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Mortimer Folchart
Mortimer Folchart
Also known as
  • "Mo" (by family)
  • "Silvertongue" (by fire-raisers)
  • "Killertongue" (by Mortola)[citation needed]
  • "Bluejay" (by residents of the Inkworld)
Biographical information
Status

Alive

Occupation

Bookbinder (formerly)

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair colour

Dark brown

Family information and members
Affiliations
Title(s)

The Bluejay
Silvertongue

Loyalties

Motley Folk

Behind the scenes
Portrayed by

Brendan Fraser

Appearances

Inkheart
Inkheart (film)
Inkspell
Inkdeath

Mortimer "Mo" Folchart is a bookbinder that has the ability to bring fictional characters out of books and into the "real world" by reading aloud, therefore known to many as Silvertongue. He later took on the mantle of Bluejay and was wildly known for it, but renounced the role afterwards.

BiographyModify the text

Early LifeModify the text

Mortimer Folchart enjoyed reading aloud even as a young boy. He first discovered he was a Silvertongue when he was reading Tom Sawyer aloud to a friend and a dead cat suddenly appeared on the carpet. Later they noticed that a stuffed toy of Mo's was missing. They swore to each other to keep the incident secret. In his later life, he repeatedly tried reading aloud again in secret, without any listeners. He kept all of the things that came out except the snozzcumber from The BFG.[1]

Meeting ResaModify the text

Mo met Teresa Folchart and they eventually married and had a daughter, Meggie. Mo would read aloud to his immediate family every evening, and sometimes things would come out of the picture books, including a feather and a tiny shoe, which were put in Meggie's book box.

Reading Inkheart Modify the text

When Mo bought another crate full of books from a secondhand bookshop, Inkheart was among them. Resa got Mo to read it to her that evening because she always liked tales of adventures. They enjoyed the story, since it was exciting, well written, and full of amazing creatures. Mo while reading aloud the seventh chapter of Inkheart to his wife, Mo brought out the main villain of the book, Capricorn, his henchman Basta, and an important protagonist of the book, Dustfinger, as well as Dustfinger's pet marten Gwin. However, Resa and two cats were sent into the book. Luckily, all three were dazed because they hadn't fully arrived in the real world and Basta and Capricorn hadn't their full strength, and Mo managed to grab Basta's sword and drive the two away.[citation needed]

Mo searched the whole house, but Resa was nowhere to be seen. He put Meggie to bed, telling her that Resa had gone to sleep. He tried again and again to read Resa back out, careful not to let Meggie in the room, but the only things that came out was a glass man, who took the place of a mailman who was outside the house. Mo then realized that Meggie wasn't safe from the danger of transporting to the Inkworld anywhere, and vowed never to read again. He told Elinor Loredan, Resa's aunt, that Resa went on "some stupid adventure" and never came back, and that the injury he got when he was smote by Capricorn's sword by climbing through a broken window.[citation needed]

Captured by CapricornModify the text

Mo then went to try to tell Dustfinger what happened. Dustfinger longed for his old world and pleaded for Mo to take him back. It came to be so bad that Mo had to travel with his daughter Meggie to avoid any of pursues from the characters; he hid the truth from Meggie, only until Dustfinger once again showed up in their lives when Meggie was twelve years-old. Then to escape Capricorn, went to live with, Elinor at her big estate. But then with Dustfinger's assistance he helps Capricorn's men capture Mo. Mo brings the book he thinks is Inkheart(Elinor sneakily replaces it with another book and takes it, due to her habit for collecting valuable books at any cost). When Dustfinger offers to help Elinor and Meggie rescue Mo he tricks them into getting captured as well, revealing his treachery. Mo is reunited with them but they all remain grim about what plans Capricorn has for them. In their cell Mo relates the true story on why there mother left them.[2]

Mo Reads To Capricorn and Their Escape Modify the text

In the morning, Capricorn brings the three (for now Dustfinger has been long gone) into a satanic church painted red with an enormous statue of Capricorn there. He makes Mo, which all the guards and maidservants call Silvertongue because of his ability, read treasure out of Treasure Island. When Mo starts to read Tales from A Thousand and One Nights, a boy appears out of the book, whom we later learn is named Farid. The prisoners are brought back to their cells along with Farid who has been put in the cell next to theirs. That night, Dustfinger( who feels remorse and realizes Capricorn doesn't keep up his end of the deal.) breaks out all of the prisoners and they run to Elinor's car, where Basta and another guard named Flatnose chase after them on foot.(because Dustfinger punctured their car tires.) After a while, their car breaks down and they push it down a hill to confuse their pursuers. Then they have to travel through the woods to lose them. They arrive at an abandoned village where they stay for a bit until they hear the guards coming with dogs to come and catch the group. The dogs smell, Gwin who happens to be right above where Mo is hiding. The dogs start biting and attacking Mo, later giving him a scar on his arm. Dustfinger, due to his earlier kindness to them, commands them to stop and they obey. They overpower Basta and Flatnose, even Dustfinger managing to tease Basta when he is bound. They leave and soon come to a city where Elinor uses her secret credit card to get them all new clothes, a hotel, and food. While Dustfinger uses his fire-eater abilities to get money. mo is in a cafe with Meggie. Meggie earnestly pleads for them to go with Elinor to her house but Mo tells Meggie he hopes he can get a coy of Inkheart that Capricorn didn't steal...from the author, Fenogolio himself. They go to Fenogolio's meeting him and his grandchildren Rico, Pippo, and Paula. Fengolio tells them he has none of his books but then is delighted to hear that Dustfinger is brought to their world after he had stubbornly demanded the 'true' story on why they so earnestly want a copy of Inkheart. Meggie agrees and they all bid Elinor good-bye. Meanwhile,much to Elinor's horror Capricorn has his men burn all of Elinor's precious books, also hanging his symbol, a dead rooster nearby. Mo goes to pick the distraught Elinor up at the station and while he is gone, Meggie and Fenogolio are kidnapped by Basta and Basta carves Capricorn's symbol into nearby furniture. When Mo arrives he sees immediately what happened and goes to save them.

The Rescue Plan and the Shadow Modify the text

Dustfinger and Farid are meanwhile trying to recover Inkheart. Meggie also realizes she is a Silvertongue too, unfortunately Basta finds out. Now Capricorn decides to use Meggie to read his Shadow monster out of the book and if they see Mo, to dispose of him since he is no longer needed. Luckily Meggie sees Gwin and uses him to write notes (in Elvish) to tell about Capricorn's plan. Dustfinger is captured and Farid goes to Mo and Elinor to tell them. Elinor is captured when she tries to report to the authorities and Capricorn tells the police Elinor is crazy and convinces the authorities to hand her over to him. Now Elinor, Meggie, Dustfinger, and Resa(Who tried to escape) are in the crypt. There Meggie learns Resa is her mother and both are too overjoyed to speak.(Not that Resa can, she is mute.) Meggie learns Resa was randomly read out and she was read out mute. She was Capricorn and Capricorn's mother servant for years. She always tried to escape but couldn't. But she did make friends with Dustfinger, who had no idea she was Mo's wife so he tried to have a bit of a romantic relationship with her. Mo, with Farid, dress as guards and burn Capricorn's treasury building and fields while the ceremony of reading the shadow out takes place. Luckily Meggie, with Fenogolio's writing, starts to read the shadow to attack Capricorn. Though Meggie, knowing how evil Capricorn is, can't finish. Then Mo rushes in and reads the last part of the writing, finishing Capricorn and the Shadow. Mortola, who was thought to be Capricorn's maid, was really his mother. She is distraught and howls with rage. All of Capricorn's followers disappear. then Basta, in his cage for failing Capricorn, springs out and threatens to kill Resa. But then Elinor tells he's trapped and that she'll get him. Basta shoves Resa into Elinor and he runs away, with the anguished Magpie. Why they didn't disappear for their wicked deeds like the others is unknown. Then the shadow's remains revive its' victims. They are fairies, glassmen, and brownies and they all either stay in the village or go to Elinor's house. Then quietly Dustfinger steals away the last copy of Inkheart(from Capricorn) and tries to find a Silvertongue who can read him back, along with Farid and Gwin.

The City and Meeting Fenogolio Modify the text

Wounded to near death in the InkworldModify the text

Orpheus read Mortola, Basta, Resa, and Mo into the Inkworld. Elinor and Darius were imprisoned in Elinor's cellar. When they arrived in the Inkworld, Mortola shot Mo with a gun. Resa spoke for the first time in ten years when she was trying to help Mo. Nettle found Resa and Mo and told Resa not to let the White Women see him. In the Secret Camp, Nettle tended to him. Some of the strolling players think that Mo were the Bluejay, because his appearances matched those of the detailed songs Fenoglio wrote, like the scar on his left arm. Fenoglio admitted to Meggie that he used her father as a model of the Bluejay.[3]

Becoming the BlujayModify the text

Mo assumed the role of his fictional double, the Bluejay. He spent much of his time protecting the destitute from their governers and tax collecters and stealing foods and supplies from the rich to give to the poor. He also played a central role in the death of the Adderhead and the restoration of peace to the Inkworld. Later, Resa gives birth to their son, and Mo's family settled down in the Inkworld.[4]

CharacteristicsModify the text

PersonalityModify the text

Mo is an easy going man. He is a loving father and husband who will stop at nothing to ensure his family's protection. Mo feels for the poor and is scared of imprisonment. He is described by the Adderhead as 'clever'.

ParaphernaliaModify the text

EquipmentModify the text

Mo uses many tools and materials in his book binding practice. These include, but may not be limited to, different types of knives, papers, leathers, and stamps. [citation needed]

TransportationModify the text

  • A camper van: Before entering the Inkworld, Mo's main means of transportation was his camper van, which he kept parked in the barn during their time at a farmhouse. The camper van is painted multiple colors. It has a bed, a table, a kitchen, and a bench to sit on. Meggie stated that the van was more home to her then any of the houses they had lived in, indicating that Mo has had the van for quite awhile. In the inkworld Mo traveled by horse or foot. [citation needed]

TriviaModify the text

  • Mo uses a seal in the shape of a unicorn's head on the books that he binds.[citation needed]
  • Mo's favorite candy is chocolate.[5]

Behind the scenesModify the text

  • According to Cornelia Funke,[6] the loving relationship between Meggie and Mo is inspired by:
    • Funke's own relationship with her father.
    • Atticus and Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.
    • Brendan Fraser, the model of Mo, is at times so boyish of a father, therefore his character's daughter Meggie in return does some mothering.

Learn more about Mortimer FolchartModify the text

ReferencesModify the text


Silvertongues
DariusMeggie FolchartMortimer FolchartOrpheus

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