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1st Dec '16 12:14:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' have Fflewddur Fflam, an inept minstrel whose lute snaps a string whenever he tells a lie. On the other hand, he's a surprisingly BadAss fighter. It turns out he's also a minor king.

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* The ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' have Fflewddur Fflam, an inept minstrel whose lute snaps a string whenever he tells a lie. On the other hand, he's a surprisingly BadAss badass fighter. It turns out he's also a minor king.
24th Nov '16 12:54:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Like in the film that inspired it, [[BlatantLies brave, brave]] Sir Robin of Camelot has an entire band of minstrels follow him wherever he goes in ''{{Spamalot}}''.

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* Like in the film that inspired it, [[BlatantLies brave, brave]] Sir Robin of Camelot has an entire band of minstrels follow him wherever he goes in ''{{Spamalot}}''.''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}''.
24th Nov '16 12:50:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Brave, brave Sir Robin of Camelot from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', and again in the Broadway theatrical adaptation ''{{Spamalot}}'', has an entire band of minstrels follow him wherever he goes [[spoiler:until the rest of the party [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty eats them during the winter]]]].

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* Brave, brave Sir Robin of Camelot from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', and again in the Broadway theatrical adaptation ''{{Spamalot}}'', ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', has an entire band of minstrels follow him wherever he goes [[spoiler:until the rest of the party [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty eats them during the winter]]]].
12th Nov '16 8:12:45 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Played with. Worldsingers are not storytellers, but rather a formalized sort of MrExposition. They teach about foreign lands in order to "make the world a smaller place" and bring people closer together. They therefore know quite a bit about history, religion, and politics, but very little about stories and legends. Doesn't stop everyone else from treating them like your basic minstrel, though, which annoys them to no end.
2nd Nov '16 11:25:26 AM SteveMB
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* Blondel the Minstrel, in the 13th century legend of King UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart, went from castle to castle in Europe, trying to discover where his master was being held, by singing a song they had composed together, until he heard the king singing the refrain from his cell. (Note that this is pure fable; at no time was Richard's location unknown, as his captors wanted everyone to ''know'' they were holding him.)

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* Blondel the Minstrel, in the 13th century legend of King UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart, went from castle to castle in Europe, trying to discover where his master was being held, by singing a song they had composed together, until he heard the king singing the refrain from his cell. (Note that this is pure fable; at no time was Richard's location unknown, as his captors wanted everyone to ''know'' they were who was holding him.him so they could negotiate a ransom.)
26th Sep '16 9:41:33 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''ForgottenRealms'' got classical (mentioned from ''DragonMagazine'' #74 on) character Mintiper Moonsilver "the Lonely Harpist". As footnotes in "[[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/archfr/mc Mintiper's Chapbook]]" tell, tales of the AuthorAvatar "Lunargent" are excerpts from Mintiper's own adventures he deemed most interesting, yet even some sages think it must be an embellished compilation, because even for a legendary figure like him it's too much. He SeenItAll, traveled everywhere and gave a concert even in Underdark (for drow and local fairies) at least once.

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** ''ForgottenRealms'' ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' got classical (mentioned from ''DragonMagazine'' ''Magazine/DragonMagazine'' #74 on) character Mintiper Moonsilver "the Lonely Harpist". As footnotes in "[[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/archfr/mc Mintiper's Chapbook]]" tell, tales of the AuthorAvatar "Lunargent" are excerpts from Mintiper's own adventures he deemed most interesting, yet even some sages think it must be an embellished compilation, because even for a legendary figure like him it's too much. He SeenItAll, traveled everywhere and gave a concert even in Underdark (for drow and local fairies) at least once.
9th Aug '16 10:04:10 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novel ''Athyra'', Vlad encounters a female one of these from the house of Issola (Issola are often courtiers, but it's suggested that this would be the typical job of a lower ranking Issola), and a later novel, Iorich, suggests he might have had an [[InterspeciesRomance affair with her]] at some point.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novel ''Athyra'', ''Literature/{{Athyra}}'', Vlad encounters a female one of these from the house of Issola (Issola are often courtiers, but it's suggested that this would be the typical job of a lower ranking Issola), and a later novel, Iorich, ''Literature/{{Iorich}}'', suggests he might have had an [[InterspeciesRomance affair with her]] at some point.
11th Jun '16 10:51:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[ArrivalsFromTheDark Envoy from the Heavens]]'', Ivar Trevelian travels to a planet populated by HumanAliens whose culture has been [[MedievalStasis stuck at Middle Ages for centuries]] with no push for progress or discovery (there's a whole continent in the other hemisphere waiting to be settled, but the population believes the world is flat and that their chief deity will punish them for attempting to reach the edge). His job is to find out about this stagnation. He disguises himself as a member of the Rhapsod Brotherhood, a society of highly-respected wandering bards. He soon finds out they're much more than that, when a group of rhapsods wipes out a mercenary squad three times their number suffering only two casualties. Apparently, they also enact justice when TheEmpire fails to do so, usually when a nobleman is involved. They turn into vengeful warriors, all of them expert swordsmen and archers. After that, they return to their lutes and songs.

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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[ArrivalsFromTheDark ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Envoy from the Heavens]]'', Ivar Trevelian travels to a planet populated by HumanAliens whose culture has been [[MedievalStasis stuck at Middle Ages for centuries]] with no push for progress or discovery (there's a whole continent in the other hemisphere waiting to be settled, but the population believes the world is flat and that their chief deity will punish them for attempting to reach the edge). His job is to find out about this stagnation. He disguises himself as a member of the Rhapsod Brotherhood, a society of highly-respected wandering bards. He soon finds out they're much more than that, when a group of rhapsods wipes out a mercenary squad three times their number suffering only two casualties. Apparently, they also enact justice when TheEmpire fails to do so, usually when a nobleman is involved. They turn into vengeful warriors, all of them expert swordsmen and archers. After that, they return to their lutes and songs.



* In MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', a woman appears in the opening by going into the bar and beginning to play.

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* In MichaelFlynn's Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', a woman appears in the opening by going into the bar and beginning to play.
4th Jun '16 2:34:40 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' episode "Tank", Music/WeirdAlYankovic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBi46T1BnJo voiced a singing minstrel]] who follows the duo around narrating their triumphs and woes (eventually leading to Stitch just smashing the minstrel's guitar to get him to stop).

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' episode "Tank", Music/WeirdAlYankovic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBi46T1BnJo voiced a singing minstrel]] who follows the duo around narrating their triumphs and woes (eventually leading to Stitch just smashing the minstrel's guitar to get him to stop).stop).

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4th Jun '16 1:10:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[EarthsChildren Shelters Of Stone]]'', there's a class of traveling story-tellers and musicians whose visits are highly anticipated in a world without TV or internet.

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* In ''[[EarthsChildren ''[[Literature/EarthsChildren Shelters Of Stone]]'', there's a class of traveling story-tellers and musicians whose visits are highly anticipated in a world without TV or internet.



* In the ''{{Dragaera}}'' novel ''Athyra'', Vlad encounters a female one of these from the house of Issola (Issola are often courtiers, but it's suggested that this would be the typical job of a lower ranking Issola), and a later novel, Iorich, suggests he might have had an [[InterspeciesRomance affair with her]] at some point.

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* In the ''{{Dragaera}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novel ''Athyra'', Vlad encounters a female one of these from the house of Issola (Issola are often courtiers, but it's suggested that this would be the typical job of a lower ranking Issola), and a later novel, Iorich, suggests he might have had an [[InterspeciesRomance affair with her]] at some point.



* Sangfugol from ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is an example of this. Aside from being a [[TheLoad more or less useless]] companion to the protagonists, his sole claim to plot relevance is when it's suggested that he, having a similar build and hair color, [[BodyDouble impersonate Prince Josua]] during the FinalBattle. Needless to say, he reacts to the notion with horror.
* Bards can be this in the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, but due to superior training and a touch of MagicMusic, they are seldom allowed to be just entertainment. Ordinary traveling minstrels wander The 'Verse, occasionally writing songs about the protagonists (to their embarrassment and/or irritation).

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* Sangfugol from ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is an example of this. Aside from being a [[TheLoad more or less useless]] companion to the protagonists, his sole claim to plot relevance is when it's suggested that he, having a similar build and hair color, [[BodyDouble impersonate Prince Josua]] during the FinalBattle. Needless to say, he reacts to the notion with horror.
* Bards can be this in the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, but due to superior training and a touch of MagicMusic, they are seldom allowed to be just entertainment. Ordinary traveling minstrels wander The 'Verse, occasionally writing songs about the protagonists (to their embarrassment and/or irritation).
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