Curled Finger Posted January 7, 2022 Share Posted January 7, 2022 At the mouth of the Torrentine, House Dayne raised its castle on an island where that roaring, tumultuous river broadens to meet the sea. Legend says the first Dayne was led to the site when he followed the track of a falling star and there found a stone of magical powers. TWOIAF Dorne: Kingdoms of the First Men Dawn is the oldest surviving sword in ASOIAF. She is rich in lore and history. Said to have been made from the heart of a falling star Dawn’s appearance is like no other in Westeros. Pale as milkglass, this is no castle forged, perhaps not even spell forged sword. Dawn is a sword of destiny. While Lightbringer is called the Red Sword of Heroes the name shares meaning with Dawn. Lightbringer isn’t said to be made of any special material. No, it is the tempering of the steel in Azor Ahai’s beloved wife’s heart. Dual sacrifice brought the magic to Lightbringer after it was made. Dawn is set apart from all others in its material, the heart of a celestial body..a stone of magical powers. This reminds me of Bran’s tears at his vision of the heart of winter. Can’t help but wonder how that all connects. Many readers have accepted that Dawn is in fact Lightbringer. Though possible, I am simply not certain. How can I get Dawn directly to the Starks and The Long Night? Sure some current character can take Dawn north and we can call it a day. Still that doesn’t explain how Dawn was originally connected or why this is a Dayne sword in the south. The problem lies north, not south where the Sword of the Morning resides or will eventually. If Dawn is Lightbringer it’s got to be connected to House Stark somehow. Hearts indeed. House Stark was not the 1st of the 1st Men. No, House Stark seems to have been established after the events of The Long Night after The Last Hero and pre Night’s Watch group pushed The Others back. History decrees this pushing back was in some way a result of the intercession of the Children of the Forest and perhaps the introduction to dragon glass. 8 to 10,000 years later here is Ned Stark and Howland Reed killing the last Sword of the Morning. We are told there was no time for returning the fallen members of Team Ned or even Arthur Dayne, much less his bothers of the Kingsguard. No, all Ned had time to do was gather up Lyanna’s body, Dustin’s horse, baby Jon and Dawn. Why would Dawn’s return be such a pressing matter during this? Sure, honor no doubt plays into this, but it’s not the only motive. Ned knows Dawn must return to Starfall just as a Stark must be in Winterfell. Something far older than House Stark is at play in this return. Sword of the Morning is an interesting title for the only person who can wield legendary Dawn. ASOIAF is rife with concepts of heroism from Sandor Clegane declaring with all his heart that men are all just killers to the perfect Lady Gallahad herself, Brienne of Tarth to a certain Kingslayer who remembers why he became a knight. There are bastards and second sons and inconvenient heirs and little girls who can all qualify as heroes here. All it takes is courage to follow through on doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. And a magic sword. With this in mind I offer that The Last Hero was a bastard son of House Dayne. It was the Dawn Age that gave way to the Age of heroes, after all. The wielder of Dawn is always given the title of Sword of the Morning, and only a knight of House Dayne who is deemed worthy can carry it. TWOIAF Dorne: The Andals Arrive I submit our Last Hero was the 1st Sword of the Morning and that Dawn gained her name in the events ending The Long Night. Yes, that would make House Stark a cadet branch of House Dayne, sort of, way way back. Long enough to forget the blood tie at any rate. Now, wait a minute, the Starks had their own cool mysterious sword in Ice forever, you say. Right. What does Ice look like? Well it’s sort of white-ish and crystally and shiny, isn’t it? Glaciers look like milkglass if nothing else. Are Dawn and Ice one in the same? I don’t think so. It’s possible Dawn served as Ice in the beginning, a few months, a couple of years, but Dawn was tied to House Dayne specifically. Get your own sword, Starks. Returning Dawn to Starfall may have begun right there with a Dayne bastard returning this wondrous magical sword to its proper place. (Or the Lord of Starfall coming for it.) Ah good. So where did Ice come from? A subject for another topic at another time. EggBlue, LynnS, Julia H. and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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