Which literary characters send a shiver down your spine?


All the best books can gives us a shudder of appreciation, or make the hairs stand up on the back of our neck. But which literary characters really send a chill through you?

Whether it’s the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia or the white walkers north of the Wall in Game of Thrones, some characters are quite literally cold, and get an appropriately frosty reception from readers. But other more conventional characters have the ability to send a chill through us too. The shiver that wracks Gloucester as he wishes for death in King Lear creates a sympathetic response in the audience. The moment when Lockwood grasps – or thinks he grasps – the “ice-cold hand” of Catherine’s ghost haunts readers of Wuthering Heights.

Which literary characters or literary moments send a shiver down your spine? Share your favourites in the comments below, or using the hashtag #MondayMusing on Twitter or Facebook.

This weekend the Fire and Ice festival brings literary characters to the streets of Durham, with unique ice sculptures including Shakespeare, the Gruffalo, Paddington Bear and Gandalf.

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