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Dunk and Egg

An update on all things Dunk & Egg...

To date I have published three novellas about them.

"The Hedge Knight" was published in Robert Silverberg's anthology LEGENDS, "The Sworn Sword" in its sequel, LEGENDS II.  The third novella, "The Mystery Knight," was part of WARRIORS, the crossgenre anthology I co-edited with Gardner Dozois.

The first two novellas were subsequently adapted into graphic novels, with scripts by Ben Avery and artwork by Mike S. Miller and Mike Crowell.  The GNs have had a complicated publishing history.  Originally they were published by the Dabel Brothers, in partnership with Image Comics and then Devil's Due.  Later Marvel picked them up and had them out in hardcover for a time.  Those editions are all out of print, however.  Last year, Jet City Comics reissued both grahic novels.  Meanwhile, a graphic novel of "The Mystery Knight" is currently in the works from Random House.  Ben Avery has done the script once more, and Mike S. Miller is doing the art.

Turning back to prose, however... it has always been my intent to write a whole series of novellas about Dunk and Egg, chronicling their entire lives.  At various times in various interviews I may have mentioned seven novellas, or ten, or twelve, but none of that is set in stone.  There will be as many novellas as it takes to tell their tale, start to finish.  But only the three mentioned have been published to date.  I did originally plan on including a fourth in DANGEROUS WOMEN, the crossgenre anthology Gardner and I put out last year, but the book was past due and the story was not finished, so I substituted an abridged version of "The Princess and the Queen" instead.

The unfinished novella was indeed set in Winterfell, and involved a group of formidable Stark wives, widows, mothers, and grandmothers that I dubbed 'the She-Wolves,' but "The She-Wolves of Winterfell" was never meant to be more than a working title.  The final title, when I finish the story, will be something different.  There's also another Dunk & Egg novella that I've got roughed out in my head, with the working title "The Village Hero."  That one takes place in the Riverlands.   There's no telling when I will have time to finish either of these, or which one I will write first.  I don't expect I will know more until I've delivered THE WINDS OF WINTER.

My original intent was to publish all the Dunk & Egg stories in a series of anthologies, and then collect them all together in one big book.  But by the time of "The Mystery Knight," it became plain that the stories were just too long, and there were going to be too many of them.  So instead of one big book, the plan now is for a series of Dunk & Egg collections, each comprised of three novellas.  The first one to consist of the three published stories, "The Hedge Knight," "The Sworn Sword," and "The Mystery Knight."   The obvious title would have been THE HEDGE KNIGHT, but there is already a certain amount of confusion between "The Hedge Knight" the novella and THE HEDGE KNIGHT the graphic novel, and we did not want to compound the difficulty, so the first Dunk & Egg collection was titled A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS instead.

Since the collection is comprised entirely of previously-published material, we wanted to add something extra for the fans who might already have read the stories in LEGENDS and WARRIORS.  Some illustrations would be great, I thought (my love of illustrated books is well known by now, I suspect) and my British and American publishers agreed.   We reached out to the amazing GARY GIANNI, who did all the artwork for the stunning 2014 Ice & Fire calendar, not to mention Prince Valiant and those absolutely gorgeous Solomon Kane and Bran Mak Morn collections from Wandering Star.   Gary was interested in the project... but after reading the stories, he decided he did not want to do just a small handful of illustrations.  He wanted to bring the whole book to life with his artwork.  Last year at San Diego Comicon, he presented my editor Anne Groell and myself with a mockup of A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS as he envisioned it, with art on almost every page.  Even as roughs, Gary's sketches were gorgeous.  They blew us away.  Of course we said yes.

Gary Gianni has been drawing and painting away ever since.  Of course, it takes a long time to do so much artwork.  Bantam Spectra and Harper Collins Voyager still hope to publish their fully-illustrated editions  A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS in 2015, in the US and UK respectively, but the precise pubdate depends on when Gary finishes the art.  Meanwhile, some of my other publishers around the world had acquired the rights to the Dunk & Egg collection, and decided that they did not want to wait.  Which is why A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS has already been published in several foreign languages, and will shortly be forthcoming in others, while the English-language editions won't be out for another year or more.  This is an inversion of the usual publishing pattern, where the American and British editions come out first.  The foreign editions have no artwork.

I am frequently asked whether or not there are any plans for Dunk & Egg movies or television shows.  There has been interest, yes, but the rights situation is complicated.  Film and television rights to the characters and the three published Dunk & Egg stories remain with me at present... but HBO, when acquiring the rights to the SONG OF ICE & FIRE novels, also acquired film and television rights to the world of Westeros.  So if we did Dunk & Egg with anyone else, we would need to remove all the references to House Targaryen, the Iron Throne, etc... not completely impossible, but certainly undesireable.  Whereas if HBO decided they wanted to make a Dunk & Egg miniseries or TV movies, they'd first need to buy the stories.  That's a much more attractive proposition for all concerned, I think... but if it happens, it will happen years from now, not tomorrow, and not next week.

So that's where things stand on all things Dunk & Egg.  Thanks for asking.

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starkdad
Apr. 14th, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
Mr. Gianni's style
Great news that Mr. Gianni would like to do more work in the World of Ice and Fire. I meet and got a signed copy of the Ice and Fire calendar (as well as a Prince Valiant story) from Mr. Gianni at Dragon Con (I know it’s banned) and treasure both.

Not as happy that HBO has rights to Ice and Fire in general as this may mean complications in the future.

I really like Mr. Gianni's take on the world though he does tend to back date some armor to conform to his Prince Valiant style. This would be an asset for the Dunk and Egg as their story predates the current novels by a 100 years.

I would love to see a movie version that would take its lead from Mr. Gianni's more historical style rather than the HBO more fantasy costume/armor style.

More stuff to look forward to...(meanwhile I'm enjoying the Red Knight for those who like a mix of medieval history and fantasy).

TomT

PS Dunk and Egg hold a special place in our house as they where the first fantasy story I got my Jane Austin reading wife to read...now a confirmed fan.
Traci Bear Thiele
Apr. 14th, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
Dunk & Egg Collections.
I am very excited to know this project is in the works. I love all of your World of Westeros works. I will be picking them up as soon as they are available here in my corner of the world. All the artworks inspired by your writing are just AMAZING!

I was wondering... Is your story from 'Dangerous Women', 'The Princess and the Queen' being considered as a stand alone feature film? I think that would take the world BY STORM! A girl can dream. :)
insurrbution
Apr. 14th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed the story grows on and on... I am looking forward for the artist to return to Westeros. I'm looking forward to this collection, whether ir arrives before or after Son of Kong is unleashed remains to be seen.

I have a question about the collection itself, which may be too soon: aside from the three magnificent novellas and the artwork, will there be a list of the Houses and dynasties at the back a la appendeces much like the main Ice and Fire books?

By the way last night's episode of Game of Thrones was quite good! Looking forward to the rest of the season, Book Six, and Dunk and Egg.
fantasmadaopera
Apr. 14th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
Interesting.

If I had to guess, I think HBO might buy the rights to do the series on them when the time comes for the Game of Thrones hiatus because the last 2 books aren't published and the series has caught up. That way they could keep the World and mythology in viewers minds while not actually doing the normal GoT season.
Kevin Carnegie
Apr. 14th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
Audio Book
Mr. Martin, thank you for the news on D&E! Just a quick question- will there be plans to release The Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms as an audio book? I love the first three stories in their audio book incarnations, especially for those 3 hour road trips!
guessingo
Apr. 14th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
first Legends book was excellent.
This is the one with the first Dunk and Egg book. This is a very good book of short stories. The Marjipoo story by Robert Silverberg lead me to discover Marjipoo (I know i found it late).

In case anyone wants to read the first dunk and egg book. I REALLY liked this short story book. I think its my favorite book of cross-author short stories. I initially bought it for the Robert Jordan story. I can't remember if I had discovered George yet or not when I read this. I think George has said alot of people found discovered him because we wanted to read Robert Jordan.

The book is worth getting to read the other authors as well. Its often nice to get a short story book to get a story or two by authors you like and then discover other authors.

For those of you waiting for Windows of Winter... George's assistant Ty Franck has his next book in the Expanse series out this summer. He co-authors them with Daniel Abraham (one of my favorite authors) and they use the pen name James SA Cory. I believe Abraham is working on the graphic novels for Song of Ice and Fire and he co-authored a novel with George as well. He is a very different author from George, but terrific in his own right.

Roger Rocamora
Apr. 14th, 2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the summary George! Very appreciated!
It seems that the D&E story is also another of the tales that grow in the telling. You say that you plan "seven novellas, or ten, or twelve", but the three novellas published so far only cover about three/four years, and the next two do not seem to bring the timeline much further. So, if the novellas are supposed to cover the entire lives of D&E I guess we should expect a lot more. Which is, of course, excellent news!!!! :)
mistermoon
Apr. 14th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Abridged?
Hey, George, above you say that "The Princess and the Queen" is published in "an abridged version" in "Dangerous Women"—where can I read the longer version? Is it already out somewhere? Did I miss it?

Thanks so much for this post—I understand your reticence around discussing pub dates and work progress these days, but for those of us who've loved your work since "Sandkings," hearing that we can expect more new stories is such a treat.
grrm
Apr. 14th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Abridged?
The unabridged version is 80,000 words long, and won't be published for a number of years, until the GRRMarillion comes out.
Re: Abridged? - mistermoon - Apr. 14th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Abridged? - Burcă Adrian Claudiu - Apr. 14th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
gracht
Apr. 14th, 2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
Bugger me..
'Deliver' (not 'finish writing').. and 'peaceful'?
*wakes,reaches for sour-red* BTW, later in year, try & see Bannockburn Visitor Centre (25 mins from Edinburgh), if time allows, which has newly installed, world's only life scale 3D of 1314 battle between Scots & English, so the visitor experiences the battle as if there in person & being charged down by the flower of English knights. Reminded me of the Soldier's Tale from 'Hyperion' (though no Shrike, luckily)!

Edited at 2014-04-14 06:24 pm (UTC)
MynameisDrake
Apr. 14th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the Dunk and Egg stories, and eagerly look forward to what I'm sure will be a gorgeous illustrated collection. Kind of sad to hear that there won't be another adventure for those two until after The Winds of Winter, but ASOIAF is the main project, so I understand. Really can't wait to see all of their lives play out. I REALLY want to see what went down at Summerhall from their points of view.
Romulo Cesar de Sousa
Apr. 14th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
I've finished "A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms" (or "O Cavaleiro dos Sete Reinos" as it is called here in Brazil) last week. I've read (devoured!) the three stories in three days. And now I'm sitting here just crying for more... Martin, you have the gift of causing depression as no one else in the world has. I love you, your books are the meaning of my life...
XxRTxX
Apr. 14th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank You!
As someone who has finished ASOIAF months ago, i have been very curious about the Dunk & Egg novellas. I've spent months researching through forums, ebay and other means for a legitimate way to experience and purchase the tales of Dunk & Egg. Thank you very much for an update and I eagerly await it's release with equal anticipation to everything else ASOIAF!

There is not a better fictional series out there you are my favorite author. Thanks again for the update!
listicath
Apr. 14th, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to this
The Hedge Knight was the first story I read by you, and convinced me to buy A Game of Thrones. I haven't regretted it!

I bought Legends for the Terry Pratchett story, having not heard of any of the other authors. I've since bought lots of books by all of them though. :)
Arthur Williams
Apr. 14th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
Love dunk and Egg
Thanks George. I love those stories, and think they highlight the strength of your characterization. You do more with a short story than most authors do in a 1000 page novel.
HBO version of Dunk and Egg would be just lovely.
Arthur Williams
Apr. 14th, 2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
House of the Worm
Just popped into my head. I would love this made into an HBO quality movie as well. One of my all time favorite novellas.
grrm
Apr. 15th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
Re: House of the Worm
One of my obscure novellas... but I have a soft spot for it as well.
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