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Encyclopedia > Equal Rites
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

3rd novel – 1st Witches story
Outline
Characters: Eskarina
Granny Weatherwax
Locations: Ankh-Morpork, Lancre
Motifs: Fantasy clichés, Feminism
Publication details
Year of release: 1987
Original publisher: Victor Gollancz
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 0-575-03950-7
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0-552-13105-9
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Equal Rites is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. Published in 1987, it is the third novel in the Discworld series and the first in which the main character is not Rincewind. It introduces the character of Granny Weatherwax, who reappears in several later Discworld novels. Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948) is a British fantasy and science fiction author, best known for his Discworld series. ... This article is about the novels. ... Download high resolution version (470x800, 310 KB)Equal Rites cover, from lspace. ... Esmerelda Esme Weatherwax (usually called Granny Weatherwax) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Lancre (pronounced Lanker) is a fictional country from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Feminists redirects here. ... Victor Gollancz (April 9, 1893–February 8, 1967) was a British publisher, socialist, and humanitarian. ... Comic fantasy is a subgenre of Fantasy that is primarily humorous in intent and tone. ... Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948) is a British fantasy and science fiction author, best known for his Discworld series. ... This article is about the novels. ... Rincewind the Wizzard is a fictional character appearing in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, several of which feature him as the central character. ... Esmerelda Esme Weatherwax (usually called Granny Weatherwax) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...

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Plot summary

The wizard Drum Billet knows that he will soon die and travels to a place where an eighth son of an eighth son is about to be born. This signifies that the child is destined to become a wizard (on the Discworld, the number eight has many of the magical properties that are ascribed to seven in the real world), Billet wants to pass his wizard's staff on to his successor. The wizards are major characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The Discworld is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld fantasy novels. ... Look up eight in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Seven Days of Creation - 1765 book, title page 7 (seven) is the natural number following 6 and preceding 8. ...


However, the newborn child is actually a girl, Esk (full name Eskarina Smith). Since Billet notices his mistake too late, the staff passes on to her. As Esk grows up, it becomes apparent that she has uncontrollable powers, and the local witch Granny Weatherwax decides to travel with her to the Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork to help her gain the knowledge required to properly manage her powers. Unseen University (UU) is a school of wizardry in the fictional Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, staffed by a faculty composed of mostly indolent and inept old wizards. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ...


But a female wizard is something completely unheard of on the Discworld. Esk is unsuccessful in her first, direct, attempt to gain entry to the University, but Granny Weatherwax finds another way in; as a servant. While there, Esk witnesses the progress of an apprentice wizard named Simon, whom she had met earlier, on her way to Ankh-Morpork. Simon is a natural talent who invents a whole new way of looking at the universe that reduces it to component numbers. His magic, however, is so powerful that it causes a hole to be opened into the Dungeon Dimensions. In Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, the Dungeon Dimensions are the endless wastelands outside of space and time. ...


Eskarina and Simon discover the weakness of the creatures from the Dungeon Dimensions - if you can use magic, but don't, they become scared and weakened. They both manage to transport themselves back into the Discworld. Together they develop a new kind of magic, based on the notion that the greatest power is the ability not to use all the others. In Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, the Dungeon Dimensions are the endless wastelands outside of space and time. ...


Notes

For reasons never explained, Esk has so far not appeared in the Discworld novels again, although Terry Pratchett has hinted at the possibility of bringing her back. Although Esk was the main character in the book, the only character (besides Death, Mrs Whitlow, and The Librarian) who would appear again after the book was Granny Weatherwax. During his Wintersmith tour, in response to a question about what happened to Esk, Pratchett said that Esk might have an appearance in the next Tiffany Aching book. Prior to this, most fans assumed she had died in the destructive war featured in Sourcery. Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The Librarian of Unseen University is one of the most popular characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels, to the extent where pin badges bearing the legend Librarians rule, Ook are now available. ... Esmerelda Esme Weatherwax (usually called Granny Weatherwax) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involve the witches of Lancre. ... Sourcery is the fifth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1988. ...


The specific events of the book have so far not come up again; the next 'witches' book, Wyrd Sisters, starts off with a virtually clean slate. Later in the series, in Lords and Ladies, Granny mentions to Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully of Unseen University that she has been there a few times before and in Maskerade she surprises Nanny Ogg by revealing that she has stayed at Rosie Palm's. Another near-mention occurs when Granny asserts that she learned to fly "late in life" – an event that occurs in Equal Rites. This article is about the novel. ... Lords and Ladies is the fourteenth Discworld book by Terry Pratchett. ... Unseen University (UU) is a school of wizardry in the fictional Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, staffed by a faculty composed of mostly indolent and inept old wizards. ... Maskerade is the eighteenth novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... Gytha Ogg (usually called Nanny Ogg) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... In Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels, there are almost 300 Guilds in the city of Ankh-Morpork. ...


Translations

Language Title Round-trip translation Notes
Bulgarian Еманципирана магия Emancipated Magic
Croatian Jednakost rituala Equality of rituals
Czech Čaroprávnost
Danish Heksekunst og højere magi Witchcraft and Higher Magic 1st translation
Danish Den ottende datter The 8th Daughter 2nd translation
Dutch Meidezeggenschap A combination of Girls ('Meiden') and Co-determination ('Medezeggenschap')
Estonian Võluv võrdsus Charming/Magic Equality
Finnish Johan riitti! That's Enough! (wWordplay on enough/rite.)
French La Huitième Fille[1] The 8th Daughter
German Das Erbe des Zauberers The Wizard's Inheritance
Greek Νευρικες μαγισσες [2] Nervous Witches
Hungarian Egyenjogú rítusok
Italian L’Arte della Magia The Art of Magic Part of an omnibus[3].
Norwegian Trollmannens stav The Wizard's Staff
Polish Równoumagicznienie Equality of Rites
Portuguese Ritos Iguais Equal Rites Portugal
Portuguese Direitos Iguais, Rituais Iguais Equal Rights, Equal Rites Brazil
Romanian Magie de ambe sexe Magic of Both Sexes
Russian Творцы заклинаний Creators of Spells
Serbian Jednakost rituala
Spanish Ritos Iguales Equal Rites
Swedish Trollkarlens stav The Wizard's Staff
Turkish Eşit haklar / eşit ayinler
Foreign language covers.

Co-determination (also: codetermination) is a practice whereby the employees have a role in management of a company. ... Serbian (; ) is one of the standard versions of the Shtokavian dialect, used primarily in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and by Serbs in the Serbian diaspora. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

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References

  1. ^ The French translation continues the theme of the number 8 with the title La Huitième Fille (lit: The Eighth Daughter). The Colour of Magic is translated as La Huitième Couleur (lit: The Eighth Colour) and The Light Fantastic as Le Huitième Sortilège (lit: The Eighth Magic Spell).
  2. ^ Transliteration: Nevrikes magisses.
  3. ^ The Italian translation was published as part of I Colori della Magia (lit: The Colours of the Magic), a trilogy comprising of Il Colore di Magia (lit: The Colour of Magic), La Luce Fantastica (lit The Fantastic Light) and L’Arte della Magia (lit: The Art of Magic).

Sources: Colin Smythe Ltd, Babelfish translation. The Colour of Magic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the first of the Discworld series which was published in 1983. ... The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. ... Transliteration is the practice of transcribing a word or text written in one writing system into another writing system. ... The Colour of Magic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the first of the Discworld series which was published in 1983. ... The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. ...

Reading order guide
Preceded by
The Light Fantastic
3rd Discworld Novel Succeeded by
Mort
Preceded by
None
1st Witches Story
Published in 1987
Succeeded by
Wyrd Sisters

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Equal Rites - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (670 words)
Equal Rites is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett.
The closest thing to mentions of the book that occur later in the series are in Lords and Ladies, when Granny mentions to Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully of Unseen University that she has been there a few times before and in Maskerade where she surprises Nanny Ogg by revealing that she has stayed at Rosie Palm's.
The French translation continues the theme of the number 8 with the title La Huitième Fille (lit: The Eighth Daughter).
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The Equal Rites blurb insists that he "is to fantasy what Douglas Adams is to science fiction".
Equal Rites is the third Discworld book, and spies inform me that at least two more are in preparation.
Without being as continuously and unremittingly funny as the first two Discworld episodes, Equal Rites is a pleasant read which steers a wobbly but just successful course between anarchic breakdown (whereby the reader is reduced to waiting glumly for the next joke) and taking its plot too seriously.
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