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storxian t1_j1i4lg9 wrote

From a peer reviewed, illustrated academic study by Goscini and Udzero?


jimicus t1_j1idfxf wrote

And the mistletoe is a vital ingredient in a magic potion that gives the drinker superhuman strength.


ILoveLoIis t1_j1iug6f wrote

Did it work?


jimicus t1_j1ixozt wrote

Oh yes. Though you have to watch any infants like a hawk - if they fall in, the effects can be permanent.

And you do NOT want to deal with the Terrible Twos with a toddler that can punch you through a door.


Obelix13 t1_j1j9gwl wrote

Some may even turn to stone.


jimicus t1_j1lgq37 wrote

Turn to stone… which one’s that from?


JPHutchy01 t1_j1ipah9 wrote

I still desperately need to read Asterix, from what I've heard the English translations are good now which is for the best because my French is horrific and by this point probably nonexistent.


Hattix t1_j1j5uo1 wrote

René Goscinny is on record several times praising the English translators, at least once saying he'd wished he'd have thought of a pun they used.

For example, he preferred Dogmatix to Idéfix. They both mean "fixed idea", the dog is in every book, but Dogmatix works better.


CaptainBaoBao t1_j1joz28 wrote

Gosciny have lived in England. It is how he made a Asterix And The Briton so accurate.


13gecko t1_j1jscqj wrote

Oooh, I didn't know some names were different. I'm going to have to google the OG French version now.

He's right, "Dogmatix" is perfection.


storxian t1_j1ju913 wrote

The original translation is the single greatest collection of puns in the English language


joncgde2 t1_j1l4v6b wrote


They’ve always been great. There’s no real excuse not to read them, other than you just haven’t gotten around to it.


JPHutchy01 t1_j1l52yh wrote

That's very true. I remembered after writing that, it's Jules Verne that had the bad translations and that Goscinny worked in the US so of course they'd be fine. There's no excuse for that mistake beyond tiredness and them both being French icons I need to read.


darth_nadoma OP t1_j1i50pt wrote

Actually from Curiosity Stream:Curiosity Stream - Druids - The Mystery of Celtic Priests


TakaIta t1_j1ibo24 wrote

Probably the Goscinny & Uderzo reference is better understood by Europeans.


OgrePatch t1_j1jcnqz wrote

French Canadians get it. Probably most Canadians actually.


13gecko t1_j1js0zq wrote

I'm Australian and I adored Asterix as a kid - it fostered my love of language.


Tasnaki1990 t1_j1ipw7b wrote

18th century fantasy as far as we know. We actually know very little about the druids and what we do know is from Roman and Greek sources and those are to be taken with a grain, if not a bag of salt.


neerwil t1_j1j7r3b wrote

A good example of how little we know is the misconception of how widespread the druids were. Many imagine them as a European religious sect when the truth is the best evidence we have for them is in Wales and there didn't seem to other groups organized the way the Welsh priests were in other parts of Europe.


ConradBHart42 t1_j1kmyhu wrote

Ten guys in some dank forest do some crazy shit and we're still hearing about it 300 years later.


darth_nadoma OP t1_j1low9y wrote

That was Pliny the Elder who said that. And that documentary I watched had archeologists confirm that it was probably true.

They showed a druid statue in Germany with a Mistletoe hat, and a Danish gold cauldron similar to the one in Obelix story, actually it inspired a lot of the comics.


Tasnaki1990 t1_j1n8bb5 wrote

Like I said, grain of salt. Pliny the Elder also wrote of monstrous races, the Cynocephali or Dog-Heads, the Sciapodae, whose single foot could act as a sunshade, the mouthless Astomi, who lived on scents as being true living beings on the edge of the world.

What statue is it? And is it a druid or probably a druid or mythological figure? And yes cauldrons were important items in Celtic mythology.


MIShadowBand t1_j1iepuh wrote

That is some 18th Century Romantic Revival ideas, right there.


SpacePatata t1_j1ithyu wrote

Nope. They used a knife made of silex stone. For real. Gold is not a proper metal to cut anything BTW.


Tryingsoveryhard t1_j1kvp2t wrote

We don’t have any idea what druids used to cut mistletoe, or really much at all about them.


ILoveLoIis t1_j1iucqn wrote

Minecraft says otherwise!


Night_FoE t1_j1iuo8j wrote

Huh? I can't hear you over the sound of like 12 shovels breaking in a row.


Soulaire t1_j1ig1df wrote

I believe this was discovered by Detective Halligan of Scotland Yard, who became famous for the archeological discoveries he made using only a dubiously-acquired pair of scissors.


kapege t1_j1j7r4y wrote

You didn't read Asterix as a kid, do you?


wscottwatson t1_j1ip3t6 wrote

Try reading Asterix the Gaul!


Obelix13 t1_j1jaa5a wrote

No, not Asterix the Gaul, but Asterix and the Adventure of the Golden Sickle. We had quite a blast.


PoochyJangleSpanx t1_j1i33j4 wrote

When I was a kid my dad and I gathered it with a Remington .22


Amorougen t1_j1jn85h wrote

My father and I did that as well, but used a Marlin lever action .22


Evil-Burrito t1_j1irvjn wrote

That’s how I’ve always heard of people getting it down


pete1901 t1_j1i6p0z wrote

We used cruise missiles mostly. It just sets the festive mood so well.


Humanmale80 t1_j1j7zd4 wrote

Golden sickle is probably a bit too commie for you.


bigbangbilly t1_j1k8s0d wrote

Bang Bang Maxwell's came down upon her head

-The Beatles


ogmouseonamouseorgan t1_j1jhjpa wrote

Asterix taught me this when I was like 8


Bubbaganewsh t1_j1jq02l wrote

I read Asterisx and The Golden Sickle again not that long ago, love the Asterix comics.


ogmouseonamouseorgan t1_j1jt4ja wrote

My brother bought me the first book when he went to university back in like 84 or something. I was about 8 or 9 and then bought me one or two every year. Loved them. Still quote them often.


Cubs90NA t1_j1i0y3g wrote

I've been wondering what to do with that golden sickle I've had laying around...


Spiron123 t1_j1jj6c1 wrote

Now all you need to find is a parchment that carries the recipe of a certain potion...


-McJuice- t1_j1j2ytc wrote

Funny, she doesn’t look druish


DownBeat20 t1_j1jnziu wrote

It's the mystery of the druids, they all have an attitude!


spoke2 t1_j1l1onb wrote

"In ancient times hundreds of years before the dawn of history Lived this strange race of people, the druids No one knows who they were what they were doing..."


badblackguy t1_j1lc57g wrote

And they brewed a remarkable potion with it that gave you great strength.