Tough Travels: Evil Lairs

tough travelsI’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.

  1. republic-of-thievesdOk, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. :(
  6. 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! :)

  • I love the creativity this week. Love the inclusion of The Jolly Rodger. Even though I have absolutely no interest in Peter Pan itself.

    And your right, there should be a Lynch Wiki. But I aint going to put the work into it, so that falls to another fan.

    • Kaja

      Yeah, I don’t like Pan. I had to re-read it for a seminar a couple of years back and it didn’t get any better. I didn’t even like it as a kid.
      I always wonder at these Wikis – who has the time to do that? I’m grateful, in any case, that there are people like that :)

  • “They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard!”

    “What did you say?”

    I haven’t watched that video for years. Thanks for making my day. :D

    Great list by the way. ;)

    • Kaja

      No problem ;) I’ve been singing it to myself for days now, ever since I wrote this post. It’s a horribly catchy tune! And Legolas has all the best one-liners (but he’s pretty enough to pull it off) ;)

  • Good choices! I should’ve thought of Bolvangar for mine…

    • Kaja

      It’s a horrible place, isn’t it? Even the name sounds evil…

  • Great choices from the whole spectrum of evilness!
    To quote Trek: “infinite diversity in infinite (evil!) combinations” :-)

    • Kaja

      Thanks :) You’re right, there’s a whole spectrum of evilness, good choice of words ;)
      I’m glad you stopped by!

  • I absolutely think anywhere there is a gathering of Bondsmagi, it’s safe to think of it as an evil lair. Maybe they are not all like The Falconer, but, they all still seem kind of creepy and evil!

    • Kaja

      Yep, anyone with that kind of power is dangerous and scary. I wonder what their role will be in Book 4 (can’t wait!).

  • I completely forgot about the Sky Chamber of the Bondsmagi – great list this week!

    • Kaja

      Yeah I had to go page through the actual book to see where they met. Luckily, their mental speech (or whatever) is done in bold lettering in the book, so it wasn’t too hard to find.
      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  • Fantastic list! The Jolly Roger is a great call! A moving evil lair. Although I kind of have some sympathy for the character of Hook…. The castle of the White Witch decorated with all the people and creatures she’s turned into statues is also an awesome one to include. *shivers* Literally. Because it’s cold there too.

    • Kaja

      Eh, I only liked the Hook from Once Upon a Time (but because he’s good-looking, I still don’t really like his role).
      As much as I dislike Narnia, Jadis is kind of awesome :)

  • NOOOO the Oblation Board!! Those scenes still make me super emotional. Roger…*sobs*

    Wow, I wouldn’t have thought of the Jolly Roger as an evil lair, but it really is! I share your dislike of Peter Pan…probably has something to do with the overt racism and sexism.

    • Kaja

      Yep, that’s probably it ;) Also Barrie had rome reallllly weird issues with his wife and was supposed to like children. Ekk.
      Why are such weird books considered classics?? I also disliked Wind in the Willows – another extremely sexist text, but it’s so popular! Gah. I know it was men who decided on the Western canon, but still…