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Now this [1] is a T-Shirt worth getting. --Zdm 07:57, 25 October 2011 (CEST)

Death quotes

You can use Template:Death if you want to write Death quotes to get his special style of speech. You write normally with upper and lower case.

{{death|I don't know about you, }}he said, {{death|but I could murder a curry.}}

I don't know about you, he said, but I could murder a curry.


Aren't there other books where Death doesn't appear? The Truth? Night Watch? --Sanity 11:11, 29 January 2007 (CET)

He appears in The Truth when Pin and Tulip die.
Fhh98 01:15, 1 February 2007 (CET) (edit to add sig)
He's in A Hat Full of Sky not sure about Wintersmith though--Teletran 16:40, 31 January 2007 (CET)
Yeah, he's in both of them. I've edited it to say so.
Death is in every single book except [Wee Free Men]

He's not in the new one - I've up[dated the page to reflect that.-- 01:02, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

In the Discworld Companion

According to the Discworld Companion (Gollancz first edition 1994), NINE people have visited the house of Death whilst still being alive. (p198)

Try as I might I can only make this EIGHT mortal visitors who have returned alive to the mortal world afterwards.

These are

Unless Quoth the raven counts as a mortal person... in which case, Binky makes it ten...

So who is the ninth? The companion doesn't list them.

Thanks for the help... this is driving me nuts. I have considered the possibility the Companion might be wrong...AgProv 01:07, 1 June 2007 (CEST)

Also consider that they may be trying to drive you nuts – devious buggers, both of them. The comment doesn't seem to have carried over to the New Companion. --Old Dickens 19:42, 1 June 2007 (CEST)

Just worked it out.... the ninth is, most probably, otherwise un-named plumber who was engaged by Albert and who installed the bath, sink and toilet. No doubt learning that in this place, there is no such time as "by next week, squire".

"He is believed to be one of only nine people to have visited the country of DEATH while still mortal"... The New Discworld Companion, paperback edition, p340... the quote is still there.

Only, if he called in a plumber to do the bathroom...who built the rest of the place? (See annotation to Creosote re: estimate for Xanadu.) --Old Dickens 22:23, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Death built the house. As I recall, Albert called in the plumber because Death had no grasp of the principles of plumbing; the pipes were hollow, etc.. 17:18, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

Again, the quote is on p.201 in mine, of 280 total. (Gollancz 2003, 9" tall.) --Old Dickens 22:40, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Relationship with Granny Weatherwax

Death's rather... unique working relationship with Granny Weatherwax comes up repetitively in the books. I'm not sure about what you guys think, but I'd say it deserves a section in this article, or at least a mention. What do you think? 16:15, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

By all means; if you have the research, write away. (Signing in first would be a bonus.) --Old Dickens 19:32, 10 July 2009 (UTC)


I've noticed this both in the books and on this site: While I don't think much of it Death in early books has his name capitalized and his second-person references, such as His or He. However, the recent books don't do this. Any opinions on the definitive version? I've noticed this site, too, alternates between upper- and lower-case for his second-person. Doctor Whiteface 02:42, 4 December 2009 (UTC)

There are all kinds of inconsistencies like this. If it really bothers you on the site, feel free to fix it either way, although it may be tricky. --Confusion (talk) 07:49, 31 December 2013 (GMT)

Small Caps

I've been reading the series through Harper-Fiction, and from the book "Small Gods' onwards, Death doesn't speak in Small Caps, but in regular caps. This irks me beyond belief, does anyone know why? - Jason

To make it easier for the typesetter and to get the book out that much more quickly?--AgProv 09:46, 25 October 2011 (CEST)

A tradition ends..

Incidentally, Snuff must be the first mainstream Discworld novel, as opposed to one of the Tiffany Aching series, where Death does not make any sort of appearance whatsoever. People - and goblins - die, but no Death to usher them to the Desrt or goblin equivalent thereof.... (Prove me wrong and delete this...) This has been a feature of all the novels to date, and not seeing Death do a walk-on part made me quite sad... --AgProv 09:48, 25 October 2011 (CEST)

Alas, you are correct- there is no Death cameo in this book. TC01 19:58, 25 October 2011 (CEST)

Re: Image with 'Annotation: the birth of Death'

OK, bit of a story to start with. Recently I got an email update from the Discworld Emporium which mentioned a Discworld Group Portrait of characters, which was shown in the background of a photo in the email. After a quick google I was sadly unable to find it, but it might be something to look out for in the near future.

Serendipity or the wheel of Fortuna turned while doing a bit of fan research on Death (should be working on real studies and essays *grimaces*). What I did stumble across, however, as a result of the search was this image which, in the background shows a picture rather similar to the one on the page (which was clearly the inspiration). I don't want to upload it (as I don't know where it stands re: copyright and fair use) but it does seem very relevant and worth a mention.

--Verity (talk) 16:23, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Just found a clearer copy of the image I'm referring to Here. --Verity (talk) 09:05, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

On the same section, it's hard to believe that TP saw The Seventh Seal, a 1957 release, when he was four. --Old Dickens (talk) 20:26, 19 April 2014 (UTC)
The section now having been removed, I thought to look into the source, unlike the editor who removed it without discussion. The Richard Dimbleby Lecture was actually delivered by Tony Robinson to avoid any disturbance from the Embuggerance. Right at the beginning, Sir Terry recalls seeing the clip from The Seventh Seal as a young boy; there is no mention of the age of four. The section therefor erred in one word. --Old Dickens (talk) 20:31, 20 May 2017 (UTC)