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 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).
- 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!).
- Sir 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.
- 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!
- 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?).
- 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! :)