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AngelofLight
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#121 · Posted: 15 Jan 2012 00:49
Herge always said that Tintin started out being around 14-15 years old (for some reason he can drive) and ages a year every ten years. I like this formula, as it means he ends up being about 19 in the last few albums. I think that is the perfect age. He's a "boy" reporter, after all.
ourherotintin
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#122 · Posted: 18 Jan 2012 12:19
I always like to think about Tintin as 16... Dunno, 14-15 seems too young for our hero! and then as the albums progressed he'd be around 21 in the Picaros! But I'm always reconsidering my evaluation since the way Herge drew Tintin... he makes him look young! And Captain Haddock would be in his mid-40s... not 50s, yet. Calculus would probably be in his late 50s. And Castafiore... I think she's in her early 50s. =)
Seven
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#123 · Posted: 25 Jan 2012 01:20
Wow i don't know why but i always thought Tintin would be 18-20 years old due to the fact that every now and then he drinks,
"The Broken Ear" & "Seven Crystal Balls" come to mind. He also would be one very mature 15 year old.
rose_of_pollux
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#124 · Posted: 25 Jan 2012 01:44
Seven:
i always thought Tintin would be 18-20 years old due to the fact that every now and then he drinks,

That's true, but he tends to try to avoid it (like when he tells Lt. Delcourt in Crab that he never drinks). In Broken Ear, if I remember right, he was about to be executed, so that was probably him trying to ensure he would feel no pain when it happened.

Anyway, if Hergé says he's 17, that's what I'll go with, then. The Captain is definitely middle-aged; I would lean towards late 40s because I don't see him going gray at all (and he doesn't seem like the type to dye his hair, either).

I'd put Bianca in her lower 40s--she's at the peak of her career, and if she were older, I couldn't see her traveling/performing as much. I'd put Thompson and Thomson around the same age, as well.

Calculus... is tricky. His deafness seems to suggest that he's older, but it could be that he lost his hearing in a freak accident when he was younger (Father Mulcahy in M*A*S*H comes to mind...). He seems to be around the same age as the Captain for me.
Balthazar
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#125 · Posted: 25 Jan 2012 12:15 · Edited by: Balthazar
Seven:
Wow i don't know why but i always thought Tintin would be 18-20 years old due to the fact that every now and then he drinks,
"The Broken Ear" & "Seven Crystal Balls" come to mind.

That's true, but I don't know what the law was in 1930s Belgium. Maybe there wasn't a legal age limit for alcohol consumption, and even if there was, maybe it wasn't strictly policed.


Seven:
He also would be one very mature 15 year old.

Indeed, but I think that unrealistic maturity was deliberately very much part of the appeal of Tintin, right from the start: the fantasy for child readers of being only 14 or 15 but having none of the restrictions of real youth (parental discipline, school or a lowly apprenticeship, lack of maturity, limits to your driving skills or finances, etc). From all accounts, Hergé disliked much of his childhood so was probably living out his own fantasy youth through Tintin - exaggerating the sort of freedom he did find in the Scouts - as well as providing that fantasy for his readers. A much more realistic Belgian childhood can be seen in his Quick and Flupke strips.


rose_of_pollux:
like when he tells Lt. Delcourt in Crab that he never drinks

He actually tells him he never drinks spirits. In the same book, Tintin accepts a beer from the Thompsons, and is happily planning to survive on champagne when barricaded into the hold cabin on the Karaboudjan, telling Snowy something like "Well at least we won't go thirsty!" So I think the book makes a distinction between Tintin's consumption of less-strong alcoholic drinks in a social or emergency context, and Haddock's uncontrolled addiction to the hard stuff.
Seven
Member
#126 · Posted: 26 Jan 2012 01:06
Balthazar
Balthazar:
That's true, but I don't know what the law was in 1930s Belgium. Maybe there wasn't a legal age limit for alcohol consumption, and even if there was, maybe it wasn't strictly policed.

That's an interesting point because in Belgium today the age limit to drink beer is 16 and other alcoholic beverages is 18, however many say in Belgium that you can get away with drinking despite being under 18 as long as you do not get drunk in public. In other words its like you said not "strictly policed". This may well have been the case in 1930s Belgium.
tintin1
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#127 · Posted: 26 Jan 2012 06:50
Tintin is 17 years old. Captain haddock must be around 50!!
kygoober16
Member
#128 · Posted: 19 Feb 2012 21:11
In a interview with Hergé he stated that TinTin is between the age of 15-17.
Star Child
Member
#129 · Posted: 5 Mar 2012 18:00
Tintin's early characters, Totor and Tintin-Lutin are supposed to be teenagers. Totor is probably 13, being a boy-scout, and Tintin-Lutin is possibly 15. Tintin, on the other hand, looks about 16 from the first half of the comics and 17 for the other half. It's funny, Herge does not let Tintin celebrate his birthday in any of his comics! Shame! Anyways, what I'm trying to say is that maybe Tintin's just shy of his 18th birthday!*

In the movie, Tintin is so cute but looks about 16!

But personally, I think that Tintin stays 17 throughout the series!

*Note: Tintin's birthday is on 10 January.
Emdy
Member
#130 · Posted: 24 Apr 2013 01:31
Tintin:17
Haddock:Mid-forties
Calculus:Late fifties
Thom(p)sons:A few years younger than Haddock
Chang:13 or 14

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