Saturday, April 09, 2016

Panoramix versus Merlin

Panoramix (a.k.a. Getafix in the English translations) is the village druid in the Asterix comics series. His appearance is that of the standard old wise wizard like character. Tall and lanky, long white beard, long white robe, long cape, etc. In the story he is usually depicted with a little golden sickle. He seems to have lived for a long time in the story. While telling the story of Asterix's birth, we Panoramix as the same age, while all the other older characters are seen as young children. Other characters in the story often refer to him has their elder even though they are much older looking themselves. [link]

Merlin is a wizard of unspecified origin, who is first seen living in a forest cottage. He is a very wise character who believes in the philosophy of "Brain over Brawn." To this end, Merlin values education as opposed to the war-training philosophies shared by much of the rest of society. Despite his wisdom, he can be absentminded and forgetful, as well as clumsy. [link]

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