Who else who less knows the amazing story of Alonso Quijano, a gentleman who called himself a Don Quijote de la Mancha, whose intentions were to try to help the poor and disadvantaged and achieve the love of the supposed Dulcinea del Toboso, who is actually a peasant named Aldonza Lorenzo.
Well, on all those trips, he was accompanied by a horse. An animal that became a symbol of all equines that, for more than 2000 years, has accompanied humans and allowed them to reach previously unknown territories. In this article we will talk about don quixote horse, as an important character in the novel, but also as that friend who has helped us get ahead.
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What was Don Quixote's horse like?
If you plan to travel long distances and you live in a time where automobiles have not yet been invented, you need a horse that is agile, with good muscle mass, and also has strong and resistant legs, because you never know when you can see in the need to run quickly. Miguel de Cervantes, the author of the novel, therefore decided that its main protagonist had to ride a unique and very special steed. Corcel is a term that means agile and fast horse, of great height, that is used in battles and competitions.
He had the horse, but what to call him? He decided that it would be a better idea for Don Quixote himself to decide, since after all, he was going to be his horse. But it was not easy for him. As we can read in the book:
«Four days went by in imagining what name he would give it ... and so after many names that he formed, he erased and removed, added, undid and did again in his memory and imagination, at last he came to call him Rocinante, name in his opinion high, sonorous and significant of what he had been when he was nag, before what he was now, which was before and first of all the nag in the world ».
Yes Yes. Rocinante was not a horse with an easy life. He didn't have all the food he needed once he became an adult. Being a colt, he lacked nothing and, therefore, his health was excellent; but then little by little he began to lose weight. He became so thin, he would become little more than skin and bones. Even so, it was the best horse that Don Quixote could wish for, as you can read on one of the pages of the novel: »it is better mount than the famous Babieca del Cid and Bucephalo by Alexander the Great ».
Stories of Don Quixote and his horse Rocinante
Throughout the novel we can read the number of events that happen to Don Quixote and his precious horse. Sancho Panza, the inseparable human companion of the supposed knight, on more than one occasion he showed that he did not like the horse too well. For example, when you climb on top of him to expel not too pleasant words: »he tried to climb from the horse to the fences; and thus, from on top of the horse, he began to say so many insults and reprimands to those who supported Sancho, that it is not possible to correctly write them... ".
Sancho is a character who, if given the opportunity, He will not hesitate to change the skinny horse for another:
«What you can do with him (he refers to Sancho's donkey) is to leave him to his adventures, now he gets lost or not; because there will be so many horses that we will have after we win, that Rocinante is still in danger, do not exchange him for another... ".
Fortunately, Don Quixote would never let such a thing happen: »I still hope in God and in his blessed Mother, flower and mirror of the horses, that we will soon see both of us who we want: you with your lord in tow; and I, on top of you, exercising the office so that God cast me into the world». Undoubtedly, this great man, even if it is no more than a character created by the imagination of one of the most famous Spanish writers of all time, is an example to follow for all those who respect and care for horses.
Don Quixote today (from the end of the XNUMXth century)
Since it was published for the first time at the beginning of 1605, the story of Don Quixote, apart from reaching all parts of the world, has served as inspiration for both musicians, film and television scriptwriters, and if this still wasn't enough, comics have been made, like Quixote (2000) by Will Eisner. Likewise, it is also present on the Internet, such as on the YouTube video portal.
And it is that, stories like this, always last.
We hope you have learned a lot about Rocinante, Don Quixote's horse.