Folklore

The Cast of Duncton Wood

The Anorak has read Duncton Wood by William Horwood several times and always lost track of who's who at some point in the middle.  So here's a quick guide to some of the names. They're alphabetical except for Bracken and Rebecca who are at the top - like they should be. The list's not exhaustive by any means and if you find a name that's missing - please contact the Anorak with the details and it will be included.
Bracken
The hero of the book - Westsider
Traditional name of the weakest of the litter
Rebecca
Mandrake's Daughter


Aspen
Bracken's mother - Eastsider
Beech
Comfrey's brother killed by Rune
Beech(2)
Bracken and Rebecca's son
Bindle
Second oldest original elder - killed by Rune and Mandrake
Bran
Siabod mole
Brome
Pasture elder. Died in the Midsummer massacre
Boswell
Uffington scribemole
Burrhead
Bracken's father. Died in the Midsummer massacre
Cairn
Pasture mole. Rebecca's 1st mate. Killed by Mandrake
Celyn
Siabod mole
Coltsfoot
Comfrey's brother killed by Rune
Comfrey
Bracken and Rue's son. Looked after by Rebecca. Later a healer
Curlew
Marshender. Looked after Rebecca after Mandrake killed Cairn's litter
Curlew(2)
Bracken and Rebecca's daughter
Dogwood
Original North side elder
Hulver Original elder (oldest) killed by Rune and Mandrake
Mandrake
Siabod born  senior elder. Rebecca's father
Medlar
Fighter from the North
Mekkins Original elder - North side. Died of plague
Merton of Uffington
Elder and teacher
Mullion
Pasture mole trapped in the drainage ditch when Bracken first encounters Boswell. Died in the Midsummer massacre
Nightshade
East side female. Rune's sidekick
Oxlip
Female who resisted henchmoles' attempts at mating and escaped to the Marsh End  but died in the Midsummer massacre
Pipple
Comfrey's brother. Killed by Rune for having a silly name
Quire
Uffington's librarian
Rebecca the Healer
Historic figure
Root
Bracken's elder brother
Rose the Healer
Lone healer mole of Duncton
Rose
Bracken and Rebecca's daughter
Rue
Bracken's 1st mate. Turned out of her tunnels by Mandrake for Rebecca
Rune
Westsider elder
Sarah
Mandrake's mate - Rebecca's mother - killed by owls
Skeat
Boswell's master
Stonecrop
Cairn's brother. Died of plague
Tryfan
Bracken and Rebecca's son
Violet
Comfrey's sister. Died of plague
Wheatear
Bracken's sister
Y Wrach
"The Witch"  Mandrake's adopted mother
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