So, I went about a far more thorough reading of BWG, and I noted a couple very amusing Traits in the W section: “Where There’s a Whip, There’s a Way” (one of the most horrifying and amusing moments of that Rankin-Bass cartoon) and “Wolverine” (gosh, the guy really is everywhere!)…anyone else find similar little things tucked here and there in the rules? (Of course, I’m also presuming that yes, these were intentional…)
[Further explanations: “Where There’s a Whip, There’s a Way” is the title of a little musical number in the Rankin-Bass cartoon The Return of the King, which took its title from Tolkien’s line “Where there’s a whip, there’s a will!”, referring of course to the Orcs of Mordor. Wolverine is a comic-book character who possesses an accelerated healing ability, and who also has a propensity to appear in comic books even when he doesn’t belong there. Appropriately, the trait itself helps a character recover from wounds.]
the ‘Leper’-LP has the traits “Unbeliever” and “White-Gold Wielder” which are part of the prophecies concerning the leperous main character in the Thomas Covenant-trilogy.
[spoiler]He refuses to acknowledge the alt. universe as real and his wedding ring given by his ex-wife is made of white gold. White gold does not exist in the alt.universe and gives the wielder “magical” powers (if he’d believe it).[/spoiler]
I always thought the ‘Stider’-LP was an homàge to Robin Hood, with the requirement “Born Noble”, but a friend whom I introduced to BW immidiately thought it was an Homage to Aragorn (of LotR).
In the Magic Burner there’s allusions to the Black Cauldron of Taran, in the “assistent pig-keeper”.