‘Oh the posh posh travelling life, the travelling life for me…’

Every week at the Fantasy Review Barn we go a travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  This is a whole bunch of fun and I love seeing what everyone comes up with! This week the topic for discussion is Travelling Folk:

TRAVELLING FOLK are quite common.  They are of two kinds: Land travellers and River travellers.

These people are merry, colourfully dressed, dishonest, and knowledgeable…they will cheat you, cure your wounds, and hustle you off to the cart of their oldest lady who will tell you something about the future you need to know.

  1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dracula has a whole bunch of travelling people, they’re tough no nonsense, characters.
  2. Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials – this has a group of nomadic people who go from place to place upon barges on the water.
  3. Joanna Harris, Chocolat – similarly – travelling people who use barges, sell things and mend things.
  4. Mark Lawrence’s Prince of Fools – okay, not sure if this counts but there are a group of performers in Prince of Fools and I’m also fairly certain that amongst their group is a fortune teller?? Tah Dah!
  5. Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene – the name gives it away.  This is basically a huge travelling carnival where any pleasure or vice can be sought.  Basically this world doesn’t lend itself to any structure that stays still for too long (unless its based on rock that is) – otherwise nasty critters come from out of the earth!
  6. Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere – i could be wrong with this one but it has a floating market that is in a different spot all the time.  I’m kind of assuming they’re may be travellers but that could be wrong.
  7. Neil Gaiman’s Stardust – again – well, there’s a fair.  There’s also a witch who travels around in a caravan!!
  8. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – travelling entertainers!

That’s it for me – I’m sure I should be able to get LoTR and Harry Potter in there somewhere but my mind is a blank!  So everything normal over here then.


18 Responses to “‘Oh the posh posh travelling life, the travelling life for me…’”

  1. Bob Milne (@beauty_in_ruins)

    Oh, nicely done bringing up Dracula – they certainly fit the bill!

    I thought about the Edema Ruh, but it’s been so long since I read Name of the Wind that I couldn’t do them justice.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, not sure that some of mine really count – all though I thought the Dracula and His Dark Materials were okay.
      It’s been a long while since I read Name of the Wind – I certainly couldn’t remember the name of the troupe! Well done you!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Nathan

    Oh, could have opened up my list quite a bit with some traveling fairs/carnivals. Nicely done.

    The floating fair was a cool scene, really liked that book.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – I loved the floating fair – I wasn’t sure if fairs and carnivals were okay but I just figured you wouldn’t send out the undercover Tough Travel police to arrest me!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Molly Mortensen

    Wow you sure thought of lots of them. I didn’t even think of Stardust! I so want to read Mark Lawrence! I haven’t read His Dark Materials yet either. Nice list!

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks Molly. I probably did a little bit of cheating but then I do every week!! Prince of Fools is a really good book. I also love the Prince of Thorns series – it’s a fair bit darker though. It’s probably preferable to read the Prince of Fools series first but I don’t think it matters too much (there’s a nice small role for Jorg in the Prince of Fools and it was nice to see him make a reappearance.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    Great choice with Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials you’ve reminded me its been ages since I read those books. I too am trying to think of how to get Harry Potter or LOTR into this theme. This closest I can think of is the homeless dwarves in The Hobbit before they retake The Lonely Mountain; they travel around doing odd jobs.

    • lynnsbooks

      I loved those books and a reread would be a good idea! The homeless dwarves is a great twist – I wish I’d thought of it especially after I’ve just been to see the film!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Kaja

    Ooh, Chocolat! Johhny Depp? That Chocolat? Love the movie, didn’t know it was a book. The soundtrack is amazing as well.
    I think you managed to create the longest list this week 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, – Johnny Depp – it’s only very mildly on the fantasy scope of course but I thought why not!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Wow, you killed it this week. And I totally remember the theme in Chocolat, even though I read that so long ago! Wonderful choice, it was such a magical book (and movie) 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I did love Chocolat – I suppose it’s not exactly high fantasy but I did like the feel of it.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    But but there are AIR travelers also! – like in the Everness series the folks that live on their airships. I didn’t read Chocolat but I watched the movie and loved it.

    • lynnsbooks

      I never even considered air travellers! What a great idea. 😀

  8. Danya @ Fine Print

    Fairs and carnivals! Dang it, I didn’t even think of that. Nicely done, particularly that Stardust mention. Love that book!

    • lynnsbooks

      I love the Stardust book and film to be honest. Some people are a bit divided over it.
      Lynn 😀

  9. nrlymrtl

    Hooray for the travelling folk of Gaiman’s worlds! Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series also has a permanently nomadic group that follow The Way of the Leaf. And Kushile’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey has s nomadic folk that are excellent horse traders.

    • lynnsbooks

      I was wracking my brains about those horse traders – in fact I could picture the scene and not remember what book it was from!!!! Damn my memory.
      Lynn 😀

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