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 WELL TRAVELLED ROADS
Rare is the fantasy adventure that stays close to come. Most require a long adventure down some well travelled roads…
This seemed like a relatively easy topic, but once I got thinking I found naming roads quite hard! Here are the few I could think of:
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien – the road goes ever on and on…first Bilbo and then his cousin Frodo take the East Road out of The Shire heading for Rivendell, the Misty Mountains and adventure.
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien – later in Bilbo and the dwarves’ adventure they decide to take the Old Elven Road through Mirkwood; hoping it will be safer as it is less likely to be watched.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin – the Kings Road stretches almost the length of Westeros. From The Wall in the far north, down through the capital King’s Landing, and further down to Storm’s End in the south. Many of our protagonists have set out, for good or ill, along this road.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum – perhaps the most famous road has to be the Yellow Brick Road, which is the sure fire way to find your way to the Emerald City; the capital of Oz. Many adventures are to be found along the way too.
What well-travelled roads to adventure can you think of? Please let me know if you’re taking part in this week’s topic too.