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Tough Travelling: Mothers

Welcome to this month's Tough Travelling with The Fantasy Hive and Diana Wynne Jones' The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. Each month, we look at a different fantasy trope and explore our favourite examples in fantasy literature. This month, to celebrate (belatedly) Mother's Day (stop panicking, the UK version) we're looking at Mothers. Missing Mothers is itself a… Continue reading Tough Travelling: Mothers

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Tough Travelling: Apprentices

It's another new month, and so it's time for another new Tough Travelling. If you're new to my blog, around the first of each month we travel through fantasy tropes with The Fantasy Hive; listing our favourite examples of each trope as outlined by Diana Wynne Jones' The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. This month, we're looking… Continue reading Tough Travelling: Apprentices

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Tough Travelling: Shapeshifters

Welcome to this month's Tough Travelling! Every month, we travel through fantasy with The Fantasy Hive, looking at a different fantasy trope as outlined by Diana Wynne Jones in her Tough Guide to Fantasyland. This month, it's shapeshifters... “Shapeshifting is frequent among both WERES and MAGIC USERS. The usual form taken is that of a wolf,… Continue reading Tough Travelling: Shapeshifters

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Tough Travelling: Mentors and Snarky Sidekicks

Hello everyone and welcome to Tough Travelling! Every month, we go on our travels through Fantasyland with Fantasy Faction, exploring a different fantasy trope as defined by Dianna Wynne Jones in her Tough Guide to Fantasyland. I managed to miss November's theme, Mentors, and I'm a bit late with this month's theme, Snarky Sidekicks; and so… Continue reading Tough Travelling: Mentors and Snarky Sidekicks

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Tough Travelling: Dragons

On the first day each month, Fantasy Faction take a tour of a particular fantasy trope. Last month was Strongholds, this month it's Dragons! Inspiration for each trope comes from Diana Wynn Jones' The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. Accordingly; The Tough Guide advises that Dragons are ‘very large scaly beings with wings and long spiky tails, capable of… Continue reading Tough Travelling: Dragons