His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials

Giorgio Brabandt was an old gyptian who accompanied the twenty-year-old Lyra Silvertongue during her third time escaping Oxford by his boat, Maid of Portugal. His dæmon was called Anneke and had the form of a black and silver Keeshond.


When Lyra was 20, Giorgio arrived at the Castle Mill boatyard in Oxford for a small amount of time. His previous girlfriend had run ashore and not returned to his boat. Dick Orchard, his grandson, told Lyra about him being in Oxford whilst they were together at the White Horse. When Lyra's dæmon, Pantalaimon, left her, Lyra went to Dick to see if she could go with Giorgio to the Fens so that she could speak to Coram van Texel who would know what to do.

Gorgio was working when Lyra came up and presented a neckerchief tied in a know which Dick had given Lyra as it was a gyptian symbol for asking for help. Giorgio, as Lyra showed him the neckerchief, demanded where she had got it from. When Lyra told him about Dick, he calmed down and invited her on board after hearing Lyra was in trouble. At first he thought Lyra was pregnant until Lyra explained the trouble with her dæmon. When she told him who she was, Giorgio gladly took her on board and would take her to the Fens if she would cook and clean.[1]

They fled towards the safety of the Fens and witnessed a flaming zeppelin crash.[2] His figure was described as bulky, and he wore oilskins and a sou'wester.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

  • The Keeshond has been known as the 'Dutch Barge Dog' and was frequently seen on canals and waterways in the Netherlands.


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