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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Toughest Creatures - guest post from Daniel Arenson

Here's a guest post from Daniel Arenson, author of the Song of Dragons series. The first two books - Blood of Requiem and Tears of Requiem - are available now for ereaders or in paperback. For more info, please check out his website - www.danielarenson.com



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Song of Dragons is a fantasy series about one of the toughest creatures around. But besides dragons, what are the other toughest creatures out there?

10. Fireys (Labyrinth)

The Fireys are creatures from the fantasy film Labyrinth. Lanky beasts with flaming red pelts, they enjoy removing their limbs and heads and tossing them around. The Fireys enjoy pulling off humans' heads too, not understanding that our heads don't detach and reattach like theirs.



9. R.O.U.S.s (The Princess Bride)

Rodents Of Unusual Size from the 80s film The Princess Bride. They're nasty creatures who live in fire swamps. One savaged and nearly killed Westly while Princess Buttercup wrung her hands.



8. Skeksis (The Dark Crystal)

Mmmmm MMMMmmmm. The Skeksis are villanious creatures who killed most of the Gelflings. They're not quite birds. They're not quite reptiles. They're definitely some of the ugliest Muppets around.



7. Dementors (Harry Potter)

They dress in black. They suck all joy and hope from everyone around them. If you misbehave, they'll drag you off to prison. No, they're not IRS agents -- they're Dementors. These are possibly the foulest creatures in the world of Harry Potter. They'd rank higher on the list, were it not for their Achilles' heel; a simple Patronus Charm sends them fleeing.


6. Formics AKA The Buggers (Ender's Game)

Huge, alien insects are hardly original in science fiction. They exist everywhere, from Heinlein's Starship Troppers to Futurama. But they're rarely as effective as in Ender's Game. They almost destroyed the Earth, and they inspired a string of sequels.





5. Beholders (Dungeons and Dragons)

A Beholder resembles a floating orb of flesh with a large mouth, a single central eye, and lots of smaller eyestalks on top. Most D&D creatures -- goblins, dragons, elves, orcs, and the like -- are based on folklore or literature. The Beholder is an original D&D invention, and one of the meanest creatures in the game.


4. The Others AKA White walkers (A Song of Ice and Fire)

They're the reason for the Wall. These undead creatures from the north live in snow and ice. If they kill you, you become one of them. After five books in A Song of Ice and Fire, we still haven't seen too much of them... but when they do appear, they're creepy.


3. Aliens (Alien series)

Game over, man. Arguably the toughest, ugliest, creepiest creatures in science fiction.


2. Ringwraiths (Lord of the Rings)

Even Led Zeppelin sang about them. The Ringwraiths are among the most dangerous creatures in Middle Earth, and in all of fantasy literature.



1. The Gorgs (Fraggle Rock)

These huge, shaggy creatures are the rulers of the universe. They are the terror of Fraggles and defendors of raddishes. We bet they can defeat any other creature on this list. The Gorgs top the list for toughest creature.


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Excellent list, Daniel - with one notable exception. Where's the thing with the hands?

21 comments:

  1. Come to think of it, the thing with the hands has a lot of similarities to a Tralfamadorian. I bet he closes his fingers when he's embarrassed, too.

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  2. No kidding, Mr. Arenson! Show the Pale Man some love already!

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  3. That one there, the exception, he can hold your hand and give a whole new meaning to, "I've got my eye on you."

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  4. The Gorgs are serious business, but why are the Aliens there? They're beautiful.

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  5. How could I forget the thing with the hands?

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  6. Nice and fun list, Daniel. I have a friend who is sculpting an original Beholder for the guys at Reaper. It turned out awesome. Great post with the vids and pics. Love your books and cover art!

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  7. My wife straight up hates Pan's Labyrinth because the Thing with The Hands freaked her out so much.

    And the Fireys scene in Labyrinth is completely ridiculous lol. I don't know if they'd make my toughest creatures list!

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  8. My brothers name is Daniel.

    If my brother saw the picture of the thing with the eye-hand he would die on the spot.

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  9. Off-topic,

    Amanda, that was very nice of you to buy all those books for that small town library that lost its collection of children's books b/c of the hurricane. Thoughtful and caring. Thank you.

    Carla

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  10. Follow-up to post above

    Here's a link to the story ...

    http://www.katemessner.com/after-irene-a-small-town-adirondack-library-needs-your-help/

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  11. Carla, thanks for sharing that link. I had no idea that damage was that bad in upstate NY. I am going to do what I can to help, as well as post the link on my own websites.

    Amanda, once again you prove to be an admirable human being. Your coolness level just skyrocketed in my estimation! I love you, girl!

    And Daniel, great list! Great blog post! I look forward to reading more from you!

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  12. You forgot Wheelers from Return to Oz. Those are some tough, terrifying dudes.

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  13. I also forgot the lobstrosities from The Dark Tower.

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  14. You forgot cockroaches from Motel 6 or Arby's.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005KD9QIY

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  16. Oooh...with you on the Dementors, the Buggers and really, thought I was the only person on the face of the planet who remembered Fraggle Rock!

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  17. oh my goodness! the fireys gave me NIGHTMARES when i was a kid- them, gremlins, and the plant from little shop of horrors that would say "feed me seymour!" GREAT list!

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  18. My husband works with Daniel - he's very nice! Very quiet and reserved..

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  19. Also, the Fireys and Skeksis really creeped me out when I was a kid. And now I'm immune to scary creatures.

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  20. Tough and creepy. Hey, I do believe one didn't make the cut. The thing from Lord of The Rings. "My Precious"

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