The knights who say Ni!

(this post was retrieved, with the help of The Internet Archive, from my retired blog

It seems that there are other fans of Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Now the other hillarious scene is when Arthur and Bedevere are about to pass through the forest in which the Knights who say Ni leave. Below I give the dialog between the “Knights” and Arthur.

Have fun!

(Image from: Wikipedia)

Voice over: Meanwhile, King Arthur and Bedevere, not more than a swallow’s flight away, had discovered something.

Knights of Ni: Ni! Ni! Ni! Ni! Ni! Ni!
Arthur: Who are you?
Knight of Ni: We are the Knights who say….. “Ni”!
Arthur: (horrified) No! Not the Knights who say “Ni”!
Knight of Ni: The same.
Other Knight of Ni: Who are we?
Knight of Ni: We are the keepers of the sacred words: Ni, Ping, and Nee-womm!
Other Knight of Ni: Nee-womm!
Arthur: (to Bedevere) Those who hear them seldom live to tell the tale!
Knight of Ni: The knights who say “Ni” demand….. a sacrifice!
Arthur: Knights of Ni, we are but simple travelers who seek the enchanter who
lives beyond these woods.
Knights of Ni: Ni! Ni! Ni! Ni!Ni! Ni! Ni! Ni! Ni!
Bedevere: No! Noooo! Aaaugh! No!
Knight of Ni: We shall say “Ni” to you… if you do not appease us.
Arthur: Well what is it you want?
Knight of Ni: We want…..

(pregnant pause)


(minor music)

Arthur: A WHAT?
Knights of Ni: Ni! Ni!! Ni! Ni!
Arthur; No! No! Please, please, no more! We will find you a shrubbery.
Knight of Ni: You must return here with a shrubbery… or else you will never
pass through this wood… alive.
Arthur: O Knights of Ni, you are just and fair, and we will return with a
Knight of Ni: One that looks nice.
Arthur: Of course!
Knight of Ni: And not too expensive.
Arthur; Yes!
Knight of Ni: Noowwwww…. GO!


Arthur: O Knights of Ni. We have brought you your shrubbery. May we go now?
Knight of Ni: Yes, it is a good shrubbery. I like the laurels particularly.
But there is one small problem….
Arthur: What is that?
Knight of Ni: We are now no longer the Knights Who Say “Ni”!
Other Knights of Ni: Ni! Shh! Shh!
Knight of Ni: We are now the Knights who say “Ekky-ekky-ekky-ekky-z’Bang, zoom-Boing, z’nourrrwringmm”.
Other Knight of Ni: Ni!
Knight of Ni: Therefore, we must give you a test.
Arthur: What is this test, O Knights of…..
Knights who ’til recently said “Ni”?
Knight of Ni: Firstly, you must find….


(minor music)

Arthur: Oh not another shrubbery!!
Knight of Ni: (excitedly) THEN… Then, when you have found the shrubbery,
you must place it here, beside this shrubbery, only slightly
higher, so we get the two-level effect with a little path
running down the middle.
Other Knights of Ni: A path! A path! A path! Shh, shhh. Ni! Ni!
Knight of Ni: Then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must cut down the
mightiest tree in the forest…
Wiiiiiithh…. A HERRING!



Brave Sir Robin (by Monty Python)

(this post was retrieved, with the help of The Internet Archive, from my retired blog

This is definitely a post I wanted to make. It’s about a movie of Monty Python, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, my favourite one.

For those who are not familiar with the name, the pythons are a group of comedians with an alternative sense of humor. They have managed to make some different and innovative at the same time movies and shows.

(image credit: – the Python team)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a parody of the famous tail of King Arthour and his seek for the Holy Grail. My favourite part is Sir Robin’s tail where he is seeking into the woods while his bards are singing for his “courage”. Below I present the lyrics of “Brave Sir Robin ran away” as it is demonstrated into the movie (for guitar players there are chords too).

Monty Python
Brave Sir Robin


(lyrics and chords)


Bravely bold Sir Robin rode forth from Camelot
He was not afraid to die, O brave Sir Robin
He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin


/ Em – – – – B7 Em – / – – – – D – G – /
/ G – – – D Asus4 D – / Em D G – D – B7 – /


He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp
Or to have his eyes gouged out and his elbows broken
To have his kneecaps split and his body burned away
And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Robin


His head smashed in and his heart cut out
And his liver removed and his bowels unplugged
And his nostrils raped and his bottom burnt off
And his penis…


(Well that’s enough music for now, lads…)


/ G – D – / / / /


Brave Sir Robin ran away(No!)
Bravely ran away, away(I didn’t!)
When danger reared its ugly head
He bravely turned his tail and fled(No!)
Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about
And gallantly he chickened out
Bravely taking to his feet
He beat a very brave retreat
Bravest of the brave, Sir Robin


/ Em D Em – / Em – – – – D Em – / G – D – / Em – D – /
/ G – D – / Em – B7 – / Em D G B7 / / D – – – G – – – /

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