F is for Faerie


It’s been a long time coming, but here finally is the next in my A-Z of FANTASY series… And it’s been rather tricky to decide which of the many ‘F’ fantasy words should get top billing.

Should it be

Forest — A large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth

… in which many fantasy adventures take place? After all, Middle Earth would be something quite different without Mirkwood, Fangorn or Lothlorien. Or perhaps

Fire — Combustion or burning, typically giving out bright light, heat, and smoke

… which is the cornerstone of any good overnight camp when questing in the wilderness; not to mention essential for the hearth in any self-respecting castle or FORT? And then there’s the

Friend(s) — A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection (pal – mate – chum – buddy – comrade – fellow – companion)

… the essential complement to our esteemed hero. So many fantasy epics feature memorable and merry bands of friends — such as Garion’s lively bunch of travelling companions in David Eddings’ Belgariad and Mallorean series.

But I’ve decided to go with

Faerie — A tiny, mischievous, imaginary being

… because Faeries in their various guises hark back to the earliest FOLKLORE in many cultures. Faeries and fairies have been appearing in fantasy storytelling since the dawn of time and so on until this day…

And an honorable mention to

Fight — To take part in a violent struggle involving the exchange of physical blows or the use of weapons

… because we are talking about fantasy, which embraces swordwielding heroes and bandits, archers, bar brawls, border skirmishes and mega-scale wars.

Some of my favourite fantasy authors beginning with F include:

  • Lynn Flewelling — Author of the Nightrunner series and Tamir Triad. The first three of the Nightrunner books (Luck in the Shadows, Stalking Darkness, Traitor’s Moon) are among my favourite fantasy adventure reads.
  • Raymond E Feist — Author of all those books that started with Magician, which was one of the earliest fantasy novels I ever read. I haven’t read Feist in a long time, but those early novels of the 1980s (Magician, Silver Thorn, A Darkness at Sethanon) will always be close to my heart.
  • Jennifer Fallon — A current Australian fantasy author, whose Second Sons trilogy I particularly enjoyed (although it has been pointed out to me recently these could actually be classified as science fiction).

Finally some notable characters:

  • Frodo (enough said!)
  • Fitzchivalry Farseer and the Fool from Robin Hobb’s majestic Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies

And that’s kind of where I’m at with F.

As usual, please contribute any additional fantasy F words — including authors, books and characters — you can think of! I’d love for the discussion to continue…

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23 thoughts on “F is for Faerie

  1. My daughter came up with F’Nor, one of the Dragonriders of Pern, from the Anne McCaffrey novels. And I’d add a bullet point to “Fire”, like, that which comes out of a dragon’s snout…


      1. F’nor and F’lar were half-brothers. F’lar’s son, F’lessan gets to play a major role in later Pern books.

        (Why, yes, I read Pern books like a mad, Pern-loving thing in my teens. What made you ask?)


  2. The daughter has also added Fenrir (the monstrous wolf from north mythology…and a character in assorted paranormal romances I’ve read). And she suggested FireBringer, a YA fantasy novel she’s read. Wow! You’ve opened a floodgate over here…


  3. I haven’t read much fantasy, but you and your blog inspire me to try some. This is a good idea for a series of blog posts. I’ll look for more and read some of your previous posts in A-Z Fantasy.


  4. OK – would it be stretching the friendship to add The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton to the list? It’s entranced many generations of children. On a more YA/adult note Firedancer by S.A. Bolich is a terrific 1st-in-a-trilogy (kindle link http://amzn.to/10hKLnl). I’ve missed your earlier posts in this series so I must go looking.


      1. I believe she’s been quite ill which is why the 3rd book is delayed. But she blogs a lot about horses in fantasy worlds – well worth a read if you’re like me and know nothing about them and need to put a rider on one 🙂


    1. The Faraway Tree books are one of those things that link generations in my family. I remember reading them (and loving them!) as a kid; now my daughter is the one reading and hoarding them in her room. 🙂


  5. I just spent the last few minutes tracking down what I thought was a good F character name in a Middle Grade fantasy book, only to be reminded the character’s name is Dustfinger. I thought I remembered his name as having the word fire in it and very well it should because in the book, Inkheart, he is a fire eater. (Does that kinda, sorta count?) 🙂


    1. Well FINGER has an F in it! Lol. I haven’t read inkheart, although have seen the movie. Must tell my niece to read it – she’s 10 and currently devouring Deltora Quest. 🙂


      1. I really enjoyed the Inkheart trilogy. That same author, Cornelia Funke, wrote another terrific MG fantasy book – Dragonrider. Excellent story. If you listen to the audio version, it’s read by the actor Brendan Fraser. He reads it with amazing voices for each character. Highly recommend.


          1. Yes, mostly because Cornelia Funke wrote the story with him in mind as Meggie’s father. How cool is that? So often as writers we’re asked who we’d want to play our story’s characters if it were made into a movie. Cornelia was asked and Brendan agreed. Or so I’ve heard. 🙂


  6. F for Fooood! What’s a fantasy novel without mouth-watering descriptions of food at feasts and festivals? Not to mention the lack of food on a hard journey or while rotting in dungeons or being forced to labor in mines.


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