Her Dark Materials: Flea’s Daemon

A new book for a holiday

Recently, we were packing to head over east on a little holiday and Flea needed a book. She had recently caught up to where Robin Hobb has left the Farseer series and asked me for something new. I suggested she follow Robin Hobb with Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials, and she is devouring it. She now has a strong desire to meet her daemon… haven’t we all:)

So we spent some time discussing what our daemon’s would look like, should we be able to see them. We used Pullman’s method of identifying three prominent traits of each other. This was a lot of fun, and quite eye-opening. (Incidentally, it didn’t help that we’d just seen Zootopia and the idea of having a sloth for a daemon was pretty neat).

I still can’t see my daemon, although I strongly suspect it to be a type of hopping mouse. In his series, Pullman has a wonderful way of introducing a person to us by using three words that encompass them in a holistic way. I had to really think about three strong aspects of myself, and I chose Brooding, Intuitive & Capable. For Flea, I couldn’t settle on just three. But we had a great laugh about all the funny animals each of us might have for a daemon. The Hippopotamoose was the creature that I suggested for Flea, and she immediately wanted to meet it. So I found a few Artline pens and some paper and scribbled her daemon as I saw it.

A VERY well stocked artist’s studio where we stayed. LOTS of materials for scribbling and being very artsy. Perfect for people like me who don’t always travel with supplies.

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