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Encyclopedia > Wyrd Sisters
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

6th novel – 2nd Witches story
Outline
Characters: Granny Weatherwax
Nanny Ogg
Magrat Garlick
Verence the Fool
Locations: Lancre
Motifs: Shakespeare, especially Macbeth and Hamlet
Publication details
Year of release: 1988
Original publisher: Victor Gollancz
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 0-575-04363-6
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0-552-13460-0
Other details
Awards:
Notes: Came 135th in the Big Read.
One of two books made into an animated film.
Adapted as a play by Stephen Briggs.

Wyrd Sisters is Terry Pratchett's sixth Discworld novel, published in 1988, and re-introduces Granny Weatherwax of Equal Rites. 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... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (470x800, 256 KB)Wyrd Sisters cover, from http://www. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Gytha Ogg (usually called Nanny Ogg) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involve the witches of Lancre. ... Verence II of Lancre is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Lancre (pronounced Lanker) is a fictional country from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Macbeth and Banquo meeting the witches on the heath by Théodore Chassériau. ... Hamlet and Horatio in the cemetery by Eugène Delacroix For other uses, see Hamlet (disambiguation). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Victor Gollancz (April 9, 1893–February 8, 1967) was a British publisher, socialist, and humanitarian. ... The Big Read was a 2003 survey carried out by the BBC, with the goal of finding the Nations Best-loved Book by way of a viewer vote via the Web, SMS and telephone. ... Stephen Briggs is, in his own words, a civil servant who dabbles in amateur dramatics. However, through his drama work, he has become heavily involved with the subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ... The Weird Sisters, (sometimes Wyrd Sisters or Three Weird Sisters), is the Germanic mythological group name given to the Nordic fates, or Norns. ... The Wyrd Sisters are a Canadian folk music group. ... 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... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Equal Rites is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. ...

Contents

Plot summary

Essentially a parody or calque of Macbeth, Wyrd Sisters features three witches: Granny Weatherwax; Nanny Ogg, matriarch of a large tribe of Oggs, who owns the most evil cat in the world, (Greebo); and Magrat Garlick, the junior witch, who firmly believes in occult jewellery, even though none of it works. // In linguistics, a calque (pronounced ) or loan translation is a word or phrase borrowed from another language by literal, word-for-word (Latin: verbum pro verbo) or root-for-root translation. ... Macbeth and Banquo meeting the witches on the heath by Théodore Chassériau. ... A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involves the witches of Lancre. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Gytha Ogg (usually called Nanny Ogg) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... This article refers to the Discworld character. ... A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involve the witches of Lancre. ...


King Verence I of Lancre is murdered by his cousin, Duke Felmet, and the King's crown and a baby are given by an escaping servant to the three witches. The witches hand the crown and the child to a troupe of traveling actors, acknowledging that destiny will eventually take its course and Tomjon will grow up to defeat Duke Felmet. Lancre (pronounced Lanker) is a fictional country from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ...


However, the kingdom is angry and doesn't want to wait 15 years so the witches move it forward in time. Meanwhile, the duke has decided to get a play written and performed that is favourable to him so he sends the jester to Ankh-Morpork to recruit the same travelling (now stationary) company that Tomjon is in.


The only problem is that Tomjon does not want to be king. Luckily, the jester turns out to be his brother and he becomes king instead.


Many Macbeth references are worked in such as the Duke always trying to wash blood from his hands with various implements such as a cheese grater. There are also parodies of Shakespeare like The Dysk theater and Please Yourself. Macbeth and Banquo meeting the witches on the heath by Théodore Chassériau. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


There has been an animated version and a 4-part BBC Radio 4 dramatisation, as well as a play adaptation by Stephen Briggs. Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Stephen Briggs is, in his own words, a civil servant who dabbles in amateur dramatics. However, through his drama work, he has become heavily involved with the subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ...


Translations

Language Title Round-trip translation Notes
Bulgarian Посестрими в занаята Sisters in the Craft
Czech Soudné sestry
Dutch De Plaagzusters
Estonian Õed Nõiduses Sisters in Witchcraft
Finnish Noitasiskokset
French Trois Sœurcières Three Sister-Witches[1]
German MacBest MacBest
Greek Οι Στρίγκλες The Shrews[2]
Hebrew אחיות הגורל Sisters of Destiny
Hungarian Vészbanyák
Icelandic Örlagasystur
Italian Sorellanza stregonesca Magical Sisterhood
Norwegian Sære søstre Weird Sisters
Polish Trzy Wiedźmy Three Wiches
Portuguese As Três Bruxas The Three Wiches Portugal
Portuguese Estranhas Irmãs Weird Sisters Brazil
Russian Вещие сестрички Prophetic Sisters
Serbian Sestre po metli Sisters in brooms
Spanish Brujerías Witchcraft
Swedish Häxkonster Witchcraft
Thai สามแม่มดอลเวง Wyrd Sisters

The Modern Hebrew language is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family. ... The Serbian language is one of the standard versions of the Å tokavian dialect (former standard was known as Serbo-Croatian language). ...

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Notes

  1. ^ The title uses a play on words: Trois Sœurcières. Trois Sorcières translates as "Three Witches", and Sœur means "sister".
  2. ^ After William Shakespeare's play 'The Taming of the Shrew'.
Reading Order Guide
Preceded by
Sourcery
6th Discword Novel Succeeded by
Pyramids
Preceded by
Equal Rites
2nd Witches Story
Published in 1988
Succeeded by
Witches Abroad

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