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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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Apr. 15th, 2014 05:08 am (UTC)
I love your Dunk and Egg stories; I think they are very pleasant to read, with a perfect pace and length. They are like eating a really good yet simple lunch at your house. And though I enjoy and appreciate big dinners out on the town (ASOIF), some of the best meals I've eaten are lunches in my own home.

Whatever. Thank you; I look forward to reading them.
Apr. 15th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
I have D&E on audio and listen to them all the time while camping. I love these stories.

The 1st episode of this year's GoT had Joffrey browsing the Book of Brothers and he mentioned that Sir Duncan had 4 pages of exploits. I am assuming those are just his exploits as a member of the Kingsguard and the scribe must of used small script for someone so tall.
Apr. 15th, 2014 06:34 am (UTC)
Dunk and HBO
I actually talked with some friends about this a short while ago. We imagined that if the television-series catch up with the books, an idea would be to do a year or to of prequel/Dunk and Egg while waiting for GRRM to finish.
Apr. 15th, 2014 07:55 am (UTC)
Working on project B while stuck on A.
You've finished so many projects recently that I'm unaware of any other monkeys other than WINDS and D&E.

When you're stuck on TWOW are you adding to DUNK & EGG?
Apr. 15th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
Although I already own all the original versions (in the anthologies), I can't wait to get this collection. Thanks for the update!
Truesdell Young
Apr. 15th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
Dunk & Egg
Hard for me to overstate how much I love the Dunk & Egg stories. Two of the most outright lovable characters George has created, and the period of time they explore seems endlessly fascinating,

So far they all seem to be from Dunk's POV. I wonder if we're ever going to get an Egg POV. A plausible point to do so will be at the point he ascends to the throne. One might conclude at that point the stories may become more about palace intrigue, and his perspective may be more illuminating.
Apr. 15th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Dunk & Egg update, George! Eagerly and patiently awaiting the next novella. I just re-read them all yesterday, they're simply my favorite and a collection would be awesome. :)
Harsha Rao
Apr. 16th, 2014 02:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update!
I really love the Dunk & Egg series. The Hedge Knight is one of Martin's best pieces of work (and I've read most of his fiction at this point) and really helps flesh out the universe.
Apr. 16th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
Love Dunk&Egg! Love the information in this post! Thank you GRRM!

When will we see THE HONOUR GUARD short story in the chronology? Dunk escorting Aemon and Bloodraven to the Wall. :)
Apr. 17th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
Any chance...
... that you start to jump ahead a bunch of years in the Dunk & Egg stories and start to tell their story no longer chronologically?

I only ask because I guess the Worldbook will reveal a lot about the reigns of Aerys I and Maekar I, and it was really interesting to have a longer gap between THK and TSS (their stay in Dorne and Oldtown; the Lady Vaith episode). It gave the impression that Dunk and Egg were continuing with their lives while you (and we) were occupied elsewhere...

And it could be interesting to meet Prince Duncan the Small and Egg's queen before turning back to visit King Aerys I, Queen Aelinor, Prince Rhaegel and his twins, and the priced prisoner Daemon II Blackfyre in King's Landing...
Apr. 17th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update!!
I'm a HUGE fan of the Dunk & Egg storyline and this is all welcome news - an illustrated version with all three together? YES PLEASE!

Potential for more Dunk & Egg or she-wolves stories in the future? YES PLEASE!

I love it all - keep up the great work George! You never disappoint!
Apr. 21st, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
I've just been given the Dunk and Egg stories by the Easter Bunny ;) I live in Switzerland and we already have the three novellas in one book. Sadly without the drawings. Guess I have to get my hands on that as well. Cause I'm already madly in love with Dunk and Egg. "The hedge knight" was my favorite.
Just one thing and I don't know if you have any kind of influence there ....It's about the translation (same goes for all the ASOIAF novels btw)....it's really good except that they do translate names, and places, and lands and everything that you even could remotely think of translating.
Of course I can read the original version but since there is a translation it would be so great if they would just keep the proper names to it. Maybe you as the author has some saying in this ?
At least the German audiobook is really well done. The speaker made the effort to convince the publishers to re-translate most of the names and places because he knew that most fans wouldn't appreciate the Germanization one bit.

Still I can't wait for the version with drawings and for more stories to come of course.
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