Tough Travels: Knights

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 in noble company, because we’re searching for KNIGHTS: Um. Noble people on horseback. Come on, you people know what knights are. Well. It does seem that Fantasyland is infested with a staggering number of noble people on horseback. Wearing heavy armor. But I’d still like to make the distinction between knights and soldiers. Let’s just say that knights are (supposed to be) noble in both blood and conduct (which effectively erases half of the ASOIAF cast from this list).

  1. First and foremost: the Knights who say “Ni!” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Here, watch this for a quick reminder of their awesomeness. And if you haven’t seen the movie, go watch it now and then come back and thank me. I think they’re the reason I learned the Enlish words shrubbery and herring (which don’t come up in casual conversation much if you can imagine). Also, if this counts as cheating, I’m sorry. Honorable mention goes to the Black Knight (‘Tis but a scratch!).
  2. harry-potter-prisoner-azkabanSir Cadogan from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He’s the crazy knight from the portrait who leads Harry and friends around Hogwards castle and is later set up as the replacement painting for the Gryffindor tower. He keeps challenging people to battle and has a really fat pony.
  3. Brienne of Tarth from A Song of Ice and Fire. As I said, I could have chosen any old knight from this series. This whole list could have been pulled from Martin’s books. But Brienne rocks!
  4. Tristan from the legend of Tristan and Yseut. Ok, so I’m cheating a lot this week. But there’s no way I can make a list of knights without including one of the medieval characters (and I prefer Tristan to Arthur and his merry men – oh, that’s from a different story, right?).
  5. Éomer, third Marshal of the Riddermark from The Lord of the Rings. Pretty horseman with pretty hair. (Yeah, why do all LOTR men have prettier hair than I do?)

Gah. I’m sure there’s a ton of knights in Jordan’s The Wheel of Time books, but aside from Lan, whom I put in the list every single week, I just can’t remember any of their names.

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What valiant knight have I missed? Who would you add to my list?

Share your thoughts and links, I’d love to read about your choices! :)


  • Sir Cadogan? Eomer? The Knights who say Ni?

    I take my hat off to you, lady. And writhe with envy and self-hate for not thinking of the Harry Potter reference for my own list.


    • Kaja

      Why thank you, fellow HP-LOTR-Monty-Python lover :) I enjoyed making this week’s list and was really angry with myself this morning because I realized I nearly forgot to publish it! It would have been a shame.

  • Oh I forgot all about the replacement portrait in the Gryffindor tower. You can bet us Ravenclaw wouldn’t put up with that type of thing.

    • Kaja

      Well, us Gryffindors aren’t really spoiled that way (yeah, I know it’s uncool, but I’m totally a Gryffindor, even Pottermore says so). I loved Sir Cadogan’s old-school curses :)

  • I love that you put Eomer – I kind of managed to put him on the list!!!
    And nice way to go with HP. I totally couldn’t find anything from HP this week.
    Lynn :D

    • Kaja

      Yup, I had to have one LOTR and one HP reference :) And I picked Eomer because I put Faramir on all the lists recently, plus Eomer is more of a horseman.

  • Eomer was a great choice. :)

    • Kaja

      Thanks, Wendell! :) I really like the Rohan bunch (minus the moldy old king…).

  • Brienne. Oh my sweet Brienne.

    • Kaja

      She’s great :) I also really like the actress they chose for the role in the series!

  • Eomer is a good one (love the Rohirrim). And MP and Holy Grail- great pick for #1. The only one I can think of offhand is Mandorallen from The Belgariad- although I have not read that in years… great list!

    • Kaja

      I love the Rohirrim as well! I liked the design they chose for their hall in the movies.
      And yes, MP and HG is a definite favourite :)
      Thanks for stopping by, Greg!

  • Sir Cadogan is an awesome pick – I wouldn’t have thought of that in a million years! Lol about LOTR knights having prettier hair – I’m actually more jealous of the Elves. Their hair seems cleaner.

    • Kaja

      Sure, the elves have great hair but they’re so *cold*! I prefer the humans with a bit of passion and all :)

  • Very nice, I was wondering if anyone could fit Harry Potter in this week! Great call with Cadogan :)

    • Kaja

      I saw Sir Nicholas (Nearly Headless Nick) on another list and was impressed myself! :)

  • Not only did I fail to include Monty Python (HOW??!), I also missed Sir Cadogan. Good eye, Kaja! Those LOTR men really do have epic hair…how does Aragorn’s look so good even when it’s unwashed?! The power of Viggo.

    • Kaja

      I think the unwashed state is what makes them all the more attractive (look at The 100 cast :D).
      The power of Viggo is right – I recently learned that he’s an actual, real life swordsmaster because he trained so hard for LOTR.