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Asterix and Obelix escort Getafix to the druids' annual conference in the Forest of the Carnutes. Little do they know that the Goths are lying in ambush, ready to kidnap the Druid of the Year - who of course is Getafix! But what with Gauls, Goths and Romans all at odds, it's hard to tell friend from foe... until Goths begin fighting Goths in the Asterixian Wars. Asterix and Obelix escort Getafix to the druids' annual conference in the Forest of the Carnutes. Little do they know that the Goths are lying in ambush, ready to kidnap the Druid of the Year - who of course is Getafix! But what with Gauls, Goths and Romans all at odds, it's hard to tell friend from foe... until Goths begin fighting Goths in the Asterixian Wars.


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Asterix and Obelix escort Getafix to the druids' annual conference in the Forest of the Carnutes. Little do they know that the Goths are lying in ambush, ready to kidnap the Druid of the Year - who of course is Getafix! But what with Gauls, Goths and Romans all at odds, it's hard to tell friend from foe... until Goths begin fighting Goths in the Asterixian Wars. Asterix and Obelix escort Getafix to the druids' annual conference in the Forest of the Carnutes. Little do they know that the Goths are lying in ambush, ready to kidnap the Druid of the Year - who of course is Getafix! But what with Gauls, Goths and Romans all at odds, it's hard to tell friend from foe... until Goths begin fighting Goths in the Asterixian Wars.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Astérix et les Goths = Asterix and the Goths (Asterix, #3), René Goscinny Asterix and the Goths is the third volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). It was first published in 1963 in French and translated into English in 1974. Asterix and Obelix, nervous about Getafix traveling alone to the annual druids' conference in the Forest of the Carnutes, accompany him on his journey and remain outside the forest during the conference. Meanwh Astérix et les Goths = Asterix and the Goths (Asterix, #3), René Goscinny Asterix and the Goths is the third volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). It was first published in 1963 in French and translated into English in 1974. Asterix and Obelix, nervous about Getafix traveling alone to the annual druids' conference in the Forest of the Carnutes, accompany him on his journey and remain outside the forest during the conference. Meanwhile, on the Roman Empire's border, two legionaries are captured by a band of Goths (Tartaric, Esoteric, Atmospheric, Prehistoric, and Choleric), intending to kidnap the Druid of the Year and use his skills to conquer Gaul and Rome. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سوم ماه می سال 2004 میلادی عنوان: ماجراهای آستریکس و ابیلیکس کتاب 03 - آستریکس و گت ها؛ نویسنده: رنه گوسینی؛ مترجم: مهدی شاه خلیلی؛ تهران، لک لک، 1381؛ از ماجراهای آستریکس و ابیلیکس کتاب 03؛ در 47 ص؛ مصور رنگی؛ گروه سنی ج د؛ شابک: 9646488528؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، کلام، 1385؛ شابک: 9646143717؛ موضوع: داستانهای فکاهی مصور از نویسندگان فرانسوی - سده 20 م در جلد سوم از ماجراهای «آستریکس و ابلیکس»، گتافیکس ـ کاهن دهکده گال ـ بر آنست، برای شرکت در گردهمایی سالانه ی کاهنان گال، به جنگل گرنوت‌ها برود. آستریکس و ابلیکس، دو قهرمان گال نیز، به دلیل دوری راه، و خطرات سفر، با گتافیکس، همراه می‌شوند. پس از گردهمایی، گتافیکس به عنوان بهترین کاهن سال، برگزیده می‌شود. در این هنگام بربرهای گت، که منتظر گزینش توانمندترین کاهن بوده‌ اند، گتافیکس را می‌ربایند، تا نزد «تله فریک (رئیس گت‌ها)» ببرند. او میخواهد با توانایی جادویی کاهن، بر رومی‌ها پیروز شود، و سرزمین امپراتوری را تسخیر کند. تلاش دو قهرمان داستان، آستریکس و ابلیکس، برای نجات کاهن گال، ماجراهایی را سبب می‌شود، که شرح آن در ادامه ی داستان آمده است. ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dirk Grobbelaar

    By only book 3 of the series we are already comfortably settling in. Another reviewer has already mentioned how remarkable it is that it didn’t take the creative team of Goscinny & Uderzo much time to find the sweet spot, both in terms of artwork and content. As a younger reader I don’t think I ever read the Asterix books in any chronological order. I read whichever one struck my fancy at the time, or whichever one I could easily lay my hands on. As such, I probably never realized that this is a By only book 3 of the series we are already comfortably settling in. Another reviewer has already mentioned how remarkable it is that it didn’t take the creative team of Goscinny & Uderzo much time to find the sweet spot, both in terms of artwork and content. As a younger reader I don’t think I ever read the Asterix books in any chronological order. I read whichever one struck my fancy at the time, or whichever one I could easily lay my hands on. As such, I probably never realized that this is a sequel to Asterix and the Golden Sickle. Oh, I would have recognized the references to the Conference of Druids in the Forest of the Carnutes, but since it is an annual event, it could have taken place at any time prior to, or after, the events of book 2. Anyway, I don’t suppose it makes that much of a difference, but I do enjoy the context. I am really enjoying reading these in the proper sequence. It is a nice way to follow the stylistic changes. As for the story itself. It is (obviously) great. The Goths were a big deal in the history of the Roman Empire, eventually contributing to its downfall. There is some foreshadowing of it here. The Goths are depicted as typically Germanic to the point of being caricatures. Not unsurprisingly, given the nature of the Asterix books in general, but also when looked at in the context of European history. In 1963 the Second World War wasn’t ancient history yet, and in fact, the Goths are portrayed wearing, somewhat anachronistically, World War I helmets and marching in Goose Step. There is also a running joke that relates to the invasion of Roman occupied Gaul (France) by the Goths (Germans). Anyway, make of it what you will. The plot itself: Getafix the druid is kidnapped by a group of Goths, who want the secret of the magic potion. Asterix and Obelix come to the rescue. There is a very funny mistaken identity gag and eventually the trio of Gauls attempt to sow discord among the Gothic tribes to prevent future problems. Watch out for one specific panel that clearly depicts the irony of their “peace keeping mission”. Top notch artwork and humour. It is possibly worth noting that this was written long before the reunification of Germany. The book makes a distinction between Goths from the West (Visigoths) and Goths from the East (Ostrogoths), which could be purely historical (the Visigoths were from the West), or there might be something else going on. The political and historical satire of these books are rather fascinating, and could be a study in itself. Given the passage of time again, after the publication dates of the books, it isn’t always clear (to me, at least) which historical references are period-accurate to 50 B.C. or to more contemporary events at the time of publication, or, again, something else entirely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Manisha

    Hilarious!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo

    I rescued this battered former library copy from a used bookstore. I was stoked that this was a hardcover Asterix graphic novel. I have never actually beheld one ever. This was classic Asterix, its humor usually built around puns and word play. The story for this volume was fun, as Asterix and friends set up the Germanic tribes of the Goths so that they wouldn't invade Gaul and Roman for a while. It's cool that it has a bit of history too. I'll still be looking for more Goscinny and Uderzo Asterix I rescued this battered former library copy from a used bookstore. I was stoked that this was a hardcover Asterix graphic novel. I have never actually beheld one ever. This was classic Asterix, its humor usually built around puns and word play. The story for this volume was fun, as Asterix and friends set up the Germanic tribes of the Goths so that they wouldn't invade Gaul and Roman for a while. It's cool that it has a bit of history too. I'll still be looking for more Goscinny and Uderzo Asterix to shore up my collection. I have around 5 books so far and I'm keen to add more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    First published in French in 1963 as Astérix et les Goths, it was first published in English in 1974. Asterix and Obelix accompany Druid Getafix to the Annual Conference of Druids, where Getafix is captured by Goths. After causing much confusion among the Romans in Eastern Gaul, they sneak into Germania to rescue the Druid, and cause great strife among the Goths, ensuring that by the time they leave , the Goths will be very busy, warring with each other, indeed. As always Goscinny and Uderzo poke f First published in French in 1963 as Astérix et les Goths, it was first published in English in 1974. Asterix and Obelix accompany Druid Getafix to the Annual Conference of Druids, where Getafix is captured by Goths. After causing much confusion among the Romans in Eastern Gaul, they sneak into Germania to rescue the Druid, and cause great strife among the Goths, ensuring that by the time they leave , the Goths will be very busy, warring with each other, indeed. As always Goscinny and Uderzo poke fun at the various peoples of Europe, this time is the turn of the Germans, but it is done in good humor, that everyone can appreciate, and should offend no one. And what's more you get to learn all about the history of Ancient Germania.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kavita

    With his new golden sickle, Getafix is finally able to go to the druids' annual conference in the Forest of the Carnutes. Asterix and Obelix accompany him for his safety, but nevertheless, Getafix manages to get kidnapped - again! There is a lot of confusion in this book, and that's its charm. Asterix and Obelix in turn dress up as Goths and as Romans and spread utter confusion. Getafix also makes sure that the Goths are embroiled in war with each other, so that they won't disturb the Gauls any With his new golden sickle, Getafix is finally able to go to the druids' annual conference in the Forest of the Carnutes. Asterix and Obelix accompany him for his safety, but nevertheless, Getafix manages to get kidnapped - again! There is a lot of confusion in this book, and that's its charm. Asterix and Obelix in turn dress up as Goths and as Romans and spread utter confusion. Getafix also makes sure that the Goths are embroiled in war with each other, so that they won't disturb the Gauls any time soon. These wars later came to be known as the Asterixian wars. :D My favourite character in this book comes from the Roman side: the interpreter, Rhetoric. A double-faced creature with no loyalty, he really takes the cake. As always, the puns are outstanding. The Goths are called Esoteric, Atmospheric, Tartaric, Choleric, and Prehistoric. And General Electric is simply hilarious! I also enjoyed the graphics. In one scene, a lot of drama is going on, but I noticed a fight between a woodpecker and an owl. The woodpecker had eaten through the tree trunk just below the owl's house within the tree. It was simply wonderful. That's why these comics have so much readability.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amalie

    Amazing! Now one of my Asterix favourites for sure. A very ironic and another clever one of those "how it all began" stories: How Getafix instigates the dissolution of Germania into rival states. Visigoths from the East take on Ostrogoths from the West. There's a history lesson later on for the readers explaining how the Gauls have instigated Two Millennia of German infighting. However comparisons with the extremely sensitive World War II issues are cleverly avoided - Goscinny is a clever storyt Amazing! Now one of my Asterix favourites for sure. A very ironic and another clever one of those "how it all began" stories: How Getafix instigates the dissolution of Germania into rival states. Visigoths from the East take on Ostrogoths from the West. There's a history lesson later on for the readers explaining how the Gauls have instigated Two Millennia of German infighting. However comparisons with the extremely sensitive World War II issues are cleverly avoided - Goscinny is a clever storyteller. Loved the Druid's names and connotations: Botanix (Potion to grow rare flowers), Prefix (Rainmaking potion) Names of Gothic warriors: Metric, Rhetoric, Choleric, Electric, Euphoric, Atmospheric etc. Good? Very much! Recommended*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Third volume: more of the same enjoyable hijinx. This time around the druid goes to a druid convention and gets captured by Goths. I do enjoy the continuing growth of Asterix's world, as we learn more about the lands and peoples surrounding the Gauls. The rest is just fun, continuing to be clever and amusing. Third volume: more of the same enjoyable hijinx. This time around the druid goes to a druid convention and gets captured by Goths. I do enjoy the continuing growth of Asterix's world, as we learn more about the lands and peoples surrounding the Gauls. The rest is just fun, continuing to be clever and amusing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I read the ebook edition online (address below) based upon the Hodder Dargaud print book, translated by Anthea Bell & Derek Hockridge: https://readcomiconline.to/Comic/Aste... I read the ebook edition online (address below) based upon the Hodder Dargaud print book, translated by Anthea Bell & Derek Hockridge: https://readcomiconline.to/Comic/Aste...

  10. 5 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    Asterix goes to Germany 16 April 2012 It is really surprising to see how quickly the Asterix albums get quite good, and while this is not as good as The Golden Sickle (namely due to some of the content which I believe drags it down somewhat) this album is still gold. Asterix and the Goths carries on from where The Golden Sickle ends. Asterix and Obelix have just returned from Lutetia with Getafix's sickle, and Getafix now gets ready to travel to the Forest of Carnutes for the Druid Convention. Ho Asterix goes to Germany 16 April 2012 It is really surprising to see how quickly the Asterix albums get quite good, and while this is not as good as The Golden Sickle (namely due to some of the content which I believe drags it down somewhat) this album is still gold. Asterix and the Goths carries on from where The Golden Sickle ends. Asterix and Obelix have just returned from Lutetia with Getafix's sickle, and Getafix now gets ready to travel to the Forest of Carnutes for the Druid Convention. However, at the same time, some Goths cross the frontier into the Roman Empire to kidnap the druid that is elected the greatest druid for the year. This turns out to be Getafix, thanks to his magic potion. Asterix and Obelix must then travel to the land of the Goths to attempt to locate him and rescue him. It is very clear in this album that the Goths are the Germans, and they are not portrayed all that well. They are painted as barbarians who fight amongst themselves and are planning on using the druidic magic to invade and conquer the Roman Empire. This is a theme that has popped up in a previous book, where a centurion discovers the magic potion, and tries to steal it for himself so that he might overthow Ceaser and rule the Empire. The thing is is that the Gauls and the Goths were effectively the same race. The Gauls were not French, they came a lot later: the Gauls, like the Goths, were Celtic. That is beside the point though because Asterix is not meant to be reflective of the time, but rather of modern society. It does make me wonder, though, how it is that a story set in Ancient Rome can be reflective of the modern world. While Rome brought about civilisation, it is not as if France of 1963 was ruled by any foreign powers. Yes, throughout her history, France had been subject to numerous foreign invaders, but they themselves were also the invader, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. Maybe the idea is that the Gauls are representative of the ordinary people and the Romans are representative of government. I suspect, and I know that it is true here in Australia, that when you go out into the rural regions, there is a much stronger distrust of government than there is in the city. I guess that is why the Liberal and National party tend to do a lot better in the country. The end of the book was a little silly and quite amusing. It was silly because they start a war amongst the Goths by giving a select few a swig of the potion, and when they discovered that they are equally invincible, they raise armies to then slog it out. However, when the potion wears off, they are still at war and are now relying on their armies. What struck me was that the Goths did not spend the next few hundred years, as suggested, fighting amongst themselves. While they were disorganised tribes, they still were able to band together and drive out the Romans during the reign of Augustus. While that was not the height of the Roman empire, it was a massive defeat that drove them back over the Rhine, where they pretty much remained until the empire collapsed. I don't think Rome ever managed to conquer Germania (though the did manage to conquer Dacia). The last thing I wish to mention is the little scene at the end which was really amusing, and really brings out Obelix's character. Somebody makes a comment about a 'free hand' and then about a page later Obelix suddenly cries out, 'I get it, a free hand!' and bursts out laughing, and ends up spending the rest of the album laughing about the 'free hand'. In a way me, as the reader, had no idea what was so funny, nor what was meant about the free hand, but having Obelix rolling around on the ground in hysteria was just golden. I probably should write something about the village, but there are plenty of more Asterix books to read, and I guess I will wait until I get around to reading them (or at least ordering them from Amazon).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Faraz Samapoor

    I liked the way how the story begins with Obelix thinking about boars and ends with him finishing one. Getafix: Oh! What a pleasant surprise! Obelix: A wild Boar? This one made me laugh more than the previous two combined. Getafix goes to the druids' annual conference to participate in the election of the druid of the year. Asterix and Obelix escort him to the forest and this is where the fun begins. With lots of side jokes and subtle touches of humor, this one had quite a few moments which I'll re I liked the way how the story begins with Obelix thinking about boars and ends with him finishing one. Getafix: Oh! What a pleasant surprise! Obelix: A wild Boar? This one made me laugh more than the previous two combined. Getafix goes to the druids' annual conference to participate in the election of the druid of the year. Asterix and Obelix escort him to the forest and this is where the fun begins. With lots of side jokes and subtle touches of humor, this one had quite a few moments which I'll remember through the series, including Obelix's obsession with eating wild boars and his making sense of directions, the frontier soldier and of course the guardian of the dungeons. Very good read. Favorite Line: "What's up? I can like flowers even if I am a barbarian, can't I?" Favorite joke: "The British druid Valueaddetax!"

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sha

    So many beautiful running gags in this one. I'm particularly fond of the ones with the doors and the ones with the "invading" (heh) whoevers. That poor legionnaire is so harassed, but I feel even sorrier for his commanding officer. So many beautiful running gags in this one. I'm particularly fond of the ones with the doors and the ones with the "invading" (heh) whoevers. That poor legionnaire is so harassed, but I feel even sorrier for his commanding officer.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judith Johnson

    Laughed a lot!

  14. 5 out of 5

    David

    It's interesting how the characters are starting to banter in the way they will eventually become and that the stories aren't getting stuck in a runt. That said, this one felt less compelling than the previous two, so let's see how it moves on going forward. It's interesting how the characters are starting to banter in the way they will eventually become and that the stories aren't getting stuck in a runt. That said, this one felt less compelling than the previous two, so let's see how it moves on going forward.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vishy

    Interesting interaction between the Gauls and the Goths. Am wondering whether this is a metaphor for French-German interactions and wars in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    i really like the little detail of the bad guys having different font in there bubbles.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Classic - a perfect mix of puns, recurring gags, satire and silliness.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda Heggs

    I love this book series. The names, the comedy and the cutest dog in any books I’ve read! Dogmatix is my kind of dog!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    Very funny story for a translator - although the story is mostly a matter of interpretation. 😉

  20. 5 out of 5

    Muhammad

    After two rather disappointing issues, Asterix and Obelix's third adventure 'Asterix and the Goths' turned out to be a brilliant work. This issue's storyline is a bit complex. The druid Getafix wins the title 'Druid of the year' and became the target of the Goths from Germania, the very neighbouring state of the Roman occupied Gaul. The barbarian Goths kidnapped the druid and kept him captive. They want him to make them the magic potion that can give them superhuman strength. In order to conquer After two rather disappointing issues, Asterix and Obelix's third adventure 'Asterix and the Goths' turned out to be a brilliant work. This issue's storyline is a bit complex. The druid Getafix wins the title 'Druid of the year' and became the target of the Goths from Germania, the very neighbouring state of the Roman occupied Gaul. The barbarian Goths kidnapped the druid and kept him captive. They want him to make them the magic potion that can give them superhuman strength. In order to conquer the Gaul and Germania, Goths need that superhuman strength. It's now totally up to Asterix and Obelix to rescue the druid and get him back to the village. In the rescue mission, they get involved in so many complex happenings; one incident leads them to another. This issue is a very funny one. Subtle jokes are cracked very often. Another important thing is the naming of the characters. Naming a Brit Valuaddetax (Value Added Tax), a German Electric or Euphoric is a very clever idea and these names also almost suggest the attributes of the respective characters. Very intellectual and very enjoying storyline. I particularly loved the ending of the story where our protagonists broke the unity of their enemies by engaging them in fighting one another using their greed for power and made it certain that they will not be disturbed in many years by the Goths. A true classic comic book. Books like this can make the lives of children more enjoyable and let's not forget about the historical references as well. At times they can be quite didactic as well. Great work by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tim Roast

    This is the third Asterix adventure. It starts with Getafix getting ready to leave the village for the annual druid conference (which is what he was getting ready for in the previous book Asterix and the Golden Sickle, although both are still stand-alone). Unfortunately Getafix ends up getting kidnapped by the Goths who need a druid to help them invade the Roman-invaded France. It is down to Asterix and Obelix to rescue him. A great story with the Goths talking in Gothic text, and lots of humour This is the third Asterix adventure. It starts with Getafix getting ready to leave the village for the annual druid conference (which is what he was getting ready for in the previous book Asterix and the Golden Sickle, although both are still stand-alone). Unfortunately Getafix ends up getting kidnapped by the Goths who need a druid to help them invade the Roman-invaded France. It is down to Asterix and Obelix to rescue him. A great story with the Goths talking in Gothic text, and lots of humour too what with all the running battles going on and such. The village feast scene returns at the end too. A classic Asterix tale.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Keen

    3.5 Stars! One of the joys of these stories is that there is always a lot going on in the panels, as well as the main story, you get little asides like the image of an owl telling off a woodpecker for trying to knock down his home. This seems slightly more developed than any of its predecessors, showing definite signs of having evolved. The drawing and colouring are as strong as ever, and there is slapstick aplenty. The humour is sharp and arch, sneaking in some funny little one-liners in Latin he 3.5 Stars! One of the joys of these stories is that there is always a lot going on in the panels, as well as the main story, you get little asides like the image of an owl telling off a woodpecker for trying to knock down his home. This seems slightly more developed than any of its predecessors, showing definite signs of having evolved. The drawing and colouring are as strong as ever, and there is slapstick aplenty. The humour is sharp and arch, sneaking in some funny little one-liners in Latin here and there. This is another enjoyable outing and well worth the read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dominick

    Goths kidnap Getafix to force him to make magic potion for them. As expected, this does not go well for them. Typical Asterix adventure, despite the absence of the pirates: many puns, much slapstick violence, and a delightful light satirical tone. Not one of the best albums but still highly amusing (especially the multiple breaking of the prison door).

  24. 4 out of 5

    আহ়মেদ আবরার

    An air of originality in languages and even in lettering has made it almost matchless. Not just verbosity, the surroundings have made it unmistakably my favourite one. No cajolement, the arduously crafted dialogues most probably have made Asterix a literary classic too.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Satyajeet

    It still tickles..that’s the magic of asterix.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bart

    Actual rating: 3.25

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leilani

    This is my favourite thus far of the first 3 books in the Asterix series. It has a more complicated plot that is quite clever.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Luis Tormento

    Asterix and Obelix, nervous about Getafix traveling alone to the annual druids' conference in the Forest of the Carnutes, accompany him on his journey and remain outside the forest during the conference. Meanwhile, on the Roman Empire's border, two legionaries are captured by a band of Goths (Tartaric, Esoteric, Atmospheric, Prehistoric, and Choleric), intending to kidnap the Druid of the Year and use his skills to conquer Gaul and Rome.[3] En route to the Forest, Asterix, Obelix, and Getafix mee Asterix and Obelix, nervous about Getafix traveling alone to the annual druids' conference in the Forest of the Carnutes, accompany him on his journey and remain outside the forest during the conference. Meanwhile, on the Roman Empire's border, two legionaries are captured by a band of Goths (Tartaric, Esoteric, Atmospheric, Prehistoric, and Choleric), intending to kidnap the Druid of the Year and use his skills to conquer Gaul and Rome.[3] En route to the Forest, Asterix, Obelix, and Getafix meet another druid, Valueaddedtax, who uses his magical powers to convince the Romans to let them pass. At the edge of the Forest of the Carnutes, Getafix and his friend leave Asterix and Obelix for the druid's conference. Unaware that the Goth band is hiding nearby, the druids enter their inventions in a contest, in which Getafix wins the "Golden Menhir" prize with his potion, which gives superhuman strength. As he leaves his colleagues, the Goths take him prisoner. Asterix and Obelix, fearing for their friend's safety after they do not see him leave the Forest, enter the woods and find a Visigoth helmet (actually a pickelhaube like those worn by Germans during the first years of World War I). They instantly set out towards the east (thoroughly confusing Obelix) to rescue Getafix. Unfortunately, they run into another Roman patrol, which spots the helmet Asterix is carrying and mistakes them for Goths (who are wanted for assaulting Roman border guards). Obelix and Asterix easily defeat the Romans, but the Roman general is informed of the incident and sends out pictures of Asterix and Obelix with a reward for their capture. Asterix has the bright idea of disguising himself and Obelix as Romans and ambush two legionaries, stealing their armor and weapons and leaving them tied up and gagged. Two other legionaries, searching for the Goths, come across our heroes, in which Obelix's laughter at what they should say if they meet other Romans almost blows his and Asterix's cover. Soon after, the two legionaries spot the two tied-up Romans and mistake them for Asterix and Obelix, "a fat one and a little one". Thinking another Legionary captured them and has gone for reinforcements, they decide to take the reward, and take the prisoners to the general's tent. When the captives are ungagged, however, the full story comes out, and the Romans promptly begin capturing each other left and right, believing each other to be Goths, much to the disappointment of the General. Asterix and Obelix, back in Gaulish clothing, are completely untouched, along with the Goths, who approach the border. The Goths cross the Roman Empire's border back into Germania, stunning a young legionary whose eagerness to report an invasion becomes a running gag. (He initially reports an "invasion" of Goths invading the Goths, then an invasion of Gauls crossing into Germania — which his centurion dismisses as their territory is not the one being invaded—, and then finally reports the Gauls returning to Gaul, which causes him to get 8 days inside). They present the druid first to a customs officer, who at first refuses to let them through on charges of importing foreign goods. Eventually, the Goths present Getafix to their Gothic chieftain, Metric, calls in a Gaulish-Gothic translator, Rhetoric, who is threatened to be executed if he does not convince Getafix to cooperate and brew magic potion. Although Getafix flatly refuses, Rhetoric lies and says that he has agreed to do so in a week's time, at the New Moon. Meanwhile, Asterix and Obelix also stun the young legionary and enter the Gothic lands. While running into a Gothic border patrol, Obelix stupidly uses the cover up names he and Asterix used for their Roman disguises, making the patrol think the Gauls are Romans. After Asterix and Obelix beat up the patrol, they disguise themselves as Goths by attacking two of them, infiltrating their barracks as members of the army. They escape from the Gothic army, but are soon captured again by the Goths and thrown in jail along with Rhetoric, who was also trying to flee. Although they are thrown in prison, Obelix easily breaks the door (another running gag) and they flee, taking Rhetoric with them to question. While at first he pretends to speak only Gothic, Rhetoric accidentally reveals that he can speak Gaulish and is forced to spill the beans. While trying to sneak into the Gothic town, Rhetoric screams and attracts a patrol. Although Asterix and Obelix beat up the patrol, they surrender to the last standing man to be brought to the Chief. The Gauls are brought before Metric. Getafix reveals that he can actually speak Gothic and informs Metric that Rhetoric had been deceiving him. Once again, Rhetoric is thrown in jail with the Gauls, and they are all sentenced to execution. Asterix, Obelix and Getafix devise a scheme in which many Goths are given magic potion, so that they spend time and energy fighting each other for chieftainship instead of invading Gaul and Rome, making Rhetoric play a part in it. Under the pretext of cooking a last Gaulish soup, Getafix gives the jailer a list of ingredients and brews the potion when he acquires them. During the public execution, Rhetoric asks to go first. Full of magic potion, he resists all attempts at torture, and beats up Metric, throwing him in jail and making himself Chieftain of the Goths. The Gauls visit Metric in his prison, and give him magic potion. As the two Chieftains had the same magic potion in them, a direct fight proves futile and each storms off, promising to raise an army. The Gauls wander around the town, giving potions to any Goth who looks browbeaten and who would be glad of a chance of power (their first two candidates being Electric, who is poor and has to sweep up streets, and Euphoric, who is being bossed about by his dictator-like wife). The would-be Chieftains each raise an army, and a confusing set of conflicts begins, known as the "Asterixian Wars", thus successfully sowing so much discord in Germania that the tribes will be more occupied with fighting each other rather than trying to invade other countries. Although their peace-keeping mission probably created more casualties than a Gothic invasion of Rome would, the three Gauls make it back to Gaul, again running into the over-eager young legionary at the border, return home confident and are welcomed with open arms by the village, who throw their usual banquet in celebration. Text extracted from Wikipedia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Malcolm Cox

    In this third adventure the Gaulish heroes travel to Germany as it was all those many years ago to rescue Getafix who's been kidnapped for the second time in three books. Lots of great moments and a whole bunch of new punnish fun to be had with the Gothic names. This is the first time I've read this book as a book 3 (and not book 5 like it claims on the front of the book - so done as to denote that this is the 5th book translated to English because that's the important thing to highlight apparent In this third adventure the Gaulish heroes travel to Germany as it was all those many years ago to rescue Getafix who's been kidnapped for the second time in three books. Lots of great moments and a whole bunch of new punnish fun to be had with the Gothic names. This is the first time I've read this book as a book 3 (and not book 5 like it claims on the front of the book - so done as to denote that this is the 5th book translated to English because that's the important thing to highlight apparently) and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this story is one of the few times that follow's directly on from the story preceding it. These books are full of bright, fun and delightful characters who go on various adventures and get to beat up a bunch of Roman soldiers. Accompanying the story and the characters is a plethora of clever puns and word play that the translators should get a medal for. There are always a few gags or phrases in Latin that may mean nothing to the non-Latin speakers (such as myself) but Google can lend a helping hand there.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Neil Thomson

    In this adventure, Getafix (now with his new Golden Sickle) heads of to the Druid's conference to represent his village. Things start off well but soon the Goths hatch a plan and it results in Asterix and Obelix having to rescue their Druid and they get up to some mischief in the process. The Goths are in for a heck of a time! This addition to the series made me realise that there can be a continuation of storyline between books in the series. I had never realised this as a child when I borrowed In this adventure, Getafix (now with his new Golden Sickle) heads of to the Druid's conference to represent his village. Things start off well but soon the Goths hatch a plan and it results in Asterix and Obelix having to rescue their Druid and they get up to some mischief in the process. The Goths are in for a heck of a time! This addition to the series made me realise that there can be a continuation of storyline between books in the series. I had never realised this as a child when I borrowed them from my local library. The comedy is again hitting the mark in this one, the names of the various characters (particularly the Goths) is just hilarious. A Goth called Electric making the gag, 'I'm going to be General Electric' - priceless. I've also enjoyed some of the gags on roadsigns and the like as well. 3 out of 5 Stars - Recommended.

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