This month, we challenge you to use our extensive character biography collection to read then create a fanwork about a character you don't know much about and have never used in a fanwork before. New Directions challenge entries are due on July 15 to be eligible for a creator stamp.
The Hero's Journey challenge deadline has also been extended to June 24. Read the full challenge prompts and the challenge guidelines.
Read the New Directions challenge entries and the Hero's Journey challenge entries ... and please consider letting the author know if you enjoy their work!
June 2017 Newsletter
Our June newsletter has been posted with new challenges and other site news, a biography of Erellont by Oshun, and stories and articles to read.
Recent Character of the Month Biographies
Erellont by Oshun. As one of only three companions of Eärendil to venture into the West, Erellont receives only passing mention in The Silmarillion, but his character is open to inference and poses unanswered questions. Read the biography of Erellont.
Barahir by Oshun
Arwen by Oshun
Silmariën by Oshun
Saeros by Robinka
Ithryn Luin (Blue Wizards) by Oshun
All Character of the Month Biographies
Around the World and Web
Beren and Lúthien Published
Almost a hundred years to the day of June 9th, 1917, when Edith Tolkien danced and sang for her husband in a 'hemlock' grove near Roos in Yorkshire and inspired one of the most pivotal scenes of the Legendarium, the Beren and Lúthien book has been published on June 1
It is not by accident that this book appeared when it did in other ways, also. Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien's son and literary heir, writes in the preface: "In my ninety-third year this is (presumptively) my last book in the long series of editions of my father's writings. This tale is chosen in memoriam because of its deeply-rooted presence in his life."
Ardaholics Anonymous Podcast: Episode 3: On Tolkien Music
Fitting with the musical theme that seems to have gripped the Tolkien fandom this month, a new podcast by Ardaholics Anonymous has been published. They write: "Join us for a long and spirited discussion of Tolkien’s music featuring clips from Bo Hanssen, Donald Swann, Oonagh, Adele McAllister, and more! (also for the hating on Burzum, because everybody loves to do that)."
The sixth round of the RarePair Fest just opened for nominations. This is a panfandom exchange for ships under 200 completed works in any given fandom for any ship genre; femslash, het, slash and moresomes are all welcome. You may nominate up to six relationships per fandom; nominations close on June 14. Fanworks are expected to be at least 1000 words or a finished piece of art. Nominations are open until June 14. Find out more at their Dreamwidth community, or find the nomination form here.
... and links to more articles, announcements and call for papers in the Around the World and Web section of our newsletter!
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