Mannan is a minor character in my debut novel, The Gallowglass. He represents one of the thousands of Irishmen who left during the Desmond Wars as a child and moved into the harsh terrain of the Scottish Highlands. Like many of those desperate men, he became a mercenary, too. Mannan is Black Irish, meaning he has coal black hair but a faire complexion. He is a beefy, thick man of medium built with a wild beard and long, stringy hair. If you saw him you would probably mistake him for an Old Testament profit. In fact, at one point Philip compares Mannan to the Judge Gideon.
If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I used to perform at the Southern Californian Renaissance Faire back in the 1990s. If you really know me then you know that I have based this character off of my friend, Roger Boone. In fact, the character name was the faire name Boon still uses when he works faire. But my Mannan is a little different.
My Mannan is a bit more dour, a LOT more reserved, and, unlike my friend Roger, my Mannan is a Calvinist. He follows Philip from France into Ireland and is actually one of the company’s sergeants. He is deadly with a dirk, a pike, and even a wheel lock pistol.
I liked the character very much. Unfortunately, the way the story went, I didn’t have enough space to really delve into Mannan’s story and reasons for being in Ireland. He remains a minor character, unfortunately.
To rectify that I plan to publish a Novella about Mannan sometime in the autumn of this year. It will be a fast paced, action filled story about blood feuds and spiraling violence.