• T.C. Hansing

Top Five Tuesdays – Cool, Mysterious Items that (thankfully) Only Exist in Fiction Books

5. Winged Shoes (Shoes of Hermes) – The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

At first these shoes appear to be regular everyday shoes. That is, until they grow wings and allow the user to fly! These shoes would come in handy for escaping trouble or for giving an advantage in combat. While it would be awesome to have flying shoes, I can’t imagine they’d be very safe. Especially for someone who didn’t know how to use them. One mistake and…. Well, you get the idea.

4. The Griever (Mechanical Warden of Terror) – The Maze Runner by James Dashner

This might be cheating slightly since it is more of a mechanical animal than it is an item, but this monstrosity is described as having spikes protruding in and out of its body, several mechanical arms used for different purposes, and if that wasn’t bad enough, it is covered in some sickly-slime substance. These beasts cause terror to the Gladers in the maze and keep them trapped there. While they are killable, doing so is not an easy feat. If these ‘majestic’ creature were ever to exist…. I don’t recommend anyone go looking for them!

3. Anduril (Sword of Death) – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The broken sword of the King has been reforged and was made even stronger than before. Anduril was forged by elves and given magical properties. It is unbreakable and so sharp that it can even cut the dead. While this might come in handy for summoning an army to take out an Orc hoard, if it were to fall in the wrong hands it could easily become a weapon of terror. It is rumored even Sauron felt fear when he saw that the sword was reforged.

2. Resurrection Stone (Summoner Stone of Spirits) – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Sure, someone could argue the sorcerer’s stone was way cooler because it granted eternal life. But the Resurrection Stone allows you to recall as many dead as you want, at any time. This stone was a deathly hollow, a mystical item supposedly created by Death himself. Harry Potter used it in a peaceful manner, allowing him the opportunity to see his loved ones before he would’ve joined them in the afterlife. As it is revealed, the resurrection stone cannot bring back the dead in any sense that makes the user satisfied with the results – and the original owner of the stone committed suicide because of it. In the end, the stone was lost in the forbidden forest....

1. The Ring of Solomon (Ring of Power) – The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud

This ring grants power to an extent rarely ever seen in fiction. It allows it’s wearer to summon thousands of powerful djinn and spirits to do their bidding, due to the ancient demon who was sealed inside of it long ago. While putting on the ring, the spirit asks, “What is your wish?” and the sky is the limit to your demands. But it comes with a heavy cost - it causes immense pain in anyone who wears it, to the point that even brushing it with the slightest amount of skin is a cause for concern. Even other demons who attempt to wear it will eventually be ripped in half by its power. It was known to have shortened the life of Solomon by countless years. Use at your own risk!

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