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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: Middle-Aged Heroes

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

This hero stuff is usually a young person’s game.  And, occasionally, a grizzled old veteran can get involved.  It is a true rarity for someone to join the good fight for Fantasyland living in that in between ground.

This was a challenging topic: there are plenty of wise older mentors and brave young heroes, but apparently it really is quite rare to have someone in-between.  Rare, but not impossible:

stange and norrellMr. Norrell (Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke)

Strange is on the younger side, but Mr. Norrell is a stodgy, conservative, middle-aged man, comfortable with his station in life and more than a bit overzealous in hoarding information and defending his position as the only practical magician in England… until the appearance of Jonathan Strange gradually changes his view.

broken monstersGabi (Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes)

I am in the middle of reading crime thriller Broken Monsters, and there are a lot of point-of-view characters throughout the book—but one of my favourites, and the one who seems to be the closest thing to a main character, is Detective Gabriella Versado. She is raising a teenage daughter, doesn’t always understand social media and the internet, and is an experienced police officer—the very first scene of the book has her pulling a prank on a young rookie who is having trouble handling a murder scene.

his majesty's dragonLaurence (Temeraire series, Naomi Novik)

The older, more cautious, and very proper Captain Will Laurence ends up paired with the young firebrand of a dragon, Temeraire.

Lady Jessica (Dune, Frank Herbert)

Like I said on my mother’s day post, Jessica of House Atreides is the real hero of the Dune books, having set all of the events in motion with her rebellious streak and determination.  Her son’s rise to power can be attributed almost entirely to her planning and persistence.

The Bagginses (LOTR and The Hobbit, Tolkien)

One major complaint I have about the LOTR movies (which I really love, for the most part) is Frodo’s youthful, naive attitude, as opposed to the more mature and worldly Frodo of the books.  Setting aside Elijah Wood’s wide-eyed, teenage face, Frodo was in fact 50 by the time he set out with the Fellowship of the Ring, by far the oldest of the four hobbits.  And though I can’t remember his age exactly, I’m certain Bilbo was quite comfortably enjoying middle-aged life when Gandalf and the dwarves disrupted him in The Hobbit.

young frodo
Frodo Baggins: Not even close to 50 in the movies

Who did I miss this week? Who are your favourite older heroes?

Tough Traveling: Otherworldly Creatures

Today… is not Thursday. I am late for Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn this week, but here nonetheless! This week’s topic: OTHERWORLDLY CREATURES

Creatures not of our world or even our plane of existence, perhaps living in another dimension. Preferably, though not required, with tentacles.

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