Dawn is the ancestral sword of House Dayne. The sword's bearer is a knight of the family, who bears the title of the "Sword of the Morning".

During the reign of the Mad King, Ser Arthur Dayne of the Kingsguard bore Dawn. Lord Eddard Stark returned the sword to Starfall after the coronation of Robert Baratheon.[1]


Season 4


Ser Arthur Dayne's entry on the Book of Brothers mention Dawn.

Dawn is mentioned by King Joffrey Baratheon as he reads Ser Arthur Dayne's entry in the Book of Brothers.[2]

Season 6

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Ser Arthur Dayne with Dawn prior to his final fight with Eddard Stark and his companions.

In a vision witnessed by Bran Stark and the three-eyed Raven, Ser Arthur Dayne wields Dawn alongside a second sword in his fight against Lord Eddard Stark and his bannermen during their encounter, slaying most of them and wounding Lord Howland Reed. He duels with and disarms Ned Stark, but before he can kill him, Howland Reed stabs him through the back of his neck. Ned Stark then takes up Dawn and slays the mortally wounded knight with his own blade.[3]

When Bran continues his vision of the Tower of Joy some weeks later, he sees Ned holding Dawn, still covered in Ser Arthur Dayne's blood, as he climbs the stairs of the Tower of Joy. Ned then rests the sword at the foot of the bed in which Lyanna Stark is laying.[4]

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Dawn was forged from the metal of a "fallen star" (most likely a meteorite). Its blade is as pale as milkglass and is said to be just as sharp as Valyrian steel.

After the showdown at the Tower of Joy, Eddard returned the blade to House Dayne at Starfall; he presumably does this in the TV series as well, as he makes sure to take the sword with him when he leaves the battle.

According to George R.R. Martin, Dawn remains at Starfall castle during the War of the Five Kings, because no new warrior of House Dayne has yet proven himself worthy to wield it as a new Sword of the Morning.

In the novels, Dawn is a Greatsword similar to Ice, which Ser Arthur wields with both hands, whereas in the show, it is portrayed as a longsword which can be wielded alongside a second blade in the off-hand. There is no mention in the novels that Ser Arthur ever used Dawn in this fashion. With no desire to narrate a lengthy exposition on Dawn and the Sword of the Morning, this change was likely made to enhance the abilities of Ser Arthur, since dual wielding is a popular technique in fantasy RPGs. In real life, dual wielding is actually quite difficult, unless the blades are both relatively short, or one blade is long and the other very short (in which case it is usually a specially designed parrying dagger). Again, this draws attention to Ser Arthur's prowess.

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