So I’m participating in this week’s Tough Travels meme again – hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn, this is one 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! :)
This week’s going to be cool, I can tell. We’re off to Fantasyland in search of UNIQUE FLORA: If you know a plant that is either not on Earth, or doesn’t act the same way in Fantasyland as it does on Earth, then you can consider it unique. Have fun. Thank you, Nathan, so I shall.
Let me just say here that I considered doing the entire list based on the Harry Potter novels. I think there’s a compendium of the magical plants out there somewhere (I don’t have it), but there are so many I remembered immediately. For the sake of diversity, however, I only chose the best ones.
- Gillyweed from HP. There is NO WAY IN HELL you would get me to eat that. It’s described as similar to rat’s tails which I translate to “looks like worms” and I’d rather hold my breath for an hour than eat that, seriously. EW.
- The Whomping Willow from HP. That is one nasty-tempered tree. I completely understand that it holds a grudge against Harry and Ron, seeing as how they crashed the flying car into it.
Mandrake/Mandragora from HP. They look like ugly babies with leaves attached, their scream can knock you dead (or unconscious if you’re lucky) and they can be stewed and made into a potion that heals the victims of petrification. Still, I’d rather keep them out of my garden.
- Snozzcumbers from The BFG by Roald Dahl. I don’t know that these are magical in any way but I remember the BFG eating them with considerable reluctance – they were the only alternative for a giant who didn’t want to munch on little kids. I actually remember them as “smrkumare”, because I only read this in the Slovenian translation. I have the English edition at home and will be reading it soon.
- Athelas/kingsfoil and pipe weed from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Athelas is a healing plant that counteracts the evil Nazgul wounds (and black breath? I forgot all about that.) and is used to heal Frodo, Merry, Eowyn and Faramir. And probably a bunch of other people, too. Pipe weed is like tobacco but everyone’s mighty relaxed when they’re puffing on their pipes, so I suspect a different type of plant entirely. I wanted to include the ents but I strongly suggest you think twice before calling them simple plants because they might squish you like an orc.
- The weirwood trees from ASOIAF by George R. R. Martin. I liked these old trees very much, they seem so mysterious and wonderful, what with their red leaves and bone-white bark. They also remind me of Mother Willow (minus the cute raccoon).
Which weird plant have I fogotten? What would you add to my list?
I’d love to hear from you! :)