Get to know these 5 unforgettable minor characters in fiction.
1. Sandy Galanos, the pickpocketing soothsayer, in The Doubly Dead Angel-Thief by Marc Whelchel
“Meet V.C. Almond, Mastermind Sleuth, Jack of Some Trades, and the Delmar Loop’s Private Investigator Ordinaire. His friend, merry prankster Jake Kennedy, has just committed suicide. The night of Jake’s funeral, V.C. returns home to find a surprise on his floor: Jake’s freshly murdered, bullet-riddled body. Soon realizing Jake’s double death appears destined to go unsolved, V.C. reluctantly agrees to help private detective Aldous Lewie crack the case.”
2. Tom Bombadil, the “master of wood, water and hill” who is unaffected by the One Ring, in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Since it was first published in 1954, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike.”
3. Seamus Finnigan, owner of the bloody best accent, in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
“The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”
4. Dolphus Raymond, the “town drunk” who’s secretly sober, in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.”
5. Lieutenant Mudd, “the dead man in Yossarian’s tent,” in Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
“Since its publication in 1961, no novel has matched Catch-22’s intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war.”
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