One book to rule them all.


It’s time once again to go Tough Travelling with Fantasy Faction,  On the first day of each month, with a pre arranged theme in mind, we will all come up with out own individual selection of books that take us travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  This month’s theme:


The Tough Guide offers information on various kinds of fantasy strongholds. For example,  you might be looking for CASTLES, complete with ‘frowning battlements, slit windows and multiple defensible spiral stairways inside’ and which ‘occasionally adorn the heights for pictorial effect’. Or perhaps TOWERS, which ‘stand alone in WASTE AREAS and almost always belong to wizards.’ Towers are often ‘several storeys high, round, doorless, virtually windowless, and composed of smooth blocks of masonry that make them very hard to climb. The Rule is that there is also a strong no-entry SPELL, often backed up by a guardian DEMON.’

I had to go total all out Lord of the Rings this week – I’ve been saving myself for a LotR frenzy and this week’s topic was perfect (just before you panic – I’m not listing them all, this isn’t an essay after all! just three or four of the very well known ones)

Minas Tirith – a quick and snappy description: white city, white courtyard, white petrified tree steward who goes up in flames!


Rivendell – everyone knows this one methinks – home to a bucketload of elves, Elrond is the main man and this is where the Fellowship came together.


Isengard – home to Saruman, who tried to become bff with Sauron – and as we all know, Sauron does not share power.  Did a bit too much hard pruning and got on the wrong side of an Ent – bad move that.


Barad-dûr – the baddest – topped with a huge eye, lidless and rimmed in flames.  One does not simply walk into Mordor and have a sleepover at Sauron’s tower.  It is folly.


Finally, this is a wild card – but, as we all know, your home is your own little castle- shut the door, settle down with a book and bottle, pipe, second breakfast, whatever – a hobbit hole:


Why not join in?

Next month’s topic will be books featuring DRAGONS.

The Tough Guide advises that Dragons are ‘very large scaly beings with wings and long spiky tails, capable of breathing fire through their mouths. They can be almost any colour or combination of colours, though green, red and black are preferred. They are always very old. Most of them seem to have flown to Fantasyland aeons ago across the void. This migration was almost certainly to get away from our world, where people would insist that they were dangerous monsters that had to be exterminated. Dragons, as all Fantasyland knows, are no such thing.’ Or are they?

And don’t forget to stop over at the Fantasy Faction to link up and check out the other entries.


20 Responses to “One book to rule them all.”

  1. Tammy

    You sure picked a great story to focus on! I didn’t realize how many strongholds there are in LOtR. Makes me want to binge watch the movies!

    • @lynnsbooks

      TBH I didn’t even include half of them – I decided to be very reasonable. 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Eh eh…why am I not surprised you choose Tolkien as inspiration for this month’s meme? 😀
    And yes, a Hobbit’s home might not fit the common requirements for a stronghold, but for them their house IS a fortress…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed this month I must confess – you should jump on board and choose some strongholds too – what I like about this is the way we all go down such different routes.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    I love this meme! I will HAVE to get organised enough to take part… This is a great choice for strongholds – and that includes Bag End:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, you should join in – I bet you’d have some excellent examples – plus, the theme lasts for the whole month and there’s no obligation to post on the first day.
      Lymm 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I’ll try – but stuff has been happening and I’m not sure I’ll get to it this month:((.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yep, stuff has certainly been happy. I don’t know why I’m so busy at the moment but I feel like I’m trying to run up a steep slope made of porridge!
        Lynn 😀

  4. Nicole Evans

    Okay, this is such a neat meme. I may have to join in next time. Also, will always show up when LOTR is involved.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – you should join in with this one too – the meme is only once a month and you can post whenever you want – if you do so though please stop by and drop me a link in case I miss it.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Nicola @ Thoughts on Fantasy

    Great idea to choose LOTR strongholds! Believe it or not I forgot just how many of them there were…
    I had a good chuckle at your descriptions of them too 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’d just rewatched the first film so these were freshly on my mind and this was a natural progression.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Haha, like you I debated going all out with all examples from one series this week – but instead I was thinking GoT, with all those castles and keeps. LOTR is good too, lots of impenetrable fortresses and towers!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I had a few different ones on my list but then just decided to go all in for LotR – probably because I’d just rewatched the first film and it was all fresh.
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    I always appreciate a LOTR frenzy 😀 I also have a LOTR stronghold in my post, which is scheduled for Tuesday 🙂

  8. mervih

    Excellent post which makes me also want to binge-watch LotR. On my list there’s one elven stronghold you didn’t mention. 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I’ve recently rewatching the first – Fellowship – which is probably why I went down this route
      Lynn 😀

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