Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q = QUATERMAIN, Allan - Protagonist, A-Z Blog Challenge 2016

Q's slot will be filled by Allan Quatermain, one of the characters created by an author, H. Rider Haggard.

Protagonist of the 1885 novel, King Solomon's Mines and its sequels. Quatermain is an adventurer and protector of the British Empire. . .

Illustration of Allan Quatermain - PD

Q = Quatermain, Allan
Theme - Authors, AtoZ

The character Quatermain is an English born professional big game hunter and occasional trader in southern Africa. An outdoorsman who finds English cities and climate unbearable, Quatermain lives in Africa. He supports colonial efforts at civilizing the Dark Continent. He grew up here under the care of his widower father, a missionary.

He is small, wiry and unattractive, with a beard and short hair that sticks up. His one skill is his marksmanship, where he has no equal. Quatermain enjoys his hunting less as he becomes aware that as a professional hunter, he is helping to destroy what he loved about Africa.

Allan Quatermain first appeared in 1885 in King Solomon's Mines, by H. Rider Haggard. Haggard had been dared to created a character to challenge Robert Louis Stephenson's Treasure Island. So he did, creating one of the great adventurers and his Quatermain adventure novels.


Quatermain and Maiwa's Revenge - "Fire, you scoundrels" **

Thure de Thulstrup - H. Rider Haggard, Maiwa's Revenge

Quatermain was one of the templates for Indiana Jones, an American film character featured in Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom, and the Last Crusade. Indiana Jones is portrayed by Harrison Ford.

Quatermain is portrayed by Sean Connery, as seen in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. - Sean Connery as Quatermain
Actors who have played Quatermain (King Solomon's Mines) include Richard Chamberlain (1985), Stewart Granger (1950), and in 1937, Cedrick Hardwicke. Sean Connery played the role of Quatermain in the 2003 film,The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a story based on a 2001 comic book. Like Sherlock Holmes, Quatermain was bumped off by his creator but returned to life in later adventurers. 


Did you know who Allan Quatermain was or had you heard of him? Did you see The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or any other movie which referenced Quatermain?

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A to Z Challenge - 2016

It's April again and time for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge  This is my 4th year participating in the challenge! (Previous A to Z  posts at the top of my blog page tabs are: Art A-Z, French Faves, Paris, Etc. 

Thanks to originator Lee (Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out), and the co-hosts and co-host teams who make the challenge run smoothly. See the list of participants, and other important information at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days). On April 1st, you begin with the letter A, April 2 is the letter B, and so on. Posts can be random or use a theme.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2016 - Badge A to Z Blog List


Wiki on Allan Quatermain

Additional info on the character Quatermain

Quatermain biography

Comic version dialogue and narrative of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Photo Credit: for image of Sean Connery as Quatermain, in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

**Illustration from H. Rider Haggard's Maiwa's Revenge, Chapter VII, by Thure de Thulstrup.
The scene shows Allan Quatermain ordering the men to fire, after getting them to wait until the most opportune moment.  The author died in 1930, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less.