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The Dowry of Angyar
Originally published as "Dowry of the Angyar" and later as the prologue of Rocannon’s World, Semley's necklace follows the events of import in the everyday life of Semley, an amazingly beautiful but primitive noble on a small world with three separate sentient races. Semley's world is one surrounded by myths, legends, knights, and castles, battles, and honor, and chivalry ...more
Paperback, 18 pages
Published November 1964 by Ziff-Davis Publishing Company
(first published September 1964)
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An interesting tale of a quest by a member of a once dominant race to re-acquire a valuable family heirloom. I found it intriguing to note that Ms. Le Guin, the daughter of Alfred Kroeber (known as the father of American anthropology), has the main character in this short story forced to interact with an Earth born ethnologist to reclaim her artifact. I also found it interesting to note the physical appearance of Semley and her close relatives paralleled that of the Tutsi in Africa. They too, on ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Erich Franz Guzmann rated it 5 of 5 stars
What a wonderfully written short story. It tells a lot in just 18 pages short. This short story latter became the prologue of Rocannon's World. Another fantastically great story by Ursula K. Le Guin!
As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming ...moreMore about Ursula K. Le Guin...