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Encyclopedia > Leonard of Quirm
Characters from
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
Character details
Full name: Leonard of Quirm
Description: Eccentric genius
Associations: Havelock Vetinari
Location: Quirm, Ankh-Morpork
Story appearances
First seen: Wyrd Sisters (mentioned) Men At Arms (appearance)
Also in: Jingo, The Fifth Elephant The Last Hero
Other details
Notes:

Leonard of Quirm is a fictional character in the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. He is a pastiche on the popular perception of Leonardo da Vinci. 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... Lord Havelock Vetinari is the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, the head of the fictional city state of Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Quirm is a fictional city in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... This article is about the novel. ... 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. ... This article is about the fantasy novel. ... 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... 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. ... The word pastiche describes a literary or other artistic genre. ... The Mona Lisa Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath: scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, and writer. ...


Leonard is a man of indeterminate age (he is described as "one of those people who start looking venerable at thirty, and proceed to look that when they got to ninety". Originally from Quirm, he moved to Ankh-Morpork some time ago and is currently a permanent "guest" of the Patrician. Before this he was a member of nearly every craftsman's Guild in the city, most commonly being kicked out for getting impossibly high marks on examinations or correcting the questions. Quirm is a fictional city in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Lord Havelock Vetinari is the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, the head of the fictional city state of Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


Like his counterpart, he is a great painter, being known for such paintings as Woman Holding Ferret and the Mona Ogg. (Leonardo's Lady with Ermine and Mona Lisa.) Gytha Ogg (usually called Nanny Ogg) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The Lady with an Ermine is a 1485 painting by Leonardo da Vinci. ... Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda. ...


He is also a brilliant engineer. Like the early Leonardo he has designed a great number of war machines, and like the later Leonardo he holds war to be the worst of human activities. It has been noted, however, that the sketches which he makes of the devices he imagines variously show ". . . numbered parts and a list of instructions . . . " or ". . . practically include glue and transfers". Still others have noted that the sketches deal with the swift removal of inconveniently placed mountains, or show dying sailors leaping from burning ships into a boiling sea.


Despite this, Leonard views all his martial designs as intellectual exercises, and refuses to believe anyone would be mad enough to make them. His magnum opus in this department was an invention mentioned in The Fifth Elephant, which was described as a weapon of such destructive power, it would render war meaningless, as no one would ever dare use it. (a claim made by Alfred Nobel about dynamite; it was not fulfilled until the threat of Mutual assured destruction by a nuclear holocaust much later) It is this naïveté that has led to his imprisonment by the Patrician, lest someone other than him make use of the man's genius. But as long as he has paper to sketch on, and can watch the birds, Leonard barely notices his imprisonment. In fact, he has voluntarily returned to it, believing the world outside to be full of madmen. The hallway leading to his 'cell' is full of deadly, complicated traps, which he himself designed. The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ...   (October 21, 1833, Stockholm, Sweden—December 10, 1896, Sanremo, Italy) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, armaments manufacturer and the inventor of dynamite. ... Dynamite is an explosive based on the explosive potential of nitroglycerin, initially using diatomaceous earth (kieselguhr) as an adsorbent. ... Mutual assured destruction (MAD) is a doctrine of military strategy in which a full-scale use of nuclear weapons by one of two opposing sides would effectively result in the destruction of both the attacker and the defender. ...


He has also designed many less dangerous devices, including a submarine (The Going Under The Water Safely Device), an Espresso machine (The Very Fast Coffee Machine) and a coding machine (the Engine for the Neutralizing of Information by the Generation of Miasmic Alphabets, see Enigma machine). His genius doesn't quite extend to names. He also finds it impossible to focus on anything. Or rather, he's focused on everything, all the time (see Attention Deficit Disorder). Many of his inventions started out as something completely different, before his mind shifted tracks half way through. (The Patrician often speculates on the fate of mankind should Leonard manage to keep his mind on one subject for any length of time.) Alvin in 1978, a year after first exploring hydrothermal vents. ... Espresso brewing, with a dark reddish-brown foam, called crema or schiuma. ... The plugboard, keyboard, lamps, and finger-wheels of the rotors emerging from the inner lid of a three-rotor German military Enigma machine (version with labels) The Enigma machine was a cipher machine used to encrypt and decrypt secret messages. ... DISCLAIMER Please remember that Wikipedia is offered for informational use only. ...


Again, like Leonardo, one of his greatest ambitions has been to build a working flying machine, something he achieves in The Last Hero. This article is about the fantasy novel. ...


It is worth noting that, although his name is Leonard "of Quirm", he is referred to as 'da Quirm' when his first name is unstated.


Inventions

  • A catapult capable of flinging balls of burning sulphur up to half a mile.
  • The Infernal combustion engine (An internal combustion engine powered by pellets of gunpowder, just as the first one on our world was).
  • The "Gonne", the Discworld's first and only hand-held firearm.
  • A stationary bicycle used for exercise purposes. Its physical description suggests that it is a fully functional bicycle with the driving wheel propped up, though Leonard apparently has not considered its use as a vehicle.
  • A quill that writes upside down (for use in free-fall, a parody of the Fisher Space Pen).
  • Numerous unsuccessful flying machines (Prior to "The Last Hero").
  • A small device for removing mountains (Apparently some sort of implosion nuclear bomb. "It makes use of a peculiar property of certain metals, namely that when compressed they go bang ... with considerable alacrity"
  • The Barbarian Invaders Machine and the Quizzing Device, two attempts at mechanical pub entertainment in the Mended Drum, were apparently based on his designs.
  • A submarine that can attach to ship hulls (or bore through them)
  • A fireworks-based rocket launcher, complete with wire mesh sighting device
  • Every trap leading to his cell
  • A game similar to Scrabble (the Make Words With Letters That Have All Been Mixed Up Game)

Hand gonnes from the Historisches Museum, Bern Hand gonne being fired from a stand, Belli Fortis, manuscript, by Konrad Kyeser, 1400 The gonne, hand gonne or hand cannon, as it was called, was the first handheld, portable firearm. ... The Space Pen, generally referring to the ones marketed by Fisher Space Pen Co. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The verb to scrabble also means to scratch, scramble or scrape about: see Wiktionary:scrabble. ...

External links

  • Discworld & Pratchett Wiki

  Results from FactBites:
 
Leonard of Quirm at AllExperts (442 words)
Leonard of Quirm is a fictional character in the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.
Originally from Quirm, he moved to Ankh-Morpork some time ago and is currently a permanent "guest" of the Patrician.
It is worth noting that, although his name is Leonard "of Quirm", he is referred to as 'da Quirm' when his first name is unstated.
Quirm at AllExperts (284 words)
Quirm is a fictional city in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.
Quirm is famous for its floral clock; a circle of flowers, each of which opens its petals at a different hour.
Quirm is a duchy, ruled by the Rodley family.
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