Trivia

Orra Facts anent Auld King Ottokar’s Sceptre

The court photographer, Mr Octavius, is named after the famous 19th-century Scottish photographer, David Octavius Hill, who pioneered early photography in partnership with Robert Adamson in his Edinburgh studio.

The lyrics that Bianca Castafiore sings are from Robert Burns’s much-loved song, ‘My love is like a red red rose’. She also sings this song in Tintin i the Snaws o Tibet.

The name of the concert hall where Castafiore sings, the Sangshov Pavilion, is based on the Scots word sangschaw (meaning ‘song festival’), which was also the title of a famous Hugh MacDiarmid used as the title of a famous collection of poetry in 1925.