D&D General Tasslehoff is A LOT less annoying than Flint

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
In fact, I don't find him annoying at all.

I have been (slowly) re-reading the original Dragonlance Chronicles series ever since I found them in a used bookshop for less than two bucks each. I had not read them since the late 80s.

Anyway, I am nearly done with book two, but so far the thing that has struck me most (aside from the mediocre writing itself) is that for all the talk of kender being annoying and Tasslehoff Burrfoot being the epitome of the worse of that halfling offshoot in terms of stealing and doing foolish things (which to be honest, is also how I remembered him), I am finding him to be an absolute delight and his attitude and curiosity is a great antidote to the dour characters like Tanis and Sturm. On the other hand, Flint is the absolute worst and almost any scene where he is the focus makes me roll my eyes and start scanning ahead - whether it is his hyperbolic reaction to going on boats or anything Tass says - or his very foolish behavior and refusal to admit reality ("I wasn't seasick, I contracted a disease!" or "I am going to delay getting in canoe despite the fact that we're being pursued") or his awful treatment of his gully dwarf kin - to be much less entertaining or as rounded a character.

Maybe I am seeing why I never had a problem with his sudden heart attack and death in book 3 when I read it back in the day and kept hoping it'd happen in book two.

He's like everything wrong with the Peter Jackson film adaptation of Gimli x 1000.

That's it. That's all I have to say for now.
 

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James Gasik

We don't talk about Pun-Pun
Flint is a grumpy Dwarf. A stereotype, for the most part, though his woodcarving gives him a touch of Gimli's personality.

He lacks the Charisma of Bruenor, the ingenuity of Ivan Bouldershoulder, or the insanity of Pikel. In many respects he's just...the Dwarf.

The Heroes of the Lance were meant to be immediately identifiable. Surly, power hungry wizard? Check. Big dumb handsome Fighter, check. Dwarfy Dwarf who Dwarfs? Check. Obnoxious Halfling? Basically Check. Stern honorable Fighter? Check. Hot selfless Healer? Check.

Riverwind, sadly, doesn't get to do much early on in. Tanis, however, is the standout, since his backstory and his mixed feelings about his heritage make him a strong character.

But somehow Raistlin became one of the most popular characters, despite not being very likable in most respects. I guess that makes him the Rorschach of the setting.
 

EzekielRaiden

Follower of the Way
But somehow Raistlin became one of the most popular characters, despite not being very likable in most respects. I guess that makes him the Rorschach of the setting.
Troubled villains almost always attract fans. Even villains who aren't that troubled can do it, if they're pretty and give off the right vibes. Consider Sephiroth from FFVII, or Zenos from FFXIV.
 

James Gasik

We don't talk about Pun-Pun
Troubled villains almost always attract fans. Even villains who aren't that troubled can do it, if they're pretty and give off the right vibes. Consider Sephiroth from FFVII, or Zenos from FFXIV.
Hm...Raist does have white hair...that tends to drive fangirls crazy...
 




James Gasik

We don't talk about Pun-Pun
Maybe I need to reread the original trilogy. I don't recall Flint being particularly noteworthy, but it's been awhile. Now that I'm older (and supposedly wiser...yeah I doubt that) maybe my opinion will have changed.
 

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