Tartary was a country in Lyra's world which could be divided in Central and Eastern Tartary.[1] A person from Tartary was called a Tartar.[2] Tartars were rumoured to eat children.[3] Tartary was near Muscovy and Western Siberia.[4]

There were multiple ghostly species in Tartary including the Nälkäinen - a ghost that would grab a person sleeping in their forests and never let go. There were also the Breathless Ones, half-dead warriors whose heart needed to be pumped manually by their dæmons.[3]


It was rumoured that Tartary had invaded Muscovy.[2]



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