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Geoffrey Swivel is a (possibly nonbinary, see below) male witch and a minor protagonist in The Shepherd's Crown. He comes from nobility but was a "spare", not an heir, so he left home and headed to Lancre intent on becoming a witch. He may be the first male witch in Lancre.

Character Biography[]

Geoffrey, the third son of Lord Swivel, is well educated, a vegetarian and a pacifist. This does not sit well with his father, especially since he is a "spare wheel" in the family. The father has a son and heir and a spare in case something happens to the heir. He doesn't need a third son, and it seems that Geoffrey is his least favorite anyways. While the Lord and his two older sons enjoy hunting and feasting and drinking, Geoffrey disapproves heavily. He is a vegan and considers hunting to be a "blood sport", and refuses to participate. This leads to a confrontation with his father, after which Geoffrey hooks his goat, Mephistopheles, to his cart and heads towards Lancre, intending to become a witch.

Upon arrival, he meets Tiffany Aching, who decides to employ Geoffrey as a 'backhouse boy' or general dogs' body to help her out and starts teaching him the basics of caring for the people in the area - the first step to becoming a witch. He and his goat get on well with everybody, and Tiffany dubs him a calm-weaver after he defuses a number of potential problems. He befriends some of the old retired men who have time on their hands and are bored stiff, most notably Mr. Sideways of Slice. Intending to help the old men have some autonomy from their wives, he introduces the idea of sheds (Discworld's 'man caves').

After the Witches won the battle against the elves, Tiffany decides that she can't look after two steadings at once. Geoffrey replaces her in Lancre and takes on Esmerelda Weatherwax's old cottage and broomstick which is famous for being the only stick on the Disc to need jump-starting.


Geoffrey Swivel was introduced in The Shepherd's Crown, the final Discworld book.

Possible Queerness[]

Geoffrey mentions near the beginning of the book that he is neither a boy nor a girl, and therefore may be nonbinary (though he still uses he/him pronouns throughout the book). He tells Tiffany that he wants to be a witch because witches do real work, while wizards lock themselves in towers solving problems that don't need solving.