What's Up With Great A'Tuin?

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Postby Nausica » Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:11 pm

Jarmara wrote:personally, I prefer to respect A'tuin's privacy :wink:
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Postby catrine » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:30 pm

I thought he was a he as the feamle tends to be under when they are intimate and the disc would have got it ( :shock: )

Maybe she gave him a bit of a nip as he left ?
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Postby swreader » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:42 am

Tony, female turtles do NOT return to their eggs, and the males have nothing to do with either mother or babies after the mating. That's the real world truth about them.

The Discworld Companion says it's sex is unknown. However, the description I think that Steven Briggs is wrong about this. In The Light Fantastic A'Tuin is leaving the depths of space and "fighting the tormenting pressures of the solar shadows. In the next paragraph, Great A'Tuin knows what will happen to Discworld if the world is too long in the shallows, but A'tuin can recall doing all this before, many thousands of years ago.

Then at the end of LF, there is a description of A'Tuin looking expectantly at the eight spheres endlessly orbiting the star, on the very beaches of space. And of course the eggs hatch, and the 8 miniature versions of A'tuin, the elephants, and a primitive stage of Discworld come into view. Carefully, A'Tuin turns, and "with considerable relief set out on the long swim to the blessedly cool, bottomless depths of space.
The young turtles followed, orbiting their parent."

The incredible thing about real world sea turtles is that using the earth's magnetic field to steer by, they return to the beach where they were born, to lay the their eggs--and they do this over and over.

I think Terry has copped out by calling A'Tuin simply, "their parent". While obviously, this is a literary work and he can do anything he wants with it, but this description of returning to a place she had been many thousands of years ago on a solar beach is so close to the habits of all female sea turtles, that I think we must really say that A'Tuin is female.
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:18 am

That's definitely a question to ask Terry when I see him again. But I like your logic Sharlene. :wink:
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Postby Nausica » Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:17 pm

Tonyblack wrote:That's definitely a question to ask Terry when I see him again.

I get the feeling he'll very neatly dodge the question, too. :lol:

I have to agree with you Sharlene, that does seem to indicate that A'Tuin is female... Somehow at the time I thought that passage could've referred to it's own hatching, but that makes more sense.
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Postby TheMole » Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:51 am

Maybe she was beaten up in a pub on Saturday night.
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Postby Nausica » Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:19 pm

I don't think there's a pub in the multiverse big enough to fit A'Tuin. :shock:
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Postby no___0ne » Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:15 am

y'know, i've usually picked up on the puns TP inserts into character names after i first realised i should be looking for them, but it was several years before i got the 'A' Train thing.
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:29 am

no___0ne wrote:y'know, i've usually picked up on the puns TP inserts into character names after i first realised i should be looking for them, but it was several years before i got the 'A' Train thing.
You're going to have to explain that one to me I'm afraid. :?
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Re: What's Up With Great A'Tuin?

Postby discworldfan » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:14 pm

Tonyblack wrote:This is from this site's banner - what's He/She got tied to His/Her flipper? :?

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And who tied the bow?? :shock:


I think I figured it out. A'tuin is towing the banner below him/her on the main page.
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:49 am

By gum you're right! :lol:

Well spotted.
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