Just a word …
India has recently broken its own world record by planting 66 million trees in just 12 hours in a bid to honour a pledge made at the Paris Climate Change Conference.
More than 1.5 million volunteers turned out one Sunday between 7am and 7pm to plant the massive number of tree saplings along the Narmada River in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Now that is impressive. And I got to thinking. If every one of those trees was a word then how many well-known books might they be equivalent to from the word-count point of view ?
Word-counts vary tremendously of course. A short story may be just a few thousand words whilst an epic tale could easily run into several hundred thousand.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare weighs in at 885,000 words and the Bible at 788,280. That’s a staggering 1,673,280 words in total. But that’s still almost 40 times less than all those 66 million trees. Time to call for reinforcements.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy plus The Hobbit weigh in at 576,459.
R.R. Martin’s 5 book series A Song of Ice and Fire is 1,770,000.
And J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter brings in another 1,084,170.
Oh, and while we’re about it …
- War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy 561,304
- Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell 418,053
- Les Miserables – Victor Hugo 530,982
So. Where are we ? That’s 6,614,280 words. And that is hopelessly short of those 66,000,000 word trees over in India.
Look. I could go on. And on and on. But I sense your pain. More importantly. I also sense my own pain. So I have decided to scale the whole thing down a bit and try again …
The beautiful Principality of Liechtenstein has a population of around 37,400. I Should be able to cope with this. There are trees. I checked on Google.
Also, by a staggering coincidence, one person in this population happens to be my good WordPress pal and blog buddy, Erika
So I asked Erika to go out and count how many trees there are in Liechtenstein.
OK. No. I didn’t. She probably will now I’ve mentioned it. So, while she’s out there counting, I’ll base my figures on the human population instead … 37,400 (give or take the inevitable biological results of a few power-cuts.)
So I consulted my lists and there it was:
“The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” – by C.S. Lewis
Population of Liechtenstein :
MY WORK HERE IS DONE
Narnia or Liechtenstein ? You decide!