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Arthur Holmwood
Dracula character
First appearanceDracula
Created byBram Stoker
In-universe information
AliasLord Godalming
SpeciesHuman
GenderMale
TitleThe Honourable[1]
SpouseWife (unknown)
RelativesLord Godalming (father)(Deceased)
NationalityEnglish

Arthur "Art" Holmwood (later Lord Godalming) is a fictional character in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.

In the novel

Holmwood is engaged to Lucy Westenra, and is best friends with the other two men who proposed to her on the very same day— Quincey Morris and Doctor John Seward. Holmwood is the one who drives a wooden stake into Lucy after she becomes a vampire and helps hunt Count Dracula. He is the only son of Lord Godalming.[1] When his father dies about halfway through the novel, Arthur inherits his title. It is through his wealth and fortune that the team are able to be funded in their operation of vanquishing Dracula. He has been depicted aiding the other protagonists of the novel in raiding Dracula's many lairs throughout London as well as aiding in the investigation of locating Dracula's many purchased estates. It is mentioned in the note at the end of the novel, written seven years after Dracula's death, that Holmwood is now married happily.

It is of interest to note that Holmwood and Jonathan Harker exchange personality types depending on whose significant other is being terrorized by the Count. In the beginning, Holmwood is emotional and prone to melancholia while Jonathan attempts to maintain a strong will and recovery after his time in Dracula's castle. After the death of Holmwood's father, Holmwood gains a somewhat stronger will, befitting his new title, while Jonathan is prone to melancholia as his wife is terrorized by the Count.

In other media

On screen

Holmwood played by Michael Gough in Dracula (1958)
Holmwood played by Michael Gough in Dracula (1958)

Though a major character in the novel, Arthur Holmwood has been omitted from some adaptations of the story. In the 1977 adaptation Count Dracula, he is merged with the character Quincey Morris and renamed Quincey Holmwood. To date he has been portrayed in films and television by:

On stage

Other media

References

  1. ^ a b Stoker, Bram. Dracula (PDF). Chapter 6, Mina Murray's Journal, 26 July. p. 105. Mr. Holmwood, he is the Hon. Arthur Holmwood, only son of Lord GodalmingCS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/mck25q/dracula-by-northern-ballet--dracula-by-northern-ballet/