I was going to post a bit of snark at the expense of the graphics typsetter person at the start of the show getting the rather essential word ‘dæmon’ wrong (like obvious we all just write ‘daemon’ for convenience in fandom circles but on the official intro card for this huge-budget show you’d think they’d make sure that was right…)
I was going to make a dumb joke about the Gobblers getting everywhere, even separating the precious bond between the two halves of the æ. But then I was looking the character up and saw this diagram of the glyph’s evolution:
It literally derives from an original pair of glyphs of a person and an animal.
It might be too much to suppose that Pullman knew his Old English to the extent that this is intentional, but it shows what depths can be found in the writing of someone who is both very intelligent and widely read. I guess it hadn’t really occurred to me that there’s a nice typographical gag in the word dæmon in that it includes a character that is one and two entities at once. Let alone that it turns out it’s a character that symbolises a uniting of human and animal symbolism.