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The Hedge Knight (The Tales of Dunk and Egg #1)

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A novella originally published August 25, 1998 in the Legends anthology, edited by Robert Silverberg. Set in the world of the Song of Ice and Fire series eighty-nine years before the events of the main cycle, the story relates the adventures of Dunk (eponymously called Ser Duncan the Tall) and his squire, Egg.
ebook, 85 pages
Published 2005 (first published January 1st 1998)
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Uzma Parveen There are 3 books in this short story series. Loved it. It's about Sir Duncun the Tall and Aegon Targaryan. It's in the ASOIF World but this happened…moreThere are 3 books in this short story series. Loved it. It's about Sir Duncun the Tall and Aegon Targaryan. It's in the ASOIF World but this happened a long time before the current story.(less)
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Jul 01, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-books
This short story is so refreshing after the marathon that is ASOIAF. When I read this the first time, I had just finished up the first 5 books in a row. I was completely exhausted and not interested in reading anything else anytime soon. About a week went by and I found my curiosity about these prequel short stories couldn't be put at bay any longer.

In The Hedge Knight, we meet Dunk and Egg and go on a journey with them to a tourney. While the original books are absolutely amazing, they can be

I have to say that comic books, which are sometimes called graphic novels now, have become more sophisticated. Writers like Moore, Gaiman and Miller, among others, have brought complex and dark realism.

THE HEDGE KNIGHT is more of a medieval knight's tale with a great deal of enriched history to a fantasy world of great complexity.

In this tale, a knight with no lord to follow joins a tourney in the hopes of securing fame and fortune (i.e. winners in medieval tourneys sometimes got to keep the
Oct 21, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
A very interesting prelude to the Song of Ice & Fire series. I really liked the characters & it was interesting seeing the ancestors of other characters I've come to know so well.
Markus Molina
Nov 08, 2012 Markus Molina rated it really liked it
Perhaps, I'm a bit biased, I can admit that. I love Westeros. I love A Song of Ice and Fire. I didn't give every book five stars, so I feel I'm reasonable enough. With that being said, I loved this short story.

My initial fear when I first heard of this story was that neither Dunk nor Egg, the two protagonists, would have anything to do with the main story in ASOIAF. That turns out to be not true, so I just wanted to put that out there. A lot of Daenery's great relatives make appearances and both
Nov 03, 2015 James rated it really liked it
Having read all of Martin's Song of Fire and Ice significantly faster than he's writing new ones, and considering he doesn't seem to be making much progress with the next one: four years between the last book and the next, I was at a bit of a loose end for my Westeros fix. Luckily Martin has already published a trio of prequel short stories. Prequel is stretching the definition as this first one is set approximately 100 years before the events of A Game of Thrones but the families and names fr ...more
Dec 26, 2015 Terence rated it really liked it
Welcome one and all to The Hedge Knight book one of the remarkable prequel series to A Song of Ice and Fire. The Hedge Knight focuses on Dunk a young man whose master, friend, and mentor Ser Arlan of Pennytree has recently died. Dunk finds himself at a crossroads wondering if he should become a hedge knight like Ser Arlan or join a city watch for a simpler more stable life and future. Dunk decides to be a hedge knight. Dunk the Lunk as Ser Arlan affectionately called him took the moniker Ser Dun ...more
Jun 24, 2015 Hudson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, best-in-2015
I really love ASOFAI so this biased review should be taken with a pillar of salt.

Loved it. More knights of Westeros and a jousting tourney made for a great read. This is the first of three novellas about Aegon Targaryen aka Egg and his squiring for Ser Duncan a hedge knight.

Fun read and an absolute must for fans of the series. Not sure why I waited so long.

This Review is Dark and Full of Spoilers

I've missed reading anything about Westeros so much!
I read A Dance with Dragons in June. Haven't seen anything on Game of Thrones since then except for reading threads on
This was a super cool introduction to Westeros, again. There are some problems but they are always welcome.
I hate spoilers. I wished so much I hadn't known that (view spoiler)
Yannis Karatsioris
Sep 28, 2013 Yannis Karatsioris rated it it was amazing
A great one-day read.
In the medieval setting of Westeros -about a century before Ice and Fire- Dunk, the hedge knight, aspires to be acknowledged as equal to other knights of the realm. He takes part in a tournament where renowned knights of the Seven Kingdoms, the Kingsguard and royalty (we get to see Targaryens at play) compete as well.
Amidst the jousting and the acts of bravery on the field, a minor quarrel escalates to a sentence of death, which finds the hedge knight in its center. The tri
Jan 18, 2015 Liam rated it really liked it
This is a very different book to those of the main series, but in many ways it tops them. It doesn't have the scale, action or political intrigue of its big brothers, but it does have a clearer and more cohesive vision. It's refreshing to read about a character as humble and likeable as Duncan, too - the big-picture characters of ASOIAF are brilliant, but they don't really frame a window into the lives of the commoners. Perhaps their experiences would be too mundane to read about in ASOIAF, wher ...more
Apr 13, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Martin shows that, at heart, he's a soppy old romantic like the rest of us with this witty, lighthearted and sometimes exciting adventure of a poor knight (Dunk - That's Ser Duncan the Tall to you) determined to prove his worth in the troubled world of Westeros ruled over by the Targaryens a slightly crazy royal dynasty, full of both the most noble and the most viscous examples of mankind. Dunk, of course, comes face to face with both kinds in this story which is perfectly tooled to be readable ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Jeb rated it really liked it
Starts out slow, but The Hedge Knight soon finds its footing, and proves itself a worthy addition to the world of Ice and Fire. It can always be difficult writing what is essentially a prequel, as the stakes are often so greatly lowered as to be all but nonexistent. See the Star Wars prequels for example, where knowing how all the characters are going to end up saps all the tension and drama from the work. The Hedge Knight sidesteps all this by setting itself quite a long time before the events ...more
Yvonne Mendez
Apr 24, 2013 Yvonne Mendez rated it it was amazing
Now I get the appeal Sansa Stark feels when reading of tales from chivalrous Knights and their brave deeds, even the brutal battle scenes seems magical and romantic. With Dunk aka Ser Duncan the Tall, I get what a "True Knight" is supposed to be like, even though he's nothing more than a Hedge Knight, he is tall and handsome and brave and protects the weak and so dreamy!

The tale is based in the land of Westeros, 100 years before the tales of Ice and Fire began, when the Targaryans were the maste
Nimrod Daniel
Feb 08, 2015 Nimrod Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I listened to the audiobook version of The Hedge Knight, and it's worth mentioning that the narrator did a really good job.
The first half was somewhat slow, though it was just the build up for the rest of the story. After the first half the storyline gears up until the very end with lots of intrigues. All in all I can say that I enjoyed reading this short story, and I plan on reading the other dunk and egg's adventures.

What I'd probably remember from the book is the following quote - "Dunk the l
Hamad Al-Failakawi
Mar 20, 2014 Hamad Al-Failakawi rated it it was amazing
Aha... If this was meant to prove something; it would *certainly* be that I'm doomed to sink deeper and deeper into the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. This short novella carries everything I loved in the series. Starting with the romanticism and the silky-smooth narrative, then the complex characters, great plot and the serenity that hovers when you finish up a great story.
May 18, 2012 René rated it it was ok
This novel is set in the same universe as the Game of Thrones series, though the action takes place a century before. As such, it draws the inevitable comparisons to Game of Thrones, so I thought I might start my review there.

The world of Game of Thrones is, magic excepted, a simplication of our own world. We have telecommunications: telephone networks, internet, mobiles, etc. The Game of Thrones world has ravens, and communicate between castles by attaching messages to their legs. We have the w
Aug 20, 2014 Kavita rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Confession #1 - I have neither read the GoT books nor seen the show.

Confession #2 - I have absolutely no idea what the entire GoT stuff is about and what the characters are.

Confession #3 - This is my first GRRM book.

So this review and my experience of this book was etched on a completely blank slate, without any of it being coloured by the series. I don't know what the world would become, what the characters would become or who is related to whom. I read this as a standalone story and this is a
Feb 08, 2015 Alayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviews
No pensé que llegara a gustarme tanto algo tan cortito.
Me gustó mucho leer sobre Targaryen vivos, en sus mejores momentos como reyes de Poniente.
A veces odiaba a Dunk, pero terminé queriéndolo un poquito. Cada día te quiero/odio más Martin.
5 de 5.
Učitaj se!
May 03, 2015 Učitaj se! rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Vitez iz naslova je Dunk, odnosno Ser Duncan Visoki, mladić siromašnog porijekla kojeg je lutajući vitez, Ser Arlan od Penidrva, uzeo za svog štitonošu i pred smrt i samog učinio vitezom.

U prvoj priči - 'Lutajućem vitezu' - nakon Ser Arlanove smrti, Dunk odlučuje nastaviti svoj život kao lutajući vitez, te si za prvi cilj postavi 'dobivanje' imena, što mu se čini da će najlakše postići ako se prijavi za neki turnir. S tim u cilju, Dunk se zaputi u Ashford, gdje će se uskoro održati viteški turni
Oct 17, 2015 Didi rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2013
Once I start reading this during lunch break, I can't stop! I'm excited to read more, it's the feeling I get when I first read AGoT.
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Ish Healy
Jan 16, 2016 Ish Healy rated it it was amazing
Set in the same world as George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, “The Hedge Knight” is the first in a series of short stores (and graphic novels) about Ser Duncan the Tall, or Dunk, and his squire Egg. “The Hedge Knight,” and the other stories in the Tales of Dunk and Egg are set about a hundred years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire.

As mentioned, “The Hedge Knight” is the first in this series and follows Dunk as he enters the Tourney of Ashford, following the death of his
Florian Pekazh
Jan 08, 2014 Florian Pekazh rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, fantasy
В света на "Песен за огън и лед" един странстващ...Да, точно така! Действието в романа се развива около стотина години преди събитията, екранизирани от HBO в Game of Thrones.

Докато всички фенове на поредицата очакват шестата книга, Джордж Мартин пусна прелюдия към същинската история. Действието се развива през погледа на сър Дънкан Високия и скуайъра му Ег, във времената когато Таргариените властват над шест кралства и съвсем малко остава докато крал Дерон Втори присъедини и Дорн. Написана доста
Feb 19, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
I love spending time in Westeros, even if it's 100 years before the Westeros I know and have become obsessed with.

Knighted by his old master, a hedge knight, moments before his death, Dunk sets off to join the lists with nothing but some old armour, a couple of horses, some hope and a cheeky new squire he's picked up along the way to get him through. Once at the tourney Dunk discovers how difficult it can be to be a true knight, though the true identity of his squire, Egg, could come in handy.

Jun 09, 2015 Morgan rated it really liked it
This was just really nice in a way that George R.R. Martin books never are, so who knows what fucked up awful shit happens in the next two books.
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Aug 25, 2015 ❅ Eze ❅ rated it it was amazing
Excelente. Una lastima que no tuviera unas 100/150 paginas mas. Me las leia con gusto.
Gabriela Chinchayán valdivieso
Malditas precuelas que no la dejan a una recuperarse
Brandon Baker
Mar 16, 2015 Brandon Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Oh, how I miss George's writing from this time period. Edited properly to be precise and engaging. Something I think he lost in the last 2 main books.
Oct 06, 2012 Nermin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every single ASoIaF fan
i love George Martin( although he's very cruel from time to time) I love anything that is ASoIaF related. I love Targaryens. I had suspected it for a long time and now I'm certain of it:) Targaryens are just awesome. It'd be great if they the sat Iron throne again and I'm pretty sure they will. Short this book may be, but it was much much more enjoyable than 1000+ page 'A dance with Dragons'
Jan 03, 2016 Jaz rated it it was amazing
Como siempre, nada de G.R.R.M decepciona. No sé porque nunca me había tomado el tiempo de leer estas historias cortas, pero están a la altura de cualquiera de los cinco libros de la saga original. Personalmente, tenia miedo que el hecho de que sean anteriores al presente de ASOIAF fueran aburridas o poco interesantes. Nunca estuve mas equivocada...
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