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Mother Goose
MotherGoose 2
Mother Goose & Lester
Biographical Information
World Land of Stories
Title(s) Unknown
Also known as "Mona Lisa", "Guinivere", "Lady Godiva", "the Goose Flu" (people through time), "O.M.G." (Old Mother Goose - by Conner), "Mother Mayhem" (people of Amsterdam), "Goose" (Fairy Godmother), "Granny" (Lady of the Lake), "Madam Goose" (Conner in Oz)
Physical information
Species Fairy
Gender Female
Age Eldery
Hair colour Grey
Eye colour Light Blue
Other Traits Starts to rhyme when she drinks
Family information
Family Members Fairy mother and Warlock father, both crushed by a giant
Affiliation Fairy Council
Land of Stories
First Appearance The Enchantress Returns
Appeared in Book(s) The Wishing Spell,(mention only), The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms
"Mother Goose has always been a bit of a...well...handful."[1]

Background

Mother Goose is a character in / imaginary author of the fairy tale nursery rhymes Mother Goose Rhymes, known in many forms in early literature but made famous in print by Charles Perrault[2]. Traditionally, she is a storyteller.

In the Land of Stories series, she is able to travels between worlds (with the Fairy Godmother) and reads nursery rhymes around the world to children. She is part of the Fairy Council. She is first mentioned in The Wishing Spell, and appears in The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning and Beyond the Kingdoms. She "retires" and joins Merlin in his story in Beyond the Kingdoms.

 Appearance and Personality

MotherGoose 1
"Mother Goose was a short, stout, elderly woman. She had curly grey hair under a pointed, black pilgrim hat that had a silver buckle on the front. She wore a baggy green dress with a white ruffled collar, large boots, and thick aviator goggles around her eyes."[3]

Mother Goose is a elderly woman who likes to have a good time. She likes to gamble and travel with her pet goose, Lester.

She starts to rhyme when she drinks.

Throughout the books, she casually drops hints about all of her previous adventures. She claims to have started the Renaissance. She also says she used to wrestle dragons in the Dragon Age and has a burn scar on her forearm from it.[4] In Beyond the Kingdoms, she mentions she has travelled with a travelling circus before,[5] was once burried alive[6], has a tattoo[7], spent a weekend on the Mayflower[8], and may (or may not) have started the Great Fire of London.[9]

She gets very upset about being called "granny".[10]

She keeps a diary [11]that is first mentioned in Beyond the Kingdoms.

She is technically part Witch, as her father was a warlock.

Relationships

'Mother' of Lester, a pet goose. Mother Goose won him as a golden egg from some ogres in the Dwarf Forests. She says she uses him to travel in the Otherworld to avoid detection, because when people see him they just assume he's a normal bird in the sky.

She used to be friends with people at the Red Lion Brewery in London in the mid 1800s. She put an invincibility spell on the South Bank Lion and enchanted him to be able to talk (and listen), because she kept crashing into it and needed someone to talk to after her friends from the brewery passed away.[12]

She claims to have known the Wright brothers, Leonardo daVinci, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, the Queen of England, Walt Disney and George Clooney, though some of her stories can be taken with a grain of salt.[13] In Beyond the Kingdoms, she refers to Amelia Earheart (famous aviation pioneer and women's rights activist) as her friend,[14] and claims to have 'been there' during the Lewis and Clark Expedition of North America.[15]

In A Grimm Warning, it is revealed she knew King Ludwig II of Bavaria personally and convinced him to build a castle on top of the portal to the Land of Stories. In order for the portal to be opened by the Grimm Brothers, Mother Goose formed a blood bond with Wilhelm Grimm, so he would have 'magic in his blood'.[16]

Mother Goose was the Fairy Godmother's first apprentice, but didn't want to become the next Fairy Godmother because it was too much responsibility.[17] After the Fairy Godmother dies, Mother Goose retreats to the Giant's castle in the sky, claiming she feels weary and tired, but she returns to help Alex find the Masked Man.

She officiates the marriage between Jack and Goldilocks in the Dwarf Forests.

When she and Alex are transported into a storybook about King Arthur, she meets Merlin and gets along with him so well she decides to stay in his story.[18]

Story 

1. The Wishing Spell

Mother Goose is mentioned as a travel companion of the Fairy Godmother, but does not appear in this book.

2. The Enchantress Returns

Mother Goose is hired to watch Alex and Conner in the otherworld. Meanwhile, the fairies attempt to track down the Evil Enchantress. Alex and Conner find out about the Evil Enchantress after serving Mother Goose some spirits and decide to try and get back to the Land of Stories to rescue their mother.

3. A Grimm Warning

It is revealed that back in the 1800s, Mother Goose gave the Grande Armée a map to a portal to the Land of Stories that would take them 200 years to travel through. She then neglected to tell anyone about it, and thought it didn't matter anymore after the gateways were all sealed in by the Fairy Godmother after the events in The Enchantress Returns.

Mother Goose hears the Three Witches' prophecy and realizes the 200 years have passed and the Grande Armée is on its way. She contacts Conner and has him check the portal to the Land of Stories on his side. In order to do so, he must access her vault in a casino in Monte Carlo to retrieve a magical panpipe which opens the portal. When he, Emmerich and Bree arrive in the Land of Stories, Mother Goose is forced to take responsibility for her actions. She helps in the battle against the dragon.

4. Beyond the Kingdoms

When Alex finds Mother Goose in the Giant's Castle in the sky, she joins her on her quest to find the Masked Man. She travels along to the Land of Oz, Neverland and Wonderland, where she shares a hookah with the Caterpillar to find out where to find the Castle of Hearts. She and Alex end up in the story of King Arthur by mistake, being tricked by the Masked Man into going into the wrong story. She meets Merlin there and and gets along with him so well she decides to stay in his story.

5. An Author's Odyssey

Mother Goose is living with Merlin and Arthur. Arthur is very distracted during his training thinking about Alex so Mother Goose talks to him and tries to get him to move on however her lecture is misinterpreted by Arthur and she accidentally promises to take him to Alex if he still likes her after he has fulfilled his 'destiny'.

Quotes

"Mind your beeswax, Tangy," Mother Goose said. "No, I'm serious---your bees are getting that crap all over the floor."[19]

"Why do we have to live in a morning kingdom? I swear I am going to move to the Eastern Kingdom. At least people know how to sleep there!"[20]

"Mother Goose! It's so good to see your face! --"If I had a gold coin for every time someone said that, I would be in debt."[21]

"Those planes have gotten so damn big they hardly leave room for the rest of us"[22]

"When I was young, I wanted to live forever. There wasn't a bridge I didn't want to cross, or a stone I wanted to leave unturned. Then I reached a certain age and everything started disappearing. My friends started to die one at a time until none of them were left. The world is always changing, but one day you wake up and realize that it's changed without you- and there's no chance of catching up to it. Your adventures are over, and you find yourself all alone with nothing left but the memories."[23]

"I remember another time when a bunch of young people went missing- we called it Woodstock, but that's a different story."[24]

"It has taken me centuries to find the place I belong. It's not the Otherworld, it's not the Fairy Palace, it's not the giant's castle- it's right here with Merlin."[25]

References

  1. TLOS II, ch 7, p 91
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histoires_ou_contes_du_temps_pass%C3%A9
  3. TLOS II, ch 7, p92
  4. TLOS II, ch 7, p 103
  5. TLOS IV, ch 11, p. 170
  6. TLOS IV, ch 11, p. 180
  7. TLOS IV, ch 16, p. 220
  8. TLOS IV, ch 17, p. 234
  9. TLOS IV, ch ch 16, p. 211
  10. TLOS IV, ch 24, p. 339
  11. See: The Mother Goose Diaries
  12. TLOS III, ch 10, p. 188
  13. TLOS IV, ch 4, p. 68
  14. TLOS IV, ch 19, p 245
  15. TLOS IV, ch 11, p 161
  16. TLOS III, ch 10, p. 190-191
  17. TLOS III, ch 17, p. 282
  18. TLOS IV, ch 27, p. 389
  19. TLOS II, ch 29, p. 501
  20. TLOS III, ch 2, p. 32
  21. TLOS III, ch 9, p. 167
  22. TLOS II, ch 7, p. 93
  23. TLOS IV, ch 4, p. 70
  24. TLOS IV, ch 4, p. 72
  25. TLOS IV, ch 27, p. 390

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