Who are some of our Favorite Fantasy Characters?

I thought I’d throw this question out there to see what kind of responses it elicited. I’ll get us started…

Gandalf – This is an obvious one, but I always loved Tolkien’s Gandalf. He’s wise, he’s powerful, he speaks his mind and he is really, really beautifully written. That leads me to say, if you only know of Gandalf from the LOTR movies, you need to read the books. The movies were good and Ian McKellen was probably as good as I could have expected anyone to be, but the movies moved quickly, focused on action centerpieces and left stuff out, meaning that I don’t know if all of Gandalf made it to the screen, if that makes any sense.

Merlin – Perhaps after mentioning Gandalf, Merlin is obvious, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the bard/wizard/wisdom character. I like the more traditional Merlin of most Arthur stories, I like the slightly strange and enigmatic Merlin of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, and I like the more Celtic vision of Merlin from Lawhead too.

True story. When I was younger, I wanted to get two dogs when I was older, and I wanted to call the older one Merlin and the younger one Gandalf. Currently, we have a cat named Xavier. All that to say life doesn’t always turn out like you plan.

Fflewddur Fflam – Speaking of bards, who can forget Fflewddur Fflam? Of course you might be thinking that you’ve forgotten him, but if you’ve ever met him, I doubt you could have forgotten him. He’s a character in Lloyd Alexander’s marvelous Chronicles of Prydain. Fflewddur is a fairly comical character, a traveling bard/minor king who has a magical harp that makes beautiful music but is also sensitive to fibs. Whenever Fflewddur lies, a string breaks, and since he likes to stretch the facts, the strings break a lot.

(By the way, if you know Alexander’s series, then you know about Gurgi. Gurgi is the main reason why I wasn’t much of a Dobby fan in the Harry Potter books. Dobby seemed too much of a lesser Gurgi.)

Gareth – O.K., this could be a stretch, calling Gareth a fantasy character, since I’m referring to the Gareth of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, which is a series of long narrative poems Tennyson wrote over the period of many years, all about Arthur, etc. Gareth is the first story you encounter about the round table and the knights thereof after reading the introductory idyll, “The Coming of Arthur.” Gareth is the epitome of chivalry and heroism in that story, and I won’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil it in case you ever pick it up and decide to give it a chance (despite the challenge of the poetic language, the stories are beautiful and rewarding).

In a nutshell, Gareth is only allowed to go to Camelot and be with his older brothers in Arthur’s service after he promises his mother to work in the kitchens for a set time – she’s hoping he’ll tire of the work and come home again – but he goes and works cheerfully until he’s released from his vow. When he is, he goes to Arthur’s court and is immediately assigned a quest to help a young lady named Lynette. She thinks he is a kitchen helper and not a real knight, and ignorant of his noble birth, feels that Arthur has scorned her in appointing Gareth to her cause. She thus treats him badly all along the way, and Gareth never complains and never responds in kind, and as his valor and nobility is proved, she slowly comes to realize her mistake. It’s a wonderful story!

Reepicheep & Puddleglum – I love Aslan as much as the next person, maybe even more. Still, I wanted to say here that I love the whole range of characters that Lewis populated his world with. The Beavers, the bulgy bears, both horses from The Horse and His Boy and of course Reepicheep and Puddleglum. The valiant mouse and the Marsh-wiggle are characters that left an indelible impression on my young mind.

I could go on, but I won’t. It’s your turn. Who do you like, and why?

52 thoughts on “Who are some of our Favorite Fantasy Characters?

  • I got excited when i saw Fflewddur Fflam, as i love the Chronicles of Prydain.

    Faveroits of mine would be in no perticular order would be.
    Binbiniqegabenik aka Binabik from Tad Williams trilogy Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. Hes a troll wiseman, who is inteligent, the kind of friend anyone would want can be serious but funny, but in his humour can be incredible wise. Most of Williams charecter are incredible and has been my faveroit series for many years.

    Taran from Prydain chronicles, as a boy reading these books you just grabbed on and felt very connected with the awkward boy. And as a young awkward boy who liked to read alot i read Taran and read his pregression through life and felt connected to him. He also became King and married the Princess whitch no 14 year old can dislike.

    I need to stop as i have to many charecter ruching in my head. As i said i read to much

  • Hmmm, I’m not sure there is such a thing as “reading too much.” 🙂

    I do like Taran, as a main character, as well. I was older when I first read the series, so I didn’t have quite the experience of identifying with him, but I found him the kind of unlikely hero – he’s an assistant pig-keeper when the series begins, after all – that you could really root for. I selected Fflewddur Fflam as my representative from the Prydain Chronicles because he’s so memorable…

  • LB, I love Reepicheep, Bree and Puddleglum, and of course I love Aslan. I also love the donkey from the last book, but I can’t remember his name!

    There’s a trilogy by Douglas Hirt called the Cradleland Chronicles (that was pretty awesome, I might add), and it had a cool dog named Vaul.

    I’ll be picking up the Prydain Chronicles! I had never heard of them so thanks for the mention!

  • The Prydain Chronicles are my favourite books in the entire world. Through everything I’ve read, I’ve never come across anything so memorable, so emotional (in the full sense of the word), and so exquisite. Fflewddur Fflam is one of my favourite characters.

    But I have to mention Theo, from Westmark. If you loved Prydain, Westmark must be read. A trilogy, by Lloyd Alexander, and gets as close as anything I’ve seen to recreating the power of Prydain.

    From The Lord of the Rings, I must choose Aragorn. If you know him, what else can I say?

    There are others, but these are perhaps my personal favourites, where my greatest loyalties lie.

  • I must say, I have always loved the “old mentor guy” type characters. But they always seem to die… 🙁

    I also liked Bilbo in “The Hobbit.” Funny how he started out like any other hobbit–prim, proper, content, and a bit withdrawn–but became a hero in the end.

    And from Narnia, I like Mr. Tumnus, but also Caspian’s nurse. What Aslan said to her at the end of the book always makes me smile.

  • Hmm… a favorite? That’s a toughie.

    I love Panamon Creel from the Sword of Shannara. He’s such a rogue, but you know he’ll be good in the end. Besides, how can you not like someone who has a sword-spike-thing instead of his right hand?

    I like most of King Arthur’s knights. My favorites are Lancelot and Galahad. I like Lancelot because he’s so loyal, and Galahad because he’s the ultimate “good” guy–being pure and all. (I’m drawing partly on the legends and partly on Lawhead’s fantastic Pendragon Cycle for this.) Staying with fantasy/legend, I also like Robin Hood and Will Scarlet.

    There are so many others though– Aragorn, Turin Turambar, Llew Silverhand, Aljeron 🙂 , Ivanhoe, The Count of Monte Cristo (are those fantasy books?) and so on.

  • From LOTR, in addition to the ones already mentioned: Faramir, Treebeard, and Theoden, all of whom were savaged in the movies.

    Jane Studdock from Lewis’ That Hideous Strength.

    Just about everybody in Narnia. ;o)

  • Gandalf…how can you not like Gandalf? One minute, he’s spouting something sagacious like “Not even the very wise can see all ends…” and the next, he’s exploding with, “I’ll knock your head against the wall, fool of a Took!”

    I always liked Faramir (Borimir’s Brother). He was an unsung hero type, who in the books, unlike the movie, never had an urge to take the ring. “Even if it lay by the roadside I would not pick it up.” I thought his motivations and his tragic family were just brilliant.

    Donita K. Paul’s Granny Noon is an incredible character. She’s like that old granma everyone has who likes to spoil you rotten. Only this grannie gives you magic items instead of cookies.

    Jiriki, a Sithi Prince, from the Tad Williams series is awesome. He’s very aloof in an elvish kind of way, but he also has passions that drive him.

    Patton Moonbeam from Jenny Nimmo’s Charlie Bone series is quite endearing. He’s the sage/wise man type, but he is so fiercely dedicated to protecting his family that I can’t help but root for him.

    Inigo Montoya from Goldman’s Princess Bride is such an awesome fun character–in the book and as played by Mandy Patankin in the movie. “I don’t mean to be rude, but you do not by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?”

    And I know it’s not a fantasy book, but Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan has always been one of my favorites. He’s a desk jockey, but he gets thrown into the middle of World War Three dangers and somehow comes out on top. He’s very similar to Bilbo in a lot of ways.

    I could go on, but I’ve got another novel to write. lol

  • Lot’s of good thoughts there, Wayne. And yes, I love Faramir in the books and think the misrepresentation of his character (along with the Ents) might well have been the most annoying deviation from the book in the whole trilogy. I know, I know, Peter Jackson felt we might miss the constant harping on “men being weak and lusting for power” if he didn’t make Faramir almost as flawed as Boromir. Gimme a break. How could anyone miss it? It was thrust in our faces over and over.

    That’s my biggest critique of the movies, which were in many ways fantastic. They didn’t trust the audience to get these themes without changing the story in ridiculous ways to reinforce them. We would have known that men do lust for power, even if Faramir didn’t. We would have know that hobbits, though small, were crucial to the salvation of Middle Earth even had Merry & Pippin not needed to “trick” Treebeard into going near Isengard to get him ticked off and lure the Ents into helping.

    OK, rant over.

  • Aljeron? You know, I’m not too sure, LB. XD

    And, Evan, I love Panamon Creel! I can’t actually believe other people know about those books, though. I’ve only met one other person my age before who knows about the Shannara books.

    Hmm…as for my favourite characters….that’s a hard one. *thinks real hard* You know, what? I give up. I’ve had about fifty characters flash through my mind and I’ll never be able to settle on just a couple.

  • Shannara charecters are great ive read almost all of them except the Stracken. Of Shannara Grianne Ohmsford has to be my faveroit. She begin as the evil villian. But then to find out she is the brother to Bek gone bad. And her conversion from a charecter seeking power to one who loves her brother and wants to make the world a better palce to me is powerful. Furthermore after over 1000 years of Shannara history Grianna has to be the most powerful. The Wishsong is by far one of my most faveroit magics froma a book. Panamon Creel was cool i wasnt a huge fan for him i came closer to likeing Padishar Creel and his daughter Damson from the Scions trilogy.

  • LB,

    We just re-watched the ending to “The Fellowship of the Ring” last night, and it reminded me of something when I first read the books in junior high.

    Up until Gandalf fought the Balrog, I thought he was just some wise old man. But that moment revealed his power, and I remember being in awe.

    Also, I want to second Llew Silver Hand from Stephen Lawhead’s Song of Albion trilogy. Just amazing to see this American student at Oxford slowly transform into a Celtic king in the otherworld.

    And, of course you can guess that Merlin and King Arthur are two of my favorites, but that goes without saying…

    But, to top the list, I must confess that Bilbo probably takes the cake. The 111th birthday cake, that is.


  • Gandalf’s confrontation with the Balrog is a defining moment, especially if the reader has already read “The Hobbit.” This Gandalf, who seemed cowed and defeated by the Wargs after the dwarves emerged from under the mountain where Bilbo first met Gollum, was about to throw himself down from the trees they’d climbed in an act of self-sacrifice. This same Gandalf, now faces one of the greatest forces for evil in Middle Earth and wins. Definitely a “awe” producing moment.

  • The Pyradin Chronicles: if they’re the ones I’m thinking of, written by Lloyd Alexander, strike me as middle-school versions of LotR, especially Gurgi as a less sinister Gollum.
    Turin Turembar is a tragic hero, but amazing in his tragedy.

    Love the ‘Faramir’ rant!

    Bonnie Silver from Dragons in Our Midst
    Valzaan and Benjiah

  • Oh wow. I couldn’t even pick a favorite, but SOME of my favorite characters are (in no particular order whatsoever):

    Ramandu’s daughter from Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I don’t know why, but she’s always enchanted me.

    The Tarkinaa whose name I can’t remember from The Horse and His Boy by Lewis.

    Eowyn from LOTR. Feminine, yet can kick butt when the need arises. 🙂

    And I LOVE Faramir. I practically have a crush on that character. Too bad he’s not real! He’s SO sweet!

    Just to name a few…

  • I wanted to mention The Fool, from the Farseer Series, authored by Robin Hobb. Excellent character, and there is so much mystery revolving around the character, that even by the end of the series (9 books), you still don’t have a very full grasp on The Fool.

    For anyone who has not read the Farseer books, I would highly recommend it. This includes you, Mr. Graham.

  • From the Lord of the Rings: I liked Aragorn, Faramir (the Faramir of the books!), and Beregond (only in the books). The word that often comes to my mind when I try to describe them and other similar characters is ‘Ranger’. I guess they’re just characters that remind me of Aragorn. They are not all widely known, and sometimes quiet and thoughtful characters, but they are noble, wise, and have strong characters. I also like Gandalf and Shadowfax. Shadowfax doesn’t have to do much for me to like him, except be a horse. =)

    From Narnia: I like Bree, Hwin, and Strawberry/Fledge, as well as, Puddleglum, Trumpkin, Aslan, and Reepicheep. Puddleglum comes close to the top of the list.

    From the Binding of the Blade books: I like Evrim, Aljeron, and Valzaan. Evrim is a sort of ‘Ranger’ character; Aljeron too. And I love Valzaan. Oh, and Pedraan and Pedraal made me laugh many times.

    From The Prydain Chronicles: Those are good books, but I haven’t read them for so long and I can’t remember the guy’s name that I liked. He’s at the beginning and he’s not Taran, Col, or the wizard guy.

    From the Dragon King Trilogy by Stephen Lawhead: Theido and Durwin.

    I guess I like the same sort of characters. Aragorn, Faramir, Beregond, Evrim, Aljeron, Theido, and the guy I can’t remember in one group and Gandalf, Valzaan, and Durwin in another sort of group. And horses in another group. (Why couldn’t there have been a really cool horse in the BOTB series? =)

    BTW, Puzzle is the name of the donkey in The Last Battle and Aravis is the Tarkheena in The Horse and His Boy.

  • Hmm… let’s see.

    I love Sam from Lord of the Rings because he’s such a good and loyal friend, always sticking by Frodo’s side throughout the entire quest. I also like Pippin because he’s the comic relief but then he matures throughout the trilogy.

    I like Thirrin from “Cry of the Icemark” (though I didn’t like her in the sequel “Blade of Fire”) because she is feisty yet devoted. Plus her relationship with Oskan is entertaining too.

    I enjoy the Pendragon series by Lawhead, though I can’t think of specific characters that are my favorites. I really should re-read the series again and get re-acquainted with the characters.

  • Ohh, I don’t know I have so many favorites.

    From LOTR I would say Aragorn, Faramir, Merry, and Pippin.

    I absolutely love the Prydain Chronicles! My fav characters from them are Eilonwy and Gurgi.

    From BotB Aljeron, Evrim, and Saegon.

    Star Wars (Which is fantasy of a sort)I like Qui-gon and Obi-wan.

    From Narnia, Edmund.

    And last but definitely not least, The Door Within, Kaliem, Nock, and Captain Val And from Isle of Swords/Isle of Fire, Ross, Stede, and Anne

  • I hadn’t been here in a while, so I enjoyed catching up on your last dozen or so posts. Lots of good stuff…thanks.

    Gilead was such a satisfying story and told with a gentle cadence that allowed the simple, yet profound, truths to surface.

  • No not Aravis. I knew that name. The really obnoxious, spoiled, vain one. (please don’t read to far into that!)

  • I didn’t no that any one else read the dragons in our mist, Donita k. Paul books, the door with in series, isle of swords,or the isle of fire. And a good series to read is the belgarid and the malloreon serieses all by David eddings

  • Yeah, the Shannara books are amazing, Sulare and Justin. Good call whoever said Theido! He’s great! And Edmund too. Who’s left?

    Oops. Bad question. Brain overload.

    Bedwyr from The Pendragon Cycle, Beowulf (from the epic poem, not the movie), Rudolf Rassendyl from The Prisoner of Zenda, Rob Roy from the book of the same name, and pretty much anyone vaguely Scottish/Irish/Celtic.

    Hmm…. Scottish/Irish/Celtic…. guess where I want to live after college. And what instrument I play? (Hint: Starts with Bag and ends with Pipes.)

  • I would have to agree about Reepicheep. He was always my favorite, so brave, so cute, so valiant! In LOTR, I personally liked Pippin, because he always seemed to get in trouble, but he was also very giddy and joyous.

  • For some reason, an very odd character comes to mind: Feanor. He’s a very dynamic character. Loving and caring when it comes to his father, ruthless and vengeful on anyone who crosses him. I don’t love his personality, just his story, I guess.

    Farimaal. (Noticing a trend?) He’s one of those villains you want to be good.

    Faramir. (Ha! You thought I was going to say Gollum!)

    Pippin and Merry. Although most rambunctious, every now and them they show hints of incredible wisdom.

    Paragor. The lord of evil from The Door Within. His backstory and depth make him an appreciable character.

    Pip, from Great Expectations. Odd how he ultimately ends up where he began.

  • Oooh, fun! But… how could I pick? There’s too many!

    Dittos to everyone who mentioned:
    Bonnie Silver
    Fflewddur Fflam
    Aljeron 🙂
    Sam Gamgee
    Obi-Wan (hee hee)

    And to add:
    The Man in the Moon (from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Roverandom. Hilarious book!)
    Gonff, Basil Stag Hare, and the Taggerung (from the Redwall books by Brian Jacques)

    You know, the spell-checker REALLY doesn’t like fantasy names…

  • If ‘Basil Stag’ is the rabbit, then I really like him, though admittedly I’ve only seen the “Red Wall” cartoon with my kids. I haven’t actually read and “Red Wall.”

  • hi. I have a few questions for you, that don’t have anything to do w/ this post. Do you think that it’s better to have long chapters, or short chapters when you’re writing a book? What would a ‘series thing’ be called if it only had two books? Also, when you were writing the Binding of the Blade, did you know the ‘basics’ of what would happen in the very end? Because, well I’m trying to write a book and I don’t really have the end in my head yet, and I was wondering if it would be better/easier if I did, or if it was normal to not.

  • I know that the category is not “Favorite
    Villains”, but I have to say that Weston the
    “Unman” from CS Lewis’s Perelandra is one of the
    most memorable characters I have ever read. His
    embodiment of evil, especially the part where he
    bugs Ransom by saying his name over and over again,
    is brilliant.

    Also, the love story between Joraiem and Wylla
    was probably the most engrossing, enthralling plots
    EVER (that it, until its tragic ending. . .)

  • He (Basil Stag) is most definitively a hare, not a rabbit, as he so pointedly reminds everyone in that series. He has very little tolerance for rabbits, actually.


  • Alright, seeing as you haven’t read the book, I guess you could be forgiven, but it is most insulting to call a HARE a rabbit. It just isn’t proper. 🙂

  • Believe it or not, as I wrote that about Basil, this faint tingling in the back of my mind said “he’s a hare, not a rabbit.” Perhaps some subconscious memory from the cartoon I watched with my son on PBS many years ago.

    Jonathan K – I almost did a post on favorite villains, but didn’t get around to it. So thanks for pitching in anyway. Yes, the “unman” is creepy.

    Margaret – There’s a place to email me through my series website, and that would probably be the best way to ask me writing questions. The quick answer I’d give to yours is that the industry generally prefers chapters of about 10 pages, so shorter than mine, I’m not sure if a series of two has a proper name, except that you’d call the second book a sequel, and I definitely had the whole series planned out when I started.

  • Oh what a difficult question! So many possible answers.

    I’ll start with the book that picked my interest in Fantasy to begin with:

    Lord of the Rings: Gandalf has always been the favorite of mine, I really like Aragorn as well. Glorfindel, Legolas, Gimly, Bilbo, and Frodo are other favorites. As far as the bad guys go I admit I like Saruman and The Witch King is an interesting character if nothing else. But Gollum is my favorite of the less then noble characters. Goldberry reminds me of a friend so I do like her as well.

    The Hobbit: Gandalf obviously. Bilbo. Most of the Dwarves, though I do admit to getting a little annoyed with Thorin in one crucial scene. The Elven-King and Beorn are both interesting characters as well. Bad guys. Smaug.

    Harry Potter: Dumbledore, like you I tend to really like the wizend old mentor fellow. Albus Dumbledore drew my interest right from the beginning. In time Severus Snape also became another favorite. Harry Potter and Hermione Grange. (I’m not so fond of Ron Weasley.) Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Minerva McGonagall, Peeves, Sirius Black, Lily Potter, Tonks, Remus Lupin, Ginny Weasley, Fred and George Weasley, Kreature in Deathly Hallows, Dobby in Deathly Hallows, Professor Flitwick, and I’m sure there are others on the good side I like. Bad side: Lucius Malfoy, Draco Malfoy, Narsissa Malfoy,(I have a soft-spot for the Malfoy family.) Bellatrix LeStrange, (Well Written) and Gilderoy Lockhart. (He’s funny.) Mrs. Black’s portrait is rather amusing with all her yelling all the time.

    Of all those (from HP) Luna, Snape, and Dumbledore are my favorites of the favorites.

    In my own books there are lots of characters I like of course, but…

    Unfortunately my mind is blank for other favorites. My mind is full of Potter at the moment having just finished the series again this afternoon, but I’ll try to think of a few more before posting…

    Bryan Davis’s Echoes from the Edge: Kelly Clark

    Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire: Clefspeare

    The White Lion Chronicles: Luik and Anorra.

    The Door Within: Antoinette Lynn Reed, Falon, Mallik, and Kearn.

    That’s all I can think of at the moment without getting into my own characters.

  • Let’s see, favorite characters in no particular order and leaving many out…

    Faramir (LotR), Daystar (the Enchanted Forest Chronicles), Shasta (the Horse and His Boy), Reepicheep (no need to say), Huon (the Great and Terrible Quest), Kieran (the Restorer books, of which I’ve only yet read 1 & 2), various characters of my own making, and many more.

  • i like fairimiere (?) in the books not in the movie though he is way to cockey.

  • Where do I start?

    From LOTR: Gandalf. No explaination needed. Aragorn. Still no explaination needed. Arwen- she was willing to give up her immortality for him whom she loved, even against extreme opposition. Sam is too loyal and lovable to forget either. Treebeard gives the reader a new perspective while solving the problem of Saruman. I think the movie faltered there. All of the Fellowship, even Boromir, from the books. Boromir in the movie was changed too much. Legolas, Gimli, Merry, Pippin, and of course Frodo all are well thought out characters. Bilbo too is humorous and interesting.

    Chronicles of Narnia: Peter and Lucy are my favorite Pevensies for sticking it through, but the Susan in the movie seems more like a leader/queen type then in the book. They also did Edmund’s change of character very well. Aslan tops. Orius and Reepicheep are up there as well- who could forget them? Professor Kirk (I’m forgetting his first name (sigh)) is also a lovable character.

    Beowulf in his youth also was one of my favorites.

    Hektor from the Illiad and Odysseus from the Odyssey both deserve credit too. They’re awesome leaders, loyal, and bold (only from the books).

    Antonio from The Merchant of Venice (if plays count as books), King Hal from Henry V, and Puck from A Midsummer’s Night Dream all are characters who lasso you into wanting to know more about them.

    Don Quixote from Don Quixote!!!!! He is the picture of hilarity. No other explaination is needed.

    Glumdaclitch from Glullivers Travels was patient, caring, and kind to Gulliver while he was with the Brobdingnags.

    Rab from Johnny Tremain too can’t be forgotten. In a sense, he put Johnny on the right track.

    Brain overload!!!!! Who else is there that is worth mentioning?

    Anyway, from BOTB: Aljeron (definately!!!) Benjiah, Karalin, Pedraal and Pedraan, Koshti, Joraiem, Wylla too, Sulmandir, Keila, the list goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on…

    And that is just a start. 🙂

  • What a great thread! I have just discovered “Binding of The Blade” and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books (borrowed for now), but having read more than my share of fantasy/sci-fi over the years, I thought I would comment.

    My favorite book in Narnia is “The Silver Chair” – just because of Puddleglum, the Marsh-wiggle. I think it’s his persistent nature in the face of opposition.

    I agree with the former post that put Gonff and Basil Stag Hare on the list – two excellent Redwallers.

    I also really enjoyed Treebeard in LOTR – the ageless wisdom and ability to make a complete decision and stick to it stands out in my mind.

    I have been a little disappointed that no one has listed fantasy author, Piers Anthony, so I’ll do it here. The Xanth series is my favorite escape and Grundy Golem stands out as my favorite character, follwed by Smash Ogre, The Gorgon, Gwenny Goblin, and Che Centaur.

    I could go on – there are so many good series out there but I let someone else fill up more space.

  • I read everthing quikly so maybe I didn’t see it correctly, but I miss the badger Trufflehunter of Narnia in your lists. When every hope of help seems lost, he says: ‘Oh Nikabrik, you just be patient. Maybe the kings and queens of old are already on the threshold’ or something like that. And he’s right too, that’s the most beautiful part of it. He is just reliable and faithful. I love badgers!
    Besides, from the BotB I like Koshti, Wylla and Pedraan most I think. And Farimaal is of course a great character, though he is one of the bad guys :P.
    And from The Lord of the Rings of course the fool Pippin.

  • You don’t know me, but I came through your site through Donita Paul’s Dragon Bloggin’ site. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog!

    I happen to love Sam in the LOTR series. He is so very ordinary but manages to do extraordinary things. I’m a huge fan of the Ents, in general. I still feel sad every time I read about their missing Ent Wives. 🙁

    The From Far Away (by Kyoko Hikawa)series is possibly one of the best Fantasy Romance mangas to grace the shores of the US. I love all the characters in that series, but of course I can’t help liking the main characters Izark and Noriko. (Don’t laugh at me too much for reading manga, some of it’s pretty good. Ya just gotta know how to sift through all the junk.)

    Someone mentioned Piers Anthony’s Xanth Novels. My Mom introduced me to that series, which I love. She wouldn’t give me her books though, and I haven’t gotten around to collecting the series myself. (My favorite novel in that series is “Ogre, Ogre”. What can I say? I’m a sucker for fantasy/romances…)

    But another good series in the same humor/fantasy genre is the Discworld series. And in that series it’s hard to pick a favorite character. I think I’ll go with the Liberian (Ook! Hehe),The Luggage, and Death. Only Death ever got a book about his, er, adventures. The rest are minor characters. But I love them anyway!

    Thanks for posting your favorites everyone! I’ve been trying to find new fantasy novels to get into but I never know where to look, thanks to you guys I have quite a list piling up.

  • LOL… Discworld… Terry Pratchet… Death… Reminds me of Irregular Webcomic, from whom one of my choices comes:

    1. Kyros (Irregular Webcomic, “Fantasy”). He sees an enemy? He fireballs him. He sees a door? He fireballs it. He sees a room full of gunpowder blocking his exit? He fireballs it. AND HE SURVIVES. Oh yeah.

    2. Joraiem. (Binding of the Blade, “Beyond the Summerland”) People, Joraiem was the coolest character! Look at the Legolas-flogging fast-draw arrow-action and the “bullet time” speed with an bow. And his dying scene (as I’ve said elsewhere) is not to be despised.

    3. Dar (Dragon books, Donita K. Paul, “Books 1-4, NOT 5”) Funny, good fighter, funny, good with a flute, funny…

    4. Gimli (Lord of the Rings, “Return of the King”) “It still only counts as one!” He’s funny. He’s amazing with an axe, decidedly likeable.

    5. Edmund (Chronicles of Narnia, “Prince Caspian, Dawn Treader”) The movies made him even better than the books… again, funny, handy with a sword. The smart guy who points out the idiocy of a plan.

    6. Death (Irregular Webcomic, “Death, Fantasy, etc., etc.”). Another great one from DMM. He’s funny (if you can’t tell by now, unless you’re significantly awesome, funny is a must).

  • This is going to be really fun. It’s the first time i’ve ever posted a COMMENT on ANYTHING ever. It is an honour to do it on an authors blog.Actually I have not even read the botb books,but my sister has and boy I feel like I’ve read them 3 times.
    ARAGORN. Oh yes I forgot theres
    ARAGORN BECAUSE… IF he did’nt meet the hobbits at bree then they probably wouldn’t have gotten to weather top. And if he hadn’t protected them at weather top then they would
    probably have the ring taken from them.
    And if he hadn’t distracted the orcs they probably wouldn’t have gotten the ring destroyed.
    Putch, well mainly I like him because I made him up. bye.
    P.S.Benjiah sounds pretty keen though.

  • My favorite BOTB characters would probably be Evrim, Aljeron and Saegan. I also like Kyril,Benjiah,Pedraan and Rulalin(!).
    As for Lord of the Rings,Pippin,Faramir(especially of the books),Sam,and Gandalf.
    Chronicles of Narnia:Corin (“Father,can I BOX
    him? Please.),Reepicheep(in the movies he is NOT as described in the books,but nevertheless
    is cast perfectly and,besides,his lines make up for it),Edmund(of the movies),Lucy, and Susan.
    Peleg Chronicles(GREAT books): Fergus Leathe-
    rhead,Gimcrack,and Thiery.Lord McDougal is also funny. The Peleg Chronicles are a fairly new series. I highly recommend them.

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