Fantasy opens up plenty of possibilities for strange creatures and unusual beasts, but most of us who read fantasy tend to have a favorite type. For me, it's a tie.
Sarah's Unicorn was the first fantasy book that I can remember reading, and it triggered a phase when I was watching the woods in my backyard for unicorns. Oakhorn was cool to me because he could be tough and powerful against wicked witches, but also gentle and forgiving. Of course, no mentioning of unicorns could be complete without Amalthea from The Last Unicorn; she managed to rescue her people and get the prince to fall in love with her.
Tied with unicorns are the dragons. Smaug in The Hobbit is one of the more well-known examples of the fire-breathing monsters, but my favorite dragon is Fafnir from Norse mythology. He could breathe poison. The only downside to dragons is that they usually have cheap deaths in stories.
So, what is your favorite type of creature, and which character is the best example of that creature to you?
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