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.
The topic this week is PETS
Everybody needs somebody to love. And the best companionship doesn’t always come from the same sentient group, does it? Be it furry or scaled, large or small, sometimes an animal companion is the best thing a person can have. (Thank you to my wife for this week’s topic).
For those curious I have three pets living in my house. Two small dogs (both terriers) and a Blue Head Pionus parrot.
Hedwig – Harry Potter – Nothing to do with an angry inch, I would be shocked if Hedwig needs any introduction at all. Snow white owl of pure awesome. As a bird lover this is a no brainer. I could have ended the list here. Truly, I do love Hedwig.
I say this every time but it is true. I miss Harry Potter.
Greebo – Discworld by Terry Pratchett – The sweetest cat in the history of the world, at least to Nanny. The rest of the world sees Greebo for what he really is, borderline pyscopath who smells (in other words, a cat).
Greebo also picks up a habit in later books, due to a bit of magical tinkering, of turning into a naked sex-magnet of a man at inopportune times. So ya, think about that as he is rubbing against your leg purring.
Choplicker – A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall – I am totally cheating here so I know I had at least one entry no one else had. Choplicker is an old hound dog owned by an old woman met at the top of the hill. Just an old, slobbering, hound.
And if you bought that then you probably bought the frail old woman act. Old Choplicker isn’t the most loyal companion around, but he seems to be there when it counts. Wouldn’t worry about him that much though, he tends to be more active in the cleanup.
Lady Gray Wind Nymeria – A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM – Seriously, the series needs more Dire Wolf. You know what I am talking about. We know Martin drops people like they are bad apples on a regular basis, but you know we are at only 66% of our original wolf count? And I know all of you cried the first time a dog died. Don’t like to me. I see right through you.
Stopping here because otherwise I may have gone back to Harry Potter and just worked through Hagrid’s full menagerie.
Join us next week as we look at LAW ENFORCEMENT
Seems odd to think that in fantasy cities in which entire economies revolve around crime there is room for the men in blue (or crimson, or whatever). But the law does the best it can, even when faced with magic, mystical creatures, or rogue deities.
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