The Direwolves from Song of Ice and Fire
I’m not going to sugar coat this. The destruction of the majority of the direwolves is a big reason I stopped liking this series. Kill all the humans, most of them are terrible anyway. But the direwolves! Especially Sansa’s wolf, Lady. I know this was supposed to be some half-wild animal, but I couldn’t help picturing a beautiful, loyal husky. Oh, and that’s the dogs they use in the show. Oh, and the actress who plays Sansa adopted the dog who plays Lady. The direwolves are loyal, smart and terrifying. I loved them, and I never really got over their unfair and untimely demise.
Pounce/ Faithful from Tortall
More god than animal, Pounce (or Faithful) is the cat companion for Alana the Lioness and Becca, the Blood Hound. He’s smart, a fierce fighter, and a smart ass. He is a cat, for all that he’s able to speak with people and walk among the stars. And I love him.
The cat from Coraline
Alright, I’m pretty convinced this unnamed cat from Coraline is actually the same character as Faithful (or Pounce.) He’s also a companion for Coraline, even if she doesn’t want him to be. He’s the only person able to move from the other world to the real world without aid. And he is, again, a cat through and through. At one point he is quite pleased to tell Coraline that the Other Mother can’t keep him out of her world. That he goes where he pleases. That is a cat, even if it’s also a god.
Thimbletack, from Spiderwick Chronicles
This character is a menace, but he has a reason to be. He’s a type of fairy called a brownie, whose job it is to guard the Spiderwick house. But, if you piss him off by, for instance, ripping his house all to bits, he turns into an evil boggart. He’s small and brown and he talks in rhyme. And I love him.
Tock from The Phantom Tollbooth
Tock is a dog full of shame. He is a watchdog, and his job is to make sure that no one wastes time. I could use a Tock in my life to growl and bark after me when I’m being lazy. He’s a brave and noble dog, but here is his secret shame. His name is Tock, but he goes tick tick tick. He has a brother named Tick, who goes tock tock tock. His parents have given up on having any more children, as they couldn’t bear the shame of naming their children so incorrectly.
Falkor from Neverending Story
Of course, Falkor had to be number one on my list. The Neverending Story was my favorite movie as a child, I watched it on repeat some days.
Falkor was huge and fearless. You had the sense that nothing bad could happen when he was there. He was beautiful, and one of my greatest aspirations as a child was to sleep on top of him because he looked so warm and so soft. Falkor was the voice of reason and loyalty, and just a comforting character. I wanted a Falkor in my life. I still do, to be honest.
I’m sure that I missed some terrific fantasy animal and creature companions. If you know of one I missed, please share with the class. Let us know in the comments below. (Preferably with pictures.)
In Devon’s world, magical work is as common as turning a pot or fletching an arrow. What isn’t common is a man with thread magic. When Devon finds that he is a seer, weaving prophetic tapestries, his family tries to keep it a secret.
But the family can’t hide Devon’s visions after he predicts a devastating plague in the dragon lands of Coveline.