can I talk about this for a second? y'all seem to think he’s actually trying to choke Denmark.
Look at the way he’s pulling it, no harm is being done to Denmark. The reason for this is because he can still breathe. Now, had Norway been pulling the tie backwards; maybe we would have an issue, but he’s pulling it to the side (Which isn’t completely harmless, but not harmful enough to cause more than a little pinch of Actual Pain).
If you need an example, take a scarf and put it around your neck. Take both ends and pull them to the side. No issue. If you pull it so it’s putting pressure on the front of your neck (be careful with this tho! Do Not Hurt Yourself Or Pull Too Hard) then it’d be a little uncomfortable.
I don’t remember if there were strangled noises but that would be completely natural because Norway is pulling it upwards slightly, so depending how you look at it; he’s either pulling it forwards slightly to be sure he’s not harming his friend, because he’s pulling it to the side and upwards and admittedly if anything touches the front of your throat at all it’ll be uncomfortable, or because he’s Denmark being Denmark type “overdramatic”. Personally because of the shadowing/placement of Norway’s arm I like to believe the first option.
td;lr Norway hardly even did that for a few seconds so Denmark wasn’t getting Seriously And Horribly hurt that’s why none of the Nordics went to stop Norway. Norway isn’t cruel so stop portraying him as someone who actually wants to hurt his Best Friend™
One last Towel Day related post: this is the copy of the book I bought at my middle school book fair in 1996. It has been highlighted and notated extensively and gone all over the place with me. I “lost” it for a few years (my parents put it with their books facing spine-in and I tore the world apart looking for it), but I got it back and it’s crazy to look at how much it’s been through with me. In addition to those first TDS tickets, there are four concert tickets, a Rent ticket, and another movie ticket. The one pictured is, of course, the opening midnight showing of the H2G2 movie.