Chapter: English Literature During The Middle Ages
I was this close to using Tolkien's "green country under a swift sunrise" speech in the first panel, but opted for something else instead. I figured there was enough riffing on Lord of the Rings in this comic already. Indeed, we've already discussed in the past how often Tolkien liked to lift things from old English stories for his books. For a guy who claimed that England had no mythology, he sure stole a lot of it while making his own.
The thing that amuses me about myths like the Arthur legend is how often the hero, in this case Arthur, is rather convinced that he'll be back someday. You know, despite the fact that he's clearly on death's door. This leaves me with only three possible explanations for his inevitable return: first, maybe mythological kings can regenerate, in which case I suspect that Arthur will return to England with a Scottish sidekick and a recorder; second, it's possible that Arthur is simply immortal, in which case someone is gonna have to take his head (and with it his power); third, he might end up being a zombie. Prepare yourself for George Romero's "King of the Dead," coming soon to a theatre near you.
Lit Brick is a comic started by Jodie Troutman in an effort to read the entire Norton Anthology of English Literature. Having eventually succeeded in that goal, it now features comics about all manner of random literature. For more of Jodie's work, visit longtalljodie.com!