498 – Eirian’s Story

498 – Eirian’s Story

I edited down Eirian’s farm a lot, because in my head, it apparently looked a little too much like Sweet Apple Acres. I realized this when I named her horse.

Ten points to anyone who actually recognizes the other horse names! Nobody in this room does and that makes me so, so sad.

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Discussion (23)¬

  1. River says:

    Shadowfax LORD OF THE HORSES.
    Also Bree and Hwin, Narnia

  2. River says:

    Shadowfax LORD OF THE HORSES.
    Also Bree and Hwin, Narnia

  3. Nathanael says:

    I was actually thinking of the town named Bree in LOTR. Is there a horse named Bree in Narnia?

  4. Spike the Dragon Knight says:

    I knew Applejack had humble beginnings

  5. Oarboar says:

    Ummm … Pennsylvania and Kentucky are not adjacent. West Virginia gets in the way. Other than that quibble, great comic!

  6. Sejanoz says:

    Nice to know a little more about Erian’s parents/farm/upbringing.

  7. solar penguin says:

    @Nathanael — Yes, he’s the horse in “The Horse and his Boy”.

  8. EthanG says:

    How can anyone not recognize Shadowfax and Bree? Guh!


    I can’t quite read the 3rd name, I never can read that particular script capital and I’m not quite sure what the 2nd letter is without context, lol. My first thought was Arwen but there’s an i… *sigh* I can’t wait for my new glasses.

  9. Terion says:

    Shadowfax was easy of course, but consequently my brain linked Bree to the village in Middle-Earth. Then I didn’t understand the last name. Luckily the comments cleared up that mistake.
    I think it would have been easier to understand if the order in which the names where give was:
    Hwin, Bree and Shadowfax.
    That way the wrong link of Bree + Shadowfax to LOTR is averted by first referencing a name that only occurs in Narnia. The reader will consequentially choose the Narnian interpretation of Bree, finally Shadowfax, which only occurs in LOTR, will pose no problems.

  10. Nat Budin says:

    Gulliver’s Travels?

  11. Batman says:

    I’ve ridden Shadowfax.

  12. Andy4Hire says:

    @Oarboar: I noticed that, too. Maybe Eirian’s telling us where she thought she lived at the time, when she still had that little-kid view of the world where geography is really hazy?

  13. Jenny says:

    @Andy4Hire @Oarboar

    I used to know someone who claimed to be from Pennsyltucky. I couldn’t wrap my head around that geography and loved that so few of the engineers caught on. Eirian’s farm *had* to be from there as well.

    Thank you for catching that! You both get internet cookies.

  14. Domo says:

    Wasn’t Nahar Orome’s horse?

  15. Smee says:

    Pennsyltucky is slang for the midlands of Pennsylvania where the Amish live, which means it’s largely rural, like one might assume Kentucky to be. Anyone saying they’re from Pennsyltucky does so with a not-so-secret distaste for rural life and would not make the mistake of assuming they were anywhere near Kentucky, where the blue people live.
    I would, however, classify the state of West Virginia as “on the border of Pennsylvania and Kentucky.” Sans Amish, that’s the nicest and most accurate way to describe it, as well as being home to the type of people that would make that kind of geographical error.

  16. CorvusCorone68 says:

    is Shadowfax Gandolf’s horse? been awhile since i read the books or watched the movies

  17. MrGBH says:

    Isn’t Bree from Narnia? The Horse And His Boy?
    I may be wrong.
    Shadowfax is obvious, as is Applejack. Hwin I’m not sure on.

  18. Oarboar says:

    Good points, Andy4Hire and Jenny. I’ve heard “Pennsyltucky” before, now that I’ve been reminded.

  19. Andy4Hire says:

    @Jenny: D’oh! I can’t believe I didn’t make the connection to Pennsyltucky. My dad calls the entire state of Pennsylvania “Pennsyltucky” ALL THE TIME–but I think he just likes the way the word sounds. This is a man who calls those things that turn into butterflies “caterpiggles,” even now that his kids are both in their 30s. (I’m pretty sure he got “caterpiggles” from old Pogo comics, but I don’t know where he picked up “Pennsyltucky.”)

  20. The Arc says:

    That font makes baby Jesus cry.

  21. C#40s T#30rY says:


    (yes, I had to look that up: I remembered it as breeheehinnyhinnyhooha for some reason. XD )
    I must have read that book at least twenty times…

  22. Applejack, a common name for horses. 😀

  23. xero says:

    some one said narnia for bree and hwin but i think robert jordan used those names for horses too (hard to remember horses in the wheel of time are lie people in game of thrones)