The Hedge Knight
|The Hedge Knight|
Graphic Novel (Second Edition)
|Author||George R. R. Martin|
|Series||A Song of Ice and Fire|
|Publisher||Dabel Brothers Productions|
|Released||March 25, 2005|
|Media Type||Original novella in Legends anthology; released as standalone graphic novel|
ISBN 978-0785125785 (Graphic Novel)|
ISBN 978-0785127246 (Graphic Novel, Second Edition)
ISBN 978-0006483946 (Legends Paperback, 2011 Edition)
ISBN 978-0553385694 (Dreamsongs Vol. II Paperback)
See the References and Notes section for additional editions and their respective ISBNs.
|Followed by||The Sworn Sword|
The Hedge Knight is a short story by George R. R. Martin that first appeared in the Legends anthology, a collection of stories by various fantasy authors such as Stephen King, Robert Jordan, and Terry Pratchett. It was edited by Robert Silverberg. The story was later adapted into a graphic novel by Mike S. Miller. It is the first of the "Dunk and Egg" stories.
The story begins in 208 AL, 90 years before the event in A Song of Ice and Fire. It tells the tale of how Dunk took the mantle of a hedge knight and met his squire, a young boy named Egg on his way to compete in a tournament at Ashford Meadow.
Legends has occasionally been republished and divided in two or three volumes. The original Legends reaches over 700 pages and has ten other tales besides The Hedge Knight. The divided volumes will have less and it is easy to be confused about which ones include The Hedge Knight.
It was once been divided into two volumes, both called Legends. The first one includes The Hedge Knight and four other tales, none of which involves the characters or the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.
The Hedge Knight is also included in Legends Vol. 2, which should not be confused with the completely distinct book Legends II, which first published the next "Dunk and Egg" tale, The Sworn Sword.
A compilation of the four initial "Dunk and Egg" stories, including The Hedge Knight, is expected to be published by Bantam.
A hedge knight, Ser Arlan of Pennytree, has died during the night. His squire, a large young man named Dunk, buries him and pays his last respects. After considering several options, Dunk decides to continue his journey to Ashford and compete in the tourney as a knight. He adopts Ser Arlan's armor as his own, as well as his equipment, three horses, and remaining monies. At an inn on the road, he meets a boy with a shaved head named Egg who secretly follows him to Ashford. Impressed by the boy's spirit, Dunk takes him on as his own squire for the upcoming tourney.
At Ashford, Dunk sells one of his horses to commission armor, then attempts to enter the lists of the tourney. Without proof of his knighthood, he is nearly barred from competition until Prince Baelor Breakspear vouches for him. Dunk watches the first day of competition amongst the commoners, with Egg on his shoulders. After several spectacular tilts, the day ends when Prince Aerion Targaryen disgraces himself by killing Ser Humfrey Hardyng's horse.
That night, Egg informs Dunk that a puppeteer girl he had met earlier is being beaten by Prince Aerion. Dunk leaps to her defense and attacks Aerion, striking him in the face. As the royal guard arrests Dunk, Egg reveals himself to be Aerion's brother, Prince Aegon. In jail, Dunk chooses to take a trial by combat rather than lose his hand. Prince Aerion demands the combat to be a Trial of Seven, as his brother, Prince Daeron, also accused Dunk of kidnapping Aegon from his charge. Dunk must find six champions to fight with him against seven accusing knights, or he will forfeit.
Steffon Fossoway is the first ally Dunk finds. He promises to bring Dunk more champions, as does Steffon's squire and cousin, Raymun Fossoway. Egg also promises to bring more champions for Dunk's cause. Raymun returns with Ser Humfrey Hardyng and Ser Humfrey Beesbury, good-brothers seeking revenge for the grievance Aerion committed against Hardyng. Aegon brings Ser Robyn Rhysling and Ser Lyonel Baratheon, the Laughing Storm, both eager for the glory of competing in the first Trial of Seven in a century. Steffon returns only to say he has decided to fight with the accusors for the reward of a lordship. Angered by his cousin's treachery, Raymun begs to be knighted and fight in Steffon's place. Dunk hesitates, but before he can give his answer, Dunk is called away by Lord Ashford, and Lyonel grants Raymun his knighthood. Still needing a seventh champion, Dunk appeals unsuccessfully to the crowd. Finally, Prince Baelor announces that he will champion Dunk himself, though the accusers include three of his family members and three of his father's Kingsguard.
The fourteen champions line their mounts along opposite sides of the tourney grounds and charge. Dunk tilts against Aerion, but is quickly unhorsed. Though nearly defeated, Dunk manages to grapple Aerion and use his size advantage to pummel Aerion into submission. Aerion recants his accusation, ending the Trial. The fighting costs the lives of both Humphreys. Prince Baelor, who had not brought his own armor but instead wore armor made for his son, took a blow to the head from a mace. After the battle, Baelor approaches Dunk to congratulate him, and begins to act drunkenly. When his crushed helm is removed, it is shown that the weaker armor made for his son did not protect him from the blow which has crushed in his skull. Aerion's father, Maekar, meets with Dunk after the funeral, revealing that it was his mace that killed Baelor. He regrets Aerion's behavior and offers Dunk a position in his household to train Aegon. Dunk insists on being allowed to travel, and offers to take Aegon as his squire to learn to be a better knight than Aerion. Maekar agrees, making sure Aegon continues to use his alias of Egg to avoid scandal. Dunk and Egg set out to Dorne, in search of the puppeteer whom Dunk had saved.
The Hedge Knight was originally published in Legends among ten other stories
References and Notes
- Legends, ISBN 9780002256674 (Paperback, June 1999 Edition, Voyager, 608 pages); ISBN 9780765300355 (Paperback, September 2001 Reissue, Tor Books, 715 pages); ISBN 9780312867874 (Hardcover, October 1998, St Martin Pr, 715 pages); and several other Hardcover printings, some of them limited editions.
- Legends II (ISBN 9780007154340, Hardcover, September 2003, Voyager, 400 pages, is a completely different anthology, albeit by the same editor and having seven writers in common with the original Legends. It includes the second Dunk and Egg tale, The Sworn Sword. The original Legends has been on occasion divided into two or three volumes, adding to the confusion. It is helpful to focus on the four writers that change between Legends and Legends II: Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Terry Goodkind and Ursula K. LeGuin contribute to Legends but not to Legends II, while Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, Terry Brooks and Elizabeth Haydon have stories in Legends II but none in Legends.
- Dreamsongs Volume II, ISBN 9780553806588 (Hardcover); ISBN 9780553385694 (Paperback)
- The Hedge Knight Graphic Novel, ISBN 9780785127246 (Second Edition, 2007, Marvel); ISBN 9780976401100 (First Edition, 2005, Dabel Brothers)
- Specifically, ISBN 9780812566635 is the Legends Vol. 1 Mass Market Paperback that has four tales - one each by Stephen King, Robert Silverberg, Orson Scott Card and Raymond E. Feist, but nothing by George R.R. Martin. It has no true relation to the tales of Song of Ice and Fire.
- Legends (ISBN 9780006483946, Paperback, November 1999, 368 pages); republished as Legends (ISBN 9780007385034, May 2010, Voyager, 368 pages). The other tales are set in the worlds of Discworld (by Terry Pratchett), Pern (by Anne McCaffrey), Memory, Sorrow and Thorn (by Tad Williams) and Wheel of Time (by Robert Jordan). The second volume is apparently Legends(ISBN 9780812575231, Tor Books, Mass Market Paperback, Nov 1999, 378 pages) and has four tales by Stephen King, Robert Silverberg, Orson Scott Card, and Raymond E. Feist, none of which involves George R.R. Martin or Song of Ice and Fire.
- Apparently ISBN 9780007154357, Paperback, Voyager, Feb 2004; and also ASIN B000K3KER6, Harper Collins, Aug 2004
- Other editions that may or may not print The Hedge Knight include Legends (ISBN 9780606186476, Turtleback, Demco Media, Apr 1999).
- http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/FAQ/Entry/1974/ The Citadel FAQ, 2.1.9 - Will There Be Any More Dung and Egg Stories?
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