Fritz's Friends, Page 4

Winkleshpect


Once an important member of the Tunneler's Guild. When he retired, Winkleshpect gained fame as the "What time is it?" Man on the Japanese children's game show, "Laughing Happy Fun Show". There he was known as 'Winkuruspek', and apparently no one knew he was a real Gnome. It was thought he was a very sophisticated special effect (like Godzilla). Now Winkleshpect has several jobs relating to cemeteries. Not only is he a grave-digger, but he is also a "hopyard" referee. He is one of the officials of the stone-leaping games (see bio for Hopyard on Bios page 3). He scouts out good tomb stones, keeps the surrounding grass trimmed for the jumpers, organizes competitions and is one of the most trusted judges. He first appears in chapter 46.

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Bodganoff


This large Gnome works for the Council of Fungoid Affairs (CFA), which oversees the distribution and maintenance of mushrooms, toadstools and other wild fungi. He is considered one of the finest "shroomsters" (a Gnome who plants and paints mushrooms), though at times his work is thought to be a little flashy by normal standards. Bodganoff first appears in chapter 46.

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Hans Thrumpkin


Hans Thrumpkin lives in the Wingly Glen, just on the other side of the Muggley Wood, in the Vale of Nobodygoeth (you probably don't know where that is). There he spends most of his time bashing walnuts and making his famous walnut brandy. In addition to the things he likes to do with walnuts, he enjoys smashing things other than walnuts and the theatre. He can be seen giving walnuts what-for in chapter 46.

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Numblenolan


Numblenolan is a carpenter and woodworker of great skill. His talents are so well known, that Gnomes from around the world commission him to build houses, bridges, carts and wagons. He has even been hired by several Gnomish Wizards to construct wooden figures which they would animate with magic. (They make great gifts for the kids.) He once assisted Fitzwillager 'the Impetuous' in building an enormous tower that was meant to reach the moon. No one is really quite sure what Fitzwillager was going to do when he reached his goal, as he disappeared from atop the tower at 14,387 feet and was never seen again. Numblenolan, however, gained much renown for erecting this structure, which he promptly dismantled, vowing never to build absurd things for foolish people ever again. He first appears in chapter 39.

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Rosenkrantz


Rosenkrantz and his pet butterfly, Lord Hamlet, are famous poets and play writes. Along with his brother, Guildenstern, they have penned many great works, such as "Ode to a Small Green Pail", "The Muttonthumpers' Song", "Forearms" and "The Shuffler's Opera". Rosenkrantz attributes his talents to his 'apples of inspiration'. These intoxicating fruits help, as Rosenkrantz puts it, "get the creative juices flowing". Rosenkrantz and Lord Hamlet first appear in chapter 46.

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Guildenstern


Brother of Rosenkrantz, and his writing partner, Guildenstern is the tragedian of the team. He is also a grave-digger and this may explain his penchant for tragedy. In one of his most famous works, he had a record 436 characters die in a play with only 37 characters. He is, however, a very happy fellow. He first appears in chapter 46.

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Calico Jack


Once a world famous "erdnuse" player, Calico Jack now works as a tunnel sweeper. Gnomes are constantly building and rebuilding vast networks of underground tunnels that span the globe. These passages require plenty of upkeep and cleaning. Calico Jack is the Foreman of tunnel sweeping unit 2112. Jack has great fun speeding through miles and miles of tunnels with his wispy broom and his bird pal, Blinky. (Gnomes always find ways of making work fun.) His hobbies include sweeping in his spare time, and inventing games to play with brooms. He and Blinky can be seen in chapter 46.

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Gnubbster


Gnubbster's full name is Gnubbster Ebenezer Aliborius Grigori Quattlebaum Snuggley-poo MacKeester P. Fumf. (The "P." stands for Paracelsus.) Aside from a remarkable name, this jolly little fellow is also the possessor of a remarkable pair of trousers. The pockets of this enchanted garment can hold tons of stuff without adding any bulk or weight. The openings even stretch so that objects of a fairly large size (a brick, or even a volleyball) can fit with ease. As a result, Gnubbster nearly always has something that you need at any given time. This and his charming personality make him very popular indeed. You can see him and his magic trousers in chapter 46.

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