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There's always been a god-shaped hole in man's head. Trees were the first to fill it. Mr. Wood was the trees. Mr. Wood was the forest. Well, he was a very old god who saw something very new: he saw a god-fearing society turn towards complete industrialization. So what did he do? He sacrificed his trees. He sacrificed his forest. And he became something else.

Mr. Wednesday to Shadow, "A Murder of Gods"

Mr. Wood is an ancient god of trees and forest that aligned himself with the New Gods.

Background Edit

Mr. Wood was once an old god of trees and forest, very old even to Mr. Wednesday's standard. He saw industrialization threatening his worship and chose to sacrifice his trees and forests and at some point, he joined the New Gods.

Significance in series Edit

"Lemon Scented You" Edit

Mr. Wood disguises himself in the police station as a chair before he opens his eye. He consumes the deceased police officers in the station by transforming into a tree-like form with branches that chase Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday around the police station and stabs Shadow in the side with one of his branches. It is implied that he also attacked and killed two police officers that apprehend Mad Sweeney.

"A Murder of Gods" Edit

Mr. Wood gives a parting gift to Shadow Moon by way of a splinter inside Shadow's wound. It grows inside him but Mr. Wednesday shares the origins of Mr. Wood with Shadow as he removes the root from Shadow's side.

Physical appearance Edit

  • Transfiguration: Mr. Wood can disguise himself as a wooden object and can transform into a tree as shown in "Lemon Scented You."
  • Parasitism: Mr. Wood is capable of infecting others with pieces of himself as shown in "Lemon Scented You" when he stabs Shadow with one of his branches. Mr. Wednesday later has to remove the parasite from Shadow in "A Murder of Gods."

Notes and trivia Edit

  • Mr. Wood's series appearance has been expanded from his minor role as a member of the Spooks.
  • Based on Mr. Wednesday's tale of men and gods, trees were one of the first to fill men's idea of deities. This implied that Mr. Wood arose from animistic beliefs since it was one of the first form of worship.

References Edit

Mr. Wood is one of the Spooks, an agency that hunts Shadow at the behest of Mr. World.


Significance in narrative Edit

Chapter Six Edit

Shadow shuttles Old Gods from the House on the Rock to a restaurant where Wednesday will be wining and dining them. When they get to the restaurant, Shadow is stopped by someone asking for a match before he is hit over the head, restrained, and driven away in a truck.

Shadow labels his captors as the "Spooks" and they take Shadow to a tiny, sparsely furnished room where they hold him prisoner. They remove his belongings except for two quarters, which Shadow uses to entertain himself before putting them away and taking out the silver Liberty dollar to hold onto while he waited. At three in the morning, the Spooks return, asking how long Shadow has been working for Wednesday. They introduce themselves as Mr. Wood (the "bad cop") and Mr. Stone (the "good cop" with the glasses). They feed him and continue questioning him with Wood beating Shadow when Shadow only tells them what they already know. They leave him alone for a couple of hours and Shadow lays down to sleep, dreaming of his mother and Zorya Polunochnaya.

Shadow wakes up to Laura covered in blood. She killed the Spooks and helps Shadow escape from the abandoned freight train car he had been housed in. She tells him to lay low for a while and head South.

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