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 and hosted by Sam.
Last Sunday it was Father’s Day, so it’s only fitting that after a very motherly top 5, the dads in fiction are given the spotlight. Without further ado, let’s put those dads or fatherly figures on a pedestal.
5. Father (Neil Gaiman, Fortunately The Milk …)
If you have read this sweet little children’s book, you know why I included the father in my top 5. This father goes to unmeasurable lengths to provide milk for his children so they don’t have to pour orange juice over their cereal. On top of it all, he’s a great storyteller.
Who wouldn’t have wanted a dad like that, when they were still our heroes, those knights in shining armour?!
4. Michael Carpenter (Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files)
Another dad who will face it all to protect those he loves is Michael Carpenter from The Dresden Files. A Knight of the Cross, a crusader for God and Heaven, you’d best be on this father’s good side. And you better hope you never caue any harm to his children..
3. Arthur Weasly (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter)
While I think that Molly Weasly is the mother figure to beat them all, her significant other is less of a force. Still, this does not mean that you don’t have to count Arthur out of the father’s race. He might not be a knight in shining armour nor the bravest of them all, but he’s a dad with a heart of gold and a fatherly warmth to envy.
2. Burrich (Robin Hobb, Farseer)
Reading Robin Hobb is all about relationships, being twisted or right, they always make you cry. If I think about a bond between a child and a male adult, I can’t but think of the relationship between Fitz and Burrich. It’s awkward, it’s sometimes hard and painful, but it is full of love.. even though they might not always want to admit it.
1. Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter)
The most beautiful relationship that fits this theme, however, is the relationship between Dumbledore and Harry. If he isn’t a father figure for Harry, I don’t know who is. Also, the way Dumbledore administers Hogwarts, you can easily say that he is the father of every single one that roams the halls of the most magical place on Earth.
So there you have it, five literary dads to celebrate all dads out there. Who are your favourite father figures? Tell me in the comments!
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