A Very Quch Christmas*

From the Wall Street Journal comes the story of a Klingon reinterpretation of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.

The arc of “A Klingon Christmas Carol” follows the familiar Dickens script: An old miser is visited on a hallowed night by three ghosts who shepherd him through a voyage of self-discovery. The narrative has been rejiggered to match the Klingon world view.

For starters, since there is neither a messiah nor a celebration of his birth on the Klingon planet of Kronos, the action is pegged to the Klingon Feast of the Long Night. Carols and trees are replaced with drinking, fighting and mating rituals. And because Klingons are more concerned with bravery than kindness, the main character’s quest is for courage.

This is one of those instances where words can’t do an experience justice, so I’ve embedded video from the story below.


*The title of this post is taken from the translation given by an online Klingon-to-English dictionary for ‘happy.’  I would have done ‘merry,’ but when I plugged it in, the translator told me:

There is no definition for this term.
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About Leah Libresco

Leah Anthony Libresco graduated from Yale in 2011 and lives in Washington DC. She works as a news writer for FiveThirtyEight by day, and by night writes for Patheos about theology, philosophy, and math at www.patheos.com/blogs/unequallyyoked. She was received into the Catholic Church in November 2012."

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05377685250633624137 Tristyn Bloom

    Why does a photo of a man in a Klingon costume reading Crime and Punishment exist…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16496144988509668275 Leah

    @Tristyn: I guess I was wrong. There is a god!