Douglas Adams’s grave in Highgate Cemetery

More pix from my London trip.

Author Douglas Adams [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.] is buried in the new section of Highgate Cemetery, in North London (that’s the section you don’t need to take a tour to visit, though you do need to pay a fee). His grave is simple and tucked unobtrusively into one corner:

It is marked on the maps you can buy when you enter, though, and it’s not hard to find. Surprisingly, however, fan tributes are as simple as the headstone:

Someone did leave a towel, which would have been my first choice for a tribute to leave, too. It’s a bit hard to see because the colors blend in with the foliage, and it’s obviously been there quite a while — it’s started to rot away:

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Lanna Lee Maheux-Quinn
Wed, Feb 18, 2009 3:09pm

I love the towel. How beautiful.

Wed, Feb 18, 2009 3:20pm

Jewish tradition warrants leaving a pebble on top of the tombstone or plaque to signify someone has honored the deceased person’s memory with a visit.

C. David Dent
Wed, Feb 18, 2009 3:23pm

I have to admit to a teary eye at seeing that green die on the headstone. How perfect! Random and geeky at the same time.

The towel was a nice touch.

Wed, Feb 18, 2009 3:36pm

The Jewish tradition — leaving an offering for the dead — is the same as in many other religions; most Anglo gentiles would leave flowers. The Judaic preference for stones or pebbles stems from an aversion from bringing more death — a dead plant — to the grave.

But I really, really like that someone left a D6. Adams wasn’t himself a direct influence on gamers (certainly not to the extent that Gygax was), but he was still a formative influence on many of us.

Maybe a stone Scrabble tile would be appropriate, too.

the rook
the rook
Thu, Feb 19, 2009 1:30am

we leave pebbles because we’re a desert people. there are no flowers in the desert.

Pat Mustard
Pat Mustard
Thu, Feb 19, 2009 4:56am

Missing, presumed fed.