Tough Traveling – Kings


Each Thursday, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

This week’s topic is KINGS

KINGS come in four kinds: Puppet Kings, Bad Kings, Good Kings (rare), and Long Lost Kings.

Well if Jones is going to give me bullet point material involving different types then why not take advantage?

We four kings of fantasy are

Bearing tropes as we tough travel far

Carrot, Joeffry, Tomjon, and Lord of Rohan

Each their own kind of star.


A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Bad King


O kid of wonder, child of fright

Lover of daggers late at night

Westeros leading, Sansa beating

Cersei’s connections provide your might


Men at Arms (Discworld, #15)

Good King


Born a dwarf on Morpork’s plain

Sword and birthmarks could crown him again

Copper forever, king never

Refusing to ever reign


Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6)

Long Lost King


Oh star of theater, actor at night

Seeing witch faces in star light

Lancre leading, wagon’s proceeding

Doesn’t wish to be part of Granny’s fight


The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)

Puppet King


Wormtongue’s words to offer has I

King I be put power is night

Strings are pulled arms are raising

But with Gandolf’s help I’ll back on high.




Join us next week as we look at HOLIDAYS

Never too late to celebrate … holidays! Because fantasy festivals and feasts are always fun.  Thanks to Wendy for the suggestion!  And feel free to blame her if this proves to be as hard as it sounds.

If you have a topic you want to see us cover, or if you have an entry for next week’s post but don’t have your own blog to put it on, please head over to the main Tough Traveling page and fill out the form at the bottom.

As always thanks for joining, feel free to join along at any time, and please check out my fellow travelers!

Hope everyone has Happy Holidays!  Thanks for helping make this a great year.

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