‘Skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony’

The Brothers Grimm, Snow White – pure as the driven snow and good as gold.  Who else would pick up, clean and cook for the 7 dwarves (course, she had a few helpers!)

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is taking us Tough Travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  A fun look at a chosen theme where we all choose certain books we wish to bring the spotlight onto.  Don’t forget to stop on over to the FB and check out the other links.  I admit that I struggled with our theme this week.  I don’t know why but my brain was a huge empty space with tumbleweed rolling around.  I know that I’m going to be kicking myself but that’s the way it crumbles sometimes. The topic:


No middle ground, no moral middle, no grey area at all.  Some people are pure avatars of goodness.  Fantasyland seems to be full of them.

Auri from The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss.  Auri is something of a mystery even now.  Believed to be a former student, she now lives underneath the University and seems to know all the secret places.  She has a sort of ethereal quality to her, a bit timid but capable of looking after herself and with strange notions and names for things.  She comes across as pure somehow.

Yvaine from Neil Gaiman’s stardust.  Yvaine is actually a fallen star.  She is sought after by three witches who want to use her to lengthen their lifespan and return them to their youthful years.  She’s very innocent and falls in love with the main character Tristan.

‘I ain’t been dropping no eaves’ Samwise Gamgee from Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring.  Let’s face it, Same really is a genuinely good character.  That is all.

Charlie from Roald Dahl’s Willie Wonka – this young chap is definitely good – he doesn’t even sell is everlasting gobstopper to the evil baddy when Wonka asks him to leave!

That’s it for me – except this film character – definitely a good girl:


15 Responses to “‘Skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony’”

  1. Carmen

    Wow, I wouldn’t have come with any examples at all. Yvaine, Samwise and Amelie are great examples.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I did struggle a bit and wasn’t sure if these were good examples or not but just thought I’d chuck them in there.
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    As soon as I saw this topic I thought of Samwise Gamgee 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      He is a good choice – plus I was also thinking Harry Potter. But decided to leave it as it was.
      Lynn 😀

  3. mervih

    Great to see so much love for Sam. 🙂 The others are great choices, too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think Sam is actually the perfect choice for this one because he really doesn’t seem to have any bad in him at all.
      Lynn 😀

  4. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    Greatest best friend of all time: Samwise Gamgee

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know! He is a great best friend – even carried Frodo and his pesky ring up Mount Doom!
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Great choice with Sam Gamgee! He might be the only character that’s both good and endearing without posing the risk of a dangerous rise in glucose levels for the readers

  6. rudejasper

    Auri’s a lovely choice and one I wouldn’t have thought of in a million years. Despite the difficulty of the topic, I think you came up with some great examples!

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This one was really hard. There are few truly “pure good” characters nowadays, but I think readers prefer more complex, multi-faceted characters anyway 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I definitely do. I kept thinking of people but they were consistently turning into lovable rogues rather than purely good.

  8. proxyfish

    Auri! Definitely! And of course Sam, he has a heart of gold ❤

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t really know if Auri is pure good – but she seems to be somehow. I picture her as terribly innocent and pure.
      Same is, I think, spot on for this one – and I think everyone else seemed to think the same – after all, he wasn’t tempted by the ring!
      Lynn 😀

      • proxyfish

        Yes that’s it, she’s just innocent and untouched by the world around her. It was a definite toughie this week, I’m not sure I would have come up with more than two or three if I’d tried.

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