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This week’s topic is BELOVED MOUNTS
A combination of suggestions from several people, as it seems many want to talk about the various animals that people in fantasyland ride. So be they horse, bear, or other let’s talk about favorite rides.
Iorek Byrnisson from His Dark Materials
Art by: Sidonie
First off, is there anything cooler than riding a polar bear?
(Ok maybe a dragon). And Iorek is one badass polar bear. And aside from Pantalaimon, possibly my favourite character in this series. Technically I suppose he's really more than a mount, but Lyra DOES right on his back for a large portion of the book, so I'm counting it.
Buckbeak from Harry Potter
Art by: dragonhostangel
Fierce and loyal, Buckbeak is basically the epitome of Gryffindorness.
Peachblossom from The Protector of the Small Quartet
Art by: minuiko
Ahh, my favourite crotchety horse! I think it's fitting that my favourite Tamora Pierce horse it matched with the Tamora Pierce heroine that I think is the most underrated. I also think Peachblossom is very much like Kel is deep down underneath all that Yamani training - I'm betting she'd be a lot more openly cranky all the time if she hadn't been raised to be so calm.
Talat from The Hero and the Crown
Art by: courtney trowbridge
Speaking of crotchety old horses, this list would not be complete without Talat. He and Aerin are both misfits (She because of...everything, he because he's injured and can't be a warhorse anymore), and I think a huge portion of Aerin's character growth comes from helping Talat recuperate. She never would have gone on the whole adventure in the first place without him.
Ramoth from The Dragonriders of Pern
Art by: Dan Milligan
Obviously there had to be a dragon on this list. And as my first favourite dragon (who can also be considered a mount - after all I could hardly put Smaug on this list could I?), Ramoth is the obvious choice.
Bree (Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah) from The Horse and His Boy
Art by: Pauline Baynes
Since all the horses can't be crotchety, I think the silly, vain Bree is an excellent addition to this list!
Falada from The Goose Girl
Art by: Jessica Boehman
I kind of think of Falada as Ani's soul mate. I wish soul mate didn't have romantic connotations (is there a better word for this?) - but it really was like they were linked through their souls.
...I didn't mean to end on a tragic note, but this is the order I thought of the characters so...here's an adorable baby turtle!