THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES is a series of children's books by Tony
* 1 The Field Guide * 2 The Seeing Stone * 3 Lucinda\'s Secret * 4 The Ironwood Tree * 5 The Wrath of Mulgarath
* 6 Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles
* 6.1 The Nixie\'s Song * 6.2 A Giant Problem * 6.3 The Wyrm King
* 7 Accompanying books
* 8 Characters
* 8.1 Humans * 8.2 Faeries
* 9 Writing * 10 Film adaptations * 11 References * 12 External links
THE FIELD GUIDE
The Field Guide, the first book in the series, was published in May
2003. It opens in
THE SEEING STONE
The Seeing Stone was published alongside the first book in May 2003.
After the Grace children ignore Thimbletack's warning to destroy the
Guide, Simon is abducted by a group of invisible goblins who live in
the woods surrounding the house. Thimbletack leads Jared and Mallory
to the old carriage house where they find a "seeing stone " (a stone
with a natural hole in it) which gives the wearer, in this case Jared,
the ability to see faeries (called the Sight). After Jared and Mallory
narrowly avoid being captured by the goblins, they go searching for
Simon in the woods. On their way through the forest, they encounter a
troll residing in the river by a decrepit stone bridge. Partially
protected by the daylight, they are able to avoid it, but lose their
fencing weapons. After encountering a wounded griffin, they find the
goblin camp and a plethora of prisoners hanging in cages made from
refuse from the trees. While trying to rescue Simon, they meet a
prisoner named Hogsqueal, a hobgoblin , who convinces them to help him
escape in exchange for his help in rescuing Simon. Hogsqueal offers to
spit in their eyes, which gives them the Sight without using the
stone. Hogsqueal distracts the goblins from the children's escape and
in return, Jared, Simon, and Mallory attract the goblins' attention
away from Hogsqueal and then flee, leading the goblins back to the
troll . Jared convinces the troll to let them escape in return for
leading the goblins to him to eat. After they arrive home, Simon
convinces them to return to the now empty camp to release the rest of
the goblins' victims and they take the injured griffin to the carriage
house . After confronting their scared and angry mother, they discover
that Thimbletack, enraged at Jared's forceful taking of the seeing
stone, has again become a
Lucinda's Secret was published on October 1, 2003. The novel opens upon an argument among the Grace children on whether or not to destroy the Field Guide, Jared alone insisting that they keep it. They eventually agree to consult their Great-Aunt Lucinda, who is now staying in a psychiatric hospital and is the only person whom they know to have been in contact with Arthur Spiderwick, who was her father. When they ask her about Arthur, it is revealed that the last she saw him was one day when she was a little girl, on which Arthur had set out from the house on foot and never returned. She is horrified that the Grace family is staying at the Estate, which she says is not safe, and even more worried when she hears that they have the Guide, believing her father to have taken it with him when he disappeared. However, when Jared takes the book from his backpack to show her, it has been replaced with another book, presumably by Thimbletack. Once home, the Grace children decide to find out what happened to their great-great uncle, and set out from the Estate with a map of the area on which is written "September 14th. Five O'clock. Bring the remains of the book." On their journey they meet a Phooka : a creature that talks only in riddles. They finally reach a river grove inhabited by thieves, who threaten to trap one of the children there unless the guide is given to them. The children fled, however, promising to bring the Guide as soon as they can. On passing by the Phooka again, one of his riddles leads them to think that Arthur is still alive, but imprisoned in Faerie with the elves.
THE IRONWOOD TREE
The Ironwood Tree was published on April 6, 2004. The family attends
Mallory's fencing meet at school. During the tournament, Jared finds a
boy identical to him going through Mallory's bag. He transforms into a
smaller child when Jared attempts to scare him with his pocket knife.
When Jared and Simon discover that Mallory has disappeared, they
search for her in an abandoned quarry , but wind up being kept
prisoner by dwarves . Mallory is revealed to be sleeping in a
glass-coffin dressed in medieval garb (similarly to
THE WRATH OF MULGARATH
The Wrath of Mulgarath was published on September 7, 2004. The Grace children return from the quarry to the Spiderwick estate, only to find the house in ruins and their mother gone. Hogsqueal the hobgoblin informs them that the house was destroyed by the goblins who have kidnapped their mother and taken her to the palace of their fearsome master, Mulgarath the ogre. Accompanied by Hogsqueal, the siblings journey to Mulgarath's palace, an immense citadel made of garbage where they battle a legion of goblins. Mallory runs the leader through with her sword and is greatly traumatized by having actually killed a living sentient being. Nevertheless, she and her brothers defeat the goblins and discover Mulgarath's plan. The ogre has learned from the Field Guide that fresh cows' milk makes young dragons rapidly mature. He has stolen a number of cows and is using them to breed an army of dragons with which he plans to conquer the world. Byron, the griffin, successfully vanquishes the mother dragon and Simon kills the young ones. Infiltrating the palace, they find their mother and father tied up. They release their father, but discover that he is actually Mulgarath in disguise. Jared has Thimbletack wrap chains around Simon and Mallory. The ogre brags of his plan and reveals that the Field Guide is underneath his throne, and Jared mockingly tells Mulgarath that he and his siblings have killed all the dragons. In a rage , Mulgarath flings Simon and Mallory out of the window but Thimbletack's chains hold, and they don't fall far. Jared stabs Mulgarath in the foot with Mallory's sword, then knocks him out of the window. Mulgarath falls, transforms into a swallow to escape, and is eaten by Hogsqueal.
The children return home, where they meet Arthur Spiderwick, who had been living with the elves and so had not aged. He and his daughter Lucinda, now an old woman, share a poignant goodbye, and he turns to dust. With Mulgarath defeated, the Grace family is presumably now free to live happily ever after.
BEYOND THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES
THE NIXIE\'S SONG
This story takes place in
In the following day, the Nixie, named Taloa, gives Nick and Laurie the Sight and sends them to find her six sisters, who were separated when their pond was destroyed. They leave after a faerie fills Nick's father's car with sand to look for Taloa's sisters at her old pond. They find the pond dried, the surrounding forest burnt and the bodies of three of the nixies, accidentally waking up a giant , which they mistook for a hill. They flee from the giant, who becomes hypnotized and calm when it hears Taloa's singing.
The children decide to ask the authors of The Spiderwick Chronicles
themselves for advice at a book signing, convincing Jules to drive
them. Once there, they are disappointed when
A GIANT PROBLEM
Nick and Laurie start taking giant hunting lessons from Noseeum Jack, which Nick finds pointless. One night, Jack shows up at their house when their parents are fighting and takes them to see a fight between two giants who had woken up too close to each other. He approaches one of them when it gets injured and is swatted away, hurting his leg. The kids help him to his house and, once home, Laurie gives Jules a keychain containing the four-leafed clover (which they no longer need, having been given permanent Sight by Taloa).
The next day they find a small faerie (who Nick has seen days before) playing with a message that Taloa had left for them, saying she had gone look for her surviving sisters alone. They catch the little faerie, whom Laurie names Sandspur and assumes to be a hobgoblin , based on the Field Guide. Later that day, two giants start fighting near their house. They escape with Jules, who can see the giants, but most of the development is destroyed. They go to Jack's house for help, but instead meet Jack's son (simply called Jack Junior), who tells them that he's taking his father to live with him and his wife. Noseeum Jack apologizes to Nick for not helping them and tells him he kept something for them in his backyard, which Nick doesn't even bother to investigate.
That night, the family stays at a hotel where they try to come up
with a plan and Jules shows Sandspur to his girlfriend, Cindy. Based
on the story of the
Pied Piper of Hamelin
After getting Nick's model Viking ship from the hotel, they drive around a route provided by Sandspur of where the giants are, playing the mermaids' song. The giants follow the sound to the sea , where Nick drops the little boat (with the tape recorder) into the ocean. The giants follow it out to sea and the kids go back to the hotel where they find the Grace kids waiting for them with the news that the giants woke up all at the same time because they were there to kill something even worse.
THE WYRM KING
The last book of the Spiderwick Saga, the story starts with the Vargas family going to a family therapist because of the children's latest strange behaviour, which Nick's father thinks is caused by his remarrying. Meanwhile, sinkholes have been appearing everywhere throughout Florida, where small black serpent-like creatures are vaguely seen by Nick. Under the assumption that these sinkholes are caused by the creatures that the giants were supposed to destroy, the Vargas kids (plus Sandspur) meet up with Jared, Simon and Mallory at Noseeum Jack's house, which is now deserted and has a massive sinkhole in the front yard. After breaking into the house, they find more of Jack's annotations, which compare the hydra , shown as a group of intertwined wyrm dragons , to the legend of the Rat King .
Finally going to Jack's backyard, Nick and Laurie find what Jack had meant to give them: a small pool filled with lime and muck with Taloa and two of her sisters, Ooki and Ibi, whom Jack had captured some days earlier. Meanwhile, Mallory goes into the sinkhole to investigate, but finds herself unable to breathe and surrounded by the small snake-like dragons. They manage to get her out and put three of the creatures in a jar. They figure that the creatures produce methane , which makes the air around them unbreathable, and realize that these were the creatures that the giants ate in order to breathe fire (which they originally believed to be salamanders ).
Seeing how fast the dragons can grow after feeding them a chunk of pizza, the children all drive to the beach in order to get the giants back to land so they can kill the dragons. Although reluctant at first, the three nixies agree to use their singing to lure the giants, and one of them is taken to the water with Nick and Jared in a surfboard (because since nixies are used to freshwater, salt water hurts their skin). Before they can accomplish this, however, Nick is taken underwater by the merfolk, who tell him how they're glad that the land-dwellers are doomed and give him a magical cap in the process that allows him to breathe underwater. The nixies manage to get some of the giants to follow them to land, where they immediately start eating the small reptiles and fighting each other again. As the children drive away from the giants, their car falls into a sinkhole and only after some time do they manage to get out. A giant then attacks them, being saved by the showing up of Jack Junior, who suddenly decided to listen to his father and come help the children kill the giants (being surprised when they reveal him that killing giants is no longer their plan).
After dropping the nixies in a nearby pond (their reward for having sung to the giants), Jules, Laurie and Nick pass by Cindy's house and notice a large sinkhole close to it. When they go to warn Cindy and her parents, Laurie and Sandspur fall into the growing sinkhole and a tree falls on Jules's legs when attempting to rescue her. When Nick tries to help Laurie get out of the sinkhole, he finds that she still hadn't died from the methane exhaled by the dragons because Sandspur (who had grown to a huge size, revealing himself to be a spriggan ) had been eating them, proceeding to eat Nick whole and only regurgitating him when Laurie drops rocks into the creature's mouth to make him sick. Nick and Laurie get out of the sinkhole and go back to meet Jack Jr. and the Grace kids, leaving Jules at Cindy's house waiting for an ambulance (being followed back by Sandspur, back in his small size, like nothing had happened).
Noticing that all sinkholes are connected, they come to the conclusion that the biggest hydra must be in the center, laying the eggs that hatch into the smaller hydras who wander through the tunnels. They notice that the giants are all going to meet that alpha hydra, and Jack Junior leaves to go kill it, followed by the children. There, they meet the giant multi-headed dragon, who had already started to kill the giants that had gathered to fight it. After hurting Jack Junior and the Grace kids, Nick has an idea and realizes it's up to him to save the day. Using the cap given to him by the merfolk so he could safely breathe, he goes into one of the tunnels with Jack's machete so to meet the hydra from below. When he gets there, instead of trying to kill the beast, he cuts the substance that keeps all the dragons together, thus making them separate from each other and easier for the giants to kill.
At the hospital, all the children get their injuries treated, Jules gets back with Cindy, Jack calls his father to tell him what happened, the Grace kids meet their father there and the Vargas family decides to all stay together. The Spiderwick Saga ends with the Vargas going home, being watched by a silent giant in the distance.
* Arthur Spiderwick's Notebook for Fantastical Observations, June 2005 * Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, November 2005 * The Spiderwick Chronicles: Care and Feeding of Sprites, December 26, 2006 * The Chronicles of Spiderwick: A Grand Tour of the Enchanted World, Navigated by Thimbletack, November 13, 2007
THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES:
* JARED EVAN GRACE – The main character, a 9-year-old boy. Jared
is a brave and resourceful natural leader, shown to be good at
creating plans. Jared has trouble controlling his anger, and is prone
to flashes of violence that he later regrets. While at the beginning
of the story he shows no hobbies or particular interests like Simon's
love for animals and Mallory's fencing, he shows evidence of wanting
to keep records of his experiences with faeries, making additional
notes in Arthur's Field Guide and practicing his drawing, and is
revealed to know a great deal about faerie lore in "Beyond the
* SIMON EVERETT GRACE – Jared's identical twin brother. At first
Simon seems to be the near opposite of his brother. He keeps a tidy
appearance, is said to enjoy reading, and loves collecting and caring
for animals, particularly ones that he's rescued (his two pet mice had
been caught in a trap in their apartment complex in New York). His
other pets include cats, goldfish and eventually a griffin (Jared
calls them Simon's "menagerie"). However, he also is shown to succumb
to flashes of anger, particularly when defending a person or animal in
a helpless state, twice in the story going out of his way to save the
life of the griffin Byron, with no thought of his own safety.
* MALLORY EVA GRACE – Jared and Simon's 13-year-old sister. She is
an avid fencer who takes nearly every opportunity to practice,
sometimes enlisting the help of an unfortunate brother. This skill
comes in handy when defending herself against goblins in The Seeing
Stone. She enters her brothers' adventures in the faerie world
slightly reluctantly at first, but acts in later books as the
occasional single-word-of-caution, and is quick to accept Jared's
superior knowledge of the faerie world. She dislikes being caught
unawares and "being bossed-around by faeries", and often lets herself
show her deep affection for her siblings despite herself.
* ARTHUR SPIDERWICK – The author of Arthur Spiderwick's Field
Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. He worked as a publicity
artist and spent many years researching faeries by doing field work
and by contacting other researchers (for example, for his entries on
dragons and giants). His Field Guide eventually made him be seen as a
threat by the elves, who ordered him to destroy it and imprisoned him
for 80 years when he refused. Much like the Irish hero
BEYOND THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES:
* NICHOLAS VARGAS - The main character, who has "stopped bothering" since his mother died and doesn't get along well with anyone. Like Jared, he also shows skills in outwitting the faeries and tricking them just as they trick humans. He's said not to be good at sports, but is able to kill a giant and the Wyrm King almost by himself. * LAURIE VARGAS - Nick's step sister, who truly believes in faeries, and first introduced Nick to the idea through a published copy of the Field Guide. She is disappointed when she finds that the faerie world is actually more dangerous and more real than she thought. * NOSEEUM JACK - An old giant hunter (named after Jack the Giant Killer ) and the son of a giant-expert friend of Arthur Spiderwick's. He had the Sight, but is now almost blind, going to live with his son and daughter-in-law after getting hurt by a fighting giant. He lived in an old house protected by will-o'-the-wisps, having captured Taloa and two of her sisters and keeping them in a swimming pool. * JULIAN (JULES) VARGAS - Nick's older "annoying brother", who spends all day surfing, stays out of his dad's way, and treats Nick like a kid. He eventually gets the Sight as well and helps the younger kids whenever driving is needed. * PAUL VARGAS - Nick and Jules' dad, owns a housing development and doesn't understand his kids, having remarried probably too soon, in Nick's opinion. * CHARLENE VARGAS - Laurie's mom and stepmother of Nick and Jules, an "okay" person to Nick, although he wishes she wasn't around all the time. She suggests a break-up when the children start to act strange, but agrees to go back to Nick's dad in the end. * CINDY - Jules' girlfriend who also likes surfing. She is friendly and helps the kids after Jules is kidnapped by the mermaids. She gets grounded after she helps Nick and Laurie steal a fish from her father's aquarium.
In the Spiderwick universe, faeries usually remain invisible or disguised to human eyes, who are generally not aware of their presence. However, a small percentage of humans have the ability to see faeries, commonly called the 'Sight', acquired naturally (for example, by being the seventh son of a seventh son or having red hair) or artificially (by looking through a holed stone or possessing a four-leafed clover). In the series, the Grace children receive the Sight when the hobgoblin Hogsqueal spits in their eyes, and the Vargas kids receive it when they are held under the water that a nixie had been soaking in.
They are portrayed as living many years, so many of the faeries encountered by the main characters also met Arthur Spiderwick and other long-dead humans in the past, without having aged. The species of fairies in the series are mainly taken from European mythology and folklore and Medieval bestiaries , including brownies , goblins , dragons , sprites , and elves , among many others.
THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES:
* THIMBLETACK - The Spiderwick Estate's Brownie , a fairy who guards
the Spiderwick mansion but, if angered, can become a vengeful and
nasty boggart . Later in the series he ends up stealing the Field
Guide and hiding it, believing this will be for the better. However,
at the end of the books he is ultimately friendly and apparently
becomes friends with Hogsqueal. He is able to make himself visible and
invisible to humans at will, though only when he has to; saying, "Now
you don't see us, now you do, but only when we want you to."
* HOGSQUEAL – One of Mulgarath's goblins who is actually a
hobgoblin , the anti-hero of the story, changing sides depending on
what fits his necessities at the moment. When Jared fails to kill
Mulgarath, Hogsqueal saves the day by eating him while in swallow
form, ending up staying with the children. Hogsqueal uses children's
teeth as his own, claiming that he is the Tooth Faerie . He uses odd
insults when addressing the children, Thimbletack and his own group of
goblins, never calling anyone by their name.
BEYOND THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES:
* TALOA - A nixie rescued by Nick and Laurie after her pond was
destroyed by a fire-breathing giant. She gives them the Sight and
demands that they find her lost sisters, eventually doing it herself
and getting caught by Noseeum Jack. At the end, the Vargas kids keep
their promise and deliver her and her two surviving sisters to a
* SANDSPUR - A small trash-eating faerie with a fondness for sand
and a constant hunger, Sandspur is caught by Laurie and Nick and kept
as a pet. Despite his first attempts to escape, he accepts Nick and
Laurie and follows them around even after they try to get rid of him.
Although Taloa calls him a "hob" in The Nixie's Song and Laurie calls
him a hobgoblin in A Giant Problem, he is later identified by Laurie
as a spriggan in The Wyrm King when his hunger makes him swell up. He
is therefore the only creature in the books (other than the Wyrm King
and the humanoid insects from The Nixie's Song) whose species is not
mentioned in Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Despite this under
DiTerlizzi stated that, due to the collaborative effort he and Black put into the books, there is no individual credit as to who did the writing and who did the illustrations.
Main article: The Spiderwick Chronicles (film)
A feature film adaptation of the series was released by Paramount
The Spiderwick Chronicles
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