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Shadow Moon is the primary protagonist and central subject of American Gods. He is an ex-convict who is caught up in the war between the Old Gods and the New Gods when Mr. Wednesday hires him as a bodyguard.
Shadow Moon was born in Norway and raised by his mother in America. Shadow was a very small, bookish boy who enjoyed reading but was often bullied by his classmates until he was thirteen. Then he went through a growth spurt, becoming a big, strong man. He joined the swim team and the weightlifting team, and no one expected much of him until he met Laura.
Shadow married Laura McCabe and worked with his best friend Robbie Burton at a gym called the Muscle Farm in Eagle Point, Indiana. He was arrested and imprisoned for assaulting somebody who stole from him and planned on returning to his wife and job after leaving prison.
Significance in series Edit
Physical appearance Edit
Various characters question Shadow's race. Gaiman has confirmed that Shadow's mother is black. Shadow is thirty-two years old at the start of the novel. He was "big enough and looked don't-fuck-with-me enough" to keep out of trouble while in prison. Shadow's eyes are described as gray in color.
Notes and trivia Edit
- Ricky Whittle as Shadow was the first casting announcement.
- He sent in 16 audition tapes before being cast in the role of Shadow.
- He gained close to thirty pounds.
- Jonathan Tucker and Ricky Whittle filmed the prison scenes between Low Key Lyesmith and Shadow at a real penitentiary in Oklahoma.