|9. Asterix and the Normans|
French title: Astérix et le Normands
Originally published: 1967
translations of this book
Review at Alea Iacta Est
Vitalstatistix (Abraracourix) gets a letter from his brother who lives in Lutetia (Lutecia [Paris]). He sends his son Justforkix (Goudurix) for a visit in the hope that he will become a man. Although the villagers do there best, nothing seems to work. But when Justforkix together with Asterix and Obelix, take a walk on the beach they see a strange ship. Justforkix recognizes the Normans and gets in to a panic.
The Normans themselves have just one goal, to find out the meaning of the word 'afraid'. They believe that when you are afraid one can fly.
Justforkix wants to get to Lutetia as soon as possible but the Normans capture him and Justforkix is afraid, oh yes! This for the Normans is an excellent opportunity to learn more about 'being afraid'.
Asterix and Obelix want to rescue Justforkix and have the ultimate answer, they let Cacofonix (Assurancetourix) sing for the Normans. After all who can do the job better than our Bard with his frightening voice.