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Is pig's ear a low quality foodstuff as claimed by the Discworld? [closed]

In the Discworld Series, pig's ear is portrayed as a low-quality foodstuff. From lspace: this is a necessity, forced upon the typical Agatean coolie when all the other more interesting bits of the ...
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Where on Disc did Tethis go?

In The Colour of Magic, Rincewind and Twoflower meet Tethis the Sea Troll, a being from Bathys, another planet, who fell to the Disc. Tethis and Twoflower get into the Potent Voyager, and Rincewind ...
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How many years have passed between “The colour of magic” and “Rising Steam”?

Well, its hard to expect scientific accuracy from Discworld series, but can we at least speculate? We know that between "The fifth Elephant" and "Rising Steam" passed about 8-9 years (Sybil just found ...
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What is the physical size and population details of Ankh-Morpork?

For a project, I am currently working on, I have been trying to find out the size of Ankh-Morpork. How many houses/dwellings are there, what's the population and the physical size of the city? There ...
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Is murder a crime in Ankh-Morpork?

On one hand, the Night Watch pursues much smaller offences. On the other hand, members of the Assassins' publicly acknowledge their murders without facing any punishment.
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What are the names of all the named characters who appear in the Discworld novels in order of appearance? [closed]

Can anyone provide a list, or location of a list with this information? If this doesn't exist anywhere, do any partial lists exist?
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Continuation of the Annotated Pratchett File

For less recent discworld books, I found the Annotated Pratchett File a very good source of references to popular culture. However, the site appears to have stopped being maintained around the time "...
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What was Lobsang's gift to Lu-Tze, if anything?

Towards the end of Thief of Time is this passage: Were the cherries referenced earlier in the story; perhaps it was one area of the garden that Lu-Tze had not managed to grow in the way he wanted, ...
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What is this reference in wyrd sisters?

I am reading "Wyrd Sisters" by Terry Pratchett and came upon this paragraph: “Right!” He pointed a vibrating finger toward the stage and lowered his voice and, at that moment, a dramatic ...
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Are Terry Pratchett's dwarves an explicit allegory for Muslims?

I have tried to find other sources to back up my theory but none of their arguments seemed to be very well constructed There seem to be a lot of parallels between the two, namely some members of ...
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In what country are the cities of Ankh and Morpork located?

What country is the city of Ankh Morpork located in?
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Is Nugganism supposed to be an allegory for Scientology?

Of all the Discworld religions, Nugganism is one of the stranger ones1 (similar to Scientology2 on Roundworld, in that aspect), with it's many decrees against abominations. Is it supposed to be an ...
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The Muntab Question - Is Lord Vetinari asexual or incredibly discreet?

Considering that sexual indiscretion of politicians in Roundworld is not unknown and often a matter of interest (ala Bill Clinton), the sexual antics of the Discworld's Lord Vetinari seem to be non-...
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Was it ever stated why Susan quit being a governess between Hogfather and Thief of Time?

During the events of Hogfather Susan Sto Helit was the governess of Twyla and Gawain Gaiter. But in the next book she appears in, Thief of Time, there was no mention of the children nor her previous ...
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Are Spelter and the Senior Wrangler the same Wizard?

I think they are. I noticed a lot of similarities on these two characters from the Unseen University: Spelter (from Sourcery) and the Senior Wrangler. The most important (and noticeable) is the ...
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In Reaper Man why doesn't Bill Door use his original scythe?

There's a plot hole in Reaper Man that I've never been able to understand. Ned Simnel failed to destroy the scythe so Bill Door was unable to use it against the New Death. However Miss Flitcroft then ...
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What is Dios doing on the island?

I recently re-read the Discworld novel Pyramids and I noticed something I missed last time. The high priest Dios mentions an island a few times and how he has to do something there because his body ...
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Discworld, The Colour of Magic: Rincewind and the Potent Voyager

I finished reading The Colour of Magic, and I think that something has eluded me. Towards the end, Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage were shot off over the Edge in the Potent Voyager. Immediately ...
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How to play Thud!?

There is a page devoted to the game of Thud! from Pratchett's Discworld, but it is not well maintained. They have the semi-official rules to play, but I am afraid they are incomplete and quite obscure....
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Logical fallacy in “Pyramids” by Terry Pratchett

Teppic meets Ephebian philosophers who are trying to prove that a tortoise can outrun an arrow. I understand this is because the tortoise moves, so when the arrow gets to where the tortoise was, it ...
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How can I find what the line is?

I saw this in an interview (about Good Omens) that Neil Gaiman posted on his tumblr. TP: “In fact, people that have read a lot of the ‘Discworld’ books and a lot of the ‘Sandman’ comics will ...
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Who sent a would-be killer in Night Watch?

In one chapter of the Discworld novel Night Watch, a man tries to kill Vimes from a nearby roof using a crossbow while the latter is enjoying a cocoa outside the Watch House (it makes sense in context)...
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Discworld quote about students getting in the way

There's a famous quote by one of the staff of Unseen University, where they say something along the lines of the university being a great place if it wasn't for all the bloody students. Does anyone ...
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Does Terry Pratchett's Discworld follow on from Strata?

I've only recently read Strata, and I've heard it repeatedly mentioned that Strata not just inspired the Discworld setting, but the two universes are the same. Is this proven/stated ever? Are there ...
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Minesigns in Discworld

Just read up on the various mine-signs in Discworld at http://wiki.lspace.org/wiki/Mine_sign. What is the Calling Dark and why is it regarded to be dangerous?
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Death's motivation in part of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather

There is a scene in which Death enters the toy store (shopkeeper played by Terry Pratchett himself) and buys a wooden horse, outbidding whoever ordered it. That boy outside in the frost with his nose ...
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Who is the Tooth Fairy really in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather?

In Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (television adaptation) Susan finds towards the end of the Hogfather story, who is this? How is this the In what sense? Is this any relation to the monster scaring ...
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What are the sources of the imagery for the Discworld resting on the backs of the four elephants and Great A'tuin?

The turtle and elephant bit come from Hindu mythology. But the Vedas mention only one elephant and the world spins at the end of his trunk. I want to know if there are other mythologies Pratchett is ...
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How old is Vimes?

At the end of Unseen Academicals (or, if it's easier to place, Thud!), how old is Sam Vimes? Is it possible to even figure out what his age is?
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Originator of the “Gods Require Belief” Trope

Terry Pratchett (and Neil Gaiman afterwards) seems to have popularized the idea of gods as supernatural beings that require belief in them to exist. But is this idea truly original to him? Or are ...
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Which Discworld book to start a newbie on [closed]

If you were going to loan one Terry Pratchett book from the Discworld series to someone, which book would you use?
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What is headology in Discworld?

In Discworld, Granny Weatherwax discusses "headology" fairly often as one of the keys to her power. What exactly does she mean by the term?
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What order should I be reading the Discworld books in?

I've read some of the Discworld books, and they were referencing each other in an order different than what I've been reading. If I wanted to maintain chronology, and get all of the back references, ...