The Smurfs

Read through the text for some interesting background info, you might find possible answers in it. All questions and clues for the next location are at the bottom of the page.

Brendan Gleeson played the character Victor in the second movie adaptation of the Smurfs released in 2013. Though his character does not appear in the original, many other characters appearing in the movie are based on the comics by the Belgian comics artist Peyo published in 1958 titled ‘Les Schtroumpfs‘ (a French word apparently invented by Peyo during a meal when he could not remember the word salt)

You might have heard of Papa Smurf, the leader of the Smurfs, or the evil villain Gargamel and his cat Azrael. Most of the 100 characters are actually named after their personality traits e.g. Lazy Smurf or should we use the French word: Schtroumpf Paresseux?

30 comic books and several movies have been released to date.

English Version
French Version


The Smurf comics where originally published in a Franco-Belgian comics magazine and later published in dedicated Smurf magazines, which existed in French, Dutch and German. These days the comics have been translated into 25 languages.

As you can see from the Smurf comics, French is not only spoken in France, but is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world and has around 285 million speakers, including 77 million native speakers. French is spoken as an official language in 29 countries, second only to English.

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Find the next location: Clue #2

Continue towards the back of the building, opposite Theatre Q you find the the entrance to the National Folklore Collection. The next clue will hide close to the Banner located in front of its main door.

Other books translated from French and recommended by staff in SLCL

1. Asterix and Obelix | 2. TinTin | 3. The Little Prince | 4. Arsène Lupin |
5. The Three Musketeers | 6. Lucky Luke | 7. Nicholas | 8.
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