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The name of the horse, Shadowfacts, is a pun on {{w|Shadowfax (Middle-earth)|Shadowfax}}, who is the horse whom {{w|Gandalf}} rides in {{w|J.R.R. Tolkien}}'s {{w|Lord of the Rings}} trilogy. As its name suggests, this horse volunteers facts about shadows. There is a possible deeper level to the pun, referring to the [http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/241756-cat-facts-text-trolling Cat Facts meme]. It is possibly related to the BBC's {{w|Ceefax}} system, but this is not as likely.
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This comic is a parody of  {{w|J.R.R. Tolkien}}'s {{w|Lord of the Rings}}. The name of the horse, Shadowfacts, is a pun on "{{w|Shadowfax (Middle-earth)|Shadowfax}}", the name of the horse {{w|Gandalf}} rides in the trilogy. As the name "Shadowfacts" suggests, this horse interjects into conversations various facts about shadows. There is a possible deeper level to the pun, referring to the [http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/241756-cat-facts-text-trolling Cat Facts meme]. It is possibly related to the BBC's {{w|Ceefax}} system, but this is not as likely.
  
 
The three parts of a shadow are the {{w|umbra}}, {{w|penumbra}} and {{w|antumbra}}.
 
The three parts of a shadow are the {{w|umbra}}, {{w|penumbra}} and {{w|antumbra}}.
  
In the title text, Gandalf continues to speak, and is interrupted again by the horse with another fact about shadows. "Look to my coming on the fifth day. At dawn, look to the east." is what Gandalf said before the battle of Helm's Deep when he went to get reinforcements.
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In the title text, Gandalf continues to speak, and is interrupted again by the horse with another fact about shadows. "Look to my coming on the fifth day. At dawn, look to the east." is what Gandalf said before the battle of Helm's Deep when he went to get reinforcements. The horse notes that if the sun is in the east, the shadows will be to the west of the objects that cast them.
  
 
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Revision as of 21:42, 2 October 2013

Shadowfacts
'Look to my coming on the fifth day. At dawn, look to the east.' 'And look to the west to see our shadows!'"
Title text: 'Look to my coming on the fifth day. At dawn, look to the east.' 'And look to the west to see our shadows!'"

Explanation

This comic is a parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The name of the horse, Shadowfacts, is a pun on "Shadowfax", the name of the horse Gandalf rides in the trilogy. As the name "Shadowfacts" suggests, this horse interjects into conversations various facts about shadows. There is a possible deeper level to the pun, referring to the Cat Facts meme. It is possibly related to the BBC's Ceefax system, but this is not as likely.

The three parts of a shadow are the umbra, penumbra and antumbra.

In the title text, Gandalf continues to speak, and is interrupted again by the horse with another fact about shadows. "Look to my coming on the fifth day. At dawn, look to the east." is what Gandalf said before the battle of Helm's Deep when he went to get reinforcements. The horse notes that if the sun is in the east, the shadows will be to the west of the objects that cast them.

Transcript

[Gandalf is sitting on a white horse in front of three Hobbits.]
Gandalf: This is Shadowfacts, lord of all horses, and he -
Shadowfacts: The outer part of the shadow is called the penumbra!
Gandalf: Shut up.
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Discussion

Reminds me of the Cat Facts meme. --Rael (talk) 05:11, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Wow, a talking horse! That puts poor old Bill The Pony in the shade... 178.98.253.80 08:32, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Ok, I'm done with the internet for today. I don't think anything else is going to match this pun. 74.200.7.145 14:38, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Is this the same horse from Correct Horse Battery Staple? 128.49.161.70

That battery staple casts a shadow. --Rael (talk) 16:41, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Hang on, hobbits? I know they look short, but when is this supposed to happen? Wouldn't Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas be more likely choices, given the chronology? 98.216.97.56 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Is that a LEGO Gandalf? Porkypine (talk) 17:49, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

Shoulda had a LEGO Legolas in there tooDiszy (talk) 14:22, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Nitpicking: changed "trilogy" to "novel". Trilogy is a set of three novels with a common theme or characters and each novel from the set can be read separately without knowing the other ones. The Lord of the Rings is a single novel (divided into six books, by the way) that just happened to be published in three volumes originally. The tradition is often maintained, but often not. You can hardly understand what's going on in The Two Towers (the second volume) without reading The Fellowship of the Ring first. 89.174.214.74 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

If we're being picky, Tolkien said LOTR was "not a novel, but an heroic romance, a much older and quite different variety of literature". [Letter 329] 96.231.58.51 18:01, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
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