Allan Quatermain

Real Name

Allan Quatermain

First Appearance

King Solomon's Mines (1885)

Original Publisher

Cassell & Company

Created by

Henry Rider Haggard


Quatermain is an English-born professional big game hunter and occasional trader in southern Africa. He supports colonial efforts to spread civilization in the Dark Continent, and he also favours native Africans having a say in how their affairs are run. Quatermain is a quintessential imperial outdoors-man who finds English cities and climate unbearable, and thus he prefers to spend most of his life in Africa, where he grew up under the care of his widower father, a Christian missionary. In the earliest-written novels native Africans refer to Quatermain as Macumazahn, meaning "Watcher-by-Night," a reference to his nocturnal habits and keen instincts. In later-written novels, Macumazahn is said to be a short form of Macumazana, meaning "One who stands out." Quatermain is frequently accompanied by his native servant, the Hottentot Hans, a wise and caring family retainer from his youth whose sarcastic comments offer a sharp critique of European conventions. In his final adventures, Quatermain is joined by two British companions, Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good of the Royal Navy, and by his African friend Umslopogaas.

In one of his later adventures, Allan travels to Kôr, and is confronted by She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Public Domain Appearances


  • King Solomon's Mines #1


  • King Solomon's Mines (1885)
  • Allan Quatermain (1887)
  • Allan’s Wife (1887)
  • Maiwa’s Revenge: or, The War of the Little Hand (1888)
  • Marie (1912)
  • Child of Storm (1913)
  • The Holy Flower (1915)
  • The Ivory Child (1916)
  • Finished (1917)
  • The Ancient Allan (1920)
  • She and Allan (1920)
  • Heu-heu: or, The Monster (1924)
  • The Treasure of the Lake (1926)
  • Allan and the Ice-gods (1927)
  • "Hunter Quatermain's Story" (first published in In a Good Cause, 1885)
  • "Long Odds" (first published in Macmillan's Magazine February 1886)
  • "A Tale of Three Lions" (first serialized in Atalanta Magazine, October-December 1887)

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