I’ve been looking for another feature for the blog since Thursday Thoughts have gone on hiatus for a while. I try to come up with discussion posts and personal tidbits, but I really like memes with a small number of participants, because this means that everybody checks out everyone’s posts (in theory) and I get to “meet” new blogger people. I’ve also been looking to incorporate more fantasy into this blog as I’ve been reading loads of romance (I need some dragons to balance out all the hearts, in other words). Without further ado, this is my first Tough Travels post – I might not participate every week, but we’ll see.
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This is a weekly feature on Fantasy Review Barn. Nathan chooses a topic from The Tough Guide to Fantasyland and participants are supposed to make a list of occurences from the wonderful world of fantasy. YAY LISTS!! I’ll try not to be too obvious in my choices but I haven’t read any really obscure fantasy…
This week’s topic is: NAMED WEAPONS – the weapon should be a) named, b) famous, or c) sentient. Here goes.
- Sting from The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. HA! What happened to not being obvious?! There’s a number of named weapons in Tolkien’s work, of course – even the Ring could be counted as one – but Sting is really cute. Plus it was used to kill icky giant spiders. (Image credits)
- Oathkeeper from The Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin – again, I could have chosen Ice or Needle, but I really like Brienne.
- The Wicked Sisters from The Lies of Locke Lamora – these are Jean Tannen’s deadly hatchets. I love how lethal Jean is despite being a big softie. I also have to reread this series. Twice.
- Riptide/Anaklusmos – the pen/sword from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I think this would be my weapon of choice (if I knew how to wield a sword… which I don’t), as it transforms into a pen. Handy, right? It fits into your pocket – but it would be kind of dangerous if it was summoned accidentally while still in said pocket.
- The Sword of Gryffindor from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I like that it doesn’t belong to any one person and that it can be called upon for help by true, brave Gryffindors!
I’ve tried really hard to think of weapons that don’t fall into this sword category, but apart from the One Ring, I really can’t come up with any. I’ll probably read all your wonderful lists and smack my forehead and go curl under my desk in shame, but there you have it.
I remember all sorts of poisons, though, but I don’t think any of them count as famous. Fitz from Robin Hobb’s novels was quite a master poisoner… Can a person count as a weapon? Probably not the point here, otherwise I’d have to make another list of cool assassins. Maybe some other time?
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Can you think of any non-sharp famous weapons?
What are your favourites (sharp or not)?