Hi community of TAY! Today, I’ll be telling you guys about Drizzt Do’Urden from the Legend of Drizzt! A fantasy work by author R.A. Salvatore, which some of you may know from his work on the DemonWars Saga, and Vector Prime, book one of the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series. He was also the creative mind behind the story and world of The Kingdoms of Amalur : Reckoning, a 2012 WRPG.
This is a character introduction, one of a few, meant to draw interest to the books.
There are a lot of books. And they’re all epic.
Image from the cover of A Reader’s Guide to R.A. Salvatore’s The Legend of Drizzt
Drizzt is a Dark Elf, a Drow, hailing from Menzoberranzan, and is the third son of the Matron Mother Malice, of House Do’Urden. Like all drow, Drizzt has pitch black skin and white hair, but his lavender eyes set him apart from the rest, along with another trait unique to him - his conscience.
As the first ever Drow main character, Drizzt sets the bar high. He cannot understand the other Drow and their cruel ways, choosing to flee to the world above, where he isn’t welcomed, and is instead hunted, for Dark Elves have never had a good relationship with the surface dwellers, butchering and slaughtering them on raids.
But through his honorable conduct and earnest integrity, he soon finds a home in Mithral Hall, and friends too. Not just a paradigm of honor, he is also an excellent tactician and thinker, and as a dedicated ranger and believer in the nature goddess Mielikki, a protector of Faerun. Drizzt’s skills as a fighter are unparalleled, but he never chooses to fight, believing that bloodshed is the last resort.
Drizzt is a character that has always been misunderstood. He, being part of the most hated species on Faerun, encounters hatred and anger in most of the places he visits, but he doesn’t let that perturb him, believing that his steadfast loyalty and earnest integrity will turn others’ opinions of him around.
Drizzt is one of the most enigmatic characters I have read about. His story is one of near utter hopelessness, but he instead draws strength from it. We can all take a moment to understand that it is always possible to sow the seeds of friendship, even in the dark grounds of adversity and hatred, if we but choose to do it.
Thanks for reading! If this article garners enough positive response, I’ll continue writing short character introductions in this amazing series by R.A. Salvatore.