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Sandor, or Gigantor, as Keefe calls him, is a goblin assigned to protect Sophie Foster after the Neverseen kidnapped her in Keeper of the Lost Cities. He is a 'bit' (meant to be taken sarcastically) overprotective; as he sews trackers in Sophie's clothes and has a tendency to perform overenthusiastic room investigations. Not only is he her bodyguard, but he's also a friend to Sophie and the other characters throughout the series. During Exile, he assists Sophie in discovering more about the kidnappers and the rebels. Throughout Everblaze, Sandor continues to protect his charge and wrestles an ogre, getting knocked off a cliff trying to shield Sophie while the Neverseen attacked Mr. Forkle, Fitz, Biana, and Keefe. At the end of Neverseen, Sandor is reassigned to protect Sophie due to all the events, including Keefe's decision to join the Neverseen. In Flashback, Sandor considered resigning as Sophie's bodyguard due to the fact he wasn’t able to protect her against a Neverseen attack; however, he stayed because Sophie only trusted him (and because of multiple threats she made about what would happen to his replacement). He became the leader of a team of five multispecial bodyguards: Flori, Nubiti, Bo, and Tarina, as he recognized that each species has its own talents.
The name; Sandor comes from Greek, meaning "Defender, protector of man", which quite fits his personality and name.
Normally spelled: Sándor.
Nicknames[edit | edit source]
Involvement[edit | edit source]
When Sophie wakes up after returning home to Havenfield (after the Neverseen kidnap her), she meets Sandor, whom Sophie inflicts upon promptly. He sews trackers into her clothes (usually in her capes) in case she gets kidnapped again.
Sandor was with Sophie when she found Silveny, though Silveny doesn't like Sandor that much. Sandor assists Sophie in her search for the Black Swan, although he doesn't trust them. When Sophie returns from her ability reset, he spends time threatening to kill the Neverseen.
Appearance & Personality [edit | edit source]
Sandor is described as being seven-feet tall with a soft and bulky mass. He has a flat, wide nose. The goblin often wears black military-like pants and goes without a shirt. A sword is usually on him along with other weapons such as his goblin throwing stars. Like most goblins, his skin is gray and matted. His voice, according to Sophie, belongs more to a cute bunny, mouse, or chipmunk. Sandor states that no goblin would complain about his appearance.
Sandor is portrayed similarly to an "overprotective parent/brother," or in Sophie's opinion, an "overprotective bodyguard." He expresses concern mainly for his charge in dangerous situations, but also for her friends. He is also an artist. In order to train Sophie, he painted "unnervingly realistic" eyes on a dummy. He admitted in Flashback that killing will always feel a little wrong, but he knows it could cost someone's life so he focuses on the reasons he’s fighting.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
- SOPHIE (Charge/Friend)
After Sophie's kidnapping, Sandor is put in charge of protecting her. At first, Sophie found it annoying, but soon they formed a friendship closer than simply bodyguard and bodyguard's charge. He is very protective of her and is very hard to persuade to let her do something or go somewhere without him. He placed trackers on her and was showing how much his charge meant to him, when it took lots of convincing to take them off in Book 2: Exile. He aids her during investigations for the Black Swan and even takes part in the infamous 'Boy Conversation' with Grady, as he was also concerned about her friendship with Keefe. In Flashback he almost resigns as her bodyguard after Sophie gets crucially injured by the Neverseen under his protection. From then on he became more determined than ever to keep her safe.
Sandor and Grizel have known each other since childhood. It is confirmed that Grizel has a crush on Sandor, flirting with him on multiple occasions and challenging him to a competition so she could dance with him. Sandor believes his work is more important than his social life, and working alone is the most productive. Yet Grizel believes that working together is equally successful. In Book 5: Lodestar, he tells Sophie that he is "quite the specimen" (prompting the nickname Specimen Sandor). In Nightfall Sandor confirms that he and Grizel are a thing right before Sophie and Keefe go to meet King Dimitar. Biana found out about them being together when Sandor blushes angrily after Sophie mentions them being, "unusually close" after the fight at Havenfield. Sophie finds this whole relationship adorable, finding their interactions the cutest things ever. She even eavesdrops a sweet conversation in Lodestar when Grizel wins Sandor over.
- KEEFE SENCEN (Annoyance/Friend)
Like Grady, Sandor does not like Keefe, as he believes that Keefe is a bad influence on Sophie. Keefe also calls Sandor "Gigantor", which Sandor doesn't find especially funny. However, in Everblaze, he agrees to help (and, to a degree, protect) Keefe without question. When Keefe joined the Neverseen, Sandor does not trust him and does not want Sophie to be around him, siding with Grady on the grounding and torturous "boy conversations" in Lodestar. In Nightfall, Sandor seems to be warming up to him.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
“I go where you go.”
“She’s my charge.”- Sandor, Book 2, Exile
"Secrets hinder my ability to protect you." -Sandor, in Book 2: Exile