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Poll #1769542 Wizard poll

Who is your favourite wizard in fantasy literature?

Harry Potter
1(5.0%)
Dumbledore
1(5.0%)
Hermione
0(0.0%)
Ron
0(0.0%)
Rhialto the Marvellous
0(0.0%)
Gandalf
3(15.0%)
Saruman
0(0.0%)
Pug
1(5.0%)
Bayaz
1(5.0%)
Raistlin
0(0.0%)
Sparrowhawk
4(20.0%)
The Wizard of Oz
0(0.0%)
Rincewind
2(10.0%)
Mustum Ridcully
3(15.0%)
Other (please comment)
4(20.0%)

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lil_shepherd
Aug. 14th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Of that lot, I'd have to go for Sparrowhawk, but confined to the original trilogy. I'm very fond of Ridcully, but he's not much of a wizard.

Does Chrestomanci count?

Oh, and then there are the Old Ones, particularly Will and Merriman from The Dark is Rising. I'm very fond of Will. Actually, thinking about it, I'd probably go with Atrix Wolf from Pat McKillip's novel.

Edited at 2011-08-14 12:30 pm (UTC)
firin
Aug. 14th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
The choice between Gandalf and Sparrowhawk (Ged) was a hard one for me. Ideally I'd choose both of them.

Merriman Lyon would have been an inspired additional choice for the list that would have made selection even more difficult.

I had always had a fondness for fantasy literature as a young child, above and beyond the usual appetite for fairy tales. I can remember reading a Ladybird Book about King Arthur, for example, when aged five (and absolutely devouring the legend). However, it was when my teacher read Over Sea Under Stone to the class, when I was aged about 11, that the character of Merry Lyon grasped my attention in a way that catapulted me into the waiting arms of adult fantasy literature, such as the Lord of the Rings later in the same year.

I guess then I can blame/credit Susan Cooper for my being the person I am with the interests I have! Either that or credit my teacher (bless your cotton socks, Mrs Gibson of 3BG) with a particularly good choice of afternoon story time read.
philmophlegm
Aug. 14th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry, forgot about Diana Wynne Jones's work, much to my wife's annoyance.
interactiveleaf
Aug. 15th, 2011 08:29 am (UTC)
I'm very fond of Ridcully, but he's not much of a wizard.

I think you're probably mistaking the name of Ridcully (the Dean of UU for most of the series) for Rincewind (who wasn't much of a wizard).
lil_shepherd
Aug. 15th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
I am perfectly aware who Ridcully is, and no, I don't think he's much of a wizard. But then, I don't think anyone in the Discworld is much of a wizard. I hate Rincewind.
interactiveleaf
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
Okey doke. But it was a "perfectly obvious" inference to draw.
lil_shepherd
Aug. 15th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
Really? Ponder is a much better wizard than Ridcully, if you want to stick to the UU.
draxar
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'd disagree. Ponder is a wizard who does a lot more magic, and a lot more messing around with magic than Ridcully.

Ridcully is a wizard who very much understands the Discworld thing of having magic and not using it, except when you absolutely have to. When he has to, he'll go for it.

Also, IMHO, Ponder is a scientist whose science happens to be magic. Ridcully is a Wizard; it's not about splitting the thaum, it's about that push at the right time.
lil_shepherd
Aug. 16th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
Well, in the satiric Discworld, magic stands mainly for science, and, let us be frank, Ponder is a better wizard, in my terms, because he is a better scientist. Pterry's terms are a bit different, and working in the nuclear industry for years has given him a rather more cynical view of science and scientists. However, on such loose terms as we are talking about, the author's intent is not so important as (differing) reader's interpretations.
bunn
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:29 am (UTC)
I think there's an argument for Mustrum Ridcully as a sort of Zen wizard who has achieved quite a lot by loudly *not* doing magic and giving the Discworld wizards a new, non-dead-mens-shoes undestructive way of working...

I suspect Sparrowhawk and Ogion would approve of him. Even though he's a completely different kind of wizard, he seems to follow many of the same precepts.
lil_shepherd
Aug. 15th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
I think Ridcully is a great administrator...
bunn
Aug. 14th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
This was an easy choice because there was no Chrestomanci so Sparrowhawk had an easy win.

The Wizard of Oz??? :-DDDDD
ladyofastolat
Aug. 14th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
CHrestomanci
bunn
Aug. 15th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
Arguably Chrestomanci would be somewhat offended, as an enchanter, to be lumped in with a bunch of mere wizards?
pellegrina
Aug. 14th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Probably Sun Wolf (Barbara Hambly). It would have been Sparrowhawk, except I can't forget I ever read Tehanu.

[Edit for the right usericon!]

Edited at 2011-08-14 02:50 pm (UTC)
interactiveleaf
Aug. 15th, 2011 08:30 am (UTC)
Sunwolf, yes, that's why I voted "other".
king_pellinor
Aug. 14th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Chrestomanci
sally_maria
Aug. 14th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Though I'm also fond, in their own ways, of Chrestomanci and Belgarath.
the_marquis
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Erm it's Mustrum Ridcully isn't it, and the thing is he like a certain Granny seems to know when not to use magic.
chainmailmaiden
Aug. 16th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Tristan from the Winter King's War Trilogy by Susan Dexter.
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