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The Hedge Knight

(The Tales of Dunk and Egg: The Graphic Novels #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  22,220 ratings  ·  830 reviews
Contains an all new exclusive short story by George R. R. Martin! An adaptation of Martin's hit novel, bringing the world of A Song of Ice and Fire to life in comic book form. Night falls over the life of one noble knight and brings the dawn of his squire's knighthood. Dubbing himself "Ser Duncan the Tall," "The Hedge Knight" sets forth to the tourney at Ashford Meadow in ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published February 23rd 2005 by Dabel Brothers Publishing (first published October 1998)
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Josh Shriver No not really. If your children are very grown up, and understand adult content maybe. The earliest I would have a child read this book/ graphic novel…moreNo not really. If your children are very grown up, and understand adult content maybe. The earliest I would have a child read this book/ graphic novel is 15 or so. (less)

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Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

There are a few things I know for sure from reading this novel.... The graphics are awesome! .... Prince Aerion is an arsehole to the nth! .... I love Duncan and Egg :)

Duncan was a squire for the Hedge Knight Ser Alan, but the old man died. He lived to a ripe old age for a Hedge Knight. Duncan decides he wants to be a Hedge Knight and takes it upon himself to do this regardless of the rules. He also decides he's going to go fight in the tourney at Ashford Mead
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comics
*** 4.25 ***

I really enjoyed this one! Duncan and Egg were so adorable as a duo and we got to get some background on characters we have heard so much about with some very pleasant graphics. The book covers an episode couple of generations back from the main story and shows us the Targaryon brothers in their true light, however different all of them are from each-other. Sir Duncan the Tall is a character you can really get behind and root for, so I truly enjoyed it:) Egg, the little brother Maest
4.5 stars. Excellent novella set in the world of Song of Ice and Fire. George R.R. Martin has created one of the best, most well thought out worlds in fantasy history and any chance to revisit it is very, very welcome. Recommended!!!
Ayman Gomaa
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Graphic Novel from The hedge knight was special because :
First : The drawing was perfect and amazing with its color and everything .
Second : not skipping anything from the original novella , 100% like the novel
Third : u don't have to read the novella and can go forward to this graphic novel directly , enjoying the drawings + George novella .

الرسومات رائعة و لم يتم اختذال اى شئ من القصة الاصلية و من الممكن الاكتفاء بهذة القصة و رسوماتها لتعيش احداث ويستروس قبل قرن من صراع العروش و مغامرات د
An entertaining story that takes place before the events of A Game of Thrones, during a time when Westeros was still ruled by the Targaryon Dynasty. It tells the story of a hedge knight that got in over his head while trying to do the right thing. The events in this graphic novel are actually mentioned in The World of Ice and Fire history book and they have a major impact on subsequent events. As far as the art goes, it was nothing ground breaking but did a good job conveying the action in the s ...more
Shivam Chaturvedi
That old man Ser Arlan, everyday at evenfall he used to say, "I wonder what the morrow will bring"

The Hedge Knight is probably the most wonderful story to have come out of the decadent land of Westeros, ever. I read it straight after finishing A Storm of Swords and it came through as a much needed respite from the gut-wrenching horrors of that book. Through this story, set approximately a century before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire books, we are transported back into a time when honour a
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
To begin with, I have enjoyed the Song of Fire and Ice from the beginning, and I have been itching for the new book for some time. When I heard there was a graphic novel, I was both interested and disappointed. The first because it was another tale in a very interesting setting. The second because A Feast of Crows had been running late and would rather have had the book instead of the graphic novel. Upon reading the graphic novel, I found all of my fears allayed and that the book does more than ...more
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
My first graphic novel. It was fun! And it was cute. Well, it was cute when it wasn't gross at least. It was something different for sure. Not a format I want to read too regularly.. But it is something I will pick up in the future, to change it up every once in a while. I will no longer fear graphic novels; I'm no longer a GN virgin.

The story was interesting, the artwork was well done. Not much else to say. Four stars.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I read this and by doing so entered the world of the Hedge Knight. Knights who fought where needed or where they felt they had to. They sometimes thrived, sometimes starved, but seemed to always be a minor part of the universe. Duncan is one of them trying to make it in the world and he finds himself trapped in a family feud . I truly enjoyed seeing the beginnings of Ser Duncan (Dunk) the Tall and the future King Aegon (Egg) V. I think somehow I went back to the times when I was a tiny ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just awesome. I am thrown back into Westeros. Sure, it's a hundred years before the events of the Song of Ice and Fire series, but's Westeros.

The artwork in this was incredible and I really enjoyed the story. It was by far the wordiest comic I have ever read....Leave it to GRRM to turn a comic into a novel. Ha! But, there was a lot of story to be told. And once again, there are just soooooo many characters I found myself tripping over them and trying to figure out who were b
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a graphic novel presentation of Martin's prequel novella for his Song of Fire and Ice. In other words, a comic book that takes place before Game of Thrones.

I enjoyed the story and the themes. It was very interesting to see the houses represented in an earlier time with at least one character who is mentioned in the regular series.
3.5 Stars -

I am still a relative noob to Martin's Song of Ice & Fire series. I've read the first three books in the series, and loved them. I can't wait to read the 4th and 5th! So when I saw that my podunk library actually had this graphic novel, I snatched it up. Yoink!

I love Martin's world, and I want more of it. More more more! But, I can only say that I just liked this. Well, maybe a little more than "just liked" but I felt like it was missing something. There were a lot of characters, a
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a quick read and I was able to finish in less than a day. If I were to try to describe this book to someone, I think it would end up sounding very boring! It really says something that the author can bring all the elements together to make the book so good! This was an intensely character driven book so it's good that I was invested in Dunk from the start. He's young, has a good heart, and is very much the underdog. I don't know why the author decided to make the book so short. I think ...more
Che Adventure
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review on The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin
"Someone was screaming, high and terrible... like a cloud passing before the sun... against the bleak grey sky swayed a tall tall prince in black armor with only half a skull."

Yes, I admit, the first time I saw the book in the bookstore I screamed in my head 'stop writing these stories and please finish The Winds of Winter!' However, my pain for the original books aside, this is a really good story, I really enjoyed it! And to be fair, this appeared as a novella c.2005, so it's not really a new
C.T. Phipps
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grimdark, fantasy, comics
THE HEDGE KNIGHT is one of those books which I actually thinks works better as a comic book. Mostly because it's a series of short-stories that are fairly easy to translate to graphic novels. Also, much of the story benefits from visual depiction of Westeros during its heyday under the Targaryens. George R.R. Martin's prose is not lost in comic book form and I think everyone should pick this up and its sequel to enjoy the adventures of Dunk & Egg.

The story takes place roughly a hundred years bef
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Since I am hair-tearing-out desperate to get back into Martin's world in the form of a thousand-page novel, I thought this was going to be a mere sad peek that would leave me aching. But this was a lot better than I expected, a nice story with all the usual suspects; young knight standing up for honor, evil member of the reigning family that you wish would just get a fierce kick in the pants - if you've ever wanted to punch Joffrey Baratheon in the nose, this ought to get you all fired up. It ha ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
GRRM writes his own fanfiction. And amazingly enough, virtue is rewarded, vice is punished, and, um, only a few sympathetic characters die? I liked it!
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the chronicles of the errant and clumsy knight, Dunk and his squire of sorts, the smart mouthed little bald headed Egg. They have adventures and try their best to not get killed in a world that really, really wants to kill them. Quick and great read, and the art in this graphic novel is very good. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, give this a look. You might enjoy it!

Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the short story a couple of years ago and loved it. This graphic novel adaptation is super amazing. Ben Avery does a great job at pacing and exposition and enlivening Mike Millers artwork. This is a beaut.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The graphic novel adaptation of the first of George R.R. Martin's Dunk & Egg novellas, not only stays true to the originally written story but gives it life with fantastic renderings of all the characters, the locales, and the action. Drawn by artist Mike S. Miller and livened by colorist Mike Crowell, "The Hedge Knight" gives both "Game of Thrones" book and show fans a great look into the history of the Seven Kingdoms by seeing the beginnings of two individuals, Ser Duncan (Dunk) the Tall and t ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all A Song of Ice and Fire fans and those who love chivalry stories
Ok, I have loved the Dunk and Egg stories for long (and The Hedge Knight is my favorite) but reading it in graphic novel form just took me to the next level.

I have the two first volume of A Game of Thrones graphic novel and I must say it was just blah. Maybe because I was not really into the artwork in AGOT. The one for THK is more superior. I am not well-versed in this stuff but I feel like the drawings really bring the characters into life. So many scenes were very well translated - I laughed
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
An enthralling tale set 100 years before the events of a Song of Ice and Fire, when the "Dragons" were plentiful and the Targaryen line was full of able bodied young possible heirs (this is Master Aemon's group, though he is studying at the Citadel for this tale). The story is set around a young Hedge Knight hoping to do well at a tourney that is being attended by a whole flock of Targaryens. If you've read the other books you might have an idea of how that might go. Read it. It's a quick tale t ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was awesome! A hundred years before 'Song of Ice and Fire', the Targaryens rule. A hedge knight named Dunk goes to his first tournament. On the way there, he meets two strange boys - one too drunk and one called Egg, who was too eager to be a knight's squire.

Nicely written, funny and with plot twists I didn't see coming. Daeron Targaryen had a small role, but is now one of my all times favorite minor characters and definitely the funniest. I hope to see more of him in the next Dunk and Egg
Not bad. RIP the horse killed by Aerion and Prince Baelor. Aerion reminds me of Viserys (?). Good start to the graphic novel version. Can't wait to see Dorne.

Would recommend for any Song of Ice and Fire novel series fans and Game of Thrones TV series fans.
Ruth Fabiano
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Actually REALLY enjoyed it- nice tale of redemption, and how with the Targaryen's, good ones were few and far between.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful. I felt all the feels and the art work is epic and breathtaking. I made this face quite a bit while reading :O

no joke
Ashley Lynne
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
It was so fun seeing the names of characters I recognize from the tv show. Now I’m even more pumped to start reading the ASOIAF books!
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, digital

(3,3 of 5 for GoT (ASOIAF) themed comics adaptation which is kind of OK for GoT/medieval knights fans)
I love the GRRM novels, the "dark fantasy" is my favourite kind of fantasy. With The King of Seven Kingdoms, I decided to skip the novel and go straight to the adaptation, knowing it won't be that good I would read both. So comic book was my choice here. And I enjoyed it. I’m turning the blind eye here a bit because it’s not flawless. The art is specific and I understand people who do not like i
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