I’m participating in this week’s Tough Travels meme again – hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn, this is a great way to explore Fantasyland and create lists, YAY! Don’t forget to go and check out what other participating bloggers have put on their lists – my tbr expands every week because of them! :) Our little band of travellers expands each week so this is a great way to get to know the fantasy blogging community.
This week, we’re searching for EVIL LAIRS (though who in their right mind would actually want to search for one I don’t know…): the evil lair is where a great fantasy villain will spend the plurality of his or her time.
- Ok, let’s get this one out of the way: Minas Morgul and Isengard from The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien. Can I just say how creepy Minas Morgul is? The name alone rolls of the tongue with an eerie sort of growl. And the ring-wraiths? Yes. Also, I can’t think “Isengard” without hearing this jewel of culture.
- The weird hut/great hall of the Lilim, the witch queens, from Stardust by Neil Gaiman. It’s where the stoat-gut-reading takes place.
- The Sky Chamber, where the Bondsmagi of Karthain gather, from The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. The Bondsmagi may not be inherently evil, but they sure are a very scary lot of individuals. By the way, can someone please found a Scott Lynch Wiki? This searching in the actual books is driving me nuts and he totally deserves it. And the cover for The Republic is SO gorgeous.
- The Jolly Roger, Captain Hook’s brig from J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. I’m not a huge fan of Peter Pan for a number of reasons, but this two-masted ship (yes, that is what a “brig” is – I looked it up) is the home of one of the best-known villains of children’s literature.
- Bolvangar, the research facility of the General Oblation Board from Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights (Golden Compass). I had to check this one on Wiki, but I remember how creepy that place was. They cut children’s daemons away there. :(
- The White Witch’s (Jadis’s) castle from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. This is another children’s classic I’m not too fond of, but Jadis is badass + she has a castle full of “statues” who are actually petrified inhabitants of Narnia. Decorating your halls with sentient creatures counts as evil, right?
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What evil lairs have I missed? Which lurking villain’s home base would you add to this list?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)