Tough Traveling: Beloved Mounts
The Thursday feature “Tough Traveling” is the brainchild of Nathan of Review Barn, who has come up with the excellent idea of making a new list each week based on the most common tropes in fantasy, as seen in The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynn Jones. Nathan has invited anyone who is interested to come play along, so be sure to check out the first link for more information.
This week’s tour topic is: Beloved Mounts
A combination of suggestions from several people, as it seems many want to talk about the various animals that people in fantasyland ride. So be they horse, bear, or other let’s talk about favorite rides.
This week’s topic is a fun theme. The only rule I imposed on myself is no horses, because I’m feeling a bit whimsical…
It’s the Napoleonic wars…with dragons. These books focus on the relationship between Aerial Corps Captain Will Laurence and his dragon Temeraire, and the two fight in numerous battles and go on many adventures throughout the series. The first book His Majesty’s Dragon features the story of how they first met and how they bonded; their relationship dynamics have always been my favorite aspect of the series.
This series is about the friendship that develops between protagonist Yukiko and the arashitora (storm tiger, or griffin) named Buruu, an unlikely pair who learns to trust and love each other after facing many challenges together. Due to a unique ability that Yukiko possesses, the two of them have a mental link and can communicate with each other telepathically.
Towards the end of the Galactic Republic, the force sensitive Witches of Dathomir were able to domesticate rancors and develop a form of symbiosis with the creatures. By the time of the New Republic, most of Dathomir’s rancors were being used as mounts and played a major role in shaping Dathomiri society and culture.
This book is my favorite of the series so far, and the highlight for me is the subplot focusing on Manon and her wyvern Abraxos. One of the best scenes in the book showed how the two of them ended up together. Manon has her sights on becoming Wing Leader and trains and bonds with Abraxos in order to fight for the role. Like I said in my review, it’s kind of like How to Train Your Dragon, except less heartwarming and with 500% more brutality.
In the bleak, violent world of Gleam, snails of the Discard can grow to ridiculously enormous sizes. To the vagrants of the wasteland, these giant gastropods are considered an enjoyable delicacy and can feed a group for days. However, they are also used as mounts for traders and travelers; slap a saddle on one of these suckers and you can ride vertically up the side of a cliff if you wished.
I’m just going to put this right here and then go cry myself to sleep.
Oh oh oh, if we’re going to have a cryfest, can I add one more?
As one of the greatest story arcs in Warcraft history, nay, of video game history, came to a close, Blizzard Entertainment released a special song called Invincible.
Invincible, of course, is the name of Arthas beloved steed — both in life and in death. Arthas was present when the horse was born, and then was forced to kill the mount ten years later after a riding accident, in order to relieve the animal’s pain. When Arthas became the Lich King, he resurrected Invincible’s bones to become his undead steed.
And to answer your question, yes, yes they actually wrote an entire song about a damn horse. It’s a sad, sad song though.