Tough Travelling hosted by Fantasy Review Barn.
Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week’s topic is FLYING RIDES
Because honestly? Horses just got boring. (Thanks to author Anne Leonard for the suggestion).
I don’t think that horses are boring. :) But I do enjoy other mounts, too.
Pegasus from Greek mythology is one of the first winged horses. Bellerophon needes a magical bridle to tame him.
The flying horses of the Valkyrie from the Norse mythology. The Valkyrie chose the warriors who entered Valhalla so they had to get quickly to the battle fields.
The two goats which draw Thor’s chariot, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnóstr. They draw it on land and on the sky. They can also be slaughtered and eaten, and they return to life the next day.
Sleipnir is Odin’s eight-legged, flying horse. We saw it briefly in the first Thor film.
Marvel comics has a couple of flying mounts:
Valinor: The Avengers’ Black Knight rides a black, winged horse.
Brightwind: The New Mutants’ Mirage, Danielle Moonstar, was accepted among the Marvel Universe’s Valkyrie and was given a winged white horse.
But some of my favorite flying mounts are dragons, of course:
Temerarie in Naomi Novik’s series has a whole crew instead of just one rider. They have different abilities based on their race.
Ramoth and the other dragons in Pern. They have different personalities and sizes based on their color. Each bond with just one rider.
Dragonlance dragons. Granted, most of them aren’t anyone’s mounts, especially the evil reds and greens, but the good dragons did allow people to ride them.
Tolkien has some other flying mounts:
The giant eagles help Frodo and Sam at the end even though they’re not usually mounts.
The Fell Beasts which the Nazgûls ride.
And finally, a flying broomstick which is a staple of a witch’s image, at least in the Western world, but aren’t very common with fantasy witches. Although, Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax, and Magrat Garlick use them.