Tough Travels: Minions

Tough Travels is a monthly meme hosted by Fantasy Faction, which, inspired by The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones, spotlights each month a different fantasy trope for us to compile lists and have fun with. Last month we discussed DRAGONS. This month’s topic is:


‘Minions of the DARK LORD can be male or female, though he tends to favour males (who seem to be more susceptible to the Evil One’s wiles). They can take many forms: BAD KINGS, ENCHANTRESSES, HIGH PRIESTS, EUNUCHS, DUKES, REGENTS or WITCHES. Additionally, there are the non-human minions, such as ORCS, TROLLS, GOBLINS and random OTHER PEOPLES . . . not to mention MUTANT NASTIES, carefully selected MONSTERS, UNDEAD, and DEMONS.’

Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

Gríma Wormtongue
Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien

Gríma is the simpering, wily and silver-tongued minion of the wizard Saruman, who drip, drips poisonous words into the ear of King Théoden of Rohan.


Mr Smee
Peter Pan by J M Barrie

Smee is the simple, oddly genial bo’sun on the Jolly Roger – often portrayed as a portly man who comically scuttles round after the fearsome Captain Hook.


Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail
Harry Potter by J K Rowling

The snivelling betrayer of Lily and James Potter is one of the first of the Dark Lord’s minions to crawl back and help him return – appropriately his Animagus form is a rat!


The Witch’s Dwarf
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

This unnamed dwarf is a traitor to his own people, who does the bidding of the White Witch with a ‘wicked grin’ upon his face.


Dracula by Bram Stoker

Renfield is an inmate at Dr Seward’s lunatic asylum, who becomes a thrall to the powerful Count Dracula and eats insects to try to imitate his master.


Like my choices? What minions can you think? Please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this month’s topic too.

Come back next month for: Mentors.


8 thoughts on “Tough Travels: Minions

  1. I’ve always wanted to have minions! I’d be quite nice to them so long as they obeyed all my orders and kept me supplied with chocolate, so if there are any unemployed minions out there looking for work, get in touch… 😉

  2. Yes, I like your choices! I just finished The Fifth Season by J K Jemisin. It is fantasy and won the the Hugo award in 2016. Now you have got me trying to figure out who was/were the minion/s in the story. It was a challenging read but so good! My review will come in a couple weeks, since I am so behind on those.

  3. Hah! I love this topic. Minions need better PR. They need to organize. I can only think of the folks with bigger billing!

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