For people who have been here a while, Fizzle is easily recognized. Possibly the most popular character of the Legends of Windemere series. That isn’t to say he hasn’t gotten a few criticisms. This little dragon is a little misleading, which is one of his themes.
Fizzle is small with his tail being longer than his body and his wings are those of a dragonfly instead of leather like a big dragon. He speaks like a child after learning Tradespeak from a little girl. All of this combines to create a sense of what some call cute innocence and others call redneck idiot dragon. It’s his speech pattern that causes the most trouble, which is something that improves over time. Something that readers and other characters tend to forget is that Fizzle is old. He is a symbol that you can’t judge someone by appearances because there might be underlying reasons for why they are the way they are. Fizzle has the most powerful magic and incredible knowledge. The few times he does speak in his native tongue, you can tell how serious and wise he really is.
Love of Life
One aspect of Fizzle’s personality is that he is usually happy and upbeat. He will get angry and upset, but there is a big lust for life in this little character. With this piece of him, I think he acts as a beacon for the heroes who will be going through tough times. Part of this is his indulgence in apples and his near awe at discovering how many varieties there are as well as things you can do with them. It’s difficult for the heroes to fall into full depression with Fizzle around, which is an important aspect to this character. While he might not be one of the ‘big heroes’, he is very much the hero of the heroes. Other ways too, but those are spoilers.
With all of his wisdom and knowledge, Fizzle has spent most of his time in Visindor Forest. Legends of Windemere is the first time he has ventured out of his territory for an extended period. So, he doesn’t understand a lot of the cultures and habits of the city people. This creates a bridge to help readers learn about the world as well, but it also shows differences and similarities between the wild and civilization. I’ve heard one person call Fizzle a ‘babe out of the woods’ years ago, which is an interesting explanation. He doesn’t understand various parts of civilization because they make no sense to him, which he mentions. Part of his evolution is to learn about the cities and decide on what he will do when the adventures are done. Can he even return to Visindor Forest after everything that happens to him?