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miloumuttmitt
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#1 · Posted: 25 Jun 2004 19:03
Tintin is clearly 15 or older, as he was seen driving a car in The Blue Lotus (p.52, panel 15.)
GurraJG
Member
#2 · Posted: 25 Jun 2004 20:13
Why just 15?
jock123
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#3 · Posted: 25 Jun 2004 23:05
Between pages 9 and 11 of “Soviets” he steals both a motor-cycle and side-car and a motor-car and crashes them both, and he flies a stolen ’plane on P112 (crashes it on P113) - so all we really know is he likes to steal modes of transport and wreck them... I am sure you have some reason to pick 15 as Tintin’s age, but as he seems to have a flexible attitude to the law, I don’t think you can assume that he waited for driving to be legal.

Do you mean it is legal to drive at 15 in China?
Jyrki21
Member
#4 · Posted: 27 Jun 2004 20:08
Well let's see here... assuming he was intended by Hergé to be around 20 or so (Tintin is never very "kiddish"), then I figure by the time he was roaming the jungles of San Theodoros with Haddock and Alcazar, he must have been around 67... :)
jockosjungle
Member
#5 · Posted: 27 Jun 2004 20:24
I thought he was 75
Rik
jock123
Moderator
#6 · Posted: 28 Jun 2004 00:20 · Edited by: jock123
Nice one, Rik!
Jyrki21, I think when Tintin starts out in “Soviets” he is definitely a boy reporter - perhaps even a child. There isn’t any logic to it, but then the narrative isn’t realistic. I suppose he is meant to be someone that the readers of the Petite Vingtieme could identify with. The prototypes of Tintin, such as Tintin-Lutin and Totor are all youngsters, and I think it transfers across. His feet don’t touch the floor when he sits on the seat in the train.
grenville24
Member
#7 · Posted: 30 Jun 2004 16:35
I think he starts off as a boy reporter, but I would say that by the time of America and Broken Ear he has become a reporter in his twenties, a age which he then maintains for the rest of the series. If I had to pick an age specifically, I would go for a baby-faced 26/27.

As an aside, how old is Haddock? I would say a decade older, certainly less than 40, while Calculus is in his mid to late 40s.
jock123
Moderator
#8 · Posted: 30 Jun 2004 16:42
I’d put the “regular” Tintin at 18-20, 22 tops, Captain Haddock between 45 and 55, and Calculus in his sixties.
jockosjungle
Member
#9 · Posted: 30 Jun 2004 17:57
Well I always thought 20's to be honest, and I'd say Calculus was in his 40's tops. Captain Haddock around the same age as well

Rik
miloumuttmitt
Member
#10 · Posted: 7 Jul 2004 05:50
I'd put Tintin 15-25, Haddock 50 and Calculus in his mid-60s.

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