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This article is about the world the fictional Inkheart illustrates. For the out-of-universe book series as a whole, see Inkworld trilogy.
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Map of the known parts of the Inkworld.

The Inkworld is Meggie's nickname for the world within Fenoglio's Inkheart. This name later catches on and becomes its official name.

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InkheartModify the text

Not much of the Inkworld was explored at first, for all Mortimer Folchart knew, he was reading a fatacy novel, Inkheart, to his wife, Resa, when she suddenly disappeared in thin air. Mo quickly took in how the strangers that popped in the room strongly resembled characters he had just being reading about, and realized that they were in fact Basta, Capricorn, Dustfinger and Dustfinger's horned marten, Gwin, from the book.

By the characters' appearances and reactions to the real world, it showed the supposedly fictional world did greatly fulfill the genre of its book, fantasy; with characters living in medieval lifestyle, bewildered of electricity, but also with all sorts of magical creatures, and sentient fires that had their own language and could communicate with people who spoke it.

Though amazing as the Inkworld presumingly was, Capricorn shortly took a liking to the real world, and ended up buying and/or stealing all the copies of Inkheart in the world and found another Silvertongue, Darius, to read out 

Capricorn's mother, Mortola, and several of his henchmen and maids out of the Inkworld, thus, the Inkworld lost more of its inhabitants. Capricorn revealed that he planned to burn all the copies of Inkheart, including Mo's, saying he never wanted to return to the Inkworld; little did he know, even though the copies were burned, the Inkworld did not cease to exist. Capricorn, however, had kept one copy and wanted Mo to read out the Shadow, Capricorn's pet monster, another mystical being that existed in Inkworld.

InkspellModify the text

The Wayless Wood

The camp of the Strolling Players

Capricorn's Fortress turned out to be abandoned, for Capricorn and some of his henchmen had been read out of the Inkworld, making Mortola to face the fact that her son was not alive in this world as she had hoped - and ended up shooting Mo in the chest with a rifle.

Dustfinger's oldest daughter became maidservant to Violante, and his younger daughter had died two years after his disappearance.

The Inkworld, however, has changed in the previous ten years, and is no longer continuing the way Fenoglio wanted it to be - Cosimo the Fair was killed by Capricorn's herald Firefox, who, along with those of Capricorn's henchmen who were not read out, joined the Adderhead. The Laughing Prince became the Prince of Sighs after Cosimo's death; Violante, the Adderhead's first daughter, ends up marrying Cosimo and has a son named Jacopo, thus tying both kingdoms together as Jacopo is the heir to both kingdoms; Fenoglio works as a storyteller in the Inkworld and makes up a character named the Bluejay, a character who is said to be the Adderhead's enemy, who looks just like Mo.

InkdeathModify the text

Orpheus becomes a rich man by creating mythical creatures and reading them out of their stories and into the Inkworld, and then sells them to Milksop, a criminal and the Adderhead's brother in-law. The Inkworld now changes even more because of this, as there are now creatures in the Inkworld who don't belong there.

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Main Article: Inkworld geography

The Inkworld consists of many fields, including the Wayless Wood. A mountain range runs across the center, dividing the other parts of the world. At the end of it is a large lake which has a castle in it, another mountain range on which Ombra Castle stands, and lots of rivers. There is sea on the south and on the west is Argenta, the Realm of the Adderhead. There is also a lake where the Water Nymphs live.

Buildings and placesModify the text

The who & the what that were read into & out of the InkworldModify the text

For beings and objects from elsewhere and read into the real world,
see The who & the what that were read into & out of the real world

In InkheartModify the text

First incident:
Mortimer Folchart was reading Inkheart to Resa when the swap happened. None of them were intentional, but all done by him as he was unaware of being a Silvertongue.


In exchange:



Second incident:
Capricorn found another Silvertongue, Darius, and forced the reader to read out whoever he wanted. Darius wasn't exactly willing, and with all the pressure put on him, a lot of the people/objects came out imperfect.

  • Mortola the Magpie (read out)
  • Flatnose Injury: further facial disfigurement (read out)
  • Cockerell Injury: limp (read out)
  • Several of Capricorn's henchmen (read out)
  • Several of Capricorn and Mortola's maids (read out)
  • Resa Injury: muteness
    (read back out five years later after being first read in by Mo)

In exchange:

  • Unspecified (read in)

Final incident:


In exchange:


In InkspellModify the text

First incident:
Dustfinger and Farid tracked down another Silvertongue, Orpheus, and requested him to somehow bring the fire-eater back home by reading out alterations of words from Inkheart. The original plan was to include Farid, but Orpheus cleverly unfulfilled his part of the bargain.

  • Dustfinger
    (read back in eleven years later after being first read out by Mo)

In exchange:

  • A jungle cat (read out)


Second incident:
Farid narrowly escaped and found out Orpheus was working with Basta. Feeling Dustfinger's life could be in danger, he pleaded to Meggie Folchart and described to her how Orpheus managed to read his mentor back to Inkworld. Meggie mimicked Orpheus' process, unbeknownst to Farid, she intended to include herself.

  • Farid (read in)
  • Meggie Folchart (read in)
    The first known person to read oneself into another world
  • Gwin Unintentionally
    (read back in eleven years later after being first read out by Mo)

In exchange:




Third incident:
Mortola refused to believe her son, Capricorn, was dead, and coaxed Orpheus into helping her getting back to Inkworld to verify. She insisted to bring along Mo, who was the culprit of all this in her eyes.

  • Mortimer Folchart (read in)
  • Resa Cured of her muteness through the process
    (read back in six years later after being read out by Darius)
  • Basta
    (read back in eleven years later after being first read out by Mo)
  • Mortola
    (read back in years later after being first read out by Darius)

In exchange:

  • Unspecified (read out)


In InkdeathModify the text

  • Several other weird and new creatures (created and read in by Orpheus )

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