Oliphaunt am I

Author: Elemmire

Nominator: Marigold

2007 Award Category: Races: Hobbits

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: A look at how the oliphaunt got its poem ... Originally written for Marigold's Tale Challenge 35. The theme was to write a hobbity story that includes any sort of mythical creature. I also had to include the following elements: a dead tree, a pot of soup, & Paladin. Also, the very last part of this tale implies movie-verse, although the rest is book-verse.

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Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 5

Hildifons started it with his wisp of a rhyme scrawled on a piece of hide. Then Hildigar returned from his years at sea, where he'd gone in search of his lost brother, and wrote the poem that later Sam was to quote to Faramir and that Tolkien immortalized in "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil." Then Pippin came home, and added a few lines himself (based on movie-verse finding of Merry nearly crushed by one of the beasts). Are they real? Several now have said, "Yes." Excellent imagery, and love the warning that not all cultures respect childhood.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

Fascinating history of how hobbitkind came to know oliphaunt-kind, through actual sight, lore and legend, and fearful glimpses on desperate battlefields. I loved the section with Isengar Took, the original writer of the oliphaunt poem, and his un-hobbitlike travels farther south than any of his kin (that we know of) - nice use of canon. I enjoyed the mix of family history, lore, legend and big scary walking facts.

Reviewed by: PipMer  ✧  Score: 3

What a wonderful story! I like stories that give the Travellers and the Shire a sense of history, so I really like this, delving into the history of the Oliphaunt poem. Nice use of Tookish backstory! The scene at the end with father and son was very tender, very nicely done.

Reviewed by: trikywun  ✧  Score: 2

This story makes a lot of sense! What a terrific idea that this was how the hobbits came to know about Oliphaunts.