Kalmar Wingfeather is the second son of Esben and Nia Wingfeather. For much of the series he preferred to be called Tink. He was the High King of Anniera at the end of the Fourth Epoch and into the Fifth Epoch. He helped defeat Gnag the Nameless and restore the Shining Isle.
In 4/442, Gnag the Nameless invaded the Shining Isle of Anniera. The Annierans were quickly overrun, and Castle Rysen was destroyed. Kalmar escaped with his grandfather Podo Helmer, his mother, and his two siblings.
The survivors sailed to Skree, where they lived in hiding for nine years under the surname Igiby.
Nine years after the Great War, Kalmar and his siblings were captured by the fang Slarb after Slarb was kicked by Leeli. Nia, his mother, offered jewelry and maggotloaf to Commander Gnorm, the local leader of the Fangs, in exchange for her children. The next day, Kalmar and his brother Janner went to Books and Crannies, where Kalmar discovered a map drawn by Oskar N. Reteep, the owner of Books and Crannies. The map showed the main street of the Glipwood Township, and lead to Anklejelly Manor. The map showed the Seal of Anniera, above which a the text "The Jewels of Anniera". Janner and Kalmar thought that the Jewels of Anniera must be hidden at Anklejelly Manor. The next day, Janner and Kalmar went to Anklejelly Manor and found a room full of weapons. When Commander Gnorm met with General Khrak, leader of all fangs, Gnorm gave Khrak one of the amulets that Nia had given him. The amulet was marked with the Seal of Anniera. Gnag the Nameless, Khrak's master, had been looking everywhere for the Jewls of Anniera, and Khrak realized that the owner of the amulet must be the owner of the Jewels. The Wingfeathers were captured by the Fangs, but Janner, Podo, and Peet the Sock Man slew all of the fangs before they could be put in the Black Carriage and taken to Gnag the Nameless. Kalmar and his family hid in the secret room of Anklejelly Manor, where Podo Helmer and Artham Wingfeather made a stand against the Fangs. Afterward, Janner and his family retreated to the temporary safety of Peet's treehouse. While at Peet's Treeholuse, it was revealed that Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli were the Jewels of Anniera, and that their last name was actually Wingfeather, not Igiby. She also revealed that their father was Esben Wingfeather, High King of Anniera. It was revealed that because of Anniera's kingship system, that Kalmar was the heir to the throne. This was something that Janner reveled with for the course of the series because he thought that Kalmar did not deserve to be the king.
Journey to Kimera
When the Fangs advanced again, however, the Wingfeathers began to move north to Kimera, where a rebellion was brewing. The rebeillion was in the north because the regular Fangs hated the cold, and would not survive a battle, as shown with Zigrit. The Wingfeathers then had to cross Miller's Bridge to cross the River Blapp. Here, they were attacked by Trolls and Fangs. Nugget, Leeli's dog, sacrificed himself to get the family across the bridge. The family was then captured by the Stranders of the East Bend. Podo, having once been a strander himself, knew the nature of the Stranders and thought that he could allow the stranders to release them if he told them a story. He told them a story about how he stole the pone of Growlfist the Strander King. Claxton Weaver, leader of the Stranders, did not believe that the story was true, however, and did not allow them to be freed. Instead, he wanted to throw the Wingfeathers into the River Blapp. Kalmar was able to pickpocket many items, including Claxton's Pone. Because he stole the pone, which was a medallion, he became the leader of the strand. The family stayed in the East Bend for a time, during which Kalmar befriended Maraly Weaver. Maraly was the daughter of Claxton Weaver and she played Tackleball against Kalmar. Later in the series, she helped Janner reach Kimera. Kalmar was able to grant his family passage through Strander territory and made it to Dugtown. While in Dugtown, Kalmar decided he did not want to be a Wingfeather anymore. and ran back to the Strander Territory, in hopes he could join them. However, he was wrong. Claxton Weaver had regained power by that point, and when Kalmar arrived, sent him away on the Black Carriage.
The Phoob Islands
After being put in the Black Carriage, Kalmar was put on a ship and taken to the Phoob Islands to be Fanged by Amrah the Stonekeeper. He claimed that his his name was Weaver, so Amrah did not no not to turn him int a fang, and instead take him to Gnag the Nameless. Artham Wingfeather was also detained at the time, and he stopped Kalmar from singing the entire song. Artham harnessed the hawk that was melded within him, and sprouted wings. He took Kalmar, who was now a fang, and flew away. When Artham and Kalmar arrived at the ship that the Wingfeathers were using to escape the battle, he wanted so badly to escape that he jumped into the cold water of the Dark Sea of Darkness. Janner jumped in after him, and Kalmar tried to kill him, and gravely injured him, though Janner did survive. On the Journey to Ban Rona, Janner would tell Kalmar stories about the time before he was fanged. Eventually, he remembered who he was and his eyes turned blue, instead of the yellow of Fang eyes.
The Green Hollows
When he arrived in Green Hollows, the Hollowsfolk thought that Kalmar was an actual fang and locked him in the dungeon. He was able to be freed and escape execution when his mother, Nia, declared Turalay. This made it so if Kalmar would be punished, his mother would receive the same punishment. When the Kalmar, Janner, and Leeli had to go to school, Kalmar wanted to join the Durgan Guild. Janner was not happy about this because since he was Kalmar's Throne Warden, he had to join the same guild as his brother, despite wanting to join the Bookbindery Guild. While living in the Hollows, Kalmar and his family lived at Chimney Hill, which was owned by his great-grandfather Kargan Igiby. The house was kept by Freva Longhunter. Until the Wingfeathers moved to the Green Hollows, Bonifer Squoon lived at the house. Kalmar was bullied frequently at the school, but he made a few friends in the Durgan Guild such as Joe Bill, Morsha, and Quincy. During the time in the Green Hollows, Kalmar began to fall victim to his wolf instincts abd started eating the Livestock of Hollowsfolk he had also been feeding a Cloven who was melded with a bear. This Cloven was later revealed to be Kalmar's father, Esben Wingfeather. He was thought to have died, but had actually been captured, taken to Castle Throg, and melded with a bear. When his father had left Throg, he found the city of Clovenfast, where he lived for many years. Bonifer Squoon kidnapped Bonnie, the baby daughter of Freva Longhunter, and people assumed Kalmar had eaten the child. The hollowsfolk were outraged, and wanted to execute Kalmar. Because Nia had declared Turalay, she also had to be executed. Bonifer Squoon claimed that royalty could not be executed, only deported. The Hollowsfolk did not listen to Bonifer, but before they could execute Nia and Kalmar, Esben Wingfeather came into the Keep of Ban Rona holding Bonnie. Kalmar is decided to be innocent. Bonifer Squoon then led an army of Fangs into Ban Rona. It turned out that Bonifer Squoon had been working for Gnag the Nameless the whole time. The Wingfeather children were saved from the clutches of Bonifer by Esben, but at the expense of Esben's own life. He died from the injuries he recieved during the battle. Unlike most cloven, he did not turn to dust when he died.
End of the War
After Esben's death, the Hollowsfolk began preparing for war. All of the tribes pledged their allegiance to Kalmar. Janner turned thirteen around this time, and was Blindplopped. Blindplopping is a Durgan tradition where a Durgan Guildling is placed somewhere in the forest and they must find their way back to Ban Rona. During this time a battle started in Ban Rona. Bat Fangs began to appear in swarms. During the battle, Kalmar delivered the message to the warriors at the Field of Finley to deliver arrows to the Keep. Afterword, however Kalmar felt himself become more like a fang and forgot who he was for a minute. He knew that soon, he would be a fang completely, and decided to try to face Gnag alone in Castle Throg. On his quest to Castle Throg, he came across a band of Ridgerunners that had battled Janner and Oood. He told them that he had orders from General Fithyhoop(who didn't really exist) that there was a storehouse of fruit near a lake shaped like a shoe. He made this story up, but after a seventeen year quest the Ridgerunners discovered a lake in the shape of a shoe in the Jungles of Plonst. This quest became known as the Fithyhoop Quandary. Soon after finding the ridgerunners, Kalmar found Janner and Oood the Troll, who joined him on his quest.
When Janner, Kalmar, and Oood made it to the Blackwood, they were attacked by herd of toothy cows. They barely survived the stampede by taking refuge in the Cloven city Clovenfast. They went to the cave that had once belonged to their father. Some of the cloven guided the boys and Oood to Castle Throg. As they got closer to the Castle, however, the cloven started to go insane. They attacked Oood and the boys. Oood was able to protect them, but he was gravely injured. In the morning, Janner and Kalmar found that Oood's body had disappeared. It was later revealed that he had found the First Well and used its water to heal himself.
When they arrived at Castle Throg, Kalmar forgot who he was, like the fangs and many cloven, and ran of into the dark corridors of the castle. He acted as a guard in the room where the Stonekeeper Murgah melded Fangs. When he sees Janner enter the room, he remembers who he is and saves Janner from being Fanged. Janner uses the light of the Ancient Stone used to meld fangs in Throg to escape, since fangs are scared by the light that the stone produces. They find Bonifer Squoon in the hallways who steals the stone in order to meld himself with a spider. They run away from him and lead him to some of Gnag's Trolls who crush him. The trolls help them because of their friendship with Oood. he trolls lower the boys down the chasm using a gondola, but the boys are captured by Murgah, who takes them to Leeli to Castle Rysen. There Gnag used Janner and his siblings' powers to open the Fane of Fire, from which Gnag retrieved a large portion of Holoré. Gnag uses the stone to meld himself with Yurgen, king of the Dragons. Janner and his siblings returned with Gnag to Ban Rona. Gnag, the Fangs, and Ridgerunners all attack Ban Rona. The Sea dragons, led by Hulwen join the battle. The battle looks hopeless, but at the last minute, Oood appears, along with an army of cloven. Oood uses the water from the First Well to restore the dragons' fins to wings. In the end, the battle is won when Oskar N. Reteep tells Gnag that he has a name: Davion Wingfeather. Gnag realizes that all that he did was wrong, and dies, turning to dust.
After Gnag the Nameless was defeated at the Field of Finley, Janner uses an ancient stone to meld himself with most of the fangs and cloven, Kalmar included, to change them back to humans. He renames all of the Cloven and Fangs who had forgotten their names. Sara Cobbler, Nia Igiby, Kalmar Wingfeather, and Leeli Wingfeather are seen at the end of Book Four boarding Hulwen, taking Janner's body, on a quest to find the First Well, in the hopes that Janner could be healed.
Personality and Traits
While he was human, Kalmar had blue eyes and was slightly shorter than Janner. He had a terrible fear of heights, and when he was young was terrified just from being on the shoulders of his grandfather, Podo. Despite being afraid of heights, he was exceptional at running. He had a somewhat sloppy nature and was prone to eating frequently and in sloppily. He has a very adventurous spirit and often doesn't think much about his decisions. He has little fear of danger, and often prefers going toward it instead of away. Kalmar was embarrassed when he found out that he was the king of Anniera. During much of the series he prefered to be called Tink rather than Kalmar because he did not consider or want himself to be important or powerful, and the name Tink suited this idea better than Kalmar. Because he preferred informality, he was drawn to joining the Stranders. This, combined with the struggle he had gone through, caused him to rebuke his past and join the Stranders.
When Kalmar became a Fang, he forgot who he was and suffered at the sound of his own name. He was covered in grey fur and his eyes turned yellow, though he stayed the same height. He also became much stronger. He acted like the other fangs until he remembered who he was. After he remembered, his eyed turned blue again and he acted similar to how he did before he was fanged. Despite this, he had occasional wolfish compulsions, such as eating live animals and staying in a den.
In the Wingfeather Saga Short Film, Kalmar was shown similar to how he was in the books, with brown hair, blue eyes, an uneven haircut, and a height slightly lower than Janner's. He still enjoys running towards danger and eats very sloppily. He does not use the nickname Tink, but this is likely for film making reasons.
Skills and Abilities
Being the second born of Annieran royalty, Kalmar was taught art, one of the T.H.A.G.S. He excels at art and often sticks his tongue out of the side of his mouth when he paints or draws. Another ability that he has because of his heritage is the ability to, with the help of his brother and sister, the other Jewels of Anniera, open the Fane of Fire. He is also the only one allowed to enter it, being the king. He can also run very quickly, an ability that was strengthened when he was Fanged. He is also very good at archery. He retained all of these abilities after he was Fanged.
- Castle Rysen, Anniera, Dang
- Igiby Cottage, Glipwood Township, Skree
- Peet's Tree House, Glipwood Forest, Skree
- Chimney Hill, Ban Rona, Green Hollows, Dang
- Castle Rysen, Anniera, Dang