The boatman ferried ghosts from the suburbs of the land of the dead to the proper land of the dead.[1]



The jetty from which the boatman left to the land of the dead

For millennia, the boatman ferried ghosts from the suburbs of the land of the dead to the land of the dead.
Will Parry: "That's not right. We don't have to leave a part of ourselves behind. Why should Lyra Silvertongue?"
Boatman: "Oh, but you do. It's her misfortune that she can see and talk to the part she must leave. You will not know until you are on the water, and then it will be too late. But you all have to leave that part of yourselves here. There is no passage to the land of the dead for such as him."
— Discussion about souls and the land of the dead.

When Lyra arrived at the jetty he told her she would have to leave her dæmon Pantalaimon behind. Will, Lady Salmakia and Chevalier Tialys also had to leave their souls behind as the boatman rowed away towards the land of the dead. He did not believe that the company of humans and gallivespians would return.[1]

Physical AppearanceEdit

The boatman was extremely old; his skin was grey and he was crippled and bent. He wore a robe of sacking tied with a rope.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 21
World of the dead
Locations AbyssHolding areaLand of the deadSuburbs of the land of the dead
Natives BoatmanGracious WingsMarthaMagdaPeterMartha and Peter's sonMartha and Peter's childMartha and Peter's baby
Ghosts Castor's humanDirk JansenJohn ParryLee ScoresbyMatapan's humanRoger ParslowSandling's human
Important DeathsHarpiesGhostsThe Authority
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