The Sand Circle

Author: A L Milton

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Races/Places: Villains

Story Type: Vignette  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A day in the life of Anguo, an oliphaunt trainer. Short vignette in which legends are retold, baths are taken, and feet are scraped.

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Reviewed by: Beethoven's 7th  ✧  Score: 7

What Wonderful detail. Obviously well researched, which has paid off and added wonderful depth to the story. And so original!! I have not yet seen any other LOTR story based on this subject. Of all the plot bunnies that have popped in my head while reading the books, Not once did the bunnies speak of oliphants. So BIG kudos from me for originality alone. But also for your wonderfully written story. I’m a sucker for well done details and they abounded in this story. The different colored sashes earned adds to the picture drawn in the mind AND just makes sense. Helps designate levels among the people. Oh, and your teaser for the story REALLY drew me in. I knew I HAD to read a story with foot scraping in it. All the different languages and cultures you have blended!! Fantastic. I truly loved Kuon. Such a goddess personality. Bravo!

Reviewed by: MysteriousWays  ✧  Score: 6

Bravo!!! This story was a total pleasure to read. Not only is it well done but it focuses on original characters! I love it when a fan fiction writer sees beyond the Fellowship to the beautiful world tolkien created. Tolkien gave us so much to work with it seems a shame that so much of it is neglected. As for this story itself there are a few other reasons why I like it. I remember Faramir reflecting that the men he killed in battle likely believed their cause was as just as his own. This story explores that idea and shows how the Oliphaunt riders were likely good people who truly bellieved they were acting according to what is right. Then there is that I just love this charming look into another culture that dwelled in Tolkien's mind. I think Tolkien would be pleased. MysteriousWays

Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 5

The characters in this were so sharp and vivid. Kuon, especially, impressed me. With no speaking role, she somehow managed to keep stealing the spotlight, as was probably her right. I loved her pride and her haughtiness. The other two characters also make a very strong presence, and the tale that Anguo shared drew me in and kept me there. I loved this glimpse into one of the southern cultures, and I love their theory on the oliphaunts and how they came to be among them. Brilliant story telling.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

What I love about this story is that Kuon the oliphaunt is such an imperious character, despite having no speaking part. And the evocation of the different cultures that A L Milton has created gives one a feeling of being immersed in a world that feels full and grounded, that has its own gravity.

Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 2

A very interesting and plausible view of how things might be in mysterious Far Harad. The details of oliphaunt care are obviously lovingly and meticulously researched.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 1

An interesting look at Haradri culture.