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Hellboy

Post by Kitsune » Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:12 pm

So, I watched Hellboy II today... All in all, good movie. I enjoyed it generally. A few parts weren't wonderful, but the storyline was actually rather cool.

I had a question though... This one is about the war between humans and the fae (finally, a director who knows how to portray the fae... not surprising since he's the same guy who did Pan's Labyrinth, but still...). However I have a question related to the movie.

Not giving away any surprises, the goblin smith offers to help Oberon, the King of the Fae in his war against humans by making him indestructible robots... Now stick with me here, because the next part is the important one.

He offers to make the king 70 x70 of these indescrutible warriors. So, that makes 4900 warriors... But I'm wondering where they came up with the number. Does anyone know if the number 70 has any great signifigance? I know 7 does, and I know that 7 x 7 does... but 70? I've never heard of anything attached to this particular number.

I mean, if it's just a number that worked for the movie cool, but they seem to have done their homework on at least some parts of the myths and such, so I guess I'm just hoping that this has an explanation as well.

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Re: Hellboy

Post by Librarian » Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:43 pm

Let's see what I can google...
Jesus told Peter that he should forgive someone who sinned against him 70 times 7 times.
The Israelites were captive in Babylon for 70 years because they ignored the Sabbath years for 490 years (a Sabbath year was one every 7 years so 490/7 = 70).
According to numerology, 70 is the number of enlightenment.
One night, while Osiris was sleeping, Set measured his body and commanded his crafts- people to construct a wooden box that would only fit Osiris's body. Then he ordered the best artists to decorate the box so that it would appear as a work of art. And then, Set convinced about 70 people to join him in his plan to revolt.
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...the foundation of the Kabbalah is its system of 70 or 72 names of God that are in turn connected with the angelic powers that lead the 70 nations of the world. The position of these angels was overturned at the Crucifixion, and they are now the fallen angels in league with Satan...
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Re: Hellboy

Post by Kitsune » Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:01 am

Hmmm, they're most likely referencing the "70 is the number of enlightenment" one, since the army was supposed to be invicible and indescructible... otherwise known as perfect.

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