Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.”

That’s right Darth Vader – turning on the Emperor – the power of the dark side heh!

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is taking us Tough Travelling once again through the tropes of fantasy.  this week’s topic is:

THE WEASEL

Weasels are usually very useful, obtaining information from unlikely sources and the like. For that matter they may be fun to be around. But can they ever really be trusted? Usually about as far as they can be thrown, but one never knows.

And, I sort of struggled with this one to be honest but here goes:

Tolkien’s Grima Wormtongue – betrayed mankind giving away precious secrets to Saruman.  I love this quote from Gandalf:

‘Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm’

Peter Pettigrew from Harry Potter – all this time pretending to be a rat when in actual fact he’s a weasel who serves a slippery snake!

Paige from the Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – the main character of the story – okay, you can’t really call her a turncoat or a weasel I suppose but really if you consider her actions at the end, they’re sort of half good and then really not so much so.  Can’t say more without being all spoilery.

Hoid or Wit from Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings – again, bear with me because I do like this character so I’m not necessarily calling him a slippery sucker – however, we don’t really know much about him yet, we certainly don’t know whose side he’s on – except he’s probably on his own side and so in a way this makes me think you can’t always completely trust him – although he does try to drop subtle hints here and there to help people out.

King Slayer – Jaimie Lannister from GRRM’s Game of Thrones.  Incestuous so and so who thinks nothing of stabbing a king in the back!

The Biggest Betrayer of all: the One Ring.  Betrayed:

Isildur, Gollum, Bilbo and even Frodo at the very end.

21 Responses to “Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.””

  1. Bob (@beauty_in_ruins)

    Yeah, this was a tough one this week, wasn’t it? I settled for a pair of more humorous examples.

    • lynnsbooks

      Looking forward to seeing what you chosen. I definitely hit a brick wall with this one!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Laura @ The Half-Strung Harp

    Wow, awesome list! Can’t believe I left off both WormTAIL and WormTONGUE (awesome quote from Gandalf by the way – I love that one too!). And to include the One Ring on the list too – genius!

    • lynnsbooks

      Aw, thanks – I kind of struggled to be honest and fell back on the old trusty HP and LoTR. Still – to be honest I probably could have done a list of 10 from those two books.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Jenn

    I struggled this week as well – I thought there would be tons of weasels, but for some reason I couldn’t seem to call many to mind! It’s funny how some weeks that seem obscure – like plants – actually end up being very easy, and other topics that appear easy (like this week) end up being harder.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, really felt like this one would be a doddle but then it really wasn’t.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Grima Wormtongue is indeed THE weasel, but I like the idea of the Ring as the ultimate betrayer: in these weekly memes we tend to focus on flesh-and-blood characters, while there are many object possessed with an evil will…

    • lynnsbooks

      Oh yes, I didn’t really think of it like that before – I’m going to try and see if I can focus on some more objects. Nice idea. I mean, we have all sorts of enchanted things plus I even read a story with a sentient book in it recently.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Kaja

    Haha, the One Ring! Great pick. I skipped this week because Wormtongue was the only one I could think of. Jamie is also a wonderful choice, but I kind of like him nevertheless.

    • lynnsbooks

      I think Jamie is one of those characters that you tend not to hate. It’s very odd because he does start off rather poorly – and let’s face it – that whole thing with his sister. Just eugh! But, he kind of looks a bit sad eyed or something. I don’t know.
      I do like Wormtongue as a choice – I could only think of him and Peter Pettigrew and then I tried to throw in a couple of others.
      Lynn 😀

  6. mervih

    Great list! The One Ring’s a great example.

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks 😀 😀
      Although I did hit a wall with this week’s topic tbh.

  7. jessicabookworm

    Tough topic but you’ve still thought of some great choices. I totally agree with Wormtongue, Wormtail (Pettigrew), and the one ring. I think I would add Peter Baelish aka Little Finger from Game of Thrones 🙂

  8. rudejasper

    Grima Wormtongue is great – he even looks seriously untrustworthy! And that Gandalf is a sassy one that’s for sure. I also like the inclusion of the One Ring – It totally fits and at times seems to be an actual character in the book!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the ring is like a character really when u think about it.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    You could probably fill several lists just with the weasels of Westeros. And the ring is a good pick – I was wondering if Boromir could be considered a weasel, but then of course it’s the power of the ring that corrupts a lot of the characters so I don’t think I can fault them.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah Westeros has lots of weasels.
      I guess the ring is the worst weasel really – like you said it corrupted the others.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Nathan

    I assume Wit is more of a puppet master myself.

    But the Ring? Never saw that coming. I love it.

  11. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    I agree with you including Wit, but he is slippery! Tho I love him as well.

    • lynnsbooks

      Wit is a great character and I love that he travels across the world created by Sanderson and pops up in other books.
      Lynn 😀

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