A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Raftel
You may know the novel of Jules Verne “Voyage au centre de la Terre – A Journey to the Center of the Earth”.
So let’s get started!
First, let me tell you a bit about the story of “A Journey to the Center of the Earth” (for those who don’t know much about it).
The main characters are a german Professor Otto Liedenbrock, his nephew Axel and their guide Hans. The Professor found a runic script. The message of this manuscript was in fact a medieval note written by the (fictional) Icelandic alchemist Arne Saknussemm, who claims to have discovered a passage to the centre of the Earth via Snæfell in Iceland.
The journey begins and the three are descending in a volcano, which is the entrance.
But the volcano has three craters, only one has the right path. The Texts also states that the path is touched by the shadow of a nearby mountain.
The three travellers set off into the bowels of the Earth, encountering many strange phenomena and great dangers…
The path leads to an underground world which is lit by electrically charged gas at the ceiling, and is filled with a very deep subterranean ocean, surrounded by a rocky coastline covered in petrified trees and giant mushrooms. The travelers build a raft out of trees and set sail. The Professor names this sea the Lidenbrock Sea. While on the water, they see several prehistoric creatures such as a giant Ichthyosaurus, which fights with a Plesiosaurus and wins. After the battle between the monsters, the party comes across an island with a huge geyser, which Lidenbrock names “Axel’s Island”.
So what are the parallels to One Piece?
1. This runes are the first parallel to the Poneglyphs in One Piece.
And like the Red Poneglyphs – The Road Poneglyphs, these runes are marking a way. A center of the Earth, the entrance trough a volcano. And this centre is so hidden and difficult to reach, that only one man, the Icelandic alchemist Arne Saknussemm so far could reached it.
Robin took the role of the Professor, with the aim is to reach a hidden island. Arne Saknussemm would be in this case Gol D. Rodger, with his last words:
You want my treasure? You can have it! Look for him! Somewhere I hid the world’s greatest treasure!
And the alchemist Arne Saknussemm in the runic script:
Descend, bold traveller, into the crater of the jökull of Snæfell, which the shadow of Scartaris touches (lit: tastes) before the Kalends of July, and you will attain the centre of the earth. I did it. Arne Saknussemm.
2. Raftel located under the earth?
We have seen in the story of One Piece
– Fishmen-Island -> Under Water
So an Island under the Earth is missing, it could be Raftel, it is hidden and difficult to reach so maybe the reason is simply because it’s not over water btw. not on earth.
3. Could be the “Lidenbrock Sea” Allblue?
Several see creatures and also prehistoric ones are living in this sea. So maybe All Blue could also be in the centre of the Earth. It would fit perfectly with Sanji’s dream and the Location of Raftel.
Thanks for reading!
*Theory by Abiz