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A most high honour it is for me to be in my Master's service. Why, there aren't many as pious and venerable as he!

Giraldus was a mole afflicted with leprosy which made him blind. He saved the life of a shrew named Tysle Symkyn who, in gratitude, became his guide.


Giraldus was very solemn and serious, with a great reverence for the Green. Often he would pray to his deity and sing psalms in his honour. If he felt he committed a sin, he would perform penance of eating caterpillars, which he detested. After the murder of Tysle, Giraldus became so enraged that for a time he renounced his belief in the Green that had been so important to him. But ultimately his faith was restored before he tragically sacrificed his life to save Ysabelle and Vesper.


One morning, Giraldus chanced upon the river bank home of the Symkyn family, where the night before the shrews had been attacked and killed by Hobbers. He took it upon himself to bury them, and it was in doing so that he heard a small voice gasping from a pile of bodies. It was Tysle, who had been left for dead by the Hobbers. Giraldus did what he could to heal the shrew who then, out of gratitude, became the mole's guide.

Giraldus and Tysle set off on a pilgrimage to Greenreach in the hopes of becoming healed; the former from his leprosy and the latter from his lame leg, which was a result of the Hobbers' attack.

Role in The Oaken Throne[]


  • Giraldus was originally going to be in league with Hrethel, but this idea was dropped as it would have made for one treacherous character too many in a book that already had several.[1]
  • The first characters Robin Jarvis created for The Oaken Throne were Giraldus and Tysle, and he says they were the ones he loved best. He has also expressed regret for killing Giraldus off in the story.[2]