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Characters from
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
Character details
Full name: Carrot Ironfoundersson
Description: A human brought up by dwarfs
Associations: Ankh-Morpork City Watch
Location: Ankh-Morpork
Story appearances
First seen: Guards! Guards!
Also in: Men at Arms
Feet of Clay
Jingo
The Fifth Elephant
The Truth
The Last Hero
Night Watch
Thud!
Other details
Notes: Boyfriend of Angua and possibly the heir to the throne of Ankh-Morpork

Carrot Ironfoundersson is a fictional character in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. He is a corporal in, and later becomes captain of, the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. The Discworld Companion gives this description of the character: Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Dwarfs in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels are similar to the Dwarves of J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth, which they largely started out as a homage to, and dwarfs/dwarves in other fantasy novels. ... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Guards! Guards! is the 8th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1989. ... For the novel by Evelyn Waugh, see Sword of Honour. ... Feet of Clay is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett which parodies detective novels. ... Jingo is a novel by Terry Pratchett, one of his phenomenally popular Discworld series. ... The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... This article or section should include material from [[{{{1}}}]]. Mr. ... This article is about the fantasy novel. ... Night Watch is the 29th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published in 2002. ... Thud! is Terry Pratchetts 34th Discworld novel, released in the United States of America on September 13, the United Kingdom on October 1, and may have been released before that date in other countries, such as Norway [1] and Denmark. ... Delphine Angua von Ãœberwald is a character from the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... The Discworld Companion is an encyclopedia to all things Discworldian, created by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. ...

Carrot Ironfoundersson is Captain of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch police force. Bulging with muscles, this two metre (six-foot-six-inch) dwarf (adopted) remains honest, good-natured, and honourable despite the city's best efforts. Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ...

His dwarfish name is Kzad-bhat, which, roughly translated, means "Head Banger".


Character history

Adopted by dwarfs after the deaths of his human parents, Carrot grew up in the mines, and was quite surprised the day he found out that he indeed was human. His adopted father thought that he ought to go off to live with humans, and found him a job with the Ankh-Morpork Night Watch under the misapprehension that they were respected and respectable (he didn't ask their captain, Sam Vimes). Dwarfs in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels are similar to the Dwarves of J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth, which they largely started out as a homage to, and dwarfs/dwarves in other fantasy novels. ... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... Sam Vimes is a fictional policeman from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


Carrot joined the Night Watch while it was still only a small group of miscreants running from evildoers rather than trying to subdue them (see Guards! Guards!). He initially had some difficulty with this attitude, as his "old-fashioned" view of justice led him to arrest the leader of the entirely legal Thieves' Guild on his first day. He since seems to have learned to understand the city a bit better. Guards! Guards! is the 8th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1989. ... The Guild of Thieves, Cutpurses and Allied Trades is a fictional institition in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. ...


Captain Carrot has made quite a name for himself, rapidly and seemingly effortlessly coming to know everything and everyone in the city by name and tax papers. (There is an anomalous case of Cockbill Street - in Feet of Clay, when Sam Vimes, reaching his breaking point in his inability to solve the poisoning of the Patrician (Havelock Vetinari), mentioned that Mildred Easy's grandmother and baby brother had died from an apparent poisoning, Carrot appeared to not know who they were. This is either an authorial slip or a subtle way of pointing out just how inoffensive and low-profile they were.) He is big on paperwork and organization and always (often to the dismay of his "lady-friend", Corporal (later Sergeant) Angua von Überwald) takes time to see all sides of a story before getting involved wholeheartedly. Feet of Clay is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett which parodies detective novels. ... This article can be confusing for some readers, and needs to be edited for clarity. ... Lord Havelock Vetinari is the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, the head of the fictional city state of Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... A girlfriend is a female partner in a non-marital romantic relationship, or a female friend. ... Delphine Angua von Ãœberwald is a character from the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. ... In Terry Pratchetts fictional Discworld universe, Ãœberwald is a region located in near the foot of the Ramtops, farther from Ankh-Morpork than Lancre is. ...


Carrot is often thought of as simple and nonthreatening, which is a very dangerous conclusion to come to if you are the unlucky person who disappoints this boy's honest nature. People think of Carrot as being simple, which he is, however, their mistake is in confusing "simple" with "stupid". Truly, Carrot's simplicity is his cunning. One example of this is seen in Soul Music, in which it is noted that Carrot has added some supplementary questions to the quiz machine in the Mended Drum, asking players who was responsible for certain recent crimes and frequently making arrests as a result. He is not quick to jump to conclusions and doesn't like to disappoint those that he cares for. For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ...


Carrot is often quick to see the bright side of things. When Angua tells him that her brother Andrei, stuck permanently in wolf form, is a champion sheepdog, Carrot notes that at lest he's a champion. Carrot has also promised Angua that, should she ever follow in her brother Wolfgang's muderous footsteps, he will be the one to stop her.


Carrot can be seen as a stereotypical "perfect" policeman. Totally honest, law abiding, and determined to be friends with everyone and intent on enforcing the law. This is his character, which comes from his dwarf heritage, rather than a quality he uses for his job. He has a "Gomer Pyle" attitude of loving everyone. Indeed, his love for everyone has caused distress for Angua, as she worried that his love toward her was equal to that he gives everyone and not special for her. Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show Gomer Pyle was the simple-minded gas station attendant and later auto mechanic in the American TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, played by Jim Nabors. ...


While she is correct that he would place the welfare of the public above hers (and his own), when she was in danger he was prepared to travel to the ends of the Disc to save her.


When Sam Vimes planned to retire after his marriage to Lady Sybil Ramkin, Carrot was made his successor to the position of Captain of the City Watch. He is not particularly skilled in comma placement and has a bit of trouble with the whole concept of "i before e." In the novels, he is considered "the Disc's most linear thinker". This article can be confusing for some readers, and needs to be edited for clarity. ... Lady Sybil Deidre Olgivanna Vimes (née Ramkin), Duchess of Ankh, is a character in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. ... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... I before e, except after c is a mnemonic used to help elementary school students remember how to spell certain words in the English language. ...


While it is in fact relatively common knowledge that Carrot is the true heir to the throne of Ankh-Morpork, he doesn't acknowledge it, and thus it isn't brought up often. The Patrician, Havelock Vetinari, considers him useful for this reason as well as others, as it means that a revolution under the claim of being true heir is impossible, and that if anyone complains that only a king has the authority to do something he does, he can simply gesture or refer (obliquely) to Carrot. Carrot himself is never seen using his royal powers or publicly acknowledge his royal heritage. After learning of it in Men at Arms, he confides in Vetinari that he wants the people to obey the law because it's the law, not because "Captain Carrot is good at being obeyed", and that he is content with his job of ringing a bell and yelling that all's well "provided of course that all is well". Carrot does, on very rare occasions, hint at his royal powers to make things happen. In Jingo, Lord Vetinari gives Sam Vimes the title of Duke, something only a King can do, while Carrot is present - Vetinari goes so far as to say that he "had been reminded" that Vimes could have that title. And in The Fifth Elephant, when faced with the defection of most members of the Watch, Carrot puts his royal sword on a desk in plain sight and reminds Watch members that they had taken an oath to the King, and that the King had not relieved them of it. For other uses, see inheritance (disambiguation). ... Lord Havelock Vetinari is the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, the head of the fictional city state of Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The storming of the Bastille, 14 July 1789 during the French Revolution. ... For the novel by Evelyn Waugh, see Sword of Honour. ... Jingo is a novel by Terry Pratchett, one of his phenomenally popular Discworld series. ... The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ...


In The Art of Discworld Pratchett says that Carrot has a bright future ahead of him "should Lord Vetinari not survive the next assassination attempt". The Art of Discworld is a descriptive book of the world of the Discworld as portrayed in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


Carrot is also famous enough in the town of Ankh-Morpork that there are Carrot Ironfoundersson action figures in production, sought after by children (as seen in the novel Hogfather). Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... An action figure is a posable plastic figurine of an action hero, superhero or a character from a movie or television program. ... Hogfather is the 20th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ...


External links

  • Discworld & Pratchett Wiki

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Carrot Ironfoundersson is a corporal in and later of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch of Terry Pratchett 's Discworld novels.
Captain Carrot has made quite a name himself making sure he knows everything and in the city by name and tax He's big on paperwork and organization and (often to the dismay of his 'lady-friend' Angua Von Uberwald) sees all sides of story before plowing into it wholeheartedly.
Carrot is often thought of as simple unthreatening which is a very dangerous conclusion come to if you are the unlucky who disappoints this boy's honest nature.
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