Tough Traveling — Enforcers


tough guideEvery Thursday, Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn leads a group of fellow bloggers on “Tough Travels”, a trip through the tropes that populate the fantasy and sci-fi world, using Diane Wynne Jones’ hilarious The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as a guide.

This week’s subject is “Enforcers”:

Chamdar — The Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings

demon lordWhen Urvon, the mad priest of Torak, needed someone to stir up trouble among Alorn nations, he sent his loyal dog Chamdar. This evil sorcerer, who was transformed into a giant dog by Torak and then changed back to human form by Urvon, assumed the role of Harakan and led a rebellion against the Alorns. He relentlessly pursued Belgarion and friends as they sought Belgarion’s son, before meeting his end from the bite of the little snake, Zith.

Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar — Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

neverwhereThese genteel gentlemen lurk London Below. A relentless pair of assassins who spend much of Neverwhere pursuing the young girl Door and her rescuer Richard, the loquacious Mr. Croup does most of the talking for the two, while Mr. Vandermar is content to simply kill things in gruesome ways. Croup is also known to enjoy snacking on fine china, while Vandermar is partial to small animals.

The Mountain — A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Game of ThronesWhen Tywin Lannister needs some brutally butchered, he turns to this 8-foot-tall monster. A landed knight, Ser Gregor Clegane is feared for his rage and brutality, which manifested as a child when he horrifically burned his brother, The Hound. He also butchered babies, raped women and decapitated a horse before meeting his match in Oberyn Martell, who sadly died during the duel as well.

Guido and Nunzio — Hit or Myth by Robert Lynn Asprin

hit or mythThe Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve was one of my favorite series as a kid. So who better to pick for a list of enforcers than a pair of genuine mob enforcers? The pair work for Don Bruce, the Mob’s Fairy Godfather, and they dress and act the part — double-breasted suits, fedoras and Nathan Detroit accents. They are initially working for the Mob, shaking down merchants at the Bazaar on Deva, but eventually they end up working for Aahz and Skeeve as his bodyguards.

Darth Vader — Star Wars

vaderIs there a heavier enforcer than Vader? I don’t think so. Nuff Said.

—Michael Senft

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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11 Responses to Tough Traveling — Enforcers

  1. Kaja says:

    Ha, Darth Vader 😀 that’s cool!
    Martin seems to have no shortage of enforcers, right? Such nasty characters, the lot of them.

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  2. Jenn says:

    Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar! Fantastic choice.

    And Darth Vader really is the ultimate Enforcer.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Bookwraiths says:

    Glad I’m not the only one to think of Vader. And that was a great call on Chamdar. Its been so long since I read The Mallorean I’d forgotten all about him.

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  4. rudejasper says:

    Good call with Robert Aspirin’s Myth series – I haven’t thought about them in ages. I thought they were the funniest books in the universe when I was 14. I’m feeling all nostalgic now *sniff*.

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  5. Nathan says:

    You can’t make an omelet…without killing a few people.

    Love Neverwhere. Alot.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. mervih says:

    Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar! I can’t believe I forgot them.
    And of course Vader is the best enforcer.


  7. Windsprite says:

    I’m about the sixth to say it but… I like your Darth Vader pick 🙂


  8. lynnsbooks says:

    I love that you put Darth Vader on here. You’d already won this for me when you put Neverwhere!
    Lynn 😀


  9. I’ve seen a few people include Darth Vader, such a clever pick! I’m gonna go ahead and echo everyone else and give ya props for that one. 😉


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