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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #30 on: April 08, 2015, 12:47:11 AM »
More animals:

The dire wolves in ASoIaF. Loved them, and they felt very important at the beginning. The fact there's only 1 (?) left sort of shows to me how GRRM has followed the story wherever it has lead him, rather than from a initial set of fixed constraints. But I feel a bit let down that what seemed so important at the beginning becomes so much less so.

Bill the pony in LotR. Yes, he's a bit player, but he establishes Sam's character so clearly.

Shadowfax, the greatest animal name in Fantasy imo.

All of Watership Down.

The list could certainly go on and on.
Since you brought Watership Down into the mix, I'll raise you a bunch of rabbits and bring in some weasels. Kine by A.R Lloyd. There's also Garry Kilworth's House of Tribes about mice. That's wonderfully realised. All cats speak French and dogs Japanese. Buffy disagreed, though, it claimed that all monkeys were French. I guess if we're going to go down the Spellsinger path (and thanks to @DDRRead for mentioning that, awesome series that does not get enough attention) then we can't miss out Redwall either, and of course Orwell's Animal Farm.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #31 on: April 08, 2015, 12:59:27 AM »
More animals:

The dire wolves in ASoIaF. Loved them, and they felt very important at the beginning. The fact there's only 1 (?) left sort of shows to me how GRRM has followed the story wherever it has lead him, rather than from a initial set of fixed constraints. But I feel a bit let down that what seemed so important at the beginning becomes so much less so.

Bill the pony in LotR. Yes, he's a bit player, but he establishes Sam's character so clearly.

Shadowfax, the greatest animal name in Fantasy imo.

All of Watership Down.

The list could certainly go on and on.
Since you brought Watership Down into the mix, I'll raise you a bunch of rabbits and bring in some weasels. Kine by A.R Lloyd. There's also Garry Kilworth's House of Tribes about mice. That's wonderfully realised. All cats speak French and dogs Japanese. Buffy disagreed, though, it claimed that all monkeys were French. I guess if we're going to go down the Spellsinger path (and thanks to @DDRRead for mentioning that, awesome series that does not get enough attention) then we can't miss out Redwall either, and of course Orwell's Animal Farm.
Of course, the OP was "magical animals", so maybe some of what I wrote doesn't fit.

But here's another that I loved: the daemons in The Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass, for us benighted colonists). Maybe they weren't even really animals, but that was their form and how as a reader you relate to them. Great concept.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #32 on: April 08, 2015, 01:04:51 AM »
More animals:

The dire wolves in ASoIaF. Loved them, and they felt very important at the beginning. The fact there's only 1 (?) left sort of shows to me how GRRM has followed the story wherever it has lead him, rather than from a initial set of fixed constraints. But I feel a bit let down that what seemed so important at the beginning becomes so much less so.

Bill the pony in LotR. Yes, he's a bit player, but he establishes Sam's character so clearly.

Shadowfax, the greatest animal name in Fantasy imo.

All of Watership Down.

The list could certainly go on and on.
Since you brought Watership Down into the mix, I'll raise you a bunch of rabbits and bring in some weasels. Kine by A.R Lloyd. There's also Garry Kilworth's House of Tribes about mice. That's wonderfully realised. All cats speak French and dogs Japanese. Buffy disagreed, though, it claimed that all monkeys were French. I guess if we're going to go down the Spellsinger path (and thanks to @DDRRead for mentioning that, awesome series that does not get enough attention) then we can't miss out Redwall either, and of course Orwell's Animal Farm.
Of course, the OP was "magical animals", so maybe some of what I wrote doesn't fit.

But here's another that I loved: the daemons in The Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass, for us benighted colonists). Maybe they weren't even really animals, but that was their form and how as a reader you relate to them. Great concept.
Yeah I thought of mentioning the daemons, didn't think they'd apply. I always wished they had been given more screen time, Pan's character could've been explored a bit more away from Lyra. Still very good though. :)
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #33 on: April 08, 2015, 01:14:07 AM »
I hesitate to put him in here, because he's not an animal as such, but who doesn't love A through L (more commonly known as Elle) the wyverary (a cross between a dragon and a library) in Cat Valente's Fairyland series? The harsh airs in that do ride leopards and other big cats, though. The hobgoblin in Finn Family Moomintroll rides around on a giant black panther and that particular Moomin book also has the Muskrat in it.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #34 on: April 08, 2015, 05:00:12 AM »
I always loved Harry Potter's Hedwig, it was one of the earliest and most sincere friendships Harry developed. And on that note, the role of Voldemort's snake, Nagini, is quite memorable.

My all time favorite, I think, is Tolkien's Roverandom. It's not very well known (except among Tolkien enthusiasts, perhaps), but it is one of the most charming stories I ever read, and it's all about a dog.

And how come no one has mentioned Narnia? There are magical animals in there of every shape and size :) I will also have to give the Great A'Tuin a mention, as there are very few turtles carrying elephants carrying worlds on their backs  ;)

I really like animals as characters in a story, maybe because I think they are far more complex than they are often given credit for. They are easier for me to trust, much like in everyday life.
I thought about mentioning Hedwig and Narnia.
I didn't mention Hedwig because as much as I love him, he didn't really do much. Just sent letters. I didn't feel like we got to see his personality.
As for Narnia, I did love the animals, but not one in particular stands out to me. There's the lion of course, but he's the Christ figure, so his story is ultimately predictable.

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #35 on: April 08, 2015, 06:05:02 AM »
I always loved Harry Potter's Hedwig, it was one of the earliest and most sincere friendships Harry developed. And on that note, the role of Voldemort's snake, Nagini, is quite memorable.

My all time favorite, I think, is Tolkien's Roverandom. It's not very well known (except among Tolkien enthusiasts, perhaps), but it is one of the most charming stories I ever read, and it's all about a dog.

And how come no one has mentioned Narnia? There are magical animals in there of every shape and size :) I will also have to give the Great A'Tuin a mention, as there are very few turtles carrying elephants carrying worlds on their backs  ;)

I really like animals as characters in a story, maybe because I think they are far more complex than they are often given credit for. They are easier for me to trust, much like in everyday life.
I thought about mentioning Hedwig and Narnia.
I didn't mention Hedwig because as much as I love him, he didn't really do much. Just sent letters. I didn't feel like we got to see his personality.
As for Narnia, I did love the animals, but not one in particular stands out to me. There's the lion of course, but he's the Christ figure, so his story is ultimately predictable.
I did read a fanfic about Hedwig, it was quite good and gave more of an insight into his personality.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #36 on: April 08, 2015, 07:53:07 AM »
we can't miss out Redwall either.
Of course!

And I'd forgotten about all the characters of William Horwood's Duncton books (2 trilogies). These are amazing fantasy books addressing the big questions of life and death and evil and betrayal and friendship, where all the characters are animals (like Redwall).
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #37 on: April 08, 2015, 08:24:01 AM »
we can't miss out Redwall either.
Of course!

And I'd forgotten about all the characters of William Horwood's Duncton books (2 trilogies). These are amazing fantasy books addressing the big questions of life and death and evil and betrayal and friendship, where all the characters are animals (like Redwall).
Horwood also wrote continuations of The Wind in the Willows, which also feature animals as the main protagonists.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #38 on: April 08, 2015, 09:59:57 AM »
Reepicheep  the valiant mouse from Narnia, what a hero  8)

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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #39 on: April 08, 2015, 12:27:11 PM »
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #40 on: April 09, 2015, 12:48:06 AM »
What about Bela from The Wheel of Time? I also wonder if the Companions in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books count? Of course there are also the Houyhnhnms in Gulliver's Travels. I thought about goats, seeing as that is the board's current obsession and I came up largely blank, but there's one in Kage Baker's In the Garden of Iden, admittedly it's a young goat and they're trying to pass it off as a unicorn.
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #41 on: April 14, 2015, 07:00:20 AM »
@Jmack here's another story prompt for your list.

(Actually, this really, really should be a story prompt for the short story contest, @xiagan make it happen!)


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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #42 on: April 14, 2015, 11:30:00 AM »
@Raptori, in my sort of WIP I found myself writing a scene in which our heroine is dealing with turtle traps in the pond behind her home. Now I know why that fits in a fantasy novel!  ;D
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Re: Magical animals
« Reply #43 on: April 14, 2015, 11:31:36 AM »
@Raptori, in my sort of WIP I found myself writing a scene in which our heroine is dealing with turtle traps in the pond behind her home. Now I know why that fits in a fantasy novel!  ;D
Lol awesome. It should still be a full story of its own I think.  :P
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