(Puccini: Turandot). Bass. The blind exiled King of Tartary, father of Calaf (the Unknown Prince, who is to attempt to answer Turandot's three riddles). He has fled, aided only by the slave-girl Liù, and thought his son to be dead until he saw him in the crowd. Fearful that Calaf will be killed if his identity is known, Timur is determined to keep it a secret. He begs Calaf not to take part in Turandot's dangerous competition. Timur is arrested by Turandot's guards, who try to make him reveal the Unknown Prince's name. Created (1926) by Carlo Walter.