fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsLast weekend in the US it was Father’s Day, so I thought it would be fun to name some favorite Dads from the Fantasy genre. I think I’m a good Dad. I often feed my baby, and I rarely misplace her. I also teach her how to make fart noises, which is essential to her social development. I’m pretty sure those are things good Dads do.

Even with my aforementioned accolades of great dadness, I still pale in comparison to Zaknafein Do’ Urden. Zaknafein is the father of Drizzt Do’ Urden the legendary Dark Elf swordsman from the Forgotten Realms Universe.

In Dark Elf society women are the rulers. They subjugate the men with wicked ruthlessness, cunning politics, and excessive violence. Now that I think about it, it’s really not that much different from our own world. Zaknafein was the greatest swordsmen alive, and he taught Drizzt everything he knew. The most important lesson he taught Drizzt was how to be a good person. Zaknafein paid a heavy price to assist his son in escaping their dark lands. Drizzt owes everything to his father, and often remembers his wisdom in times of need.

So who is your favorite Fantasy Dad?


  • Justin Blazier

    JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.