Arthur Dayne with Dawn, by Henning Ludvigsen ©.
Sword of the Morning
|Born||In or before 260 AC|
|Died||In 283 AC, at the tower of joy|
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|Played by||Luke Roberts|
|TV series||Season 6|
Ser Arthur Dayne, known as the Sword of the Morning, was a famed and legendary knight from House Dayne and a member of Aerys II Targaryen's Kingsguard. Many considered him to have been the most chivalrous warrior of the Seven Kingdoms. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Luke Roberts during a flashback in Season 6.
- See also: Images of Arthur Dayne
According to Catelyn Stark, Arthur was the deadliest of the seven knights of Aerys II Targaryen's Kingsguard. Jaime Lannister, who idolized Arthur, recalls that Arthur was stronger than he. Jon Connington considers Arthur to have been an efficient commander.
Arthur wielded the greatsword called Dawn as part of his office as Sword of the Morning, carrying it slung across his back. 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.
Arthur was the champion in the tournament in honor of Viserys's birth in 276 AC, defeating Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. Arthur broke twelve lances against Rhaegar in the tourney at Storm's End, losing to the prince. At the tourney at Harrenhal in 281 AC, he was defeated by Rhaegar once again.
According to a semi-canon source, Arthur, along with his other sworn brother Ser Oswell Whent, aided Rhaegar in the kidnapping of Lyanna Stark near Harrenhal as the year of the false spring was ending. Robert's Rebellion began shortly after.
After the end of the rebellion, Arthur, Oswell, and Ser Gerold Hightower were found by Lord Eddard Stark at the tower of joy. Arthur died there, fighting Eddard and his companions, but the exact circumstances of his death are unclear. The recorded history describes Arthur as being killed by Lord Eddard in single combat, however. Bran Stark recalls his father, Eddard, describing Arthur as the finest knight he ever saw and elaborating further that Arthur would have killed him if not for Howland Reed. Stones from the tower were used to build his cairn upon a nearby ridge.
Arthur is remembered as not only a skilled fighter but a valiant and true knight. After Arthur's death, Eddard rode to Starfall, the seat of House Dayne, to return the sword Dawn to Arthur's sister, Lady Ashara Dayne, as a sign of respect.
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Resting on a weirwood stump, Ser Jaime Lannister dreams of he and Brienne of Tarth being visited by the shades of Arthur, Oswell, Gerold, Ser Jon Darry, Prince Lewyn Martell, and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen in the depths of Casterly Rock.
Quotes by Arthur
—Arthur to Eddard Stark in Eddard's dream
—Arthur and Eddard Stark in Eddard's dream
Brienne: I swore an oath to keep him safe. I swore a holy oath.
Arthur: We all swore oaths.
—Arthur to the Smiling Knight
All knights must bleed, Jaime. Blood is the seal of our devotion.—Arthur to Jaime Lannister
Quotes about Arthur
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.
Arstan: Myles Mooton was Prince Rhaegar's squire, and Richard Lonmouth after him. When they won their spurs, he knighted them himself, and they remained his close companions. Young Lord Connington was dear to the prince as well, but his oldest friend was Arthur Dayne.
And me, that boy I was ... when did he die, I wonder? When I donned the white cloak? When I opened Aerys's throat? That boy had wanted to be Ser Arthur Dayne, but someplace along the way he had become the Smiling Knight instead.—thoughts of Jaime Lannister
I learned from the White Bull and Barristan the Bold. 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. I learned from Prince Lewyn of Dorne and Ser Oswell Whent and Ser Jonothor Darry, good men every one.
- See the Arthur Dayne calculation
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 6, Catelyn II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 58, Eddard XV.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Rhaegar Targaryen.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: The Andals Arrive.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: The Andals Arrive.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 44, Jaime VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
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