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Snodrog is the pedant of the Flapping Forest who practices the sinister and overly-confusing art of logic. He loves to show off his knowledge, however his outrageous collection of useless information comes with a price: you'd better agree with him or he'll use his wizardly smarts to turn you into a linen napkin - a flimsy (The Pedant and the Shuffly).

Background

Snodrog is described as wearing “thick horn-rimmed glasses” and living in a miserable excuse of a house – “made out of stolen bed slats.” He would sit in this miserable house all day long, covered from head to foot with chalk dust, working out logical problems (Pedant, 7).

Inspiration

Name

Snodrog's name is derived from the backwards spelling of a former Chicago eatery, Gordon's, located at 1321 East 57th Street. What transpired here to warrant commemoration is uncertain, though there are more than a few Chicago-influences within the book[1].

Character

The character's pedantic tendencies come from Bellairs's friend Donald Wilcox (1938-1991), who was researching at the University of Chicago at the same time Bellairs was in graduate school. Snodrog was modeled after Wilcox "not because he was obnoxious, nor had his brain cells winked out but because he was an erudite academic nitpicker.[2]"

References

  1. Correspondence with Charles Bowen.
  2. Correspondence with Marilyn Fitschen.

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