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Dedicated to the Woodalchi

The Korean title of the drama “Faith” is 신의. Pronounced shin-eui,  it is a Sino-Korean word that can be expressed both in Korean script (Hangul) and and Chinese characters (Hanja). One of my favorite things to do is to study the Hanja of Korean words because it reveals the depth and width of the meaning that the word is suppose to convey. One of my least favorite things to do is to translate Korean words because- perhaps because I am not an English dictionary, nor am I a professional translator- I can’t find the correct English word that fully conveys that depth and width.

Shin-eui is such a word. The Hanja- 信義- is made of two characters, one that means faith and the other, loyalty (in context of being next to “faith”). The widely-circulated translation of shin-eui  is “Faith,” which I think works fine but loses the relationship facet of the Korean word. The Korean word isn’t just about an individual but how two people relate to each other. There is always two or more people that is conveyed in the word shin-eui. So shin-eui is not something that one person has but a relationship between two people.

For a drama centered around a king, his warriors, and his citizens, shin-eui is a perfect title. We have seen shin-eui being built between Gongmin and Young continuously during the drama and how exciting has that journey been? Young was initially bound to Gongmin out of duty and his status as a warrior. Gongmin was bound to Young because he did not have anyone else to rely on in Goryeo. But as they began to learn about where each other came from and prove their character and worthiness, Young and Gongmin became more than a king and warrior. They are now friends and brothers.

Unlike with Gongmin and Young, we never saw the shin-eui develop between Young and his Woodalchi. It was already there, strong and unbreakable. We don’t know how it became that way. In the beginning, when Young entered the Woodalchi quarters as the youngest daejang ever, the other Woodalchi were skeptical and wary of the young man from the famed and legendary Jeogwoldae.

Somewhere along the way, Young earned the love and respect of his Woodalchi men and by the time we entered their world, the Woodalchi circle and follow Young around like a litter of puppies. They may act like puppies but their spirit is undeniably made up of warrior material. Their shin-eui is instinctive, natural, and fierce. They will follow through with their duty to the death not because they have to but because they want to. They will die for their daejang, their king, their country, and each other.

So here is a post in pictures to celebrate the Woodalchi and what they stand for. They have been sometimes frustratingly slow and incompetent but I think at this point, we can just celebrate their spirit and their shin-eui.

We have a composer in our midst who has generously shared a song she wrote for the fallen Woodalchi. Goodness gracious…my heart!

“Fallen Soldiers” by Sunshine (Click on title to open new window for music)

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  1. Maggie H.V. #

    thank you for the explanation of shin-eui, now we’re able to understand more this great drama. The development of the friendship of Young and the King is one of my favorite parts of the plot.

    October 11, 2012
  2. Sunshine #

    This post makes me cry. Oh my goodness. You gave them quite the tribute. Loved reading the indepth explanation of shin-eiu.

    This made my heart swell-
    “Unlike with Gongmin and Young, we never saw the shin-eui develop between Young and his Woodalchi. It was already there, strong and unbreakable. ” So true.

    P.S. Joonni, If I had known my song would end up on your post I would have worked on it for weeks before posting. Lol.

    October 11, 2012
    • pam lee #

      Props to the amazingly talented Sunshine! Thank you, my dear, for creating and sharing such a beautiful song. Can’t wait to see what you’ve cooked up for our Imja couple. I’m sure the song will reduce us to tears!!! *Hugs

      October 11, 2012
    • JulianeLee #

      @ Sunshine
      Nice piece! the melody perfectly speaks for itself. 🙂 Can I use it for my video? This would be a prefect soundtrack for the Faith fighting clips I’m making. 🙂

      PS. sisters: Which site can I download HD torrents of faith episodes? TIA ❤

      October 11, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        You are all so sweet. It was a work in progress…just the raw first “sketch” if you will. Yes, of course you can use it! I think there is a way enable it for apps like youtube but I’m not familiar with it…I’d have to edit the file, but that might stop the link from working, so feel free to download it from the soundcloud account. Should I eventually change the name to Fallen Warriors, or do you think Fallen Soldiers is ok?

        October 11, 2012
        • JulianeLee #

          @ Sunshine

          yayyy thanks! *hugs* For me Fallen Soldiers is ok. Let’s ask our other pledged sisters here? Or whichever title you have a great feeling for will do. 🙂

          October 11, 2012
      • Hi JulianeLee,

        In case you still need it, you can go to youtube and type in “The Great Doctor aka Faith Korean Drama Ep ,15 ,16,17,18 Eng Sub “. The uploader’s name is Floweragasshi. All the episodes are in the description box. The quality is in HD.

        Enjoy!

        October 12, 2012
        • JulianeLee #

          Thanks gukja for the info. **hugs

          October 13, 2012
    • joonni #

      Sunshine, this post was sort of sitting in my drafts and your song got me off my butt to push it through. Thank you so much for sharing!

      October 12, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        Thank you so much for writing the Woodlachis funeral/eulogy post…help give closure to our puppies.

        P.s. I was humbled that you would like that enough to share. *hugs*

        October 12, 2012
  3. pam lee #

    Joonni, your tribute to our Woodalchi boys touched my heart! Your explanation of what Faith means is so touching. Like Eun Soo said, when she leaves through the gates of heaven, she’ll not only miss Young but she’ll miss so many others that she’s built a relationship with, including our Woodalchi boys Thank you so much for providing us a space to express our passion and love for Faith. I’m so glad I am not alone on this journey.

    October 11, 2012
  4. salute you Joonni for providing us with this highly celebratory post on our much loved Woodalchi..and ahh those pictures…whata feast on the eyes! soooo many good-looking guys

    October 11, 2012
  5. Awh Jooni. You’re such an angel. Sunshine, what an awesome song. Listening to your song and reading Jooni’s tribute literally brought tears to my eyes. I know the woodalchis are all smiling in heaven and flapping their wings seeing this tribute and songs you girls dedicated to them. Now, they will certainly look over CY and Imja and pray for their happy ending. CY and ES will grow old and have lots of woodalchi juniors and imja jrs running around playing with ninja boy and DM.

    October 12, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      The thought of little Woodalchi juniors comfing from our Imja couple…Awwww.

      October 12, 2012
  6. Oh also…great pictures you posted here of our woodalchi babies. They are certainly candies for my eyes too:). Kamsamida, Jooni!!!

    October 12, 2012
  7. These boys won my heart long before Young. It was their sincerity and fervor that made me trust Young. I will greatly miss my WDC babies.

    October 12, 2012
  8. First off, Bravo to Sunshine!!! The song is perfect and it brought tears to my eyes thinking about the demise of my favourite Woodalchi Joo-Suk.

    Joonni, thank you for your lovely tribute. If I could I would just wrap up this post (heck all of this blog here) and keep it in my heart for ever. You are doing so much for the FAITH fandom with your insights and lovely posts. THANK YOU!!

    October 12, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Joonni really is furthing the Faith fandom.

      Since the comment may be lost in the soon to be +500 comment thread of ep 18…(lol)
      Joonni facetiously noted us going by “Joonn’s Faithful”. What say ye, girls? 🙂

      October 12, 2012
      • Classy #

        @Sunshine…
        Brilliant music..
        you are awesome…

        🙂
        🙂

        October 12, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          @classy and scottishlassuna, thanks!

          October 13, 2012
      • scottishlassuna #

        I approve 🙂 LOL

        October 16, 2012
  9. arisahanari #

    The woodalchi boys definitely deserve this tribute. It touched my heart knowing that they were loyal not only to the king but to CY through and through. I think they followed CY’s instruction more than the king’s though *fond laugh*. I wonder what happened between them to have such strong relationship (considering the early predicament). Thank you to both Joonni and Sunshine for these. You girls are awesome 😀

    October 12, 2012
  10. one #

    Could words “faith” and “loyalty” be put together into “faithful loyalty”? Wouldn’t that sound better?
    Thank you for all your hard work. Really enjoying this drama.

    October 12, 2012
  11. My Woodalchi puppies! T_T

    I love them all so much.

    October 12, 2012
  12. Classy #

    Awwww… Sweet puppies..I just LUVE them…:)

    October 12, 2012
  13. Cariad #

    This word somehow makes me think of the word fealty and I did a research on the web and it is said to be first used in the 14th century which is same as the GORYEO period right? How cool is that…. Oh by the way…was a lurker but I don’t know why I can’t help but wanting to comment about this tribute to the Wodalchi, I guess because I have always love storis about knights and kings and loyalties and a quest of the king and his knights… Just love those stories and it is always about who you give your fealty to… My understanding is it is like a sworn oath you made to be faithful to that king or that knight no matter what… By the way love all the comments here and thank you very much Joonni and Softy for making Faith even more wonderful to watch because of your awesome recaps….kam sa hamnida…. Sorry I posted this comment on the wrong page…. Wanted to post this comment here…. 🙂

    October 12, 2012
    • joonni #

      Cool, learned something new today! Thanks Cariad.

      October 12, 2012
      • Cariad #

        He he my pleasure Joonni … Can’t believe you replied to my comment 🙂

        October 13, 2012
  14. marcela rosas alfaro #

    me gusto mucho el texto escrito hacia los woodalchi , en defitiva esta serie me encanta , solo espero los próximos capítulos con ansias … : )

    October 12, 2012
    • joonni #

      I had to use Google translate so I don’t fully understand what you wrote but thanks!

      October 12, 2012
      • pam lee #

        “I really like what you wrote about the woodalchi, I really love the show, I am anxiously awaiting for the the next episode.”

        I can’t believe i still remember some Spanish from high school/college. Not perfect but you get the gist 🙂

        October 12, 2012
  15. Sussie #

    @Sunshine, You really are a talented girl!! You have a true gift 😀

    October 12, 2012
  16. raindrops1 #

    Joonni, Thank for continuing to give us all these wonderful Faith posts. @sunshine, I can only echo whatever one else has said…you have a great talent. Thank you for sharing.

    October 12, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      @Sussie and Raindrops. Thank you!

      October 15, 2012
  17. ann #

    I had to say very much agree with the definition of “shin eui” that you express. You are a talented writer joonni.

    October 12, 2012
  18. Mara #

    The Woodalchis are a great part of the storyline and their interaction was a joy to watch and when I rewatch I will be more observant of their shin-eui.

    October 12, 2012
  19. Iffat #

    This was so poignant, I actually have tears iny my eyes. Listening to the beautiful track whilst I’m viewing the pictures of the beloved Woodalchi. Seeing Joo-seok reminds me of the heart breaking moment in episode 18 when he died alongside his fellow warriors. Thank you for writing such a wonderul tribute and for sharing that amazing track.

    October 13, 2012
  20. JulianeLee #

    LMH is coming to our country. November 16. This news added to my excitement on watching faith. My knees are like jelly. 😀 going gaga over tickets. Woot!

    October 13, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Did you get tickets? That place is going to be fangirl mayhem! How exciting. I remember when the girls at dramabeans mentioned he was coming to L.A. it was hysterical reading through the commentary and comments left by the readers. I watched some of the clips on Y.T. and it was funny because compared to the throngs that would have shown up in other countries, it was a much quiter welcome. People weren’t too sure when he would arrive so I think those who could just waited at the airport. Hope you have fun, and record it!

      October 13, 2012
      • JulianeLee #

        @sunshine

        Not yet my dear. The tickets are available in Manila already and as I have checked the local store that sponsors the fan meet tickets will arrive here in my location this coming week. And I literally cannot sleep and my mind is not at peace until I have tickets in my hands hehe. So excited. I’ll record and shoot and will definitely share it with you guys. 🙂

        October 14, 2012
      • JulianeLee #

        I’m also wishing that it would be quiter hehe if the girls including myself would be able to control such excitement and overwhelming emotions of seeing lmh. 🙂 wish you were all here and altogether we can scream our hearts out. 🙂 very much looking forward to it 🙂

        October 14, 2012
    • joonni #

      Read the news and actually felt a twinge of jealousy. When am I going to get to see LMH?! 😀

      October 13, 2012
      • JulianeLee #

        @joonni. I wish you were here. This event is very much long awaited. I hope he can also come to your location. 🙂

        October 14, 2012
  21. R.I.P. for those warrior

    October 13, 2012
  22. bleugrass #

    I love the woodalchis to bits but recently am developing affection for the Suribangs as well. Love these boys:))

    October 13, 2012
  23. bleugrass #

    Hi everyone…I am new here but have been watching and anticipating Faith since a few months back. I am so glad of this site as now I know in Faith Fandom….I am normal. Like everyone else…I live for Mondays and Tuesdays much to the annoyance of the Non-Faithfuls. I hope to meet a Daejang and Woodalchi one day. Faith really colours my life to the max!!

    October 13, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Hi bluegrass!Yes, the non-faithfuls can get slightly exasperated, but welcome to a place where we all “get it”. 🙂

      P.s. wishing you happy thoughts to meet your daejang soon.

      October 13, 2012
  24. Ilana #

    Great post – the Woodalchi totally deserve the honour.

    I love the understated relationship between Young and Choong-suk – it’s one based on trust, understanding, respect and care.

    Especially the part when Young was released from prison and the boys were all over him and hugging him.
    Choong-suk just stood aside, quietly relieved Young was ok. And when Young asked him whether everything was ok, and he replied asking Young whether he was ok. And their exchange of smiles. Was touched by that scene. Love their leadership as a pair.

    Young totally trusts Choong-suk when he can’t be around and Choong-suk has absolute, unfailing trust that Young would come through each time, though Young drives him crazy half the time. Ya know, stealing the royal seal, running away with the pretty heavenly doc…
    Throw in the fact that he ships his leader and Eun Soo and his hilarious dry humour, Woodalchi No.2 is quite a man himself.

    And the rest of the Woodalchi puppies…..so cute….heh

    October 13, 2012
    • joonni #

      I love Choong-suk’s humor and the way he imitates Gongmin and Noguk. He’s also the perfect No.2.

      October 13, 2012
      • pam lee #

        Not to mention, Choong-suk has a banging body! Did you see his washboard abs? Choi Young’s got nothing on him in this department 🙂

        October 13, 2012
  25. Thank you for the explanation, I guess translating into another language a lot of the meaning is lost. I get very frustrated when people don’t translate Spanish correctly (it is my native language).

    October 13, 2012
  26. Joonni, I have watched the episodes at different sites in the chapter when CY goes and gets ES from the prince and says he has a personal reason that he likes this woman and to let them go. ES looks shocked, yesterday I saw it as CY saying I love this person. In the forest ES is teasing him about when did he find out that he loved her.

    October 13, 2012
  27. So which is the real translation? Like her or love her?

    October 13, 2012
    • joonni #

      He said I love her but its old way to say love that’s got some other things in its meaning.

      October 13, 2012
  28. Good heavens! What a lovely word! Now I want to name one of my Korean-American characters “Shin-Eui.”

    October 14, 2012
  29. limz #

    I stumbled across your site looking for recaps or news related to Faith and am glad I did!!! Thank you for always sharing!

    “wow” or “beautiful” just doesn’t seem enough to describe your tribute to the Woodalchi Soldiers!!! and listening to the song posted only made it more meaningful and beautiful!!!

    I got introduced to kdrama with Boys Over Flowers and have been a fan of LMH since!!! Faith is one of my favorites!!

    October 14, 2012

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