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A tale of three novellas

Dunk and Egg

Dunk and Egg artwork by Marc Simonetti

I feel like I’ve been all Game of Thrones all the time around here lately. But, since my Dance with Dragons hangover hasn’t fully subsided yet and the next season is so close , I suppose that’s to be expected.

To fill the dragon shaped hole in my life, I dove into the Tales of Dunk and Egg. They are the first three in a series of novellas that take place in the ASOIAF universe approximately 90 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The stories follow the adventures of Sir Duncan the Tall, aka Dunk, and his squire, Aegon V Targaryen, aka Egg.

In a word, these novellas were FUN. I often joke that I know more about Westerosi history than I do American history, but it’s probably true. I study the ASOIAF genealogies, particularly Targaryen, to the point of obsession, so these were kind of like mini history lessons for our favorite dragon wielding family.

Dunk and Egg are both mentioned several times throughout ASOIAF:

  • Remember in Clash of Kings, Maester Aemon explains to Jon Snow that he was offered the throne after his two eldest brothers died–Daeron from the pox and Aerion from drinking dragonfire while in exile. Aemon refused and took the black, leaving Aegon V to rule. That’s Egg! Aegon the Unlikely.
  • In Storm of Swords, Jaime reads the White Book to learn more about Ser Barriston Selmy. We learn the Dunk is listed among the notable Commanders of the Kingsgaurd. Of course he’d be the Lord Commander of his bestie’s Kingsgaurd! We also learn that it was Egg who knighted Ser Barriston.
  • Most recently, in A Dance with Dragons, Ser Barriston explains that Egg married for love and allowed his children to do so as well, leading to much resentment among the the high lords of the realm. We don’t know who Egg married yet… that piece is conveniently missing from the Targaryen family tree… but I have theories about that. A story for another day.

Maybe my geek is showing by nerding out over little details like this, but it’s one of the things that I love so much about Martin’s work. Everything is dynamic. The pieces are all moving and fit together perfectly. Even without looking for the connections, it’s fun to read light and easy stories that take place in the universe we’ve all come to know and love. If you can’t get enough of this story or this universe, I highly recommend these novellas.

The Hedge Knight
In the first novella, we see how Dunk and Egg begin their friendship at the Tourney at Ashford. We meet several Targaryen notables, including Prince Baelor, Prince Maekar, Prince Daeron, and Prince Aerion. Most importantly, we learn why Aerion is sent into exile… and it has everything to do with Dunk.

The Sworn Sword
The second novella gives us a closer look at the Blackfyre Rebellion through the recounting of Ser Eustace Osgrey to whom Dunk is sworn. We get to  understand the conflict from both sides– Ser Eustace’s as a rebel and Egg’s as a Targaryen. Over the course of the story, Dunk and Egg manage to mend the rift between House Osgrey and House Webber. Dunk even gets a little love from the ladies.

The Mystery Knight
Dunk and Egg make their way to a wedding tourney that puts them in the wrong place and the way wrong time. This novella digs further into aftermath of the Blackfyre Rebellion. Most notably, we meet the Hand of the King, Brynden Rivers, aka Bloodraven. This is really exciting if you believe, as I do, that Bloodraven is Bran’s three eyed crow.

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Valar morghulis

Directly translates to… March is going to be SUCH A LONG MONTH. Or “all men must die.” One or the other.

Good Guy HBO is doing everything it can to fill the Game of Thrones shaped hole in all of our hearts. They’ve released three more teasers for the upcoming 4th season. They’re pretty exciting… even if they also serve to remind us how far away April is.

DRAGONS
“They’re dragons, Khaleesi. They can never be tamed. Not even by their mother.”

 

Tyrion in the Dungeon
“Come for a last look?”

 

Stark children (minus Rickon)
“The first time I saw you, you were just a child. A girl from the North come to the capital for the first time. You’re not a child anymore.”

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I am the watcher on the walls…

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for good marketing and advertising, and HBO has always done a fantastic job when it comes to getting people extra excited about Game of Thrones. Remember the dragon shadows for Season 3?

Now, HBO has commissioned 3D street art of The Wall in London and it’s AMAZING. The artwork is intended to promote the release of Season 3 on DVD and Blu-ray, but it’s also just in time for Season 4 so it’s a win, win, win.

Photos from winteriscoming.net

GOT Street Art 2

GOT Street Art 3

GOT Street Art

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Dracarys…

If you’re anything like me, you’ve already watched this 100 times, so I’ll just leave this here, sans commentary.

 

Seriously, though… GET HYPE.

Dragon

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HBO releases 15 new Game of Thrones Season 4 photos

All of the photos belong to HBO where you can check out the entire collection.

Here are 7 that made me pee my pants a little bit:

Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand - I LOVE them so much.

Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand – I LOVE them so much.

Daenerys

Daenerys <3’s Daario 4 –>

You know nothing, Jon Snow.

You know nothing, Jon Snow.

Arya and the Hound -- At quick glance, I thought the Hound was checking his iPhone.

Arya and the Hound — At quick glance, I thought the Hound was checking his iPhone.

Tyrion and poor, sad Sansa.

Tyrion and poor, sad Sansa.

Tyrells - because the best schemes include your  kick ass grandma.

Tyrells – because the best schemes include your kick ass grandma.

Ugh.

Ugh.

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Of dragons and Dornishmen…

A Dance with Dragons has been slow going. I’m about halfway through, but it’s also halfway through January, so progress has been slower than I expected. I had forgotten what an engaging writer GRRM is, but I also forgot how tedious certain viewpoints can be. In the case of this book, Davos chapters take the wind right out of my sails. I’ll groan, put it down to fold some laundry or something, and get sidetracked in other things for the rest of the night.

It’s not that his chapters are not as well written, because they certainly are. I can’t say exactly why, but for whatever reason, I’m just not interested in anything from his or anyone from the Iron Islands (ZZZzzzZZZ) perspective. That being said, there are some exciting things  happening in the other chapters and I can’t wait to pick up with Tyrion tonight.

While we’re on the subject, Game of Thrones season 4 trailer was released this weekend. If you’re a fan, you were all over this on Sunday, but it’s worth another viewing (or dozen). Other than dragons (obviously), I think I’m most excited to see Oberyn Martell–see the 1:05 to 1:10 marks. “Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts.” Chills! Of all the places in Westeros, Dorne is my favorite one to read about, so I’m looking forward to seeing it realized on the screen.

What are you hoping to see in Season 4?

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Retail Tuesday: Deep freeze edition

Yes, I know it’s Wednesday, but whatever. I blame the Polar Vortex. As evidenced by the dozens upon dozens of dashboard thermometer photos on your Facebook news feed, and I don’t know, actually walking outside, it’s COLD. Not, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” cold, but uncomfortably, painfully, I’m pretty sure I have frostbite cold. With weather like this, the #1 best place you can be is snuggled up in front of a fireplace and reading your book. Reality finds me in my freezing cold cubicle with fingerless gloves and a snuggie trying to keep warm and earn a paycheck, but a girl can dream. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some cozy swag this week. Keep warm, everybody.

Great Gatsby Fleece

 

Out of Print Clothing

I’ve been a long time lurker on Out of Print. They have a lot of great literary gear–and they should since their mission statement says they “celebrate the world’s great stories through fashion.” I’d like to celebrate getting warm in one of these fleece sweatshirts. Just sayin.

Game of Thrones Blanket

Shop the TV

The Starks were right. Winter is here. So I’d like to get my hands on one of these fleece blankets featuring house sigils. I’ve only seen Stark and Targaryen, but if you looked hard enough you could probably find the others. I predict a lot of accidental naps under that bad boy. Check out what else Shop the TV has in your other favorite shows. Doctor Who or Downton Abbey anyone? Yeah, I’m a sucker for British programming.

First LinesThe Unemployed Philosophers Guild

I’m not a big fan of hot beverages, but I’ll heat up something just to hold in weather like this! I found this mug featuring opening lines of some of the greatest works of literature over at The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. It would definitely do the trick!

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