Every Wednesday, people from all over the bookish world gather ’round to share their top 5 lists concerning whatever theme that week. All under the watchful eye of the Mother of all Top5’s, Lainey.
Next week, on Sunday, we celebrate mother’s day here in Belgium. Today, however, we pay our respects to all those great mothers in literature. When you think about it, there are not a lot of mothers around in Fantasy literature. Heck, parents as a whole almost seems like a foreign notion. Still, when you look good enough, there are some great maternal figures lingering between the pages.
5. Granny Relda (The Sisters Grimm, Michael Buckley)
This is one of the more eccentric maternal figures out there, but you just gotta love Granny Relda. She’s like Red Ridinghood’s gran but on crack, or something like that. She’s fierce, unafraid and cooks the weirdest stuff, but she’s so caring when it comes to her friends and family. You just know that when Granny Relda is on your side, you’ll always have a place to call home and someone to shoo away the bad guys.
4. Kahlan Amnell (Sword Of Truth, Terry Goodkind)
The Mother Confessor is a mixed bag in this big and epic series. She starts of as an independent, strong character but over the course of the series, I feel like she becomes more of a Mary Sue than I would have liked her to. As a consequence, I’m more fond of the early Kahlan than the one from the later books. What does not change, though, is her compassionate nature. She’s Mother Confessor for a reason, obviously, but even though she’s no mother herself, she’s like a mother to the people and the way she treats people is very motherlike. She has a warm heart and a good soul – isn’t she a complete Dotty?!
3. Matalina (The Hollows, Kim Harrison)
One of the greatest side-kicks in Urban Fantasy history has to be Kim Harrison’s Jenks. Every Jin has a Jang, though, and for Jenks that is Matalina. She’s the kind of side character that you tend to forget about, but when she wizzes along the page you’re like “Oh yeah! Matalina!”. She’s the bravest pixie I know – beside Jenks – and she has some great and wonderful motherly moments in the series. Like any good mother, she’s there to ground the characters, Jenks in particular, and be the little voice of reason between all the big talk.
2. Catelyn Stark (A Song Of Ice And Fire, George R.R. Martin)
There is more than one mother in this series, but no woman can beat Catelyn when it comes to motherhood. In this brutal world, her kids have seen suffering and hardship but she’s been there to defend them like a lioness would her cubs. She faces everything with compassion in her heart but steel in her voice and tries to keep her beloved ones safe from harm. Though Lady of the North, her heart is far from cold.
1. Molly Weasley (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling)
She may be no Mother Confessor nor Lady of the North, but the lady of the Burrow is the mother of mothers. Words fail to describe how perfectly Rowling crafted this motherly character. In every word and action Molly just oozes motherhood, warmth, compassion but fierceness at the same time. This makes that she gets top spot in this list, but above all: “Not my daughter, you bitch!”
So there you have it, five absolutely great literary mothers! Do you know them? What motherly figures do you like? Tell me in the comments below.
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