History WesternAnimation / TheSecretOfKells

23rd Jul '16 9:43:31 AM Jayalaw
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** Brother Aidan discusses this also while mentioning Crom Cruach, saying he doesn't know what parts of the story are true, only that one of Crom's eyes was used to illuminate books. This gives Brendan the eye to seek out Crom Cruach to get the crystal.

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** Brother Aidan discusses this also while mentioning Crom Cruach, saying he doesn't know what parts of the story are true, only that one of Crom's eyes was used to illuminate books. This gives Brendan the eye idea to seek out Crom Cruach to get the crystal.
23rd Jul '16 9:42:35 AM Jayalaw
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: At their first meeting, Brendan correctly recognizes that Aisling is a "fairy". When Aisling later warns Brendan of Crom Cruach, he dismisses it as "pagan nonsense". The irony that lies in saying that to a fairy escapes him. Possibly justified in that, living most of his life at an Abbey, he can accept a minor supernatural being like a fairy, but cannot accept a being that is supposed to be a ''god'', when in his mind there is only one God.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: ArbitrarySkepticism:
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At their first meeting, Brendan correctly recognizes that Aisling is a "fairy". When Aisling later warns Brendan of Crom Cruach, he dismisses it as "pagan nonsense". The irony that lies in saying that to a fairy escapes him. Possibly justified in that, living most of his life at an Abbey, he can accept a minor supernatural being like a fairy, but cannot accept a being that is supposed to be a ''god'', when in his mind there is only one God.God.
** Brother Aidan discusses this also while mentioning Crom Cruach, saying he doesn't know what parts of the story are true, only that one of Crom's eyes was used to illuminate books. This gives Brendan the eye to seek out Crom Cruach to get the crystal.



* BaitAndSwitch: When Brendan prepares to sneak out, Pangur Ban appears seemingly to warn him about going to find Crom Cruach's eye. It's actually because Abbott Cellach is outside waiting to bust Brendan for sneaking out again.



* BigNo: Brendan releases one when seeing [[spoiler:his uncle wounded in the snow during the Viking raids.]]



* CallingTheOldManOut: Brendan does this to his uncle about caring more about the wall than the Book, and how Cellach ought to know about how important the Book is, having once been an illuminator. Cellach responds by locking up Brendan until he can behave.



* ChekhovsSkill: Brendan's ability to draw [[spoiler:lets him defeat Crom Cruach with a bit of ingenuity.]]



* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: After forbidding him from working on the book, Abbott Cellach locks up [[spoiler:Brendan in the scriptorium with the book during the Viking raid.]]



* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Subverted; Abbott



* DidntThinkThisThrough: Double-subverted. When Brendan ponders going into the forest to get the berries that Brother Aidan needs, he draws out the potential drawbacks. Once in the forest, however, he doesn't know what the berry trees look like or how to get home.



* DisneyDeath: Cellach thinks that [[spoiler:Brendan and Brother Aidan died when the scriptorium burned during the Viking Raid. He doesn't find out the truth until Brendan returns to Kells as an adult.]]



* FailedASpotCheck: After locking Brendan up, Abbot Cellach trusts the other Brothers to make sure Brendan stays there and that he is fed, while never checking the room. He doesn't even notice the activity in the scriptorium until green smoke comes out, or the Brothers assisting Brendan in the illumination, because he's so focused on the wall. [[spoiler:He does bust them eventually when the Brothers are careless in cheering on Brendan for his drawing.]]



* FelonyMisdemeanor: Brendan gets in trouble for anything related to illuminating books, even learning to ink with a quill.



* HeroicSacrifice:
** When entering Crom Cruach's lair, [[spoiler:Aisling holds the entrance long enough for Brendan to get in, even though Cruach's black vines grab her.]]
** Cellach tells the [[spoiler:refugees in the tower to close the door, and then stays on the ground as the Vikings attack to rescue Brendan.]]



* HopeSpot: Once Brendan gets [[spoiler:Crom Cruach's eye, he and the other priests start to work on the book in earnest, avoiding Abbot Cellach's scrutiny and finishing the beloved page. Then the Vikings attack and the Abbott locks up Brendan in the scriptorium after busting him and the priests.]



* KickTheDog:
** When a wounded an unarmed Cellach trundles [[spoiler:to the scriptorium, to free Brendan before it burns down, the Vikings attack him.]]
** Also, the Vikings [[spoiler:tear up the book of Kells that took months if not years to illuminate.]]



* LittleNo: Brendan gives one when Cellach forbids him from visiting the scriptorium and brother Aidan.



* MassOhCrap: The Abbey's residents when [[spoiler:the Vikings attack, starting by shooting flaming arrows over the wall, and then when the stairs to the tower collapse due to too many people using them.]]



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Cellach. [[spoiler:As the sacking of Kells begins, it begins to get through to the Abbot that, despite all his preparation, things aren't going to work out. And what follows is a massive slaughter that basically makes the rest of his life one really prolonged version of this trope.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Aidan calls himself an old fool when he gets Brendan into trouble with his uncle in recruiting him for the book. He tries to ShooTheDog when Brendan appears [[spoiler:with Crom Cruach's eye.]]
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Cellach. [[spoiler:As the sacking of Kells begins, it begins to get through to the Abbot that, despite all his preparation, things aren't going to work out. And what follows is a massive slaughter that basically makes the rest of his life one really prolonged version of this trope.]]


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* NoKillLikeOverkill: The Vikings make it a strong point to wipe out everyone in Iona except Aidan who escaped, and [[spoiler:do the same to most of the residents at Kells, even when it wouldn't benefit them.]]


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* OhCrap:
** Brendan when his Uncle busts him for sneaking out into the forest, both times.
** Brendan and Aidan when [[spoiler:the Vikings catch up to them in the woods and take the book.]]


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* ParentalSubstitute: Brother Aidan promises to be one [[spoiler:when he and Brendan think that Abbott Cellach is dead.]]


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* RedHerring: When Brendan is locked up, he tells Aisling to go get Brother Aidan to see if he might get the key. Aidan had previously talked about Crom Cruach's eye and thus has less ArbitrarySkepticism about the Fair Folk. Aisling decides to use Pangur Ban and her magic, however.


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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Aisling can't enter the buildings in the Abbey, but she comes anyway to free Brendan after seeing him locked up, while visibly trembling and shaking. She's also afraid of Crom Cruach but agrees to help Brendan go into his lair. [[spoiler:Aisling reveals that it's because Crom Cruach wiped out her people, including her mother.]]
13th Jul '16 5:10:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: Brendan
4th Jul '16 4:08:11 PM heartofthemoon
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** Abbot Cellach mentions that most of the refugees are Pagans and Crom worshippers and believes that "it's with the strength of our walls that they will come to accept the strength of our faith.]]

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** Abbot Cellach mentions that most of the refugees are Pagans and Crom worshippers and believes that "it's with the strength of our walls that they will come to accept the strength of our faith.]]"



** There was an Abbot Cellach who was abbot of Iona. He retired to Kells in 814 AD and died the next year.
[[https://orthodoxwiki.org/Abbot_of_Iona He is credited with building a church in Kells]].

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** There was an Abbot Cellach who was abbot of Iona. He retired to Kells in 814 AD and died the next year.
year. [[https://orthodoxwiki.org/Abbot_of_Iona He is credited with building a church in Kells]].
3rd Jul '16 1:44:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheObiWan: Brother Aidan
2nd Jul '16 8:47:14 PM sonar1313
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* ShownTheirWork: Some of the artistry in the film goes beyond taking inspiration from the Book of Kells and is directly based on it. The Chi-Rho page is faithfully reproduced. Brendan's first work [[spoiler:using the crystal - the drawing that Cellach angrily rips from its frame and later keeps as his "only comfort"]] - is visible in the bottom left corner of the real Chi-Rho page at the tail of the Chi.



** There was an Abbot Cellach who was abbot of Iona. He retired to Kells in 814 AD and died the next year. [[https://orthodoxwiki.org/Abbot_of_Iona He is credited with building a church in Kells]].

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** There was an Abbot Cellach who was abbot of Iona. He retired to Kells in 814 AD and died the next year. year.
[[https://orthodoxwiki.org/Abbot_of_Iona He is credited with building a church in Kells]].Kells]].
** Brendan is 12. The prequel comic, in which Cellach rescues infant Brendan from the Vikings, is dated 790 AD. That means the events of the movie take place in 802 AD. [[http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scotlandshistory/britonsgaelsvikings/vikingraids/index.asp This was the year of an actual Viking invasion of Iona]], just as Aidan describes, and therefore the likely date that the Book of Kells moved to Kells - or at least, left Iona.
2nd Jul '16 8:18:26 PM sonar1313
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*** Aisling's song

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*** Aisling's songsong. It translates: "There is nothing in this life but mist, and we will only be alive for a short time." Aidan also utters these exact lines elsewhere in the movie.


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*** While climbing the tree, Aisling points to some bugs, and says, "Aithníonn ciaróg, ciaróg eile." This is an Irish saying, literally meaning, "One beetle recognizes another," (which Brendan understands and helpfully translates) but more colloquially, "It takes one to know one."
27th Jun '16 12:56:50 PM heartofthemoon
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** There was an Abbot Cellach who was abbot of Iona. He retired to Kells in 814 AD and died the next year. [[https://orthodoxwiki.org/Abbot_of_Iona He is credited with building a church in Kells]].
27th Jun '16 12:49:21 PM heartofthemoon
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** Cellach who takes an arrow to the chest, and has to be knocked down by vikings to get to stop protecting his nephew.

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** Cellach who takes an arrow to the chest, and has to be knocked down by vikings to get to stop Vikings before he stops protecting his nephew.



* EasyEvangelism: Completly averted:

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* EasyEvangelism: Completly Completely averted:


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** A large piece of the movie focuses on Brendan completing the Chi-Ro page. The Greek letters chi and rho were normally used in medieval manuscripts to abbreviate the word Christ, but this is never explained in the film.
17th Jun '16 12:07:53 PM heartofthemoon
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* ForYourOwnGood: Cellach locks Brendan in his room to protect him, because he's frightened that Brendan keeps venturing outside the wall to the forest, and to the scriptorium after nightfall.

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* ForYourOwnGood: Cellach locks Brendan in his room to protect him, because he's frightened that him after Brendan keeps venturing outside refuses to give up visiting the wall to the forest, forest and to the scriptorium after nightfall.working with Brother Aidan.


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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Subverted. [[spoiler: Aidan and Brendan leave Cellach for dead, despite Brendan's protests.]]
-->'''Brendan''': We have to save him!
-->'''Aidan''': We can't help him now.
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