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Comic #2949

1 Student: {entering} Professor Tolkien! Have you heard the news? Nazis have raided the Tower of London and stolen the Crown Jewels!
2 J. R. R. Tolkien: But... if he loses his regalia the king forfeits his throne and must go into exile! Where can he go that is safe?
3 Student: He could go to Scotland and wander the moors incognito.
4 J. R. R. Tolkien: The rightful king turned into some sort of ranger of the North? That's the most preposterous thing I've ever heard!

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A literal case of Requisite Royal Regalia. That trope is not quite right - I was hoping to find one about the king's right to rule depending on having the regalia, and if the regalia is lost, then the king must stand down. I guess that's less common in fiction or reality than the impression I got as a kid from reading King Ottokar's Sceptre.

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