Bashfull Bashfullsson

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Grag Bashfullsson
Name Bashfull Bashfullsson
Race Dwarf
Age youngish (for a Dwarf)
Occupation Grag
Physical appearance "remarkably streamlined"
Residence Cheap Street, Ankh-Morpork
Marital Status single
Books Thud!

Bashfull Bashfullsson is an unusually liberal dwarfish loremaster (he shows his face and doesn't even carry an axe) who was of some help to Commander Vimes during that business with the Summoning Dark. Grag Bashfullsson is one of very few leading dwarfs to actively contemplate the future of dwarf society rather than simply relying on tradition. Despite not carrying an axe, he is able to defend himself; neutralising Ardent with a dwarfish variant of martial arts.

Although Bashfullsson's age is not stated, he is young for a dwarf and particularly so for a grag. Despite extremely modest means (he lives in a tiny partition of a room) he has the ear of both Rhys Rhysson (the Low King) and Mr Shine as well as the respect of the Ankh-Morpork dwarfish community. Bashfullsson's interpretations of dwarf lore are clearly at odds with the deep-downers but he seems more than a match for them intellectually. Some hints to his abilities are given when he not only translates the Cube's ancient Dwarfish dialect (as doubtless other grags could) but also 'old Troll'. Rhys clearly regards his advice on the Summoning Dark as authoritative and he appears to have become a personal adviser to the Low King.


His name is a pun on Bashful, one of the Seven Dwarfs from Disney's version of Snow White. Since Disney's dwarf had a son, he clearly overcame his bashfulness.

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