8 Great Literary Beards
Authors and characters who sported fetching facial hair
For some, they’re majestic symbols of manhood; for others, they mean that the wearer has something to hide. Beards in literature can evoke all kinds of emotions or associations in the reader’s mind.
When it comes to beards for characters, they can be used as shorthand for loveable old friends, like Albus Dumbledore or Hagrid in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, or for twisted villains, like Mr Twit in Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale.
It’s not just characters who sport whiskers either – some authors, such as Iain Banks and Craig Russell, have cultivated fine facial hair too. Some bearded writers even endow their creations with chin-warmers, such as the Van Dyke-style beard sported by Admiral James Sandecker in the Dirk Pitt novels by Clive Cussler, who wears a slightly bushier version himself.