Lee Scoresby was a Texan aëronaut. His dæmon was a plain arctic hare named Hester. Lee was born in Lyra's world and his experiences as an aëronaut led him to meet many friends including the panserbjørn Iorek Byrnison, the witch Serafina Pekkala, and fellow human Lyra Silvertongue. On his various adventures for Lyra, Lee encountered John Parry, Will Parry's father who went with him to find the bearer of the subtle knife and also reunited Lee with his mother's ring something that connected him with his youth.
Lee Scoresby grew up in Texas. During his childhood, he would often play games about the Alamo. These games would take place in an old fort, where groups of children pretended to be the Danes and the French.
In October of 1961, Lee won a balloon and half a copy of The Elements of Aerial Navigation in a poker game in Texas. After all of his aëronautical jobs, Lee would send some gold to the Wells Fargo Bank as part of his retirement plan.
On 14 April 1962, Lee arrived in Novy Odense in search of work. There he met Iorek Byrnison the panserbjørn for the first time, and together they helped Captain H van Breda to escape with his cargo. In return for his aid, van Breda gave Scoresby his Winchester rifle.
Fight against the General Oblation BoardEdit
In the battle at Bolvangar, Lee rescued Iorek, Lyra and Roger Parslow, and with the aid of witches, they escaped in his balloon. During this journey, Lee spoke with Serafina Pekkala about the impending war. He promised his loyalty to Lyra. The balloon was attacked by cliff-ghasts, Lyra fell out and Iorek and Roger went to rescue her.
When Lord Asriel tore open the path to another world, Lee and the witches were buffeted by winds and swept far away. They managed to regroup and a witch's council was held, which Lee was given the privilege of attending. Lee informed the witches he had heard of an object which can protect the bearer and that Stanislaus Grumman knew of its whereabouts. Lee set off to find him.
Lee and Hester found Grumman, learning that he was in fact John Parry, the father of Will Parry. John had become a shaman, claiming he drew Lee to him with Lee's mother's ring. The two set off together to find the bearer of the Subtle knife.
Using the Church's ring, the pair recovered Lee's balloon. However, as the pair made their escape they were pursued and Lee lost his balloon. Although Grumman believed their pursuers would take them prisoners, Lee insisted he continue alone. As Grumman escaped, Lee held the pass fighting off the enemies that spoke Russian and wore blue uniforms. He managed to kill them all off, but got hit by a bullet in the process. Before dying, Scoresby called out for Serafina Pekkala with the flower she gave him, but she arrived too late to save him.
Serafina placed a spell over Scoresby's body to prevent it being desecrated by carrion beasts. Several days later, Iorek came across Lee's body and in a final act of respect for his friend, the bear thanked him before devouring his body, giving him the strength to save Lyra, which was Lee's greatest wish.
Personality and traitsEdit
Lee was non-violent and had consistent ethics.
Lee's dæmon was a female arctic hare (summer phase) named Hester.
Appearance and personalityEdit
Hester's fur was grey-brown and her eyes were gold-hazel flecked with peat-brown and forest-green. Her hearing was excellent, and this saved Lee's life on more than one occasion. Likewise, she was sure-footed, and, when climbing, Lee followed her steps. Like Lee, Hester was witty and dry, and did not often show her emotions, for example her crying and blaming herself left Lee shocked after their shooting at the gulch where they later died. In life, Hester often showed a gritty courage, for example on Novy Odense when fighting Pierre McConville, Hester dragged the assassin's dæmon away from him, putting herself at great personal risk so that Lee could make a clear shot.
During childhood and when re-enacting the Battle of the Alamo with friends, Hester would change between a variety of iconically American forms; a cougar, a wolf, sometimes a rattlesnake, but most often a mockingbird.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Lee was portrayed by Sam Elliott in the film adaptation of The Golden Compass. The author of the book Philip Pullman had singled out Elliott's performance as one the film got 'just right'.