Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week’s topic is KNIGHTS
Um. Noble rich people on horseback. Come on, you people know what knights are. (Topic provided by Miriam)
Hopefully this one wasn’t too hard for everyone.
Knights are everywhere – A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM – Here a Ser, there a Ser, big burly Sers and wimpy Sers. Even a woman Ser, who ends up being one of the most interesting characters even through at first I hated her chapters. Old man Georgy likes his knights, E I E I O.
Knights are annoying – Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C Wrede – Too much time listening to old tales, not enough time paying attention to what people are trying to say. That is the problem with some knights. So let us say Cimorene willingly goes to live with a dragon. That doesn’t mean that she is making a desperate plea to be rescued it means ‘leave me alone!’ No dragon slaying is required here, Cimorene is one princes that has no need of rescue.
Perhaps a sign on the road will keep away the would be ‘saviors?’ Not likely, persistent little buggers those knights are proving to be.
Knights are flying – Pern by Anne McCaffrey –You may think I am crazy but I totally think the Dragonriders of Pern count so hear me out.
One – They are aristocracy with cool mounts. Now, unlike the Hold Lords they are not necessarily born that way but they have become the gentle class of the land from the second they impress their young dragons. From that point on they are fed, provided land, and given a place to hunt with their charges. They get a share of everyone’s harvest just because of how they are born. See the respect the old-timers think is their right and you will agree.
Two- They are riding dragons. And dragons beat horses every time. Think the Mountain would be able to slay a dragon that pissed him off after a joust? I think not.
Knights are Dead – Warcraft – Arthas is awesome. I don’t read Warcraft tie-ins and when playing World of Wacraft back in the day I was hardly taking the time to read the lore. But I still could the story of Warcraft 3, which introduced Arthas and his (12 year old spoiler warning coming) fall to evil among the best ever in video games. Plus Undead was my favorite to play, Death Coil made microing heroes into easy mode. Good times…
Knights are coming back? –Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson –The Knight’s Radiant are gone. They betrayed man and spren to the Voidbringers, supposedly out of greed. But Dalinar has some visions that tell him things may not be exactly as they seem. Is it possible for the knights to come back? Is it? I don’t know, perhaps if we reread the text there could be some foreshadowing of hints that may help clue us in.
Join us next week as we look at CHESSMASTERS
A true master knows where all the pieces are at all times. Others may think they have taken control but alas, the master knew their last move before they played it.
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