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  • proper noun A fictional country inhabited by giants, which appears in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.

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  • Although they were not as big as those which Gulliver met in Brobdingnag — he defended himself against them with his little sword — they were considerably larger than a normal bee or even a hornet.

    Commonplace

  • Although they were not as big as those which Gulliver met in Brobdingnag — he defended himself against them with his little sword — they were considerably larger than a normal bee or even a hornet.

    "An insect from the moon"—Ernst Jünger's Glass Bees

  • Although they were not as big as those which Gulliver met in Brobdingnag — he defended himself against them with his little sword — they were considerably larger than a normal bee or even a hornet.

    A Different Stripe:

  • Although they were not as big as those which Gulliver met in Brobdingnag — he defended himself against them with his little sword — they were considerably larger than a normal bee or even a hornet.

    A Different Stripe

  • He is not, for instance, sufficiently one of the ‘little odious vermin’ to make real trouble in Brobdingnag, which would probably get him squashed under a gigantic heel; but he can, while remaining Gulliver, sound off with the most idiotic cant about the supposed virtues of his countrymen.

    Sock Puppet, son of Sock Puppet

  • The King of Brobdingnag is astonished at the multiplicity of religious and political sects in England, and considers that those who hold “opinions prejudicial to the public” (in the context this seems to mean simply heretical opinions), though they need not be obliged to change them, ought to be obliged to conceal them: for “as it was Tyranny in any Government to require the first, so it was weakness not to enforce the second”.

    Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver’s Travels

  • Hav joins Shangri-la and Brobdingnag in the atlas of inspiration.

    Visiting a Land Beyond Fodor's Reach

  • These days, there's nowhere left on this planet to halfway convincingly hide (and then discover) a Caprona, an Erewhon, a Brobdingnag.

    "If it takes my whole life, I won't break, I won't bend."

  • Nothing of consequence happens other than a brief visit to Brobdingnag inhabited by a single giant child, a battle with a treacherous general that nods in the direction of Robocop and Iron Man, and the climactic lesson in rock'n'roll that Lilliput needs.

    Gulliver's Travels – review

  • The film took in just the journeys to Lilliput and Brobdingnag, and a decade passed before I discovered that Gulliver's Travels was a great work of satire that had fallen into the hands of children, and despite being written by a distinguished clergyman it contained much that was considered unfit for the young.

    Gulliver's Travels – review

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  • Brobdingnag is a fictional land in Jonathan Swift's satirical novel Gulliver's Travels occupied by giants. ...

    a land imagined by Jonathan Swift where everything was enormous

    June 22, 2009