Wednesday, Jul. 15, 2009

Tim the Enchanter

"There are those who call me ... Tim."

In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur and his knights meet pyromaniac wizard Tim the Enchanter, played by John Cleese in the 1975 movie and later by Hank Azaria in the Broadway version, Spamalot. The ram-horned, bearded wizard is capable of creating fire without flint or tinder, which he does both frequently and carelessly — during his short scene in the movie, Tim conjures fire close to 20 times. His power elicits applause from Arthur's knights, but when he warns them of the perils of the Rabbit of Caerbannog — who guards the cave containing the Grail — they discount his warning and the bunny's strength. Three are led to their doom before the bunny is killed by the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. They should have heeded Arthur's earlier words: Tim "knows much that is hidden."