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Ron Beasley

Tolkien was good at adding characters that added little if anything to the overall story line. My favorite was Tom Bombadil who Jackson left out of the trilogy.


Mustrum Ridcully! One of my favorite characters. Unseen University evokes so many aspects of centers of higher education. My husband, once a bursar himself, and I frequently refer to the Bursar's "dried frog pills", the need for by certain people, the overdose of, etc.

Bill Door

And let's not forget the backstory hinted at between Ridcully and Granny Weatherwax when they were both much younger (I'm at work or I'd pin the reference down, but I can't remember offhand which book it was in). Not to mention his brother the... Archpriest (again, can't remember the exact title or the god concerned).

I have to go through the whole Canon again, obviously.

El Jefe

Bill Door,

It's in Lords and Ladies. Can't remember whether his brother serves Offler, Blind Io, or one of the Small Gods but he was the boss of the combined Temple in Ankh-Morpork, and as unctuous as Mustrum was bluff.


God bless dried frog pills and all who sail in them.


Yes, yes he was. Bombadil is one of the things Rayner Unwin should have advised leaving on the cutting room floor if he'd understood what he had his hands on with Fellowship. I did once, however, read an uncommonly good fanfic in which time had morphed Tom and Goldberry's roles into Santa and Mrs. Claus (worked quite well, really.)


Thanks so much for the combined reference. It has been one of the great pleasures of my life to be mostly coterminous (so far) with Sir Terry.

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