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Political unrest in Europe in the late s influenced Herge when he wrote King Ottokar’s Sceptre, in which Tintin and absent-minded Professor Alembick travel. Characters Guide by Album. Compiled by staff Irene Mar and Etienne Chevalier. King Ottokar’s Sceptre. A. Alembick, Alfred · Alembick, Hector . Jun 2, King Ottokar’s Sceptre – colour facsimile edition: Colour facsimile / partly re- drawn version. Hardback. King Ottokar’s Sceptre – colour.

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King Ottokar’s Sceptre French: The story tells of young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowywho kttokar to the fictional Balkan nation of Syldaviawhere they combat a plot to overthrow the monarchy of King Muskar XII.

King Ottokar’s Sceptre was a commercial success and was published in book form by Casterman shortly after its conclusion. Jacobs for Casterman ‘s republication.

The story introduces the recurring character Bianca Castafioreand introduced the fictional countries of Syldavia and Borduriaboth of which reappear in later stories. Having discovered a lost briefcase in a park, Tintin returns it to its owner, the sigillographer Professor Hector Alembickwho informs the reporter of his plans to travel to the Balkan sce;tre of Syldavia. Tintin discovers secret agents spying on him and follows those responsible to a nearby Syldavian restaurant.

An unknown man agrees to meet with Tintin, but is found unconscious. Shortly after, the reporter receives a threatening note and is then the target of a bomb attack; but survives the latter when police detectives Thomson and Thompson intercept the bomb.

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Suspecting that these events are linked to Syldavia, Tintin decides to accompany Professor Alembick on his forthcoming visit to the country. On the plane journey there, Ottoakr notices Alembick acting out of character, and suspects that an imposter has replaced him. Vladimir’s Day, thus forcing him to abdicate. Forcibly ejected from his airplane by the pilot, Tintin informs local police of his fears regarding the plot; but the police captain is part of the conspiracy, and organises an ambush.

Tintin evades this, and escapes as a fellow-passenger of the opera singer Bianca Castafiore. Leaving the car to evade Castafiore’s singing, Tintin is ottokae again and survives another assassination attempt before arrival in Klow on foot. There, he meets the King’s aide-de-campColonel Boris ; but Boris is also a conspirator and organises a further unsuccessful assassination attempt aimed at Tintin. The next morning, Tintin personally warns the King about the plot; whereupon Tintin and Muskar rush to Kropow Castle, where the sceptre is kept, to find that the imposter Alembick has smuggled it out of the building to his accomplices.


With the aid of Thomson and Thompson, who have recently arrived in Syldavia, Tintin pursues the thieves, and is able to prevent the sceptre being carried over the border into neighbouring Borduria. In Borduria, Tintin commandeers a fighter plane and flies to Klow, but the Syldavian military shoot him down.

He continues to Klow on foot, and with the help of Snowyrestores the sceptre to the King. In response to these developments, the King immediately orders the conspirators arrested and mobilizes the army at the Bordurian ssceptre, which discourages the pending invasion. In thanks, the king makes Tintin a Knight of the Order of the Golden Pelican; the first foreigner to receive the honour.

Ultimately, he and the Thompsons return home by flying boat. Instead, a paper by Richardson entitled “Generalized Foreign Politics: In any case, given the publication date, it is unlikely that it was an influence on King Sceptge Sceptre.

Syldavia’s depiction was influenced by the costumes and cultures of Romania and the neighboring Balkan region. The name Syldavia may be a composite of Transylvania and Moldaviatwo regions with historical ties to Romania.

King Ottokar’s Sceptre introduced the recurring character of Bianca Castafiore to the series, who appears alongside her pianist Igor Wagner.

The adventure Land of Black Gold ohtokar to be abandoned. The story was redrawn and colourised in Jacobs oversaw changes to the costumes and background of the story; ming the version, the Syldavian Royal Guards are dressed like British Beefeaterswhile the version has them dressed in a Balkanised uniform. King Ottokar’s Sceptre became the first Tintin adventure to be published for a British audience when Eagle serialised the comic in Here, the names of Tintin and Milou were retained, although the characters of Dupond and Dupont were renamed Thomson and Thompson; the latter two names would be adopted by translators Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner when they translated the series into English for Methuen Publishing in Vitus CathedralPrague.


Ultimately they awarded it three stars out of five. Michael Farr opined that the adventure has “a convincingly authentic feel” due to the satirical portrayal to Nazi Germany, but that this was coupled with “sufficient scope for invention” with the creation of Syldavia. Deeming it “particularly successful”, he thought that it was “one of the most polished and accomplished” adventures in the series, with a “perfectly paced and balanced” narrative that mixed drama and comedy successfully.

Literary critic Tom McCarthy identified several instances in the story that he argued linked to wider themes sceptde the Adventures of Tintin. He identified a recurring host-and-guest theme in Alembick’s visit to Syldavia, [56] and believed that the theme of thieving was present in the story as Alembick’s identity is stolen.

King Ottokar’s Sceptre

Tintin fans adopted the Syldavian language that appears in the story and used it to construct grammars and dictionaries, akin to the fan following of Star Trek ‘ s Klingon and J. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But one can take it to be any other totalitarian regime It strikes me as a clear allusion. The Metamorphoses of Tintin, or Tintin for Adults. Assouline, Pierre [].

Oxford and New York: Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner translators. Lindon, Mathieu 21 August Retrieved 18 June Lofficier, Jean-Marc ; Lofficier, Randy The Pocket Essential Tintin.

Kinf and the Secret of Literature. Johns Hopkins University Press. The Dictionary of Made-Up Languages: From Elvish to Klingon. Tett, Stuart January 10, Little, Brown and Company. I, Tintin Tintin and I Destination Adventure The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Belgium portal Comics portal.

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Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 13 Septemberottoiar By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Cover of the English edition. The Adventures of Tintin. Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper Michael Turner. The Black Island