Dark Was The Night

Our hearts were heavy as we set out from the village. Young Wulfbjørnvarr Thorhundskjalg strode ahead, his armour shining in the moonlight. We marched onward toward the dawn. I took heart as I looked around me at the mighty host of warriors, each one proud, steadfast, and clutching a lucky hedgie in their hand as if their very lives depended upon it.

Sender-inner Nora M. says this rare white hedgie-wedgiewoo, erm, hedgehog lives in Heinsburg, Germany. Photo by Horst Ossinger/European Pressphoto Agency via LA Times.



  1. Mary (the first) says:

    Wow! Quite a snowball!

  2. Is like the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch? Sure looks deadly.

  3. It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.

  4. Look at those sharp nailios!

  5. Martha in Washington says:

    re:hovertext–Go ahead! Lob one this way! I dare ya!
    *stands ready with basket, gloves and goggles to catch flung hedgie*

  6. skippymom says:

    “each one of us afraid, each one holding a hedgehog in his hand in case, and all of us too brave to say a word”

  7. The Holy Hedgehog Hand grenade.

  8. Fleurdamour says:


  9. fleurdamour says:

    They do look like medieval weapons, don’t they? Just drop one down into your foe’s suit of armor for some REAL entertainment.

  10. Mary (the first) says:

    omg now I am confused. I didn’t even read the credits above, just assumed it was a Mike story. Now I discover, it was Pyrit. My brain is a-jumble!

  11. Lewis n' Clark says:


  12. Fird Birfle says:


    so pyrit has the Dreaded Bebbehtawk virus, jist like us civilians!!!

  13. Fird Birfle says:

    PS: I’m admiring the Scandinavianesque personal name (Wolfbohrnvahr) !!!

    I’m gonna guess that it’s Norwegian-esque.

  14. A hedgehog in the hand is worth two in the hedge.

  15. Fird Birfle says:

    “One, two, ….FIVE”

    “that’s THREE, sir”. “huh?” “the number…..it’s THREE, sir…”

  16. That’s about right, Fird. Beowulf-esque to be more precise. 🙂

  17. 260Oakley says:

    White hegehog? Isn’t the correct term “alspino?”

  18. lds7yrs says:

    My dog just gave me a funny look at the snortle I made upon reading your comment! lol

  19. lds7yrs says:


  20. Oceanview says:

    Is that Al Pacino’s cousin?

  21. Oceanview says:

    Sounds like ferret legging, which strangely enough is an actual voluntary activity (not invented by Monty Python).

  22. Leilani says:

    OH. MAH. GAWWWWD!!! Did you ever–EVER–see a pinker nose?!?!?

  23. dubyah1 says:

    Happy sigh. Monty Python and Dylan Thomas in the same post. CO *ROCKS*.
    And one should always keep sharp ‘edge on one’s weapon.

  24. 😀

  25. No, it’s Pyrit the Skald, by Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer! 😆

  26. Only in that strange land north of the Humber . . .

  27. Hwæt!

  28. Katrina says:

    Uff da!

  29. Nobody has booped yet???
    Well, let me be the first then:

  30. Robin McKiernan Kiesel says:


  31. Pyrit! Love it! A traditional Norse tale by NOMTOMsdottir, I swear it!

  32. Fleurdamour says:

    Brought to you by Mad Eye Moody.

  33. skippymom says:

    Here’s a cupcake for getting that one. And also, I saw what you did there, “sharp ‘edge” snort snort!

  34. victoreia says:

    Um, will I get thrown out of the C.O. continnumumumum if I tell people I’ve never seen M.P.?

    In the meantime, I’ll be in the U.U. Library, delivering bananananas for the Librarian.

  35. Fird Birfle says:

    you have NULL chance of being thrown out of anywhere, Ms. v.

    However, let me assure you that there are approx elebenty thousand M.P. punchlines referenced here daily on CO by commenters, as well as approx two posts per week which make a M.P. reference. Currently, the mama & bebbeh penguins’ storyline is a M.P. reference, every time you hear one of us reference “pining for the Fjords” or “ex-parrots”, the Cheese Shop, or saying “your mother is a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries”, those are each from different M.P. stories.

    So unf., you are not gaining the fullest possible enjoyment, of all layers of joke references at CO, w/o M. P. “pre-requisite” studies.

    Here ya go:

  36. Paging Alice – Alice to the croquet game please. Be sure to bring your flamingo.

  37. “The hedgehog can never be buggered at all” !