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Tough Traveling: A Lady and her Sword

I am late, still getting back into the swing of things…. But when I saw this week’s Tough Traveling topic, how could I not write something? I love a lady with a sword.

Fantasyland is full of threats.  A lady and her sword can keep those threats at bay.

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Tough Traveling: Disguises

Today is Thursday, so it’s Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn, exploring favourite fantastical tropes. This week is: DISGUISES

Hiding in plain site?  Put on a disguise.  Often used to sneak into the evil lair.  For best results brain a guard and steal his; no one is tracking these things.

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Tough Traveling: The Weasel

Today is Thursday, so it’s Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn, exploring favourite fantastical tropes. This week is THE WEASEL:

Weasels are usually very useful, obtaining information from unlikely sources and the like. For that matter they may be fun to be around. But can they ever really be trusted? Usually about as far as they can be thrown, but one never knows.

I have the terrible feeling this week like I’m forgetting so many obvious examples.  I will look forward to reading everyone else’s and seeing what I missed, because I couldn’t come up with much in the way of literary examples of this trope!

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Tough Traveling: The Big City

Today is Thursday, so it’s Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn, exploring favourite fantastical tropes. This week is THE BIG CITY:

There has to be somewhere in Fantasyland where everyone comes together. All roads lead to Rome after all. A place where traders prosper, politicians scheme, and criminals thrive.

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Tough Traveling: Beloved Mounts

Just today I came across this great feature Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn, which explores favourite tropes of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Such a great idea! I’ve thrown down a couple of my favourite fantastical steeds off the top of my head for this week, and I’m hoping to start joining in the fun on a regular basis.

Bill the Pony, The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)

When I think of fantasy mounts, the first ones that come to mind are those of Tolkien, primarily Shadowfax and the beautiful horses of Rohan. But then I remembered Bill the Pony, faithful steed of Samwise Gamgee and truly the most beloved of mounts. Seriously, is there a more heartbreaking moment than Sam saying goodbye to Bill outside of Moria? I don’t think so. Bill the Pony: ultimate badass, tenth member of the Fellowship of the Ring, and true hero of The Lord of the Rings. 

Drogon, A Dance with Dragons (George R. R. Martin)

So this is a fairly liberal interpretation of ‘mount’, since Daenerys rides him only once, very briefly. BUT it was so epic that it definitely deserves an entry on this list. I know I can’t be the only one hoping that if/when Dany finally gets to Westeros (probably 10 books from now) Drogon and Dany will have become a fantastic dragon-riding team raining death and destruction down on everyone.

The Bog Unicorn, Dragon Age Inquisition

I remember when it was announced that Dragon Age Inquisition would feature mounts. I was so excited! And then that one of preorder bonuses would be a mount that was…. a unicorn! What?! There are unicorns in the world of Dragon Age?! And I imagined myself riding around Thedas on a gleaming, sparkling unicorn, daisies sprouting under her hooves, adoring townspeople cheering us as we went about righting wrongs and destroying evil.

And then I saw the Bog Unicorn:

bog unicorn

That’s right, this “unicorn” is a rotting undead horse corpse with an old rusted sword driven through its head.

Best unicorn ever.