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Did the characters in Moving Pictures not know about cameras like Twoflower's?

In Moving Pictures, video-cameras are invented... But they're essentially the same thing as Twoflower's camera which only took one picture at a time but Twoflower probably could've asked it to paint ...
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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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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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Do we have any evidence that there were plans for an Ankh-Morpork Underground?

I'm going to have to add details and quotes later for this as I don't currently have access to the books, but I remember noticing some things I thought were foreshadowing for an underground system in ...
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Is the Glorious Revolution, in Night Watch, in tribute to Douglas Adams by Terry Pratchett?

The Glorious Revolution in Discworld is on the same day as Towel Day. Night watch, which features the Glorious Revolution was written a year after Adam's passing. Did Pratchett ever imply this was ...
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What laws are Unseen University Wizards bound by?

In Ankh-Morpork, the Wizards guild claim to operate outside the mundane laws of man, but how true is this? For example, in Reaper Man, we learn that while the university doesn't pay taxes, they do ...
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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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What accent do trolls in Discworld have?

“Dis der Riot Act and you’ve all got to read it, right? “Boys, if dere was a PhD in bein’ fick, youse wouldn’t be able to find a pencil.” These are a couple of quotes from Detritus, the Troll in ...
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What's the target audience of Discworld and how was it pitched for a publishing house?

I'm not in the publishing area, but recently I've been reading up on middle grade and YA literature and the importance of target audiences, etc and then I started wondering about the Discworld series. ...
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Minesigns in Discworld

Just read up on the various mine-signs in Discworld at https://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Mine_sign. What is the Calling Dark and why is it regarded to be dangerous?
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Why did this happen to Maurice from Pratchett's novel?

In the Pratchett's book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, there is a moment when the intelligent cat Maurice After that, Maurice wakes up and How is that possible? I think it is not ...
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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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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 specific works of fantasy were parodied in The Colour of Magic?

This question about magic in Discworld set me thinking a bit. The earliest books in the series are qualitatively different from the later volumes. The Colour of Magic is an episodic tale, parodying ...
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What does the ending of Monstrous Regiment mean?

I didn't fully understand Discworld "Monstrous Regiment". Polly is going back to war, presumably, but then what was the point of the book from Jackrum? If she was just going to blackmail people then ...
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Are the rivers Ankh and Lancre identical?

Raising Steam contains a map¹, on which there is a river, which: runs from the Ramptops to the Circle Sea; has no depicted branches; is labelled R. Ankh near Zemphis; passes a point denoted Lancre by ...
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Pronunciation of “Teatime”

Mr. Jonathan Teatime's name is, as specified in the book Hogfather, pronounced "Teh-ah-tim-eh". But since there's no marks of pronunciation included, its pronunciation is still under question. The ...
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In Discworld do unbelievers face oblivion as their afterlife?

It's stated that the afterlife in the Discworld depends on the belief of the each person, thus the people in Hell are there because they believe they deserve it (similar to Gaiman's Sandman universe). ...
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Is Vorbis a God?

This question relates to Vorbis in the 13th Discworld novel, Small Gods. Reading beyond this point will spoil the ending.
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Is Angus from Small gods really a small god?

In Pratchett's novel Small gods, there is this character, Angus. Because he saves St. Ungulant from the lion attack it is clear that he is not only fictional (as opposed to what we could think when ...
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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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What was the inspiration for the 'draco vulgaris'?

Is the draco vulgaris (first described in Guards! Guards! (1989) inspired by the pseudodragons found in Dungeons and Dragons? I recently learned about them and find many similarities: small winged ...
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What should this conversation between Tiffany Aching and Preston mean?

At the end of the book I Shall Wear Midnight, this strange conversation takes place: I don't understand what Tiffany means by that. Of course, I got the message that but still why ‘Listen’? That ...
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Which Discworld books feature the gods looking down on the world?

Several Discworld novels feature interlude/prologue/epilogue chapters which show the gods talking amongst themselves atop Cori Celesti. I think in some cases they are wagering on a game. Where in ...
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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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Which Discworld book has the Chief of Police engaging in a war?

The Chief of Police becomes the head of the army. He crosses a sea to do "battle", but when he gets there they all call the war off. Which book is that?
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Is there evidence to suggest (from Going Postal) that Terry Pratchett worked at BT during the privatisation?

In the book Going Postal we read of a telecommunications company that has a new CEO who acts like a pirate (ie a Merchant Banker). The book encompasses large parts of the horror of employees who see ...
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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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Why is “Equal Rites” misspelled on two pages?

In the HarperTorch paperback of Equal Rites the title of the book is misspelled on the heading of two different pages as "Equal Rights” (I don’t have the book with me at the moment). This seems likely ...
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How big is the Circumfence barrier?

In The Colour of Magic, it is shown there is a net on the edge of the Disc when How big is this net? In The Light Fantastic on page 13 it mentions ships falling off the world, so I guess it isn’t ...
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Correlation with trilogy of movies in Discworld timeline?

I was reading the timeline of "Discworld" on L-space, and I noticed this at the bottom of the page. Anyone note the years and their correlation with a certain trilogy of movies? Which trilogy are ...
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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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Why did Goodie Whemper have to rest in peace?

All through the Discworld series (well, the 'Witches' story arc, at least), whenever Margat refers to her former mentor, Goodie Whemper, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg chorus "may-she-rest-in-peace". ...
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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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What are the TV/movie Discworld adaptations?

So... I've seen the Hogfather and Colour of Magic/Light Fantastic via YouTube... think they were pretty good, but the video/audio quality was poor. And I understand Going Postal is out there as well (...
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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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