A century before the events of New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin’s epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire, a squire named Dunk picks up the sword and shield of his dead master and enters a tournament to begin his career as a knight. But “Ser Duncan” has much to learn about this world of knights and nobles, and as he attempts to find a sponsor who will allow him to enter the tournament, he makes friends and enemies readily. Dunk is a capable fighter and has a strong sense of honor, but is that enough to become a true knight in the eyes of the others? Or is he just a young man living a delusion and putting those he knows in grave danger? Adapted from the popular novella by George R. R. Martin, and so beloved by fans and critics alike for its deep storytelling and breathtaking visuals that the first edition became one of the best-selling graphic novels of 2004!
In this comic book/graphic novel adaptation set one hundred years before the events in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Hedge Knight chronicles a young squire as he travels the cruel and complex path to knighthood in the Seven Kingdoms.
Shouldering his fallen master’s sword and shield, Duncan (or “Dunk”) is determined to reinvent himself as a knight in a nearby tournament. But first Dunk needs a sponsor, and that requirement sends him down a road studded with friends, foes, adventure, and hidden agendas. One such friend is Egg, who becomes Dunk’s squire, yet even he may hold secret motivations of his own.
In this gripping prequel, Dunk and Egg seek glory in a world both familiar and new to Game of Thrones fans. What the two fortune seekers encounter, however, is a world of distrust and political machinations. Chivalry is not lost while Dunk holds fast to his dreams of honor. But such outdated virtues make him a target—and they may even lead to his ruin. This vivid and elaborately wrought tale brings new dimension to George R. R. Martin’s beloved world.
The Hedge Knight single issue comics, adapting the first Dunk and Egg novella, were published by Image Comics (for issues #1-3) and Devil’s Due Publishing (for issues #4-6) between 2003 and 2004. Retailer incentive variant covers were supplied by noted fantasy artists including The Brothers Hildebrant, Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell, and Ted Nasmith. Issue #1 contains a foreword from Robert Silverberg introducing the Dunk and Egg series.
The collected graphic novel was published in three editions.
The first edition contained two additional pages of art depicting a scene from the Blackfyre Rebellion, which was later incorporated into The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword. It also included a roll of arms depicting the shields of the participants of the Ashford Tourney.