I love orange cats. Always have. They have such a nice, cozy, comforting look, and all the ones I’ve ever met have been friendly. But ever since I read The Tales of Goldstone Wood for the first time, though, they’ve taken on a whole new element of awesomeness.
Eanrin. Yes, Eanrin. We’re going to talk about him today. As you may have noticed, nearly ALL of the Knights running this blog (just about all of them) are unanimous in the sentiment that Eanrin is our favorite character from this series.
He didn’t have to do anything special to earn that place in our hearts. Nope. He just had to be Eanrin.
Because, whether Eanrin is your favorite character or not, I think you’ll have to agree that he’s quite the swoon-worthy guy; snarky remarks and all. 😉
If you need a bit of convincing, though (or you’d just like to hear his praises sung), here some reasons he’s so beloved.
5 Reasons Why I Love Bard Eanrin
#1. He has some of the most amazing lines.
At last the cat lashed his tail and raised his whiskered face to her. “I’m sorry, my girl. It looks to me like the Greater Stick Bug pursues the Lesser Stick Bug over the back of a giant alligator. Can’t make a thing of it otherwise.”Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Starflower
While the following is not exactly a line from Eanrin, it’s a quote showing us what was going on in his head, and it’s one of my absolute favorite paragraphs from the entire series. Why? Because I couldn’t agree with Eanrin more than at that moment. 🙂
“Were the world a just place and given into Poet Eanrin’s hands to dictate, he would have written things as they ought to be. Lionheart would not have bowed like some wooden puppet and left without another word. He would have acted like a man, taken the silver-eyed queen into his arms, and kissed her! He would have told her all the things in his heart that he did not fully understand yet, because, honestly, who ever understands those things anyway? But some stories refuse to play themselves out the way poets think they ought.”Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Moonblood
“One conversation! One simple, honest, true conversation, and all your questions would be answered, all your problems solved! Really, man, is it that difficult? Then you’d be free to fall into each other’s arms and live your Happily Ever After. Why make it so complicated?”Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Dragonwitch
That up there ^^^… take your own advice, Eanrin.
“I can’t believe in the impossible,” he whispered as though trying to convince himself against what he had just witnessed. “A man can’t be big and small at once. He can’t be a freak and a hero.”
The cat glared. “Do you believe in justice?”
The Chronicler hesitated. Then, only once, he nodded.
“Do you believe in mercy?” pressed the cat.
“Ha!” Eanrin lashed his tail again. “What an impossible contradiction. Ha!”Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Dragonwitch
“Alistair spoke behind his visor. “You look very pretty.”
Mouse looked to Eanrin. “He sounds concerned. What did he say?”
“He said they’re never going to believe you’re a girl.”Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Dragonwitch
Hee hee hee. I love it when Eanrin changes what he translates. XD
“Tell me, cat-man, why can I understand her?”
“First,” said Eanrin with a glower, “you will not call me ‘cat-man’ again. I am a knight, a poet, and a gentleman, and you will address me as sir or not address me at all.”Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Dragonwitch
“Do you understand, mortal?” Eanrin said. “We Faerie know it’s the spirit that counts, and all else is malleable. Beauty or ugliness; brawn or frailty; height or lack thereof–these appearances can be exchanged with scarcely a thought! But the truth…now, that’s another issue. The truth of the thing, the person behind what you perceive with any of your paltry five senses…Creature of dust, it’s the truth that counts! And you’ll rarely find more truth than in Faerie tales.”
With those words, the golden man dwindled into the golden cat, and try as he might, the Chronicler could perceive him as nothing else. But he was still Eanrin, and he smiled, pleased with himself.
“That wasn’t a half-bad monologue. Do you find yourself inspired to new heights of ambition?”Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Shadow Hand
I keep telling myself “that’ll be the last quote,” but I keep finding more! 😂
#2. He and Imraldera. Their relationship. *swoon*
Their relationship… is… at the same time, so sweet, yet so frustrating. They love each other. You know it, I know it. But they, for some reason, don’t know it. And they’re the only ones who don’t.
Whether it’s because I enjoy complicated relationships, or because I love the banter, I wouldn’t change that fact for most of the books. But now? I want them to confess their love, fall into each other’s arms, and I WANT EANRIN TO KISS HER. Not just to wake her up this time. 😀
#3. He’s so full of himself… but somehow, he deserves it??
You know those characters that are so cocky and self-satisfied, yet you forgive them for it because they really do seem that awesome? (think: the Han Solo type of character). Yeah, Eanrin is one of those; but don’t think I’m classing him with Han Solo. Eanrin himself would declare he was far more clever and silver-tongued (and handsome) than Han Solo, and… he’d be right. 😉
Though he is kind of the Han Solo of Goldstone Wood, come to think of it… *giggles*
#4. Poor kitty cat. You don’t really love Lady Gleamdren.
You know; I feel kind of bad for Eanrin… he professes his love and adoration for one lady; Lady Gleamdren of Rudiobus… but all along, he loves Dame Imraldera. Poor Imraldera, too! No wonder she’s irritated by the love poems for Gleamdren. They SHOULD be for HER… anyway. *ahem* Just another reason I love their relationship… at different times the jealousy towards outsiders comes out whenever someone seems to be walking in their territory, and I LOVE IT.
#5. He takes on the form of an orange cat. My favorite.
I’m not really a cat person, but orange cats have always been something special to me; like I said at the beginning. So I love Eanrin twice as much, and want to pick up and kiss any orange cats I meet. 😀
Also, can we all agree that the animal form suits his personality? There’s a certain arrogance and grace and cleverness about cats that Eanrin fully embodies.
Well, that’ll be it today, my dear people! Let us know in the comments whether you agree with these reasons, who your favorite character is, and what you think of orange cats. 😛