Nathan, over at the Fantasy Review Barn, runs the weekly meme Tough Travels, 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 INDEPENDENCE BATTLES
The good fight. Casting off the chains of tyranny! No one in fantasyland refuses the call of the good fight. And what fight is more important in fantasyland than FREEDOM?
While last week’s topic of Fathers was quite tough, this week I had the opposite problem; too many examples! I had to reign myself in a little or we could have been here all day, because really who in fantasyland is not fighting for freedom? Here are my picks for this week’s topic:
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis – Peter and Edmund Pevensie lead a large army of talking animals and magical creatures. Into an epic battle against the White Witch and her evil minions for the freedom of Narnia.
Prince Caspian by C S Lewis – 200 years later… the Pevensie children, with the help of Prince Caspian, unite all the talking animals and magical creatures. This time to fight King Miraz and the Telmarines.
Queen of Hearts: The Wonder by Colleen Oakes – In volume 2, of this Wonderland re-imagining, Dinah raises a large army of defected Cards and some unlikely allies to take on her tyrannical father, the King of Hearts. This reminds me; I really hope volume 3 comes out soon!
The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien – Elves, Men, Dwarves and Hobbits must fight together to stop Sauron and his dark army from taking over Middle-Earth.
A World Apart by David M Brown – Even though I might not of agreed with their methods. The infamous Black Iris pirate and their crew are, in their own way, fighting for freedom from the oppressive rule of the Order.
The Dark Tower by Stephen King – Roland, the last gunslinger, is on an epic quest. Along the way he stops to help many small communities fight against the tyranny and evil that is sprouting up; over many worlds.
The World Below by Mike Phillips – The magical inhabitants of a rubbish tip metropolis rise up against the nasty Baron Finkbeiner and his brutish minions.
Harry Potter by J K Rowling – At the very end Harry and his friends unite students and teachers to defend Hogwarts against Lord Voldermort and his Death Eaters.
Can you think of some fantasy, battles for independence? Please let me know if your taking part in Tough Travels this week too.