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Hobbies: Which characters have hobbies?

#1 · Posted: 27 Nov 2017 00:19
Are there many people with hobbies in the Tintin books?
Haddock's horse-riding (The Seven Crystal Balls) and Calculus's savate (Flight 714) spring to mind instantly.

Seeing that Hemulens from the Moomin books often have hobbies (deep-sea fishing, crocheting, stamp-collecting, etc.), I suddenly began thinking about it last night.

#2 · Posted: 27 Nov 2017 19:40
Ah, an interesting notion...!

Haddock and Tintin's playing chess at the start of Tintin in Tibet might suggest that that's a common hobby for both of them.

Jolyon Wagg strikes me as another character with hobbies. His car club and the Jolly Follies group, to name two, suggest a man who likes to have active pursuits on his days off.
#3 · Posted: 27 Nov 2017 21:51
I can name a wee few.

Tintin's an obvious bookworm; he gets terribly upset at his book collection being ruined in The Secret of the Unicorn and is shown reading books and travel guides throughout the series.

Tintin also practises yoga at the start of Tintin and the Picaros and exercises in The Broken Ear and Prisoners of the Sun (to be fair on the last one, he is imprisoned in the Inca's royal apartment for 18 days).

He and the Captain go to the pictures in The Red Sea Sharks and, following on from Tintin's bookish nature above, are shown to get reading done in The Castafiore Emerald.

Also in the same album, Professor Calculus is shown to be a keen gardener and has previously attended the Chelsea Flower Show. And Cuthbert practises dowsing, which is helpful to some extents, in several albums.

And, though from Tintin and the Lake of Sharks, the Captain plays golf. He seems to love golf so much that he prefers to lug a caddy around with no proper golf ball security rather than any actual luggage whilst travelling to Syldavia.

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