Nathan, over at the Fantasy Review Barn, runs the weekly meme Tough Traveling, where readers are encouraged to tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week’s topic is FLYING RIDES
“Because honestly? Horses just got boring.
(Thanks to author Anne Leonard for the suggestion)”
I could think of plenty of flying examples, trouble was trying to limit the amount of dragons I featured! Here are my picks for this week’s topic:
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien – when Bilbo, the dwarves and Gandalf find themselves in hot water, or in this case trees, the eagles of the Misty Mountains carry them away to safety.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini – Eragon, a young peasant boy, finds and bonds with a rare dragon egg; unknowingly becoming a dragon rider. Together Eragon and his dragon Saphira must learn how to fly and fight as one.
Harry Potter by J K Rowling – Harry and his friends during this series fly by many means including; on broomsticks, thestrals, a hippogriff, a dragon and even in a magically modified, Ford Anglia!
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke – A dragon named Firedrake is seeking the safe refuge of the Rim of Heaven. He takes Ben, an orphaned boy, along with him as a companion and map reader.
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman – Lyra and her friends travel in Lee Scoresby’s hot air balloon, towed by Serafina Pekkala and her fellow flying witches.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C S Lewis – The Pevensie’s obnoxious cousin Eustace Scrubb learns a hard but valuable lesson, when an enchanted bracelet turns him into a dragon!
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum – And perhaps the award for most inventive, flying journey goes to Dorothy. Who flies in her house. during a storm, to the magical land of Oz.
Can you think of some fantasy, flying journeys? Please let me know if your taking part in Tough Travels this week too.