Top Five Eggs in Fiction

1) Humpty Dumpty Alice Through the Looking Glass

 “I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ”

Possibly the most famous egg in fiction, Humpty’s contradictory nature is an endless source of amusement to me- I’m sure we’ve all met someone like him. As is the way Alice acquired him in the old sheep shop.

2) Hagrid ‘s Monster Eggs Harry Potter Series

As someone who is constantly getting in trouble for bringing unwanted animals home to look after, I do have some sympathy with Hagrid and his fetish for monster eggs which is an ongoing source of complication in the Harry Potter novels. From Aragog to Norbert, you’d think he’d learn!

3)12 Eggs City of Thieves

If I told you I’d kill you if you didn’t bring me a dozen eggs, you’d probably just pop to the supermarket. Even on Easter Sunday when the shops are closed (yeah, I forgot about that today…) you’d probably be able to get hold of some quite easily at a corner shop or similar. Not so easy for Jewish Lev and eccentric Kolya in David Benioff’s City of Thieves who are tasked with finding 12 eggs for the Colonel’s daughter’s wedding cake during the siege of Leningrad, forcing them into the path of Nazis, cannibals and intriguing female sharp shooters.

4) Billina’s Eggs Ozma of Oz

There are times when you’d imagine that a talking chicken might be a source of irritation, but not for Dorothy and her friends who are being turned into ornaments by the evil gnome king when trying to rescue the Royal family of Oz. Fortunate then that the one thing that gnomes fear most are hen’s eggs…

5) Green Eggs and Ham

I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I am.

Ah, but we all did. And so have countless children and adults all over the world.


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