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Emir Ben Kalish Ezab

Land of Black Gold and The Red Sea Sharks kalichesap: liquorice juice in Brussels dialect, according to a Wikipedia article. (I have no independent confirmation of the use of this word, but this assertion is repeated all over the web.)


A City in Land of Black Gold, the chief port in Khemed



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Sign of Kih-Oskh

Cigars of the Pharaoh, The pharaoh of Kih-Oskh, the sign of Kih-Oskh, the Brotherhood of Kih-Oskh, etc.

kiosk: 1. a small construction with one or more open sides, such as a newsstand, etc. 2. a thick column upon which people post notices and advertisements 3. an open summerhouse 4. Chiefly British, a telephone booth

Etymology: French—kiosque, a stand in a public park < Turkish—kösk, a villa < Persian—kushk, a villa


Bordurian spy in The Calculus Affair

chronic: a condition that persists over a long period of time, as a medical condition


Bordurian spy in The Calculus Affair

clumsy: bumbling

Dr. A. Leech

Red Rackham’s Treasure

leech: a bloodsucking relative of earthworms, especially Hirudo medicinalis. Formerly widely used to bleed patients, the use of the leech is returning to medicine.
Dr. Leech never appears, but Captain Haddock receives a note from him forbidding all alcohol.

Captain Maldemer

Captain of the Ville de Lyon in The Broken Ear

mal de mer, French: seasickness

Marlinspike Hall

Many Tintin Adventures

marlinspike: a pointed tool used in working rope, splicing, marling, etc. Hergé’s model may have been Cheverny, in France.

Benedetto Giovanni Guiseppe
Pietro Archangelo Alfredo Cartoffoli
da Milano

An Italian who gives Tintin a ride in The Calculus Affair


Dr. Midge

The Seven Crystal Balls, Prisoners of the Sun

midge: any of several minute dipterous (two-winged) insects, usually in the family Chironomidae; Midge Facts from the University of Nebraska


Many Tintin Adventures

The name “Nestor” comes from Nestor, the oldest and wisest of the Greeks besieging Troy, an old and wise man or elder statesman

King Ottokar

King Ottokar’s Sceptre

auto car.
Ottokar I of Syldavia should not be confused with the Ottakars (Premsyls) who were Dukes, and later Kings, of Bohemia. Link 1 Link 2 Please e-mail us if you know of better links for the Bohemian Ottakars.

Dr. Patella

Destination Moon, Explorers on the Moon

patella: the bone that forms the kneecap. Dr. Patella is an osteologist, a bone specialist.

Reverend Peacock

Cigars of the Pharaoh

peacock: the male of the peafowl, Pavo cristatus, distinguished by a long iridescent tail

Professor Decimus Phostle

The Shooting Star

fossil: the mineralized remains of an ancient organism; a very outdated or old-fashioned person or thing; in general, anything antiquated

decimus: in prescriptions, one tenth (from the Latin for one tenth, and related to decimal, decimate, etc.)


Ranko’s handler in The Black Island

push off

Rascar Capac


A mummy that appears in The Seven Crystal Balls and figures in the plot of Prisoners of the Sun

While it’s tempting to read Rascar as “race car,” Rascar Capac is a real mummy.

“Capac means powerful and Rascar recalls Huascar, an Inca name,” according to Thierry Appelboom and Julien Struyven in “Medical imaging of the Peruvian mummy Rascar Capac,” in the medical journal The Lancet (1999).

The article notes that Hergé drew the mummy preciesly as it is displayed in its glass case in Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels.


The Seven Crystal Balls, Prisoners of the Sun

reedbuck: any of several yellowish African antelopes of the genus Redunca [1825-35, translation of the Afrikaans rietbok]

Marco Rizotto

The Castafiore Emerald and others.

risotto: an Italian dish of rice cooked with broth and flavored with grated cheese and other ingredients


In The Broken Ear, the Rumbabas are “the sworn enemies of the Arumbayas.”

Rum baba, a small, sweet leavened cake shaped like a mushroom and flavored with rum.