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THE TOWER OF JOY

May 1, 2012

In my rare spare time I’ve been screwing with adapting the page and a half from  George R. R. Martin’s A Game Of Thrones that deals with a mysterious aspect of Eddard’s past and  possible hints at the parentage of his bastard, Jon Snow. The scene depicts Ned and seven of his bannermen riding out to the Tower of Joy in the Red Mountains of Dorne to rescue his sister Lyanna. Between Ned and his goal are the three remaining members of King Aerys II’s Kingsguard. These three knights are the stuff of legends in Westeros. I like to think that despite Eddard’s previous victories he is scared shitless to face  three of the fiercest Knights in the kingdom. He’s idolized these knights since he was a boy and here they stand ready to go down sword in hand rather than bend the knee.

It’s a beautiful scene with a touch of poetry in the exchange. Like I said I’ve wanted to draw this scene for a long time. I work on it when I can, but I had to take this panel to a finish just to see how it plays. Drawing a young Eddard with Ice on his back was too much fun. I’ll be working it out as my schedule allows. Stay tuned.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. John D'Arco permalink
    May 1, 2012 6:27 pm

    very nicely done

  2. Joshua Andress permalink
    May 1, 2012 8:20 pm

    “Woe to the Usurper if we had been,” said Ser Oswell.

  3. jeffmcclelland permalink
    May 2, 2012 1:31 am

    Super cool. JUST LIKE YOU.

  4. Dan K permalink
    June 4, 2012 12:01 am

    Awesome! Gives me chills! You’ve got a new follower!

  5. sulley permalink
    June 30, 2012 1:42 am

    “When King’s Landing fell, Ser Jaime slew your king with a golden sword, and I wondered where you were.”

  6. Leem permalink
    July 28, 2012 12:40 am

    this is so friggin awesome, you have to finish it!!!!!!!!!

  7. Kyle Maddox permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:22 pm

    If you and Martin work something out graphic novel wise I will buy copies of it for myself, brother, and two friends. Your work is wonderful and I’m looking forward to seeing more!

  8. September 19, 2012 3:47 pm

    you are really good. but i would like to know how that fight went down. Out of ten people only Ned and Reed survive i would love to know who kill who and how the three Knights die. they surely went down fighting hard because they took five down with them

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