Who exactly are the Normans you may ask, the answer is: Vikings. Vikings are Scandinavian explorers and traders who travelled across the Europe in their Longboats.
The term Norman however applies to the settlers in Normandy a region in Northern France. The first thing that comes to my mind when I say “Viking” is Thor. Not the comic character but the Norse god of thunder… ok fine all I can imagine is the comic character but apart from him the first thing comes to my mind is his father Odin, the all father. He was the ruler of Asgar, their own special country. All this for some reason reminds me of Indian mythology (Hindu mythology id I want to be politically correct) because Indra is the King of Devaloka, the place where the gods live and he also happens to be the god of lightning and thunder.
Postaldistrix- Postal districts
Doublehelix- Double helix; Helix is a spiral form or a structure; a spiral staircase. A double helix happens to be the structure of DNA
Engrave- carve out.
Grave- serious, severe
Justforkix- Just for kicks: something that is done just for the fun of it
Getting a bit soft- when someone over a period of time becomes meek or timid then he or she is said to have become a bit soft
Make a man of someone- when you want the above said person to become more ferocious then you try to make a man of him! Making a man of someone could also refer to making him more responsible
Peasant- somebody who lives in the country.
Out in the Styx- out in the middle of nowhere. This idiom has its origins from the river Styx. According to Greek mythology, the river Styx was the only thing separating the living world and the underworld
Allusion- a figure of speech that refers to something either directly or at least through implication. Obviously the banks of the river Styx are not very green and beautiful so Justforkix is, by use of allusion calling our little Gaulish village a very gloomy place
Quaint- old-fashioned, charming, picturesque, idyllic
Notion- view, idea
Ignoramus- an ignorant person
Trip the light fantastix (fantastic) – is to dance nimbly or lightly, or to move in a pattern to musical accompaniment
Golden oldies- something old or long-established, esp a hit record or song that has remained popular or is enjoying a revival Also called oldie
Catacombs- Subterranean cemeteries and tunnels. Paris has extensive catacombs. Justforkix is also referring to the underground music scene in Paris.
The Rolling Menhirs- an obvious reference to the Rolling Stones!!!
Entitled- permitted, allowed
Palace of Varietix: The Palace of Varieties, a music hall in London, now defunct
Slain- killed in battle
Prudence- carefulness, cautiousness
Norse drawn chariot- a very clever pun on horse drawn chariot
Timandahaf- Time and a half: overtime pay rate. It translates into one and a half times the normal pay for working on Sundays or other holidays
Stick at nothing- informal to be willing to do anything, even if it is illegal, in order to achieve something. They could also fly like bugs and stick to the windscreen
By gum- a rather poor joke if you ask me, obviously in reference to what Timandahalf just said. I guess a lot of humor is lost in translation.
Nescaf- Nescafe (the instant coffee)
Wrong side of the bed- get up or wake up on the wrong side of the bed: to begin the day feeling unhappy and uncomfortable
Bracing- invigorating, stimulating
Bloodthirsty- cruel, murderous
Provinces- Areas of a country situated away from the capital or population center
Out of touch- a loss in familiarity
Epitaf-Epitaph: inscription on tombstone.
Cenotaf- Cenotaph: empty tomb honoring person whose body is elsewhere
Transportcaf- Transport cafe (Brits say “caf” instead of “cafe”) – a greasy truckstop
Chiffchaf- Chiffchaff: Small brown and green European bird
Operatix- Operatic: like an opera
Acoustix- Acoustics: the sound of a place
Polyfonix- Polyfonics: multiple notes at once
Harmonix- Harmonics: higher frequency “echoes” of a base tone
Spoilsport- One who ruins the pleasure of others.
Debilitating- tending to weaken or enfeeble
Apple brandy- Calvados, a brandy made from apples. It seems the alcohol content can reach 40% and it is matured in oak casks for an average of six years. Calvados is often fondly referred to as ‘Calva’, which, ironically, is Latin for “skull”. The Normans are drinking Calva from skulls. What elaborate puns it’s bloody brilliant!
Put our heads together- Discuss or plan something among ourselves. Refer above and you’d get the joke!
Give quarter- to accept as prisoner, on submission in battle; to forbear to kill, as a vanquished enemy.
Rub the corners off-toughen up. I wonder if it has something to do with frayed edges.
Cut corners- o take shortcuts; to save money or effort by finding cheaper or easier ways to do something
Axle- A supporting shaft or member on or with which a wheel or a set of wheels revolves
In a tight corner- In a difficult situation
On your own head be it- used to tell someone that they will have to take full responsibility for what they plan to do
Souvenir- trinket, keepsake
Riffraf- the commoners
Make haste- do something quickly without wasting time
1066 and Hasting’s the word- The Battle of Hastings, 1066 AD, the decisive battle in the Norman conquest of England
Churn- grind, mix
Pg 22 frame 6: a very good pun referring to the Flu or the common cold and flying. If you look at it on another level you will find that the flu can be transmitted through air
Wade- the kind of movement one would make while walking through water
Knocking it back- drinking something in one gulp. You knock back shots of vodka or tequila
Oleaginus- Oleaginous: oily, greasy
Caraf- Carafe: bottle for beverages
Polytechnix- Polytechnic: skilled in many arts. Also a name given to certain colleges
Pang- sudden sharp spasm of pain
Scent of a bard- (pg 33 frames 5 and 6): Dogmatix is pointing, a trait characteristic of a breed of dog called the pointer. Pointers are used by bird hunters to smell out and sometimes retrieve the recently shot down bird. Does that explain why I find the line “Well, you’d better start teaching him to follow the scent of Bards” so very funny?
Sol lucet omnibus- the sun shines for everyone
Chiseler- a chisel is a metal tool with a sharp beveled edge, used to cut and shape stone, wood, or metal
Rearing- To rise on the hind legs
Turned milk- milk that has turned sour
Selfservix- Self service
Soothe their savage breasts- to calm down. The more popular version of the idiom is Soothe the savage beast or rather music soothes the savage beast. This reminds me of an old joke. To prove that music soothes the savage beast, a violinist goes deep into the heart of the African jungle and starts playing his violin. Soon enough a water buffalo comes charging towards him because he was in its territory. As the buffalo comes closer it hears the music and stops dead in its tracks enraptured by the performance. A lion comes out of nowhere and charges in hopes of human flesh for dinner and the same things happens to is as well. A giant tusker comes trundling towards and he too is enticed by the music. All three animals listen to the performance when suddenly a leopard comes out of nowhere and strikes down the violinist with one swipe of its paw. The other animals asked “why did you do that? We’ve never heard music like that before.” The leopard cups a paw to its ear and says “Could you repeat that? I’m a little hard at hearing.”
Grovel- beg, plead
Not make head or tail of something- not understand something
Philistines- One who lacks knowledge in a specific area
Sic transit gloria -And so the glory passes (said at the coronation of a pope)
Toocleverbyhaf- Too clever by half
ASterix and the Normans is not very funny, if you ask me it is probably one of the least humorous books in the series but that is in terms of dialogue and script ony. The panels for some reason are filled with fluidic motion that is not found in any other book and each panel is funnier than the last. Given the choice to pick a single panel as my favorite then I would pick this one for it’s excellent choice of words and because it is the only close up of Dogmatix!