The Dunk and Egg stories are an ongoing series of novellas written by George R. Martin , set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire , prequels to the main novels. The stories relate the adventures of the hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall , who would become a legendary member of the Kingsguard , and his squire Egg , who would become King Aegon V Targaryen of Westeros. Six to twelve stories in the series are planned. These three stories were collected in one book, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
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Though Egg is a boy at the start of the series he will eventually grow up to become King Aegon V, or "Aegon the Unlikely". The Tales of Dunk and Egg may potentially be made into a live-action project which will be a prequel to the main Game of Thrones TV series.
Thus far, however, nothing has been confirmed. The realm is still recovering from the First Blackfyre Rebellion thirteen years before, a great civil war that tore the Seven Kingdoms in half. Daeron II's bastard half-brother Daemon Blackfyre had tried to seize the throne in the rebellion, but was killed in the final battle of the war. Several of his sons survived by fleeing into exile, and across the Narrow Sea , House Blackfyre is continually plotting all manner of intrigues against the main branch of the Targaryen dynasty , hoping to gain support for new rebellions.
The Targaryens are still having difficulty maintaining their hold on power, particularly since the last of their dragons died fifty years ago, and the beasts are starting to fade from living memory. There are also lingering tensions from the recent unification of Dorne with the rest of the Seven Kingdoms. The fiercely independent Dornishmen had resisted Targaryen conquest for two centuries, and only finally came under the authority of the Iron Throne through peaceful marriage-alliance.
The terms of the alliance led to the Iron Throne giving House Martell of Dorne preferential treatment, with a strong pro-Martell faction developing around Daeron II at the royal court. This is one of the factors that sparked the Blackfyre Rebellion, as all of the non-Dornish lords who felt that the pro-Martell faction was receiving royal favors which should have been theirs ultimately sided with Daemon Blackfyre. Despite thirteen years of relative peace, relations between the Dornish and the rest of the Seven Kingdoms remain tenuous.
Worse problems are on the horizon, as during the course of Dunk and Egg's first adventures a massive plague known as the Great Spring Sickness sweeps across the Seven Kingdoms Westeros 's equivalent of the Black Death , upsetting what was already a fragile political balance. With plague and drought devastating the Seven Kingdoms, many turn to banditry to survive, and the roads are crawling with outlaw bands.
Petty feuds erupt between local lords competing over food and resources. With the realm weakened from within, dangers arise on every side, as the Targaryens' enemies see their vulnerable state as a perfect opportunity to attack. Besides the continuing tensions with the Dornish to the south, the Blackfyres across the eastern sea are attempting to raise new armies in the Free Cities , and to turn lords in Westeros to their side who are upset at the difficulties the Targaryen reign is encountering.
To the west, the ironborn led by Dagon Greyjoy are seizing their best chance in generations to return to the Old Way, conducting brazen coastal raids from Bear Island in the North to The Arbor in the south.
To the north the wildlings have been united by a new King-Beyond-the-Wall , Raymun Redbeard , and they are preparing to cross over the Wall and sweep through the lands to the south.
Ser Duncan the Tall fights in a trial of seven. Into this backdrop steps Ser Duncan the Tall , a very large squire who grew up as an orphan in the slums of Flea Bottom in King's Landing. After the hedge knight he is in service to dies while heading to a tournament, Dunk takes his gear and enters the tournament as a knight himself. Along the way he strikes up an odd friendship with a young boy who turns out to be Prince Aegon Targaryen, commonly known by his nickname "Egg", a grandson of King Daeron II.
Later, however, he runs afoul of Aegon's sadistic and arrogant older brother, Prince Aerion Brighflame , after Aerion accosts a beautiful Dornish woman with whom Duncan becomes smitten. The Tragedy at Summerhall , which claims the lives of Dunk and Egg. Martin has said that the novellas will include time-jumps so that they will ultimately cover the rest of the lives of the two main characters, stretching across a period of 50 years, until both of them die in the Tragedy of Summerhall.
This will bridge the timeline between the two main narrative eras: Ser Barristan Selmy was knighted at the age of sixteen by King Aegon V after unhorsing Ser Duncan in a joust. Tywin Lannister 's grandfather Gerold Lannister is a character in the early novellas, but young Tywin was a boy when Aegon V died. Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was also born the very same night as the Tragedy at Summerhall.
On February 10th, , George R. Martin confirmed that he had been in discussion with HBO over a possible adaptation of the Tales of Dunk and Egg short stories, though in what format TV movies, theatrical movie, or a spin-off TV series was not made clear.
The HBO production team from the Game of Thrones TV series has said that they dismiss out of hand the possibility of starting any prequel project before the main series if finished, given the massive amount of work involved on it. They physically cannot produce more than ten episodes on any Westeros-related project in a single year.
While potential future prequel projects are being discussed, this is mostly legal negotiation at this point, and no pre-production work will be started until after the final season of Game of Thrones. Before the beginning of Season 5 of Game of Thrones , HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the network would eagerly accept the TV series going on for eight to ten seasons, but only if writers Benioff and Weiss felt it served the story instead of dragging it out.
Jaehaerys II had notoriously poor health and died young after only ruling three years, but during that time he ruled well, and effectively dealt with the War of the Ninepenny Kings the fifth and last Blackfyre Rebellion. Possibly this means that Aegon V's other children who are characters in the prequel era have been omitted as well, though the full after-effects of removing an entire generation from the royal family are unknown.
In the novels, the era of Aegon V's reign also saw the slow decline of House Lannister under Gerold's incompetent third son Tytos Lannister , whose hold on power in the Westerlands became so weak that Aegon V actually had to militarily intervene several times to restore order. The very end of the elderly Aegon V's reign, extending into Jaehaerys II's short reign, saw the rise of the young Tywin Lannister , ruthless, cunning, and capable in all of the ways his father was not.
First rising to fame as a young warrior in the War of the Ninepenny Kings not unlike the later Robb Stark , Tywin set about single-handedly rebuilding House Lannister from a laughingstock into the most powerful House in the Seven Kingdoms.
During this span of decades the intense rivalry between the Lannisters and their upstart vassals House Reyne played out, culminating in the Reyne Rebellion , during which Tywin wiped out all of his rivals.
Aerys II was so impressed with how Tywin crushed his enemies that he named him the new Hand of the King , a position he held for nearly twenty years - before resigning and later betraying Aerys II to his death in Robert's Rebellion.
Several of the older characters in the main narrative first made their fame in this war: Catelyn Stark's uncle Brynden "The Blackfish" Tully was a commander in the war and hero of half a hundred battles, while ultimately Barristan Selmy personally slew the last Blackfyre pretender , while Tywin and his brothers were first blooded as young warriors in it. However, if they did appear they would chronologically occur so many seasons into a prequel TV series that the narrative would probably just continue after Aegon V died to wrap up loose plot threads, extending directly into Aerys II's reign.
On May 4th, , HBO announced that it was developing not one but four separate pitch ideas for prequel spinoffs to the main Game of Thrones TV series. Apparently they will then decide which one to adapt first. HBO didn't announce which specific prequel projects are being considered, but did list off the writers involved with each pitch - two of them working in collaboration with Martin: .
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The Tales of Dunk and Egg Series
Though Egg is a boy at the start of the series he will eventually grow up to become King Aegon V, or "Aegon the Unlikely". The Tales of Dunk and Egg may potentially be made into a live-action project which will be a prequel to the main Game of Thrones TV series. Thus far, however, nothing has been confirmed. The realm is still recovering from the First Blackfyre Rebellion thirteen years before, a great civil war that tore the Seven Kingdoms in half. Daeron II's bastard half-brother Daemon Blackfyre had tried to seize the throne in the rebellion, but was killed in the final battle of the war. Several of his sons survived by fleeing into exile, and across the Narrow Sea , House Blackfyre is continually plotting all manner of intrigues against the main branch of the Targaryen dynasty , hoping to gain support for new rebellions. The Targaryens are still having difficulty maintaining their hold on power, particularly since the last of their dragons died fifty years ago, and the beasts are starting to fade from living memory.
Tales of Dunk and Egg
The Tales of Dunk and Egg Series. Prequels to the series A Song of Ice and Fire , later adapted into graphic novels. Dunk and Egg stories are an ongoing series of novellas written by George R. Martin, set in the world of his Song of Ice and Fire, set as prequels to the novels. The stories relate the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall, who later became a legendary member of the Kings… More. Book 1. The Hedge Knight by George R.
Dunk and Egg
Tales of Dunk and Egg is a series of fantasy novellas by George R. Martin , set in the world of his A Song of Ice and Fire novels. A collection of the existing three novellas, with illustrations by Gary Gianni , was published as A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms on October 6, The first novella was originally published August 25, in the Legends anthology, edited by Robert Silverberg.