Lee Scoresby

Lee Scoresby
Lee Scoresby is a skilled "aeronaut" balloonist from the country of Texas. In regards to Scoresby's name, Phillip Pullman says: "Lee Scoresby comes from two sources. One is the actor Lee Van Cleef, who looks just like the character. And the other is the name of an Arctic explorer, William Scoresby".

In the novella Once Upon a Time in the North, which serves as a prequel to His Dark Materials, Lee is twenty-four years old. He meets Iorek Byrnison when the two of them help a Dutch captain, van Breda, escape with his cargo from the Muscovy harbour town of Novy Odense. From details mentioned in the novella, it can be deduced that Lee is fifty-nine years old at the time of his death.

Lee is an old Arctic hand, and extremely skilled with his balloons. He is sharp with a gun, though generally nonviolent. He is intelligent, and a bit of a mercenary, though he displays consistent ethics. His dream is to sell his balloon and buy a ranch back in Texas. His best friend is the armored bear Iorek Byrn…more

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The Golden Compass (His Dar...

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The Subtle Knife (His Dark ...

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4.12 avg rating — 310,693 ratings — published 1997
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The Amber Spyglass (His Dar...

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4.09 avg rating — 250,887 ratings — published 2000
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His Dark Materials (His Dar...

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Once Upon a Time in the Nor...

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