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.




“Master has presented Dobby with clothes! Dobby is free!

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn we’re travelling through the tropes of fantasy again and this time we’re delving into elves:

‘ELVES claims to have been the first people in Fantasyland. They are called the Elder Race. They did not evolve like humans, but sprang into being just as they are now.’

Well, I’m going to admit that I really thought this was going to be a doddle – then I got myself all tangled up in the difference between fae and elves and couldn’t decide if I could have certain examples that I’d chosen or whether they’d count of not! (Doh!!)

Anyways, the two obvious ones: LoTR – there are a LOT of elves in this book to say the least.  Harry Potter – need I mention Dobby!  Really??

My books this week:

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett – I can’t decide if this is cheating or not because I’m still not sure if I can count these as elves.  I tend to think of them as brownies!  Basically I just don’t know if they count but I love the book so it’s going on the list!

The Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – Bone Crossed has a snow elf!  Can’t remember much about the snow elf to be honest – but still, it’s an elf, right?

Puck from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream. He is definitely described an an elf so I’m feeling good about this one!

The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint – when I read this book I described the little critters as fey – however, they had very much a brownie feel, and the way that they had to be left gifts of clothing and the like was definitely similar to tales of elves – remember Dobby, not to mention the Elves and the Shoemaker!  I think I rest my case…

My last isn’t a book but if I didn’t mention this, well, it would be unforgivable – Link – from The Legend of Zelda.  He has pointy ears, his weapon of choice is a bow and arrow and he dresses like a woodland type person. Elf!