Elder Gutknecht is one of the residents of the Land of the Dead. He lives at the top of an old, crumbling tower, in a room filled with books and ravens. He is a hunched-over skeleton with no teeth, a wispy fragment of beard, and spectacles. Initially presented as a frightening figure, he proves to be rather kind and grandfatherly. He is implied to be gifted magically, and he is the one who sends Victor and Emily Upstairs to meet Victor's parents via the Ukranian Haunting Spell. He later presides over what would have been Victor and Emily's proper wedding.