico.jpg

Title Ser
Culture Rivermen
Born In or between 149 AC and 153 AC[1], at Pennytree
Died In 209 AC, at the Reach
Book(s) The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
The Sworn Sword (mentioned)
The Mystery Knight (mentioned)

Ser Arlan of Pennytree was a hedge knight born in the village of Pennytree in the riverlands. He was the master of Dunk, the later Ser Duncan the Tall, until he died of a chill on the road leading to the tourney at Ashford Meadow.[2] Dunk thought Arlan was closer to sixty than fifty when he died.[2]

Arlan's coat-of-arms was a winged chalice, silver on brown.[2] It is unknown if he had any connection with House Hersy, whose arms also feature a winged chalice.


When Arlan was a little boy, his grandfather took him to King's Landing, where he saw the last dragon. The dragon died a year later.[2]

In 193 AC, Ser Arlan unhorsed Lord Stokeworth and the Bastard of Harrenhal in a melee at King's Landing. Years prior to that, he unhorsed Ser Damon Lannister in a tourney at Lannisport.[2] In 199 AC, Arlan was defeated by Prince Baelor Targaryen in a tourney at Storm's End. Arlan later said he broke seven lances against Baelor, while the Prince of Dragonstone remembered four lances.[2]

Arlan's nephew, Roger of Pennytree, was his squire. During the First Blackfyre Rebellion, Arlan and Roger fought beneath Lord Hayford's banners, taking part in the Battle of the Redgrass Field, during which Roger was killed.[3][4] Arlan was next to Lord Hayford when the lord was slain by Lord Gormon Peake.[3]

At some later point Arlan met Dunk in the slums of Flea Bottom in King's Landing, and took him for his squire.[3][4] The two of them remained together for years. During that time, Arlan met and fought alongside Ser Bennis of the Brown Shield.[3]

Three years before the tourney at Ashford Meadow, Arlan and Dunk served Lord Dondarrion in the battle with the Vulture King. Three years before the Ashford tourney, Arlan spent a half year in service to Lord Florent.[2]


At the time of his death Arlan owned three horses, which Dunk then inherited.[2]


Arlan had a sister whose name is not mentioned in the books. Her son, Roger, served Arlan as a squire until he was killed in the Battle of the Redgrass Field.[3]

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Quotes by Arlan

Another day done, and who knows what the morrow will bring us, eh, Dunk?[2]

—Arlan to Duncan the Tall

It is not every man who can boast that he broke seven lances against the finest knight in the Seven Kingdoms. I could never hope to do better, so why should I try?[2]

—Arlan to Duncan the Tall