Tough Travelling“Tough Traveling” is a weekly Thursday feature created byΒ Nathan at Review BarnΒ where participants make a new list each week based on The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. This hilarious little book cheerfully pokes fun at the most prevalent tropes in fantasy. All are welcome to take part, and there is a link up over at his site. Join in any time!

This week’s trope is NAMED WEAPONS:

Surprise! This is not from the Tough Guide but fits the spirit of it well. So let us say for this topic the weapon either needs to be A. Named, B. Famous, or C. Sentient.

Props to Mogsy from BiblioSanctum for coming up with this week’s trope! Excellent choice if I do say so myself – there’s plenty to choose from. This week I chose to hone in on swords in particular.

thewomanwhorideslikeamanLightning – Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Alana picks up a strange magical sword on one of her quests, and names it “Lightning” because it’s quick, powerful, and deadly. She later sacrifices Lightning in order to save her friends.

World AfterPooky Bear – World After by Susan Ee

Through a bizarre series of events, Penryn comes to possess the sword of an Archangel. These swords have celestial power and must be named; as a joke, Penryn names the sword Pooky Bear without realizing that the poor sword is stuck with that name. She gets quite a bit of flak about that name, let me tell you.

The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeRhindon – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Peter Pevensie, High King of Narnia, wields a magical sword named Rhindon. Peter uses the sword to defend himself and his family from the wolf Maugrim, making him Peter’s first kill. The sword was given to Peter after the end of the Long Winter by – you guessed it – Father Christmas. That’s right folks, Santa gives out magical swords if you’ve been good.

672875Excalibur – Le Morte D’Arthur by Thomas Mallory

No list about named weapons would be right without including Excalibur! Le Morte D’Arthur is considered the definitive literary version of Arthurian legend and excalibur, introducing the sword in the stone myth and Arthur’s unique ability to wield it.


    • Rabindranauth

    • 8 years ago

    Interesting list. I like that you worked a classic into it πŸ˜€

    1. Gotta pay respect to the classics!

  1. Wow, I have absolutely no memory of Ee’s book even though I remember liking it quite a lot. I obviously have to rerad it!
    I love that you’ve included a children’s novel, though Narnia isn’t my favourite. Lovely list!

    1. Rereading is the best! Catching little details that you missed the first time around is so much fun…and Pooky Bear is definitely worth it!

  2. A sword named Pookie Bear is absolutely why I am in love with lists like these. Because someone named a sword Pookie Bear! And that makes me smile to no end.

    1. Right? I was grinning ear to ear every time the name was mentioned.

    • Bob Milne

    • 8 years ago

    Ah, Excalibur is where it all began, isn’t it? Great list!

    1. Thank you! I was obsessed with Arthurian legends as a kid so Excalibur will always be named weapon numero uno in my mind.

  3. Excalibur is an obvious pick, and I just finished reading Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs which actually featured the sword, so talk about timing! I’d like to add Vic and Lucretia from Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy series.

    1. Whoop whoop for Anna and Charles!! Hope you’re loving them as much as I do! The Mythos Academy books have so many of these tropes, but my favourite thing about the books I’ve read thus far was Nicodemus (I think that’s his name, anyway). Librarian win!

  4. I thought it was hilarious she named the sword Pookie Bear. I don’t remember the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe sword name but then I didn’t actually read the book haha.

    1. I honestly laughed so hard at the name! All the cracks Penryn made about bedazzling the sword if she got out of hand were gold, too. I don’t think the sword is named in the film, but Peter definitely uses it in battle. I think maybe Aslan gave it to him in that version!

  5. You and Wendy were on the same page with Pookie Bear! A great pick, if I say so myself, because it high lights the power – or absurdity, in this case – of a correctly or incorrectly named weapon. I had to laugh when I saw the Penryn books on both your lists! XD

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Hahaha, yay for Pooky Bear win! You’re too right about the power of names; one of the characters actually makes the point that none of the other swords will respect PB because of her name, haha.

    • Lynn Williams

    • 8 years ago

    I love your choices. Let me double check but I’m sure you managed to wangle Tamora onto the list!! And I love that you got The Chronicles.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    1. Of course I did, Lynn! πŸ˜‰ When it comes to my love of Tamora Pierce, my motta is that were there’s a will, there’s a way.

    • Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    • 8 years ago

    Pooky Bear?!? I think I kinda love that πŸ™‚

    1. One of the highlights of the book for sure!! Perfect way to inject some much-needed humour.

    • Anya E. J.

    • 8 years ago

    I love named weapons so much, and especially sentient ones! There is one in the Sanderson cosmere that I particularly love >.>

    1. Ohhhh well I’m sure I’ll come across it then! I’m slowly but surely making my way through Mistborn. πŸ˜‰

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