10

If memory serves, Drizzt's panther companion Guenhwyvar was referred to as a 'him' in the early Forgotten Realms books (Icewind Dale and Dark Elf trilogies) but a 'her' in later works (such as Starless Nights, Siege of Darkness and so on). Was this deliberately rewritten, or is my memory just faulty?

15

No: "he" was a publisher's error.

Quoting from here (emphasis mine):

In The Collected Stories: The Legend of Drizzt Anthology, R.A. Salvatore explained that while writing The Crystal Shard, he was told by TSR that magical items could not have a gender, despite his arguments otherwise. To his "horror," he later discovered after the book was published that some of the more awkward uses of "it" were changed — presumably by a copyeditor — to the male pronoun. Salvatore has subsequently responded to hundreds of letters from fans explaining this. Despite these publishing errors, Salvatore explained that Guenhwyvar had always been a "she."

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.