Towerpedia:Oy of MidWorld

Oy is a fictional character in author Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. Oy is a billy bumbler, or throcken, who is described as a cross between a raccoon, a woodchuck and a dachshund. He has gray and black striped fur, gold-rimmed eyes and squiggly tail.

Joining the Ka-tet

Oy’s first meeting with the ka-tet is when he wakes up Jake by licking his face. He is skinny and has bite marks on his body, leading Roland to believe he was ejected from his former pack of billy-bumblers. probably for his unusual ability to speak (or imitate human speech). Skittish at first, he is befriended by Jake and follows the ka-tet on their journey. He is especially attached to Jake, and it is hard to tell whether he is Jake’s pet billy-bumbler, or Jake is his pet boy.

Lud and the Calla

Oy helps Roland rescue Jake when he is kidnapped by Gasher. After this Roland starts seeing Oy as part of their ka-tet, and Roland and Jake especially can't avoid seeing Oy more as a human than an animal.

When the ka-tet reaches Calla Bryn Sturgis in Wolves of the Calla, Oy impresses the townspeople by acting as a full part of the ka-tet with the others, calling himself Oy of the Line of Eld.

Jake's Death

In the final volume, Oy's best friend Jake is killed by a car, sacrificing himself to save Stephen King's life. Oy is with him until the very end, and weeps as Roland buries him in the forest. After this, Oy lies howling on Jake's grave, staying there for tens of minutes. Roland first thinks he will stay by Jake's grave until he starves to death, but he instead decides to follow Roland to the end of his quest. However Oy is never again the same - he is always mourning Jake and barely talks any longer.

In End-World

Oy follows Roland, Susannah and Patrick Danville into the White Lands of Empathica in End-World. As Susannah steps through the door to New York, Oy has the choice to follow her or to stay for the Tower. Oy chooses the Tower and Roland.

A few days later, the trio is attacked by Mordred as Patrick Danville falls asleep on his post. Oy wakes and attacks Mordred to stop him from getting the sleeping Roland. Roland wakes up in time to see Oy biting Mordred and having the chance to flee, but instead bravely trying again. Mordred throws the bumbler, who is pierced to a stick. Roland kills Mordred and goes to the dying animal, who licks his hand and says the one word 'Olan before dying.

In the Afterword

In the epilogue to the final volume, Susannah reunites with alternate versions of Jake and Eddie in New York of 1987. In the afterword, King hints that Oy might return to their lives, in form of a canine whose barks sounds a lot like speech.

Original artwork by boehmke



Furth, Robin. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance. Scribner, 2006. ISBN 0743297342

King, Stephen. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book I, Revised). Viking Adult, 2003. ISBN 0670032549

King, Stephen. The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, Book II). Viking Adult, 2003. ISBN 0670032557

King, Stephen. The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, Book III). Viking Adult, 2003. ISBN 0670032565

King, Stephen. Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, Book IV). Viking Adult, 2003. ISBN 0670032573

King, Stephen. Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, Book V). Donald M. Grant/Scribner, 2003. ISBN 1880418568

King, Stephen. Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower, Book VI). Donald M. Grant/Scribner, 2004. ISBN 1880418592

King, Stephen. The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, Book VII). Donald M. Grant/Scribner, 2004. ISBN 1880418622

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