Wednesday, April 17, 2013

N, O: Nanny Ogg

I know this sounds a lot like a cop-out. And it is. I am not one who usually is at a loss for words but yesterday was one of those days when I couldn't write a syllable. Something to the effect of spirit being willing and all that.
Anyway, at the heart of my favorite witches coven is the character that I absolutely adore: Nanny (Gytha) Ogg. I know I wrote about Hogswatchnight and maybe another post about the witches might be a bit much, but what can I say, I'm a huge fan.
Nanny Ogg's personality is the one that draws a person in. With three marriages, several children and grandchildren scattered about in abundance all around town and country, and her numerous daughters-in-law in attendance she is the quintessential matriarch . Loves her drink and a nice dance after a few rounds. And of course her pipe. Her pet tomcat Greebo matches her in fecundity. If you ever get a chance to get to know her, you absolutely should grab at the opportunity. The most memorable for me are the letters she pens in Witches abroad. And of course she knows a lot of 'foreign' lingo':
The door remained shut.
"Let me 'ave a go," said Nanny. "I know some foreign lingo."
She hammered on the door. "Openny vous, gunga din, chop-chop, pretty darn quick," she said.
granny Weatherwax listened carefully.
"That's speaking foreign, is it?"
"My grandson Shane is a sailor," said Nanny Ogg. "You'd be amazed, the words he learns about foreign parts."

She's written a cook book as well, not in foreign lingo (My next Pratchett to read).

Pic: Wikepedia

She is certainly worth both the alphabets.

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