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It's the night before Hogswatch. And it's too quiet. There's snow, there're robins, there're trees covered with decorations, but there's a notable lack of the big fat man who delivers the toys Susan the governess has got to find him before morning, otherwise the sun won't rise. And unfortunately, her only helpers are a raven with an eyeball fixation, the Death of Rats and an oh god of hangovers.
Worse still, someone is coming down the chimney. This time he's carrying a sack instead of a scythe, but there's something regrettably familiar The story begins in the evening before Hogswatch, the Discworld counterpart of Christmas. Susan Sto Helit has found work as a governess in the Gaiter household, where her ability to see bogeymen and defeat them with a fire poker comes in extremely useful.
Lord Downey sends for Jonathan Teatime , a young, dangerously talented assassin. Teatime employs five criminals, a wizard and a locksmith in his mission. Death appears to Susan to tell her that the Hogfather is 'unavailable', and he will have to deliver the presents in his place. In Death's library, she discovers the god's hourglass has shattered and travels with Binky , the Death of Rats and a raven to the Castle of Bones the Hogfather's residence which collapses because children have stopped believing in the Hogfather.
Here, she discovers the newly created Bilious , the "Oh God" of Hangovers, and brings him back to the Unseen University to be cured of his illness. At the University, it is revealed by Hex that the wizards are accidentally creating Small Gods to compensate for the lack of belief in the Hogfather. Susan follows a trail through Ankh-Morpork and discovers that Violet Bottler, a human Tooth Fairy , went missing while taking a tooth to a criminal Banjo Lilywhite one of Teatime's assistants.
In Death's library, her biography shows she is being held captive in the land of the Tooth Fairy. Susan, the Oh God and Binky travel to the land, a world created by children's imagination. In the tower, they rescue Bottler and discover that their enemies have been using the children's teeth to control the children into not believing in the Hogfather.
Meanwhile, Teatime's group have been trying to unlock a door at the top of the tower. As Susan climb to the top of the tower, Teatime's accomplices are devoured by their childhood fears, apart from Banjo, who turns on the Assassin and refuses to attack Susan.
Teatime grabs Death's sword off her but it fails to work, since children do not understand death. Susan succeeds in pushing Teatime off the tower where he falls into the pile of teeth.
Through the door, she finds the original bogeyman, who became a children's myth as adults stopped believing in him. The bogeyman collected teeth to stop people from controlling the children. Susan leaves Banjo to clean up, and Bilious announces that he will be getting a new job. Death takes her to the site of the Castle of Bones where the Hogfather, in the form of a pig, is being chased by Auditors in the form of dogs.
Susan joins with the pig and guides him to safety over a cliff, while Death confronts the Auditors and condemns them for breaking the Rules. The Auditors are unable to lose their solid form and disappear off the edge of the cliff. The Hogfather transforms back into human form and flies off into the night. Death explains to her that childhood fantasies are important and help us to be human, since later we must understand "bigger lies" such as justice, mercy and duty. As they return to the Gaiter's house, Teatime follows them in and contemplates trying to kill Death.
Susan throws the nursery poker and thanks to the power of the children's belief, it passes straight through Death and impales the Assassin. The novel was made into a TV film in Terry Pratchett made a cameo as a toymaker. Jump to: navigation , search. Categories : Discworld Series Death Series. Personal tools Create account Log in. In other languages Deutsch. Cover art by Josh Kirby. Main characters.
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See the full list. Based on Terry Pratchett's Novel. On Discworld a world carried by four elephants standing on a huge turtle in space , a small girl, Susan Sto Helit, has got a major problem. Based on the Terry Pratchett novel. On Discworld, a world carried on four elephants standing on a huge turtle travelling in space , in a small country called Lancre, three witches, the
First aired in two 1. The series closely follows the plot of the novel, in which the Hogfather, the Discworld equivalent of Father Christmas , has gone missing and Death is forced to take his place while Death's granddaughter Susan attempts to find out what happened. Pratchett himself has a cameo as a toymaker, in addition to his official script credit of 'Mucked About By'. The set dressing for the toyshop included appropriate labels. Both Nigel Planer, who plays Sideney and the voice of the Auditors, and Tony Robinson, who plays Mr Crumley, have been the readers for many of the audiobook editions of the Discworld novels, and have both had voice acting roles in the Discworld video games. This would be his last role on television shown before his death.
The Hogfather is originally a winter god. In the deep winters, people of old feared that spring might never again come, so they gave bloody sacrifice of hogs to the Hogfather. Nowadays, the Hogfather is expected to travel in a sleigh pulled by hogs and every Hogswatchnight to bring gifts to all the children, or at least, those who believe in him; this yields a worshipper range of most of the Discworld except for the Counterweight continent and the continent of Klatch. Despite this impressive range, crass commercialization of the holiday compromised the belief in Hogfather, and then interference from the Auditors of Reality severely threatened his existence chronicled in Hogfather. His residence is the Castle of Bones near the hub.
Superstition makes things work in the Discworld, and undermining it can have consequences. Ever again…. The Discworld novels can be read in any order but Hogfather is the fourth book in the Death series; a festive feast of darkness but with jolly robins and tinsel too. Worse still, someone is coming down the chimney. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly.