Nathan, over at the Fantasy Review Barn, runs this weekly meme Tough Travelling, where readers are encouraged to tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy. Using The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones for inspiration.
This week’s topic is TRICKSTERS
A great prank is always amusing. Many an adventure starts with a well placed trick. They are even more amusing when performed by those with god like powers.
Sadly I haven’t been able to take part in this fun meme for a couple of weeks. I am so pleased to be taking part again and this is, I think, the most fun list I’ve created to date. Here’s my choices for this week’s topic:
Loki from Norse Mythology – perhaps the oldest trickster of them all. Loki is a mischievous and dangerous shape-shifter, who can help or trick the Norse gods on his mere whim.
Rumpelstiltskin from the Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tales – an imp-like creature who comes to help a young girl spin straw into gold, but be wary Rumpelstiltskin only offers help to trick something precious out of you.
Gandalf from The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien – the wise grey wizard tricks an invitation, out of the flustered Bilbo Baggins, for him and the dwarfs. I can see him now chuckling to himself as he walks away after leaving a marker on Bilbo’s beautiful green door.
Faeries from The Unfinished Song by Tara Maya – their beautiful, elegant, fun and will call so sweetly to you to join them in their joyous, abandoned dancing; but be warned they will dance you to your death.
Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare – a mischievous sprite and jester to the fairy king, Oberon. Puck plays a wicked trick upon lovers who wonder into the enchanted forest and a raucous farce ensues.
Petyr Baelish from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin – the cruellest trickster on this list. With his charming manner and calculating mind you’re never quite sure whose side he’s on; other than his own!
Fred and George from Harry Potter by J K Rowling – then I couldn’t create this list without adding the hilarious Weasley twins. From puking pastels, to stealing the marauder’s map, making a spectacular exit from Hogwarts and opening a whole shop of magical tricks, jokes and spells. These are two tricksters I’d love to know.
Can you think of some literary tricksters? Please let me know if you’re taking part in this week’s topic too.