Balthamos was an angel who served Xaphania in the rebellion against The Authority.

Biography Edit

Unlike his lover Baruch, Balthamos was never a human and was an angel all of his life.[1]

Together with Baruch, Balthamos sought out Will Parry, hoping to bring him and the subtle knife to Lord Asriel to aid in the fight against The Authority. Will agreed to help them only after finding Lyra Silvertongue, who had been kidnapped by her mother, Marisa Coulter.[1]

When Baruch died, Balthamos immediately felt it. Striken with grief, he promised to aid Will in every way possible to honour Baruch's sacrifice. However, when he found himself unable to do so, he ran away, filled with grief over Baruch's death and guilt over abandoning Will.

Some time later, he killed Luis Gomez, who had been sent by Hugh MacPhail to kill Lyra. Mere seconds later, Balthamos died as a result of the bites from Gomez's beetle dæmon.

Physical appearance Edit

Balthamos was slender, with narrow wings that folded elegantly behind his back.[1]

Personality Edit

Balthamos was prone to sarcasm, and his relationship with Will was conducted with an air of ironic contempt. Balthamos was more passive than Baruch.

Behind the scenes Edit

  • In the BBC radio series, Balthamos is played by Ray Fearon and serves as the series' narrator. Here, he presents himself to the listener as a "recorcing angel" and a "listener of lives" who observes events as they take place and provides description and exposition for the listener.

Appearances Edit

Notes and references Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 2