Who doesn’t love friendship? Today we’re going to delve into the top-flight friendships in fantastical literature.
So, grab a cuppa, make yourself cosy (preferably with a dragon-sized pile of biscuits) and let’s explore ten of the best mates in fantasy books.
Frodo Baggins & Samwise Gamgee – The Lord of The Rings
Are you really surprised? It’s the fellowship that defines the word itself.
Here we have Frodo, a hobbit with the weight of the world (or a rather heavy ring) on his shoulders, and Samwise, the gardener turned warrior, who probably didn’t even know what he was signing up for when he eavesdropped on Gandalf that fateful night.
Their friendship is the epitome of loyalty, the kind that lasts through a long, wearisome journey to Mount Doom.
Quite frankly, if your mate isn’t willing to carry you up a volcanic mountain while being hunted by a creepy, ring-obsessed creature, are they really your friend?
Harry Potter & Hermione Granger & Ronald Weasley – Harry Potter Series
It’s the magical trio that faced down You-Know-Who and lived to tell the tale.
Harry, Hermione, and Ron showed us the power of friendship, courage, and the importance of a well-placed “Expelliarmus!”
Sure, there were squabbles, moments of jealousy, and that one time Ron left in a huff (we’re still not over that, Ronald), but in the end, they always stuck together.
They faced trolls, death eaters, and even the occasional murderous teacher, proving that the power of friendship truly can conquer all – even an angst-ridden, snake-loving dark wizard.
Lyra Belacqua & Pantalaimon – His Dark Materials
A girl and her daemon—Lyra and Pan are not just friends, they’re literally part of each other.
If that’s not a deep bond, I don’t know what is.
Pantalaimon, the shape-shifting animal embodiment of Lyra’s soul, is with her through thick and thin.
Their friendship shows us that sometimes, our best mate is our own true self (or our talking ermine, pine marten, moth, bird, whatever Pan fancies at the moment).
Locke Lamora & Jean Tannen – The Gentleman Bastard Series
A pair of thieves who would willingly die for each other, Locke and Jean are the definition of a bromance.
They lie, cheat, and steal, but they do it with such flair, you can’t help but find yourself cheering them on.
Their bond is as sturdy as Jean’s beloved hatchets and as intricate as one of Locke’s grand schemes.
If your idea of friendship involves elaborate heists, constant banter, and the occasional life-saving, this pair is for you.
An unconventional friendship, to say the least.
Arya, the fierce Stark girl, and Sandor, the gruff, scarred knight known as ‘The Hound.’
They teach each other lessons of survival and humanity.
Sure, they’re not popping over for tea and scones every Sunday, but they’ve got each other’s backs when it counts.
And really, isn’t that what friendship is all about?
This is a friendship that transcends the usual boundaries of camaraderie and ventures into the realm of the spiritual.
Fitz, the royal bastard, and The Fool, the court jester with a mysterious past, are as different as night and day, yet their bond is unbreakable.
They journey together through heartbreak, prophecy, and the occasional assassination attempt.
This is a friendship that shows us the power of understanding and acceptance, proving that our differences can often be our greatest strengths.
Vin & Elend Venture – Mistborn Trilogy
Initially, an alliance of convenience between a street thief and a nobleman, Vin and Elend’s relationship soon develops into a deep friendship and later a romantic relationship.
They challenge each other, learn from each other, and ultimately change each other in profound ways.
Their relationship is a testament to the power of trust and mutual respect.
It’s a reminder that sometimes, the most unexpected friendships are the ones that shape us the most.
Kvothe & Auri – The Kingkiller Chronicle
In a world full of magic, mystery, and music, the friendship between Kvothe, the gifted bard, and Auri, the enigmatic girl living beneath the University, stands out.
Their bond is gentle, respectful, and deeply touching.
Kvothe shows kindness and patience towards Auri’s peculiar ways, while Auri provides Kvothe a safe haven from his troubles.
Their friendship serves as a beacon of kindness in a world that often seems dark and unforgiving.
Geralt of Rivia & Dandelion – The Witcher Series
A witcher and a bard—an unlikely, yet captivating pair.
Geralt, the stoic monster-hunter, and Dandelion, the flamboyant troubadour, couldn’t be more different, yet their friendship endures through countless adventures and dangers.
While Geralt saves Dandelion from various physical threats, Dandelion often saves Geralt from his own cynicism, reminding him of the beauty and joy in the world.
Their friendship is a testament to the balance that opposites can bring to each other’s lives.
Sabriel & Mogget – The Old Kingdom Series
Last, but certainly not least, is the curious partnership between Sabriel, the Abhorsen-in-waiting, and Mogget, the mysterious cat-like being.
Their relationship is one of mutual respect and necessity more than affection, but it’s their banter and shared determination that really cement their friendship.
Mogget’s cryptic advice and quick wit often aid Sabriel in her dangerous quest, and while Mogget might not admit it, Sabriel’s steadfast courage and compassion likely save him just as often.
It’s a friendship that shows us sometimes, the best partnerships come from the most unexpected places.
So, whether it’s sharing an adventure, a laugh, or just a really good book, these friendships remind us that even in the midst of dragons, dark lords, or dystopias, having a mate by your side makes it all a bit more bearable.
Remember, a good friend will always pass you the next book in the series. But a best friend will buy you your own copy.
What are your favourite friendships in fantasy? Share yours in the comments.