3. Asterix and the Goths
French title: Astérix et les Goths
Originally published: 1963

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Asterix Annotations
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Goths Our friends accompany Getafix (Panoramix) to the yearly druid competition in the woods of mistletoe. What they don't know is that the Goths want to kidnap the winner of this druid competition. With his magic they want to invade Gaul and after that go all the way to Rome.

Cloridric The Gothic interpreter Rhetoric (Cloridric) tells this chief Metric (Téléféric) that Getafix (Panoramix) will co-operate. But Rhetoric only tells it to save himself from being executed. Asterix and Obelix dress up as Goths, try to find Getafix but are captured as spies instead. Together with Getafix (Panoramix) and the disgraced interpreter they asked for their final meal.

Getafix may prepare it and he makes a tasty and very special soup. This time our Gauls don't take the soup, but give it to several Goths instead.
Yep! It was the famous magic potion and at the end all Goths are involved in one big fight. In short they are too busy with each other and our friends go back home without any trouble...

Banquet Pirates Guests
... and late into the night there is feasting, laughing and drinking... Unfortunately the bard is not able to attend. On the return of A&O he planned to compose an ode, and now he is tied up in his hut. The pirates were introduced only in a later book. No caricatures reported.
Allusions and Details
(page 5)
Visual joke. Cacofonix sweeping notes.
(page 6)
The Goths speak in Fraktur-like script, and wear pointed helmets.
And they like their chief.
(page 12)
Peeled potatoes... We see them also at other places in the stories, but they were certainly not known to the Celts.
(page 22)
I like the dotted line at the border, and the change of pavement. The border checks are a fine joke, repeated in other books.
(page 23)
Even the swearing has to be translated in the text balloons. Note how nicely it matches the expressions used by Getafix just before. The swastika is an ageold symbol that got bad connotations during WWII (⇒Wikipedia).
(page 38)
The symbolism used here is a mixture of the German eagle and the red with white circle used during WWII.
(page 43)
The wheelbarrow is actually a very old invention. It is found in ancient Greece, but seems to reapper only in the middele ages (⇒Wikipedia)