Tintin, an adventurous young reporter, has delighted young and old alike since the 1930s. Translated into dozens of languages from its original Frenchthe author, who used the pen name Hergé, was Belgianthe comic series is an international phenomenon. The Hergé Foundation site notes “In 1993, Casterman published The Adventures of Tintin in Russian and Tibetan. Ten years after Hergé's passing, his books have been translated into more than 50 languages. All languages included, the number of books sold exceeds 200 millions.”
The Tintin Trivia Quiz is 20 years old this year, having debuted in 1996, a joint project of Stephen Hart and Robbie Hart. We have tried to make a Tintin trivia web site that all Tintin fans can enjoy, no matter how old or young, experienced or new to Tintin. The site includes a written quiz and several visual quizzes. Some quiz questions are for beginners and some are for Tintin experts. We have included a few truly trivial questions only a Tintin professor could love. We welcome contributions, suggestions and corrections.
You might think “trivia” implies facts that come to mind instantly, but we intended many of the quiz questions to require research with the various Tintin books. We hope the quizzes inspire you to read and reread The Adventures of Tintinand to appreciate what you can learn about any subject by careful reading and diligent research. (But keep in mind that The Adventures of Tintin is fiction!)
Nearly all of the answers can be found in American editions of The Adventures of Tintin. Some of the visual quiz questions require Tintin books not published in the current American editions. A few of the visual quiz questions remain unanswered.
Be sure to check out our Special Features sectionnot quizzes, just trivia.
Remember, the Hergé Foundation’s official site is a wonderful resource. One excellent feature is the chronology of Tintin books.
The Tintin Trivia Quiz is a volunteer project. Please e-mail us if you have specific problems with any part of the site and we’ll try to correct the problem.
Credit where credit is due: Many Tintin fans have sent e-mail to The Tintin Trivia Quiz over the years. In some cases, we’ve thanked contributors by name. But we may have lost track of who suggested what in some cases. We appologize for any slight, and thank everyone who’s sent e-mail to us.
A note on page numbering: We use the American 3-in-1 editions, and have to calculate the page number. Some page numbers we cite may differ in other editions, but they’re usually no more than a few pages different.
Have fun and enjoy The Adventures of Tintin.
Graphics reproduced with permission, in 1996, of The Hergé Foundation.