Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Chapter 12

glamalielWarning: Contains Spoilers!

A welcoming laugh was on the Smith’s lips, and the enchanted knife dived swiftly into his breast. 

Aufwader’s Thoughts: It occurred to me that ‘Thimbleglaive’ really just means ‘very small knife’, and yet you’d never know, would you? And now that we do know, it doesn’t actually matter that the Smith’s dagger doesn’t have a grand name like ‘Ogredeath’ or whatnot, because it’s really more in line with his character that his weapons should do marvellous things like leap of their own accord at the enemy, and yet have humble, unassuming names.

I like that the Smith, or, Gofannon, to give him is proper name posthumously, gets to defeat the chieftain of the thorn ogres before he finally cheats the High Lady’s Provost of the intelligence he so desperately desires. The ogres were set up as the Smith’s particular nemeses from the start, so that’s one in the eye to Rhiannon even before that noble, and let’s face it, rather smug demise. ‘Hard luck, Morthanna,’ the Smith seems to the thinking as he bleeds out heroically. ‘May rabid hedgehogs chew on your heart!’

 

Matt’s Thoughts: There have been some great Heroic Deaths in the Jarvis canon so far, arguably starting with Piccadilly’s mid-winter showdown with Jupiter and onwards. They’re so final, with no hope of return for the character. (Not like Gandalf, popping up half a book later!)

But this one just might be my favourite, because Gofannen goes out on his own terms, unafraid, while frustrating the plans of the bad guys. It’s tragic and outstanding all at once.

One thought on “Thorn Ogres of Hagwood | Chapter 12

  1. Gofannen’s death reminds me a bit of that of the Starwife in The Final Reckoning. Mainly because (as Matt pointed out about Gofannen) they both go out on their own terms. Of course in the Smith’s case things are a lot more tense because he’s in the middle of a violent confrontation with the enemies. It’s brilliant that, although his pursuers think they’ve got him where they want him, he turns the tables and there’s nothing they can do about it… though at the cost of his life. What a noble sacrifice.

    Though Gofannen is gone and won’t be there to feel it, it does chill me when Rhiannon commands that he be searched “to his very marrows”. *shudder*

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