Greek mythology: an ancient Greek Titaness. She is described as “of good counsel”, and is the embodiment of divine order, law, and custom. Themis means “divine law” rather than human ordinance, literally “that which is put in place”, from the verb τίθημι, títhēmi, “to put”.
Etymology: Greek Θέμις.
A long, long time ago in a land far away, There was a monster without a name. The monster wanted a name so badly. So the monster left to go on a journey to find a name. But the world was so large that he split into two to make his journey. One went to the west and the other went towards the east. The monster who went to the east found a village.
At the entrance of the village there was a blacksmith. “Mr. Blacksmith, please give me your name,” said the monster. “You can’t give away your name,” the blacksmith replied. “If you give me your name, I’ll enter you and give you strength.” “Really? If you can make me stronger, then I’ll give you my name.” The monster entered the blacksmith. The monster became Otto the Blacksmith.
Otto the Blacksmith became the strongest man in the village. But one day he said, “Look at me. Look at me. Look at how large the monster inside me has become.” Crunch Crunch! Munch Munch! Chomp Chomp! Gulp! The hungry monster ate Otto from the inside out. The monster returned to being a nameless monster.
The monster came to a castle looking for a wonderful name. In the castle, there was a sick boy. “If you give me your name, I’ll give you strength.” “If you can cure this illness and make me strong, I’ll give you my name.” The monster entered the boy. The boy became well.
The king was so pleased! “The prince is well! The prince is well!” The monster liked the boy’s name. He also liked living in the castle. So even though he was hungry, he endured. Every day his stomach growled, but he endured it.
However, he was so hungry that one day he said, “Look at me. Look at me. Look at how large the monster inside me has become.” The boy ate the king and even his servents. Crunch Crunch! Munch Munch! Chomp Chomp! Gulp!
Since there was no one there anymore, the boy went on a journey. He kept on walking for days and days. One day, the boy met the monster who traveled to the west.
“I have a name. It’s a wonderful name, too.”
The monster who went to the west said, “I don’t need a name. I’m happy even without a name.” We just have to accept that we are monsters without a name. The boy ate the monster who went to the west.
The monster finally had a name, But all the people who could call him by that name have disappeared. And Johan was such a wonderful name, too.
Oh I have never seen the storybook animated.
I keep meaning to read Monster again, but I’d need a good day to just devote to being a chinhands thoughtful wreck over it.
Monster is probably the series closest to my heart. I’m such an Urasawa fangirl…
Ashleigh Good in “La Pucelle” by Jean Baptiste Mondino | Numéro #146