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I thought that “eggbeard” was a term of common parlance, but not only have I discovered that many Frock Flicks readers are unfamiliar with it, but I’m the only writer to use it (at least in my posts)! That means it falls on me (oh joy) to explain this term and concept. And it’s true, do a google for “eggbeard” and nothing much comes up. It’s not even in Urban Dictionary! WTFrock, kids!
So this meme probably confused y’all! That’s David Tennant in 2018’s Mary Queen of Scots — as John Knox. Okay, so the real Knox did have a long beard. That doesn’t mean I have to find it attractive!
I think I learned the term amongst my historical costumer friends, particularly those who perform at Renaissance faires. The term simply refers to a man’s beard that’s long, unkempt, and likely has bits of food stuck in it. Where did the term come from? I can’t tell you, as the only things Google turns up are a few usages as gamers’ user names and a 1930 satirical book, 1066 and All That, which mentions various egg- names for Anglo-Saxon kings, including “Eggbeard.”
All I can really do is demonstrate with visuals what I mean when I use the term “eggbeard”!
Here I made you a handy guide. In Leonardo (2021), Aidan Turner‘s beard is long and scraggy, while his two companions have nicely trimmed beards.
Any actor playing Rasputin is definitely Eggbeard. Not Eggbeard Petrucchio as portrayed by Sir Richard Burton.
Yeah, Rasputin is basically Contractually Obligated Eggbeard!
Yes, but when Alan Rickman played him, did his hotness cancel out the Eggbeard? Inquiring minds want to know. :)
That one is still on my “to watch” list!
I’m sure cleaning an eggbeard could be fun, no? Or a sudden need for eye bleach. I bet there’s never any middle ground.
For the record, 1066 And All That is a great book. Also, look up Richard Armour’s books. He took on various historical periods in a similar style, but he was American. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Armour#Books They’re funny but heavily dated.
I was raised on Richard Armour books, and discovered 1066 later. I think I have an extra copy of it, if you want to borrow..
Oh, yes! I read all the Richard Armour books back in the day and would love to have them again.
Kendra, the mere notion of Finding John Knox Attractive has made me quite queasy. I’ve no objection to a bit of kink, but come on, that’s just perverted… (Scurries off to scrub brain.)
“Whose love is given over-well
Shall look on Helen’s face in hell,
Whilst those whose love is thin and wise
May view John Knox in Paradise.”
Kendra, I’m right there with you. I am very much pro-facial hair–GROOMED facial hair. My general rule is: Once the beard is 3D, then I’m not a fan. And to answer your question, no, it’s not inappropriate to have the hots for St. Joseph as played by Oscar Isaac. If so, I’ve been sinning ever since The Nativity Story came out.
Don’t feel bad about having hots for Oscar Isaac – It’s a natural outcome of laying eyes on him. In Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth, Joseph was played by some hot dark-eyed, dark-haired Greek actor, and Lordy-me!!!
I don’t particularly mind an eggbeard on an older man, like Tolstoy, so long as its clean. And I don’t particularly like a very groomed eggbeard on a man when it makes him appear to be too interested in his own appearance.
As for a scary one, if I am allowed to venture into the realm of fantasy. I offer up fat Thor in ‘Endgame’. We are meant to squirm and squirm I do.
What is your considered opinion on plaited/braided beards? They are long, but sort of tidied up. I ind some of these quite attractive in a very masculine sort of way, but others really give me the creeps. Haven’t yet worked out what the difference is.
Jeremy Northam. Yes, yes sir. Um……
Long beards can look good. They just need to be clean, brushed, and shaped properly. Not many guys seem to do any of that.
I’m with Kendra. There aren’t any long beards that look good to me – they’re aging. But taste is very subjective