Gandolf vs. the Spanish Armada

5 Aug

According the the Guardian, younger Britons have found a place for Gandalf in British history:

A sizeable slice of younger Britons think Gandalf, Horatio Hornblower or Christopher Columbus was the hero of the English fleet's defeat of the Spanish Armada, a survey showed today.

Less than half identified Sir Francis Drake as a key figure in one of the most famous sea battles in British history, the poll for the BBC showed.

A third of 16 to 34-year-olds did not know that William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings, while more than a fifth of 16 to 24-year-olds thought Britain had been conquered by the Germans, the Americans or the Spanish.

Man, I can understand not knowing who the hero of the battle against Spain was, but the Battle of Hastings is like the British version of Plymouth Rock. And how would anyone think that Britain had been conquered by anyone since that's part of the whole national myth of Britain. They haven't been conquered since 1066. I suppose we'd do worse though.

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