Warning: Contains Spoilers!
No one who is so beloved by so many living things could be evil, thought Liffidia.
Aufwader’s Thoughts: I’ve speculated jokingly before that Hagwood is one of the lands beyond the thirteen hills of Mooncaster, and I think this chapter was where that idea originally came from. There is a mention of distant ‘verdant hills’, and the Tower Lubber really is the kind of being who would’ve been oppressed by the Dawn Prince, but to be honest I’m rather glad that theory carries little to no weight, because the poor Lubber has enough to worry about as is.
I really love the heartfelt, fairytale-like simplicity of the Lubber in his lonely tower, blind and languishing under a curse, yet noble still. It seems that every small pocket of Hagwood carries its own tale, and ‘The Lubber and His Children’ is my favourite yet.
Matt’s Thoughts: The Tower Lubber might just be one of the nicest characters that Mr Jarvis has ever created. He reminds me a bit of Thomas Triton in that he’s a loner with a tragic past, but he’s also completely different. If you can get past the grossness of the wooden pegs, the tower and its collection of birds is wondrous.