Fantasy Creature Friday – Lich!

July 24, 2015 Discussions 5

What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.



This week’s creature is the:



A lich is a type of undead creature. They were once humans, usually running afoul of a spell. Some are transformed by choice in their quest for immortality and power. They have power over lesser undead, and look like skeletal or dessicated bodies. Usually covered in black rags, or surrounded by a dark aura.

Unlike zombies, lich retain the intelligence they had when alive. Some say that lich are able to drain your life with a single touch. Others say they do not steal your life, but your soul. Regardless of which they steal, a single touch paralyzes. Those they drain, can feel their life/soul trickling out of their bodies.

I have read about lich in passing in a number of books. Some of which include: Free Agent, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Taran Wanderer, and others I’m forgetting!


Have you heard of Lich before? What is your favorite book with a Lich in it?



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5 Responses to “Fantasy Creature Friday – Lich!”

  1. Rindis

    This’ll always be a primary mental image for a lich:

    (Hope that comes through right.)

    I can’t really think of anything I’ve read that’s featured liches at the moment. They seem to be more popular in games, both computer and RPG.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Yay! Though to be fair, Lich’s are more commonly found in RPGs. The series I’ve been reading lately though does have them in the first 2 books. The 2nd one has a Lich as a secondary character, so I most likely should have used that book for this FCF. But I hadn’t read it at the time I was writing the post up. *lol*

      Closest I can come to a Lich in a book you may have read, would be the Wring Wraiths in Lord of the Rings. Fairly similar, just going by a different name.

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