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Thursday, 6 May 2010

Character Connection: Arthur

Character Connection is a weekly meme hosted by Jen @ The Introverted Reader.

This is our chance to tell the world about a character that we love in whichever way we want. More information about this meme can be found on Jen's blog.

The book: The Seeing Stone
The series: Arthur
The author: Kevin Crossley-Holland
The character: Arthur

I love stories that relate to the tales of King Arthur in some way.
Maybe it is the idea of chivalry and valiant knights.
Maybe it is the idea of a round table where all the players are equal.
Maybe it is the idea of handsome men jousting on horseback.

Whatever it is, I love stories that have some connection to King Arthur.

But my connection to Arthur in this tale is not to the King but to his namesake: Arthur de Caldicot.

Arthur de Caldicot is one of my favourite characters because he is a word-smith. That is not to say that he has a job and it involves words. Rather he, like me and probably like many of you, loves words. In The Seeing Stone Arthur tells us all about his life in medieval England in lots and lots of really short and brilliantly executed chapters. Each of those chapters has a beautiful melody to it because Arthur loves words. He writes songs and poems and plays with language. He lives for words and so I have a strong character connection with him.

My favourite word is foible.

Definition (from Collins English Dictionary): N - a slight pecularity or minor weakness

What's your favourite word?


Daria Hlazatova said...

wow! I considered writing about Merlin, but i stuck with Phantasmagoria ghost. anyway, i love King Arthur stories so much - almost all of them and The seeing stone as well.
oh yes, and my favourite word .. for today is triumph. I keep forgetting the words i like :)

Becky said...

Triumph, yes that is a great word. Triumphant! I feel a littl of that today.

Sasha said...

Great addition to this feature! I might give this a go too :) I've never read an Arthur story even though they're legendary x

Jen G. said...

This has been on my list for a long time. One of my GoodReads friends loves it and pushes it on all her friends. I should get to it soon.

I am drawing a blank on my favorite word. My least favorite is indefatigable. I read it and it starts running through my head like a catchy yet annoying song. I'll have to think about my favorite and get back to you.

The Book Mole said...

Oh, I simply must must read this one! I love Arthur and anything related to him, and I love word play as well. Thanks for picking Arthur!

My favorite word? There are so many, but I specifically like words of German origin. for now, I'm going with - gesundheit!

brizmus said...

I also adore Arthurian legend, though I've never heard of this boko. Maybe I'll check it out, as I also love words! :-P
I don't really have a favorite word, though, which is SO WEIRD because I really do have a favorite everything else in the world.
I have a favorite combination of words, though, which is maniacal laughter. Separately, neither of them is anything special (well, maniacal is quite a cool word, actually), but together, I just want to hear them over and over and over again!

Nina said...

I have read this book, the Dutch translation of it and it was fun! I haven't read the other books in the series, but I did read this one. :)
Jadore Arthur, I really do. But I adore so many medieval stories/men..Robin Hood, Tristan :) Anyway, my favourite word is a dutch word, toedels. It isn't in the dictionary, but it means goodbye. :)

Lauren said...

I haven't read this, but I love the sound of a character who loves words.

My favourite word is either 'derring-do' or 'maverick'. I like 'swagger' too. In a weird way these all seem related.

I'm intrigued by Nina's favourite word, in the comment above me. Is this related to the English phrase toodle-oo?

Enbrethiliel said...


I can't think of my own current favourite word, but my little brother happens to love quintessence. Beat that! LOL!

I love Medieval-set novels. =) I'll definitely consider this one for future reading.