Tough Travelling: “Socks are Dobby’s favorite, favorite clothes, sir!”


Once again it’s time to go Tough Travelling.  So, don your jaunty cap and let’s go and see whether Lembas Bread is all it’s made out to be because this month we’re looking at Elves.  The Fantasy Hive are now hosting Tough Travel so don’t forget to head on over there and link up.

Okay, I considered just having a Tolkien fest, let’s face it there’s no shortage of material to go on with Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit for that matter.  But then I thought I’d include a few others so:

Galadriel: because I thought we’d start with a bit of royalty. Tolkien himself describes Galadriel as the mightiest and fairest of all elven women.  She appeared in not only LotR but also Silmarillion and the Unfinished tales.  Plus, who could forget this:

‘Instead of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me and despair!’


Another from LotR and perhaps not everyone’s favourite but I like Haldir.  Played by Craig Parker in Peter Jackson’s adaptation.  He led an army to Helm’s Deep – plus this:

“The dwarf breathes so loud, we could have shot him in the dark.”

I don’t think Haldir actually says that in the book (maybe Legolas??), but, I don’t have my book to check it out and it made me laugh in the film:


Now, to be honest, I’ve probably used both of the above before and also a couple of others that immediately sprang to mind (such as Dobby or Link (Zelda)) so I’ve decided to go for something completely new (for me anyway):

Detective Denelle (Denny) – from Jack Bloodfist by James Jakins.  This was the book I chose as my finalist in the SPFBO competition.  Denny is a Drow, which is basically an elf.  I’m not going to say anything further other than to say you should go and give this a read and find out some more about her:


Come join in – next month : Shapeshifters.




10 Responses to “Tough Travelling: “Socks are Dobby’s favorite, favorite clothes, sir!””

  1. Laura M Hughes

    You really can’t go wrong with LotR for this topic, can you! I ❤ Haldir btw.

  2. Carmen

    LOTR and TH are the preeminent books for Elves. Lady Galadriel rocks! 🙂

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Ah, poor Haldir! ((sniffle)) His demise at the Helm was a sore blow, indeed!
    Great post! (Tolkien rules… 😀 )

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Gotta love a Tolkien fest 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    I also love Haldir 😀 I haven’t finished my post for this month’s topic yet, because I am struggling to think of non-Tolkien elves!

    • @lynnsbooks

      To be honest, I considered going completely Tolkien – I actually struggled to come up with any others!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Nicola @ Thoughts on Fantasy

    I’m definitely intrigued to read Fixer now, especially since you chose it as your finalist!!

    By the way, I also struggled to find elves outside of Lord of the Rings, though I eventually came up with some (but I may have cheated a little because I included characters labelled ‘fae’ and ‘fairy folk’ who I decided were essentially elves 🙂 )

    • @lynnsbooks

      I definitely think fae and elves are the same thing (more or less). I was going to include some fae too but clearly I didn’t have the guts to do so because I thought I’d get put in the naughty corner for not knowing the difference.
      Fixer was really good – I enjoyed it, urban fantasy with a hefty sprinkling of fun.
      Lynn 😀

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